Strong Scottish presence in 2015 Film Festival

The 2015 Edinburgh International Film Festival will feature a strong lineup of Scottish talent, from feature films to shorts, documentaries to animations, and even some exclusive concerts.

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Starting on Wednesday 17 June and running until Sunday 28 June, the festival will celebrate the very best in on and offscreen Scottish talent.

Already announced are the festival's opening and closing films, The Legend of Barney Thomson and Iona directed by Scots Robert Carlyle and Scott Graham respectively. They are joined by other stars including Ewan McGregor in Last Days in the Desert, Peter Mullan in Hector, James Cosmo in Pyramid Texts and Dr Who star Karen Gillan's first short film, Coward.

Gillan will also serve as a juror on the Festival's award-selection juries, along with renowned Scottish actor Denis Lawson.

Mark Adams, EIFF Artistic Director, said:

We are delighted to be presenting so many films with Scottish links at this year’s festival. Not only are we opening and closing with brilliant new local films, but the festival is punctuated with terrific Scottish documentaries, shorts, animation and features.

This year's selection of also features a number of Scots famous in fields beyond film, including comedian Frankie Boyle in Gasping, directed by Still Game's Greg Hemphill, and a range of documentaries such as cyclist Graeme Obree in Battle Mountain; Marillion's Fish (aka Derek Dick) in Polska; former KLF star Bill Drummond in Imagine Waking Up Tomorrow and All Music Has Disappeared; and singer/songwriter Vic Godard in Big Gold Dream, a look at Edinburgh's influential post-punk music scene.

Godard and Drummond will also both take part in special musical performances after their films' screenings.

Natalie Usher, Director of Film & Media at Creative Scotland, said:

We are delighted to see such a large number and variety of projects with a Scottish connection screening throughout the Festival, demonstrating the talent and skills of filmmakers and crew working in Scotland. To have the premieres of films from Scottish directors as the Opening and Closing films in this prestigious programme is tremendous.
EIFF is a key event in Scotland's cultural calendar, delivering inspirational, world-class cinema experiences to audiences and providing an excellent platform for emerging and established filmmakers to build their national and international profile.

More Scottish links include the European premiere of director Karen Guthrie's bittersweet autobiographical documentary The Closer We Get, world premieres for Edinburgh-based Owen Rixon’s animation Toonocalypse and Colin Kennedy’s graphic, touching and funny drama Swung, and a fascinating look at the story of one of Scotland's most famous men, Andrew Carnegie: Rags to Riches, Power to Peace.

The 2015 Edinburgh International Film Festival runs from 17-28 June. To find out more please visit www.edfilmfest.org.uk. Tickets are on sale now for all events at www.edfilmfest.org.uk/films.

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