EIFF 2016

15 - 26 June 2016

Edinburgh International Film Festival explores new ideas in cinema, inviting local and international audiences to engage with a dynamic programme of fiction and documentary work.

A festival committed to showcasing the most exciting, original and challenging new films and the most promising new talent, each year EIFF welcomes over 1,400 industry delegates, filmmakers and members of the press. The 70th edition of EIFF will take place from 15 to 26 June 2016.

Industry offerings include a packed programme of events, screenings and networking opportunities. They run alongside a series of talent development initiatives designed to support the best emerging talent from across the UK.

EIFF 2016 strands include Best of British, American Dreams, Directors' Showcase, European Perspectives, World Perspectives, Documentaries, Night Moves, Animation, Black Box, Shorts, Adapting Miss Highsmith, Film Fest Junior and Focus on Finland, as well as three retrospectives: POW!!! Live Action Comic Strip Adaptations: The First Generation, Look Again: A Celebration of the Films of Cinéma du look and 70/70 Vision.

Awards at EIFF include Best International Feature Film, Best International Documentary Feature, the Michael Powell Award for Best British Feature Film, the Student Critics Jury Award and the Audience Award. EIFF also gives awards in the categories of animation and short film.

EIFF also offer a range of screenings and workshops for young people as part of our Education activity. This includes our Young Programmers and Student Critics Jury programmes.



Sample the flavour of EIFF's historic 70th edition.


To celebrate the Festival's landmark 70th edition, EIFF has teamed up with Bute Fabrics and Edinburgh College of Art to produce a bespoke Fesitval tartan.

A limited edition, 100% lambswool, tartan scarf will be available for sale from Filmhouse Box Office throughout the festival, and can be pre-ordered HERE

The Festival will also be hosting an exhibition at Filmhouse presenting the creative process of the ECA students, from mood board development to final fabric design.


EIFF is committed to providing support for the film industry through its diverse industry programme. Come and take-part in our range of specially curated industry events and network with professionals from across the industry.

Full details of our industry programme and services can be found here.

For updates on EIFF’s industry activity follow us on Twitter: @eiffindustry


EIFF is proud to provide a range of talent development programmes that support filmmakers across a range of disciplines and at various stages of their careers. In the past four years EIFF has developed the personal skills and projects of over 100 filmmakers in roles including producers, composers, screenwriters, directors and animators.

To read more about current projects and past participants, visit our Talent Development pages here.

You can also keep up-to-date with our talent development activity by following our talent twitter feed - @eiffconnections


EIFF is passionate about working with younger audiences, and in 2015 provided a range of screenings, events and workshops especially for this audience. This included EIFF Youth Hub, a unique space that provided events for 15 to 26-year-olds looking to explore a future in the film industry; Teen Spirit, a strand of the Festival programmed by our Young Programmers; and our Student Critics Jury which seeks to discover the future film critics of Scotland.

Full details on all EIFF Learning activity can be found here.

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