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The Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) today announced that the 66th edition of the ‘longest continually running film festival in the world’ will run between 20 June and 1 July, 2012. The festival will also see the return of the coveted Michael Powell Award for Best New British Feature Film.
The announcement was made jointly by Ken Hay, acting CEO, Centre for the Moving Image and Chris Fujiwara, recently appointed as the festival’s new Artistic Director.
Commenting on the announcement, Ken Hay acknowledged that “The ‘June or August’ debate has been at the forefront of discussions since the end of this year’s Festival and is a matter on which the board has sought broad consultation”, adding “The film industry, including press, distributors and sales agents, have all been part of the conversation to ensure a decision that is correct and will provide the very best future for the Festival. With the dates now final, our newly appointed Artistic Director, Chris Fujiwara, will work with his programming team to create a fantastic line-up for 2012.”
John Trafford-Owen, Head of Theatrical Distribution, STUDIOCANAL, remarked, “We look forward to continuing our relationship with EIFF in June, a time of year that creates the ideal platform for late summer and autumn launches as demonstrated so successfully this year when we were able to open the festival with John Michael McDonagh’s The Guard.”
2012 also sees the return of the coveted The Michael Powell Award, given in recognition of imagination and creativity in British filmmaking and judged by an international jury. Previous winners of the award include; Somers Town (Shane Meadows), Control (Anton Corbijn), Tsotsi (Gavin Hood), My Summer of Love (Pawel Pawlikowski), Young Adam (David Mackenzie), Jude (Michael Winterbottom) and Blue (Derek Jarman).
Chris Fujiwara said, “I’m delighted that The Michael Powell Award will be back for 2012. The award has been an integral part of the Festival for years; it has seen some inspirational filmmakers enjoy its benefits and is crucial to the Festival’s creative vision.”