Film Festival launches star-studded 2015 programme

Edinburgh International Film Festival has unveiled full details of its programme for the coming month, with over 130 new features and a further 30 classic films - and tickets are now on general sale.


Between 17-28 June, festivalgoers will have the opportunity to attend 24 World Premieres, 8 International Premieres, 16 European Premieres, 84 UK Premieres and 2 Scottish Premieres, with screenings of new films, from stars including:

  • Ewan McGregor in Last Days in the Desert
  • Jack Black and James Marsden in The D-Train
  • Kristen Wiig in both The Diary of a Teenage Girl and Welcome to Me
  • John Cusack in Brian Wilson biopic Love & Mercy
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger in Maggie

There are also major features starring Charlotte Rampling, Jane Seymour, Malcolm McDowell, Greta Scacchi, Dakota Fanning, Richard Gere and many more.

Other highlights include Asif Kapadia’s Amy, a documentary on the life of Amy Winehouse, the latest animated feature from Disney-Pixar, Inside Out, and directorial debuts from Robert Carlyle, Colin Kennedy, Helen Walsh, Talulah Riley and Colin Hardy.

There will also be a series of In-Person events, with live stage interviews from stars such as Ewan McGregor, Johnnie To, Jane Seymour and Malcolm McDowell, Haskell Wexler, Neil Innes and Barry Purves.

Mark Adams, EIFF Artistic Director, said:

We are delighted to be presenting such a thrilling, fun, challenging, provocative, exciting and balanced programme. There really is something for everyone and we hope that filmgoers will get a lot of pleasure out of this year’s festival.

Key themes of the festival will include:

  • American Dreams, looking at new American independent cinema,
  • Directors' Showcase, with new work from established and renowned directors
  • Night Moves, a series of terrifying trips into cinematic horror
  • The Young and The Wild, a collection of shorts and features exploring the lives and issues of young people from around the world
  • New Perspectives, with new work from talented emerging filmmakers
  • Focus on Mexico, bringing together the best in Mexican cinema
  • Little Big Screen, a retrospective of classic American made-for-TV movies

Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs, said:

The Edinburgh International Film Festival has produced another excellent programme in 2015, showcasing Scottish talent alongside some of the best of world cinema.
The film festival attracts visitors to Edinburgh and Scotland, as well as giving local residents the opportunity to see wonderfully diverse and creative films on their doorstep

To find out more about the 2015 Edinburgh International Film Festival, please visit

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