Join us for the Opening Night Gala

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There will be plenty of opportunities for star-spotting at the Festival Theatre this evening, as the great and the good walk the Red Carpet for the spectacular Opening Night Gala of EIFF 2010.

The suspense is mounting for the Opening Gala - Sylvain Chomet's much-anticipated The Illusionist.

After visiting EIFF with his feature Belleville Rendez-vous in 2003, the Frenchman adopted Edinburgh as his new home, and set The Illusionist on these very streets.

There will be entertainment and plenty of stars to spot at the spectacular launch. The guest list includes director Sylvain Chomet and our extra-special guests Sir Sean Connery and Sir Patrick Stewart.

Screenwriter Nick Hornby (An Education) and director Mike Hodges (Pulp, Get Carter) will be paying the Red Carpet a visit, along with our very own Ewen Bremner (Trainspotting), Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy in the Harry Potter movies), and Ms Ugly Betty herself, America Ferrera. Former First Minister Jack McConnell will also be in attendance.

But it wouldn't be a Red Carpet event without you!

You, film fans of Edinburgh and guests of beyond, are cordially invited to join us at the Red Carpet. There will be an area set aside just for fans of the Fest, and we expect the celebs to start arriving at 17:30, so best get there a little earlier to grab a prime spot.

It is the perfect opportunity to get in with the crowd, get a feel for the festivities, snap some photos, and see the stars.

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  • Tami Williams Wednesday 16th June, 2010 / 12:11 GMT

    Will this be on Wed. June 16 at the Filmhouse on Lothian Road?
  • Saima Nisbet Wednesday 16th June, 2010 / 12:50 GMT

    Tami - the opening night film is at the festival theatre not the filmhouse so I assume all events will be there for the opening gala.
  • Katy Littler Wednesday 16th June, 2010 / 16:34 GMT

    I have a ticket for the film tonight, the film starts at 21.45 so will I be OK getting there for 21.30 or do I need to be there early for any reason?

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