EIFF announces new funding and additional partnerships 2012

Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) today announced additional funding has been secured for the delivery of the 66th edition, alongside a host of new and returning partners for the Festival beginning on the 20 June 2012.

The BFI (British Film Institute) has awarded EIFF £250,000 of Lottery funding. The award will contribute towards the Festival’s core programming and industry events, as well as supporting initiatives to develop new filmmaking talent.

The BFI’s funding commitment accompanies ongoing financial support for the EIFF from both Creative Scotland and the City of Edinburgh Council.

The 2012 EIFF has also received funding from the Scottish Government through the Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund which supports EIFF’s Talent Lab programme; and also through EventScotland which supports a number of elements at the Festival including the Opening Night Gala, KILLER JOE, on Wednesday 20 June.

New support for EIFF 2012 comes from the British Council towards international filmmaker attendance and VisitScotland, contributing towards EIFF’s Closing Night Gala, the European premiere of Disney-Pixar’s BRAVE.

EIFF also announced today new and returning corporate sponsors for this year, which include:
Innis & Gunn, Edinburgh-based specialty brewer, join as Beer Partner and as sponsors of the International Competition
easyJet return to EIFF for their second year as Official European Airline, and will be flying guests to and from Edinburgh
Cineworld also return in 2012 as venue partner, hosting almost 50% of EIFF’s screenings at Cineworld Fountainpark
A F Noble Subaru join as Official Car Partner
Mackie’s of Scotland is EIFF’s Official Ice Cream

Ken Hay, CEO of Edinburgh International Film Festival, said “We are grateful to all of our partners this year for their on-going support of the Festival. Without the support of both public funders such as the BFI and Creative Scotland, and also of course our corporate partners we simply could not undertake the wide range of programme and events that we do.”

Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs, said: "Edinburgh International Film Festival once again promises to deliver a vibrant and diverse programme this year. As last year's impact study showed, the Edinburgh festivals contribute more than £250m in additional tourism revenue to Scotland’s economy. More than that, they promote Scotland's rich culture, heritage and distinct identity on the world stage. It makes strong sense, particularly during the Year of Creative Scotland, to support the Film Festival’s work to cultivate emerging Scottish talent. Through our Expo Fund, the Scottish Government has awarded £150,000 to do exactly that."

Amanda Nevill, CEO of the BFI, said: “We are delighted to be supporting the 2012 EIFF. One of the oldest film festivals in the world, Edinburgh has an industry programme which supports the development of new filmmaking talent and a public programme that attracts and entertains audiences from across the UK. We wish Chris, Ken and all the team a successful festival.”

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