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Edinburgh International Film Festival has launched its full programme for June, with 22 World premieres, 5 International premieres, 17 European premieres and 85 UK premieres. That's a lot of premieres... and there's much more besides. 

Running from 15-26 June, the Film Festival will screen 161 features from 46 countries, including two major retrospective strands and the world premieres of two much anticipated Scottish films in Tommy's Honour and Whisky Galore.

There will also be the world premiere of the new 30th anniversary 4K restoration of 80s swords and sorcery classic, Highlander, and the UK premiere of Disney-Pixar's Finding Dory, the sequel to 2003's children's classic Finding Nemo

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. 

Big names set to appear at the Festival's In Person talks include acclaimed indie director Kevin Smith (Clerks, Dogma), French star Dominique Pinon (Amélie, Outlander), stage and screen icon Kim Cattrall (Sex and the City, My Boy Jack), and legendary producer Jeremy Thomas (Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence, The Last Emperor, Sexy Beast). 

In the Festival's 70th edition, there will also be a special series of screenings in the 70mm format, in 70/70 Vision. Movies taking advantage of the beautiful original widescreen presentation include Lawrence of Arabia, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Playtime from Jaques Tati and Oscar-winning Akira Kurosawa film, Dersu Uzala

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. 

As always, the Festival will showcase work of all kinds, with thematic strands including Best of British, American Dreams, Directors' Showcase, European Perspectives, World Perspectives and Night Moves (a look at "the chilling, bloody side of cinema"). Short films, documentaries and animated features will also feature strongly, alongside a special Focus on Finland strand, highlighting the growing cultural renaissance of the Nordic nation. 

New Scottish Talent is also celebrated throughout the programme, and Natalie Usher, Director of Screen at Creative Scotland, said: 

Congratulations to EIFF for bringing us such an exciting programme, a magnificent celebration to mark the 70th year. This year’s edition is packed with the work of Scotland’s most exciting filmmaking talent alongside an impressive array of the very best cinema from around the world. 
EIFF provides an excellent platform to connect Scotland’s filmmakers with new markets, raising their international profile. The industry programme offers a vital opportunity for professional exchange and dialogue, a chance to maintain existing relationships, initiate new ones and spark off new projects and ideas. 
All together this year’s Festival is sure to enlighten, inspire and entertain.

The Edinburgh International Film Festival runs from Wednesday 15 to Sunday 26 June 2016, and all tickets are now on sale. Find out more about the Festival, including links to programme and ticketing details.

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