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A busy 70th anniversary for Edinburgh

  • God's Own Country will open the Edinburgh International Film Festival

God's Own Country will open the Edinburgh International Film Festival

21st June - 2nd July 2017

The Edinburgh International Film Festival returns for its 70th Anniversary Edition from 21 June-2 July and British Council will be busy at the festival.

This year’s edition of the festival boasts a Best of British showcase featuring 20 new UK titles, including the festival’s Opening Night gala, the Sundance and Berlin Film Festival hit God’s Own Country by Francis Lee.

The British Council will host a new event called All Inclusive (more info here) a lively discussion with leading D/deaf and disabled filmmakers, festival programmers and strategists about film festival strategy and inclusive programming. This is a public event with BSL translation (including roving translators for networking sessions and breaks), Stagetext and a fully accessible venue. It runs 24 June at 1430 at the Novotel.

We are partnering with the Independent Cinema Office on the seventh year of Developing Your Film Festival, the world’s only film festival training programme. Developing Your Film Festival is an intensive training programme for established film festivals from across Europe and the world and runs alongside the Edinburgh International Film Festival from 19-24 June.

We are proud to once again support the McLaren Award for New British Animation. The showcase features an enormous breadth of work including BAFTA winners Will Anderson and Daisy Jacobs. The films will vie for a £1000 prize that is voted for by the public.

The Best of British showcase at Edinburgh:

See the full EIFF programme at