Film festival celebrates ongoing success
This year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival features several University collaborations, including an evening with Oliver Stone.
The Academy Award-winning director, screenwriter and producer will take part in a question and answer session. The event marks the 30th anniversary of his critically acclaimed film Wall Street. The session will be chaired by Edinburgh College of Art’s Dr Jonny Murray.
Mr Stone will be bestowed an Honorary Degree from the University during his visit to Edinburgh.
Academics across the University will also be taking part in a range of talks, workshops and a film studies summer school.
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The Edinburgh International Film Festival was launched in 1947. It is the world’s longest-running film festival.
University Archives Manager Rachel Hosker is holding an event called Behind the Curtain that charts the Festival’s history.
Ms Hosker will interview a former Artistic Director of the Festival, Jim Hickey, who held the post from 1981 to 1988. He will reveal tales and insights into the Festival’s heritage. The event will feature archive footage, rarely seen photographs and precious artefacts.
Dr Angela Bartie from the University’s School of History will talk about the work of jazz musician, poet and playwright Tom McGrath, She will explore his early influences and how they helped shape his unique approach to the arts in 1970s Scotland.
James Mooney from the University’s Centre for Open Learning will hold a talk on the relationship between philosophy and science fiction films. He will consider what this can teach us about metaphysics, morality and what it means to be human.
The University’s Talbot Rice Gallery will present the world premiere of visual artist Michael Poetschko´s new experimental narrative essay film, Our Refrain. The film follows a group of students as they set up an experimental hub in an abandoned office building in Berlin.
The University runs a number of courses alongside the Film Festival, giving people further insight into events as well as hands-on experience.
The annual Film Studies summer school introduces students to central concepts of film study and includes exclusive access .
Students are taught film theory and have the unique opportunity to apply their knowledge at a variety of selected Festival events.
The class has access to feature films, documentaries, retrospectives and industry events. Writing workshops held throughout the course also help to develop skills in film criticism and journalism.
A further short course - An Insight into EIFF - brings together international students and part-time adult learners.
The popular course has been running for 15 years in conjunction with the Film Festival. It offers six film premieres, beginning with the Opening Night Gala, a festival In-Person event, industry events and press screenings.
This year, the course was short-listed by the University Association for Lifelong Learning for a national award for innovation and creativity.
In 2015, the University signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Centre for the Moving Image – which incorporates the Edinburgh International Film Festival and Filmhouse.
The agreement underlined a commitment to extending the reach of both organisations through collaborations involving programming and research.
Work by graduates from film and animation programmes at Edinburgh College of Art (ECA) will be screened throughout the Festival.
Alumni are showing work as part of the many Shorts programmes - including one presented by the Scottish Documentary Institute, a research centre at ECA – and an award-winning documentary from graduate and tutor Julian Schwanitz, Donkeyote, will have its UK premiere.
Animation graduates will also be vying for audience votes in this year’s McLaren Award for Best British Animation.