The Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) will return this summer, from August 18 to 23 for its 76th iteration.
With support from Edinburgh International Festival and Screen Scotland, EIFF 2023 will celebrate the work of local and global filmmakers. The full programme is set to be released in June 2023.
There was doubt over the festival’s future following the closure of Edinburgh Filmhouse and the collapse of parent charity Centre for the Moving Image (CMI) in October.
It is still not known who the frontrunner to buy the Filmhouse franchise is. The deadline for the sale was three months ago.
“Edinburgh International Film Festival has always been of a place that sparks inspiring conversations about film”
This year’s festival will be led by the new Programme Director Kate Taylor. Her predecessor Kristy Matheson was named today as BFI London Film Festival Director.
In the announcement, Taylor spoke about her hope for the future of the festival:
“Attending first as an audience member, then as a film worker, my experience of Edinburgh International Film Festival has always been of a place that sparks inspiring conversations about film, and over the past few months it has been nourishing to hear the stories of many people – filmmakers, audience and industry who hold this festival dear.
“I’m excited to deliver the ideas that the team and I have been working on over the past few months and be a custodian for this year’s programme, ensuring the flame of EIFF burns bright, and I can’t wait to welcome audiences to enjoy the curated selection of films we’ll be presenting in August.”
“The Edinburgh International Film Festival is an important cultural touchstone in our festival city, and we are pleased to be able to support its return.”
It’s been revealed that Screen Scotland will work with industry experts to deliver a long-term future for a stand-alone Film Festival. This will be presented annually from August 2024.
The Chief Executive of the Edinburgh International Festival said in the announcement:
“The Edinburgh International Film Festival is an important cultural touchstone in our festival city, and we are pleased to be able to support its return. Over the last few months the EIFF programming team have been developing a plan for an ambitious film programme to add to the International Festival’s world-class dance, theatre, music and opera programme, ensuring that the Film Festival has a bright future. We look forward to working further with Kate and her team as we prepare for a compelling EIFF programme to be revealed in June this year.”
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