Edinburgh International Film Festival

The 74th Edinburgh International Film Festival will take place at the heart of Edinburgh’s festival season, between 18 and 25 August, and presents a fantastic programme of feature and short films celebrating the long-awaited return to cinema. This special programme of in-person and digital screenings includes 31 new features and 73 shorts – with 18 marking their world and 3 international premieres at the Festival – and with 50% of the new features in the EIFF 2021 programme from a female director or co-director. The majority of Festival screenings take place at the Festival’s home, Filmhouse, with the Opening Gala and Special Preview at Festival Theatre and special screenings at partner venues across Scotland, along with introductions, Q&As, in person events and more screenings being available through a dedicated, accessible streaming platform Filmhouse at Home.

What makes it special?

  • The International Film Festival provokes and excites whilst exploring new concepts and innovative approaches in cinema. This festival attracts an audience wide and large bringing together locals and international film-lovers.

  • The innovative programme normally features short films, experimental cinema and documentary films across a range of dynamic genres. One major attraction of the Film Festival in most years is the variety of notable film premieres that take place there. Past film premieres have included Ratatouille, Billy Elliot, The Imposter, 35 Shots of Rum and more.
  • Discover exciting new cinema, be part of the buzz of the red carpet glamour and meet the stars behind the films at the Edinburgh International Film Festival.
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