Film festival and University combine

Now in its 66th year, the Edinburgh International Film Festival returns with scores of premieres, a new director, and several exciting collaborations with the University.

Over the course of the festival’s twelve days, film lovers in Edinburgh will be treated to 121 new feature films from 52 countries including 19 World Premieres, 13 International Premieres, 11 European Premieres, and 76 UK Premieres.

The festival runs 20 June until 1 July, culminating with the European Premiere of Brave, the new Scottish-set animation from Pixar.

Course for film lovers

As in previous years, the University is at the heart of some of the Festival’s most exciting events.

For five days the University hosts An Insight into the Edinburgh International Film Festival, an Open Studies short course allowing participants the chance to analyse and discover the range and depth of the Festival’s film programming.

Participants will attend six film screenings, four lectures, take part in daily tutor-led discussions, have access to an In Person event and receive a 2012 catalogue. Subjects this year ranges from asking what exactly is art house cinema, to how sound is used expressively in film.

Places are still available for the course, which runs 20-24 June.

Harry Potter marathon and ECA documentaries

Under new director Chris Fujiwara the Michael Powell Award Competition has returned to crown the Best British Feature Film. This year, for the first time, documentaries will compete alongside narrative films.

The 10 competitors includes Future My Love, directed by Edinburgh College of Art graduate Maja Borg and produced by Sonja Henrici from the Scottish Documentary Institute, part of the College. It is the only Scottish film in the competition.

Inspace, part of the Informatics Forum, presents a season of 12 screenings on the themes of faith and magic. Hellboy, Wings of Desire and a 24-hour Harry Potter marathon all feature as part of Inspace’s continuing Atmosphere stand, which uses new media to enhance the movie watching experience.

Related Links

Edinburgh International Film Festival

Open Studies: An Insight into the Edinburgh International Film Festival

Study film at the University of Edinburgh