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And now the end is near; well almost! Mhairi MacLeod gives her pick of the Fest for EIFF 2010's final weekend.

Almost as quickly as it arrived the 64th EIFF is now drawing to a close.

Amidst a whirl of red carpets, Hollywood glamour, inspirational directorial debuts and unforgettable industry speakers, EIFF has once again put Edinburgh on the map when it comes to showcasing world class filmmaking.

But it ain’t over yet! Oh no!

If you had aspirations of spending the weekend bathing your cat, pruning the hedge or even driving nan to the bingo, you might want to think again.

The final few days at the Fest are always jam-packed full of surprises and this year is no different.

Enjoying its premiere on the first day of the weekend – AKA Friday – but showing on Saturday as well, the much anticipated Lucky Luke hits Cameo screens to the delight of comic strip fans everywhere.

Based on the cartoon of the same name by Belgian/French legends Morris and Goscinny, director James Huth is at the helm of this colourful Western extravaganza complete with its ultra cool gun slinger and talking horse.

Had your fill of features and fancy making your own?

Don’t fret, Saturday and Sunday offers 11 – 19-year-olds the chance to do just that with Make a film in a day.

Working with industry professionals, participants will learn about storytelling, producing and directing before making their very own masterpiece.

And of course, no Fest is complete without the obligatory closing night knees-up and this year EIFF is proud to welcome the world premiere of Third Star; the feature debut of Bafta-winning director Hattie Dalton.

A tragicomic buddy movie that’s peppered with some of Britain’s brightest new acting talent, don’t forget to bag your place at the red carpet to catch a glimpse of the stars as they hit the big time.

Finally, if this weren’t enough there’s also the chance to relive your favourite Festival flicks as Best of the Fest returns, yet again, by popular demand.

With Toy Story 3, A Spanking in Paradise, The Illusionist and Pelican Blood just a few of the titles putting in a final appearance before the final curtain, don’t say we’re not good to you!
 

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