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Published on June 20th, 2018 | by Sarah Jubb

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Edinburgh International Film Festival Begins

Film festivals are those odd places where Hollywood and indie come together to promote the films that will be released in the coming months. Here in the UK we have the Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) which officially begins today, 20 June.

The UK is home to a rich history of Film and Television and while many people might recognise the name of the Cannes Film Festival in France or the Venice Film Festival in Italy, it is Edinburgh that is the oldest continually running film festival.

During its running, it has presented world premieres of some of highly recognisable directors including Danny Boyle and Bill Forsyth while also hosting the UK premieres of films such as Blade Runner, Alien, The Hurt Locker and more.

We take a closer look at some of the events that will be occurring during the festival along with just a few of the films that will be showcased!

You’re Gonna Need A Bigger Hall…

Steven Spielberg is one of the titans of Hollywood, and his 1975 film Jaws ingrained a terror of the sea amongst many of its viewers. The iconic score was composed by long time Spielberg partner, John Williams, and has remained a classic ever since.

On Friday 22 June, the Edinburgh International Film Festival is uniting with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra to allow visitors to relive the suspense by playing the score in sync with the film that will be projected onto the big screen.

An Incredible Occasion

For those with a young heart, the Disney Pixar film The Incredibles 2 will be screened on 23 June, making it the perfect occasion for the family to enjoy a day out. The Family Gala screening will see the return of the Incredible family and their day-to-day heroics.

With the original film being released back in 2004 and being a hit with both critics and audiences, the sequel is sure to be yet another success. In previous years, Disney has brought other Pixar juggernauts to the EIFF including Inside Out, Toy Story 3 and Finding Dory.

Celebrating Scottish Film

With a film festival set in Scotland, it only makes sense that the EIFF promotes and celebrates the best of Scottish film as well. The 2018 festival is set to showcase a range of features that have been filmed and are set in Scotland. This includes films such as the comedic horror/musical Anna and the Apocalypse, mostly shot in and around Glasgow, along with thriller Calibre which will feature the Beecraigs Country Park.

There’s not just film on offer, with a preview of the Gaelic TV show Bannon going to be offered, allowing people to see the first three episodes of the fifth season. This will be followed by a Q&A as well, allowing the audience to get involved. There’s plenty more on offer, so why not look at the Edinburgh International Film Festival to find out what’s on?

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