Artistic Director Mark Adams today unveiled details of the programme for the upcoming Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF), taking place next month between the 15th and 26th of June. Now in its landmark 70th edition, the Festival will showcase a total of 161 features from 46 countries including: 22 World Premieres, 5 International Premieres, 17 European Premieres and 85 UK Premieres
Highlights include the UK Premiere of the highly-anticipated Disney-Pixar animation Finding Dory, In-Person events featuring the likes of Kevin Smith and Kim Cattrall, and the Opening and Closing Gala World Premieres of the previously announced Tommy’s Honour and Whiskey Galore! – both of these productions posted crew jobs on our sister website, thecallsheet.co.uk .
Old classics will be re-imagined with the UK Premiere of E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, with John Williams’ iconic score performed live by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra at the Festival Theatre Edinburgh, and the World Premiere of the newly-restored 4K version of the Scottish classic Highlander, celebrating its 30th anniversary with star Clancy Brown in attendance.
Mark Adams, EIFF Artistic Director, said: “It is a real thrill to unveil this year’s programme and I am looking forward to showcasing so many great films and welcoming so many talented filmmakers to our 70th edition. As always we like to offer an incredibly broad range of work to ensure there is always something for everyone – from mesmeric retrospectives through to absorbing new short films, to 130 new features from 46 countries, rest assured this year’s EIFF will challenge, provoke and entertain audiences in equal measure.”
Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop, said: “The Edinburgh International Film Festival is a highlight of the Edinburgh Festivals’ calendar and for screen professionals and film lovers from across the world. This year’s landmark 70th Edition is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the EIFF in its own right, to showcase Scotland’s screen talent and to promote our creative industries.
Other highlights include the Best of British strand which includes; Jet Trash, Brakes, Bliss! The Carer, Kids in Love, Moon Dogs and The Library Suicides (Y Llyfrgell).
Producer Jeremy Thomas (High Rise) will be in Edinburgh to talk about his fifty film career. One-time indie wonderkid, Kevin Smith will introduce his latest film Yoga Hosers and actress Kim Catrall will be in town to discuss her career on stage and screen.
The 70th EIFF will take place from 15 to 26 June 2016