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Film Festival Invades University

The Edinburgh International Film Festival will bring psychotic robots, brain scanners and zombies to the University.

Now in its 65th year, the film festival and the University have joined forces to give classic films new life, as well as providing the festival with a new home.

Kicking off on June 15, scientists and academics from Edinburgh Neuroscience will use films such as The Terminator, 28 Days Later and Memento to explore the latest discoveries around artificial intelligence, pandemics, and amnesia and ask, could they actually happen?

Reel Science

Elsewhere in the 12 day festival, at 'Oi! Get Your Grubby Hands Out Of My Brain' Professor of Psychiatry Stephen Lawrie, will use films to explore the commercial and ethical issues around neuro-imaging.

Dr Katie Overy from the Institute for Music in Human and Social Development will look at how music affects our perception of film.

She will curate the event 'Improvising Live Music for Film' which includes a live musical performance to animations by the pioneering Scottish artist Norman McLaren.

As a continuation of Edinburgh Neuroscience's schools workshop, local schools will study Harry Potter films for lessons in how chemicals control raging teenage emotions.

University becomes film hub

The Festival is also moving its hub from The Filmhouse to the Teviot Building at Bristo Square.

George Square Theatre becomes a major venue for the festival for the first time this year.

Festival organisers say collaborating with the University has been central to their plans for this year's Festival, both as a venue partner and genuine supporter of their programming.

"Our entire Reel Science initiative - where we use films, old and new, to explore the burning scientific issues of our day - started as an excitable conversation with the good people of Edinburgh Neuroscience, and I'm hugely proud of what we've built together. These are the first fruits of a partnership that I am confident will blossom over the coming years, which will amplify to the world all that is great about this city."

James MullighanEdinburgh International Film Festival Director

Open Studies Film Festival course

The Open Studies programme is also running An Insight into the Edinburgh International Film Festival. Participants will attend six film premieres and a live event at the festival, plus film tutors will give lectures every morning on subjects including the cinema of displeasure and music documentaries.

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