EIFF seeks to represent the most innovative and adventurous developments in world cinema, to bring worthy filmmakers to local and worldwide attention, and to provide a forum for appreciative and informed discussion of their work.
EIFF is especially interested in films by emerging filmmakers whose work manifests stylistic boldness, strength of form, and the ambition to use the medium in a way that resists cliché.
The longest continually running film festival in the world. Over the years, EIFF has continued to bring UK audiences the most innovative and exciting films from around the world.
Edinburgh is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and a delightful place in which to showcase and discover new cinema.
All films selected for the EIFF programme, with the exception of short animation films, must be UK premieres. EIFF is also noted for presenting world, international and European premieres.
EIFF will not consider any film that has already had a public screening within the UK. The only exception to this rule is in the case of short animation films, which can be considered even if they have had a previous UK screening.
EIFF will not consider any film that has been publicly made available online.
2019 festival coverage can be found here
2018 festival coverage can be found here
2017 festival coverage can be found here
2016 festival coverage can be found here
2015 festival coverage can be found here
Opening Night Gala: Pig, starring Nicolas Cage
Closing Night Gala: Here Today, directed by and starring Billy Crystal
THE BRIGHT SIDE
A stand-up comedian with reasons to be cheerful.
THE NIGHT HOUSE
A psychological horror that will jolt your mind.
Comedy about family, friends and an unexpected baby.
Yngvild Sve Flikke
THE JUSTICE OF BUNNY KING
An empowered and delightfully crafty mother’s epic fight against the system.
When Deliverance meets Ken Loach.
EVERYBODY'S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE
A fabulous adaptation of the popular West End musical.
THE BETA TEST
Wicked satirical thriller set in Los Angeles.
Jim Cummings, PJ McCabe
From the man behind Star Wars' most iconic creatures.
Rock Opera by Evergreen Film Auteur of Holy Motors and The Lovers on the Bridge.
THE DEER KING (SHIKA NO OU)
Directorial debut of characters designer for Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away.
An intimate look into adolescent turmoil.
Psychologically driven, haunted house story.
THE MAN WHO SOLD HIS SKIN
Would you sell your body for a visa?
Kaouther Ben Hania
Speculative sci-fi animation turns AI nightmare.
BALLAD OF A WHITE COW
A woman seeks justice in a patriarchal society.
Maryam Moghaddam, Behtash Sanaeeha
THE ROAD DANCE
Pre-WW1 tale set on the Isle of Lewis.
SKIES OF LEBANON
After years of bliss, the civil war in Lebanon threatens a family in the 1950s.
How does a tiny Italian village of 13 inhabitants connect to a Uruguayan city an ocean away?
Alicia Cano Menoni
PRINCE OF MUCK
It is difficult to change the habits of a lifetime.
THE GIG IS UP
The convenience of modern life comes at considerable hidden cost.
REBEL DYKES + REEL TALKS: THE WHOLE PICTURE: ADJUSTING THE LENS OF HISTORY
Creating a community to change their world.
Harri Shanahan, Siân A. Williams
WALK WITH ANGELS + REEL TALKS: THE PURPOSE OF CONNECTION
The oldest cultures are not human…
LAURENT GARNIER: OFF THE RECORD
The godfather of 1990s techno music in all his charmingly foul-mouthed glory.
BUDDY GUY: THE BLUES CHASE THE BLUES AWAY
The story of how a Louisiana sharecropper became one of the most influential guitarists of all time.
Devin Chanda, Devin Amar, Charles Todd, Matt Mitchener
RADIOGRAPH OF A FAMILY
A portrait of a marriage that neatly mirrors the divided nature of an Iranian society in revolt.
FACELESS + REEL TALKS: HONG KONG & THE FIGHT FOR 21ST CENTURY DEMOCRACY
Hong Kong pro-democracy protestors forge political community through anonymity.
SHORTS: FAMILY VALUES…
SHORTS: ONE STEP AT A TIME
EIFF YOUTH NEW VISIONS SHORT FILM COMPETITION
SHORTS: BRIDGING THE GAP - MOBILE
SHORTCUTS - VIEWS FROM THE FOUR NATIONS (SHORTCUTS - VUES DES 4 NATIONS)