Film in the City open air cinema heralds start of Film Festival

Edinburgh International Film Festival and This Is Edinburgh have announced details of free open air Film in the City screenings, to take place in the weeks leading up to the start of the festival.

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Cinemagoers will be treated to showings of classic favourites like West Side Story, Dirty Dancing, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Guardians of the Galaxy and The Princess Bride on the weekends of 6-7 June and 12-14 June, before the full Festival begins on 17 June.

Younger audiences are catered for too, with the likes of Mary Poppins, Lilo & Stitch and Brave offering a range of family friendly options.

Roddy Smith, Chief Executive of Essential Edinburgh said:

This is the fourth year we have brought outdoor screenings to St Andrew Square Garden, and as part of the This Is Edinburgh campaign we have been able to expand this wonderful event to include the Grassmarket for the second year running.
The outdoor screenings have always been incredibly popular and create an amazing buzz around the city in the run up to the world famous EIFF. When it comes to creating an atmospheric, cinematic backdrop, there are few places in the world that can compete with Edinburgh's city centre.

There's even a chance for movie fans to see themselves on the big screen, with an invitation to recreate and share favourite scenes using social media, with the very best being shown at the open screenings and one lucky winner receiving a pair of tickets to Iona, the closing film of the 2015 Film Festival.

Mark Adams, Artistic Director of EIFF said:

We are thrilled to be staging two weekends of outdoor screenings as a wonderful preamble to this year's festival. It creates just the right atmosphere for film lovers to get into the film festival mood.

In all, 23 films will be screened across the five days of Film in the City - for full details please visit the Edinburgh International Film Festival website.

Edinburgh International Film Festival runs from 17-28 June 2015 - for information on the festival's full programe read our story or visit www.edfilmfest.org.uk

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