The 70th iteration of the Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) promotes fresh and innovative ideas in cinema from 15-26 June. Each year, EIFF welcomes over 1,400 industry delegates, filmmakers and members of the press, and also brings together local and international audiences to engage with a programme of works of fiction and documentary.
Alongside the abundant film screenings, the programme features a wealth of networking opportunities and a series of talent development initiatives, which aim to support the best emerging UK talent. THe EIFF 2016 film selection is divided into various strands based on filmmaker nationality, genre of film and retrospective themes.
Best of British features work from Northern Ireland, Wales, England and Scotland and explores a variety of styles and genres with a determination to tell new stories. Films from this strand will be selected for consideration for the prestigious Michael Powell award, which has honoured imagination and creativity in British filmmaking since its inauguration in 1990.
American Dreams showcases some of the best new American independent cinema. The budgets and big-name casts may vary but this makes for a challenging and provocative selection of films which are a testament to the strength of the filmmaking scene in the US.
Black Box is a line-up of new works and historical explorations covering a provoking world of experimental film. This strand ranges from the abstract to the political with four sets of shorts themed around the body and technology, transformation and discovery, journeys, and environmental matters. Black Box also features three feature-length films and two Regrouping screenings, which look back on EIFF’s 70-year history.
Focus on Finland dives into the rich Scandinavian film industry. EIFF works in partnership with the Finnish Film Foundation to present a collection of new Finnish features and shorts, exploring stories ranging from environmental business to unsuccessful cheerleaders.
In addition to these strands, a range of prize will be awarded including The Audience Award – voted for by cinema-goers attending public screenings – and The McLaren Award for New British Animation. The EIFF Short Film Challenge also returns for its third year with a theme of Seventy, offering a £3,000 prize fund towards the winner’s next short film.
Edinburgh International Film Festival, 15-26 June. Various venues in Edinburgh.
For more information, visit: www.edfilmfest.org.uk.
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