Revamped Edinburgh International Film Festival opens

The Edinburgh International Film Festival began its 11-day run today, with a number of changes having been implemented since last year’s event.

The EIFF is the longest continually-running film festival in the world, with the first festival being held in 1947 in a response to the Edinburgh’s International Festival refusal to include films within its programme. This year the festival is said to be going ‘back to basics’, with international and UK documentaries making up one third of the screenings.

This is partly due to a newly formed collaboration with the Sheffield Doc/Fest and partly due to re-branding decisions made by the festival’s new director, James Mullighan. In an effort to recapture the air of controversy that once surrounded the festival, Mullighan has stripped the event of the red carpets and photocalls which had become part of proceedings in recent years.

That’s not to say that a number of big names won’t be attending this year’s festival. Sex and the City actress Kim Cattrall expected to attend the screening of her latest film, Meet Monica Velour, which is directed by Keith Bearden. Bill Nighy is also plans to attend the première of his MI5 spy film, Page Eight, which is directed by Sir David Hare.

Rock band, Kings of Leon, will also be premièring their documentary film, Talihina Sky, while Ewan McGregor and Eva Green star in sci-fi thriller, Perfect Sense, which will be receiving it’s first European screening during the festival.

Despite the fact that the festival has undergone significant cuts in its funding since last year, many of the events will either be free or cut-price tickets will be available. The programme also features a number of additional events, such as ‘Behind the Camera’, described as a ‘pop-up film school’ where festival-goers can meet filmmakers and gain industry insights.

We’ll keep you posted on all the festival action!

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