The final weekend of this 70th edition of Edinburgh International Film Festival is upon us – where did those days go? At this stage, with just three days left to enjoy, making good choices is absolutely essential.

As always, however, we’ve got you covered with a handy Top 10 list of the very best, most interesting and weirdest screenings and events on offer as EIFF 2016 thunders towards its climactic finale.

Cut to chase. Cue dramatic music.

1. Five Animated Years of Will Anderson and Ainslie Henderson
Friday 24 June at 15:45, Filmhouse

Scotland’s dynamic duo won a BAFTA with their debut film, have been nominated for the Cartoon d’Or at Cannes and have a McLaren Award for Best British Animation from EIFF each. The future is bright, their films are endlessly entertaining and this retrospective is a chance to say you “knew them when…”


2. Jet Trash w/ intro from Charles Henri-Belleville, Sofia Boutella and Robert Sheehan
Friday 24 June at 18:25, Cineworld

Irish livewire Robert Sheehan returns to EIFF and will be in the house for an intro and Q&A at this screening, alongside co-star Sofia Boutella and director Charles Henri-Belleville, whose 2007 Scottish road trip film The Inheritance really put him on the map (pun intended, no apology offered).


3. Ithaca
Friday 24 June at 20:40, Cineworld

Meg Ryan's debut feature film as a director has been a hit at this year's festival - a moving drama set in the 1940s with great cinematography and cameos from Tom Hanks and Sam Shepard.


4. Regrouping: Experimental Films from the ‘60s and ‘70s
Saturday 25 June at 14:35, Filmhouse

This year’s Black Box programme is focused on the 1970s – widely considered as the peak of avant-garde filmmaking – and this screening is a showcase of rarely screened gems and classics of the era.


5. Carol
Saturday 25 June at 18:35, Filmhouse

The Adapting Miss Highsmith season, which launched at EIFF this year, features film adaptations of the work of novelist Patricia Highsmith. The most recent adaptation, Carol, recently topped BFI’s Best LGBT Films of All Time poll and stars the superb Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara.


6. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial presented by EIFF and The RSNO
Saturday 25 June at 19:30, Festival Theatre

Contrary to some rumours, there are still some seats to be claimed for this spectacular event – with the Steven Spielberg classic (which premiered at EIFF in 1982) screening with accompaniment from the outstanding Royal Scottish National Orchestra, playing John Williams' unmistakable score live.


7. Holidays w/ intro from Kevin Smith & Harley Quinn Smith
Saturday 25 June at 20:45, Filmhouse

Anthology horrors don’t get more seasonal than this! Fright fans will relish this selection of grisly holiday-themed tales from an array of directors – including Kevin Smith, who will be joined by his daughter Harley Quinn Smith in the cinema to introduce the film. Guaranteed entertainment!

8. Captioned & Audio Described Screenings
Scottish Shorts and Tommy’s Honour
, Filmhouse and Odeon
Sunday 26 June at 12:00 + 15:30

Specially-captioned and audio described screenings of Scottish Shorts and EIFF Opening Night film Tommy’s Honour. Both will have on-screen caption titles and an audio description track available via headset.


9. Flash Gordon
Sunday 26 June at 15:35, Cineworld

He's for everyone of us! Stands for everyone of us! If Highlander didn’t sate your appetite for 1980s cult movies with Queen soundtracks then Flash Gordon might just do the trick! Screening as part of POW!!! Live Action Comic Strip Adaptations: The First Generation.


10. Best of the Fest
Sunday 26 June

Our annual Best of the Fest screenings are another chance for you to catch some of the most popular and beloved films from this year’s festival! A full list of this year’s screenings are listed here.


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