Guests of the Fest

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EIFF is set to welcome lots of special guests. Take a look at which talented filmmakers and stars will be arriving this week.

William Friedkin, the EIFF man of the hour and director of the opening film Killer Joe, will be joining us tonight for the Opening Night Gala.

He'll be on the red carpet around 6.30pm outside the Edinburgh Festival Theatre along with many more guests of the Fest tonight.

Also walking tonight's red carpet will be Killer Joe star Gina Gershon. Other expected guests include Kate Dickie, Steven McCole, Paul McCole, Craig Hill, John Michie, Malcolm Shields, Ralph Riach, and Steven McNicholl. We also hope to see a guest appearance from author and friend of the Filmhouse, Ian Rankin.

Chair of the International Competition Jury, Elliott Gould, will also be in attendance this evening and throughout the Festival. He and his panel will be judging the 14-strong list of International Award nominees. He will also be appearing at his own event: In Person with Elliott Gould

The Michael Powell Award jury is suitably impressive this year: the judging panel for the prestigious UK film award will be rewarding imagination and creativity in British filmmaking. This year the Chair of the Michael Powell Award Competition Jury is Academy Award® winner and beloved actor Jim Broadbent, who will be in attendance at the Festival. You can also see him on 23 June at his In Person event.

Joining Jim Broadbent on the jury and at the Festival will be Japanese actress and producer Kiki Sugino, whose brilliant Hospitalité will screen at EIFF in the New Perspectives strand, and Tiina Lokk, founder and director of the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival. The jury will present awards for Best British Feature Film and Best Performance in a British Feature Film.

Guests from other EIFF films include Nicolas Rey, whose 16mm differently, Moloussia screens tomorrow, and director of experimental documentary Future My Love, Maja Borg, who we'll be interviewing later this weel.

We'll also be welcoming directors David Zellner (Kid-Thing), Alex Barrett (Life Just Is), Jang Kun-jae (Sleepless Night), Isabel de Ocampo (Evelyn), and Alexandre O Philippe (The Life and Times of Paul the Psychic Octopus).

As ever we are looking forward to hosting filmmaker and former EIFF Artistic Director Mark Cousins, whose latest film, What Is This Film Called Love?, also features in this year's Festival programme.

Keep an eye out for more guest appearances this EIFF, and remember to visit the News page for interviews and features on some of our guests and their films.

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