Edinburgh International Film Festival offers a 70th anniversary “Future is History” retrospective
Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF), the world’s longest continually-running film festival since its inception in 1947, has helped to define modern film culture worldwide.
EIFF is renowned for showcasing the best in international cinema and for its focus on global filmmaking.
Diane Henderson, Deputy Artistic Director of EIFF, said: “We have always been an artistically led organisation, but interestingly, the Festival was originally a Festival of Documentary cinema and started to include all types of film in the early 1950s.”
Henderson added: “I have a longstanding relationship with the Festival, having been Deputy Artistic Director of EIFF since 2006. Prior to this I worked with EIFF in various capacities – mainly in the marketing department and front of house.”
This year, EIFF are celebrating 70 years of the festival with a special retrospective.
“This year is a landmark year for us as we celebrate the Festival’s 70th Anniversary, which provides a perfect opportunity to look back at our past,” Henderson said. “We’ve just launched our special ‘Ed Film Fest Memories’ project, [showcasing] some incredible archived footage and Festival’s memories from past guests across Scotland, and all over the world. Our new memories website edfilmfestmemories.org.uk has the results of this initial search.”
In addition, numerous celebrities will be joining this year’s event, including Stanley Tucci, Kyra Sedgwick, Kevin Bacon, Lizzie Borden, Danny Huston, and Richard E Grant.
There will be several films on offer in the Future is History retrospective, which includes titles not seen in cinemas since their original release.
Another highlight is a screening of Raiders of the Lost Ark, with a live score performed by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, while another music and spoken word event will feature internationally renowned jazz musician Tommy Smith and the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra. “There really is something for everyone,” Henderson said.
She noted that EIFF will continue to “keep an eye on the changing face of cinema exhibition,” but that the festival’s role will “always be to celebrate the best in British and International cinema.”
She said: “We will remain a place where film can be discussed and celebrated in all its forms and will also continue to work across various platforms to present an annual cross-arts celebration with film at its heart.”
EIFF has also developed into a crucial business hub for the UK and international film industry, a key attraction for Edinburgh, and one of the world’s best-loved audience festivals.
In this year’s event, the EIFF explored new ideas in cinema, inviting local and international audiences to engage with fiction and documentary work.
According to The Edinburgh Reporter, Stuart Turner, Head of Event Scotland, said: “We are delighted to be supporting the Edinburgh International Film Festival as they celebrate this amazing milestone. The 70th anniversary of the Festival and Edinburgh as a festival city is a wonderful achievement and shows how Scotland is a perfect stage for events.”
He added: “As a key strand of Scotland’s Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology, it is great to see the world’s longest continually running film festival bringing their history and heritage to life through the EIFF project. I look forward to seeing all the memories from the last 70 years.”
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