The Edinburgh International Film Festival begins!

The 64th Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) opens today and will run for twelve days. We will bring you all the news about premieres, gossip from all the after show parties and everything in between.

In the past the festival has premiered a number of films that have gone on to be huge, such as Taxi Driver in 1976, Blade Runner in 1982 and The Piano in 1993 to name a few. So, we are right in thinking there might be some treats in store for us this year.

The festival opens today with a red carpet UK premiere of Sylvian Chomet’s the Illusionist, a animated film set in Scotland.

Known for it’s huge range in film genres, EIFF is also screening the UK premiere of Toy Story 3, a month before it goes on general release.

Other highlights include a special gala screening this Sunday of the 1975 film The Man Who Would Be King which starred the legendary Sean Connery who has been a patron of the festival since 1992. The screening is in celebration of his 80th birthday.

There will be the European premiere of the hotly anticipated The Runaways, a biopic of guitarist Joan Jett’s first band, starring Twilight star Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning.

This years panel judging the £15,000 Michael Powell Award includes Britt Ekland, Mike Hodges and Sir Patrick Stewart who will also take part in a 90 minute live event talking about his varied career.

The festival boosts the first ‘audio horror movie’ which we’re not entirely sure what it is and a look at the lost and forgotten films in British cinema between 1967-1979.

On top of this there will be 22 world premieres, 12 international premieres and 133 features from 34 countries.

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