Edinburgh International Film Festival Programme Released

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Press release for the Edinburgh International Film Festival

The programme for the Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) has been announced today.

Across the six-day event (August 18-23), the festival will host 24 new feature films, five retrospective films, five short film programmes, and an outdoor screening experience. 

Kate Taylor, the programme director of the festival, said:“With this year’s vivid film selection the EIFF programme team has favoured the bold, drawn to filmmakers with searching perspectives and style to burn. Designed for an eclectic spectrum of film fans, and defined by a love of independent cinema, this compact programme shines a light on new talent, and offers a smashing six-day journey for the EIFF’s passionate audiences.” 

Opening the festival, is the world premiere of Silent Roar, a debut feature by Scottish director Johnny Barrington. It tells the story of a teenager grappling with the loss of his father and connecting with the new rebellious girl in his class, set in the Outer Hebrides. 

Fremont, an international selection, directed by Babak Jalali, will be closing the festival. Jalali’s debut film Frontier Blues played at EIFF back in 2010. It is a dramedy portraying the experiences of an Afghan woman suffering from insomnia, melding comedic moments into an important immigrant tale. 

Amongst the UK premieres is Chuck Chuck Baby, a debut directed by Janis Pugh. A heart-warming tale of two women finding love in a chicken packaging factory. 

Also making its UK debut is Kill, by Roger Griffiths, a gritty thriller in which a hunting trip turns deadly. This feature hosts a wealth of Scottish talent with Daniel Portman and Higgens. 

Daniel Portman, Calum Ross, Brian Vernel and Paul Higgens star in Kill Image Credit: Edinburgh International Film Festival

Some highly anticipated releases in the international selections include Kelly Reichardt’s Showing up, an intimate and unique depiction of art-making and creativity, and Celine Song’s directorial debut Past Lives described as ‘a classic immigrant tale in the making’. 

Scottish talent shines again in the short films category with the commissioned Bridging the Gap documentaries series. In the six documentaries, it explores the themes of ‘acceptance, reconciliation and love’ through the stories they tell. 

Attendees will also have the opportunity to see some old family favourites and recent releases, including multi-Oscar winning Everything, Everywhere, All at Once in the Cinema Under the Stars outdoor screening weekend on 19-20 August. 

For more information on the Edinburgh International Film Festival programme list and special events visit their website

Tickets for the full EIFF Programme go on sale at 12pm Friday 7 June, online here, or you can call the Edinburgh International Festival Box Office on +44 (0)131 473 2000. 

Featured Image: Silent Roar Edinburgh International Film Festival

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