Guests of the Fest

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EIFF 2013 is set to welcome lots of special guests. Take a look at some of the talented filmmakers and rising stars who will be arriving next week at the Festival

Drake Doremus and Felicity Jones will be joining us for the Opening Night Gala and European Premiere of Breathe In starring Guy Pearce.

The American continent will also be strongly represented this year. Director Noah Baumbach is set to visit alongside his co-writer and star of Frances Ha, Greta Gerwig.

Many more indie directors will also be attending, including The East's Zal Batmanglij, and C.O.G. director Kyle Patrick Alvarez – who won the first EIFF Award for Best Film in the International Competition in 2009 for his first film, Easier With Practice. Actress Joanna Vanderham of What Maisie Knew representing the American Dreams strand at this year's Festival.

Local filmmaker Mark Cousins will also return to the Festival with his follow-up to his epic series The Story of Film, this time examining A Story of Children and Film. Directors Morag McKinnon and Emma Davie will also attend, bringing I Am Breathing to the big screen in time for MND (Motor Neurone Disease) Global Awareness Day. The most famous MND sufferer is also represented at this year's Festival as Hawking director Stephen Finnigan brings his film about the great man.

Documentarians are also out in spades. Jeanie Finlay (Sound It Out) is set to return to EIFF with her new documentary, the much-anticipated The Great Hip Hop Hoax. Meanwhile documentary director Jennifer Steinman will represent Desert Runners and director of the impressive documentary Leviathan, Lucien Castaing-Taylor, will be in attendance and is in contention for the Michael Powell Award.

Also fighting it out for the Michael Powell Award, Aidan Gillen will be in attendence with Mister John, an incisive character study by directors Christine Molloy and Joe Lawlor. Director Matt Hulse and actor Samuel Dore of Dummy Jim will also be in attendance. For Those In Peril is well-represented – director Paul Wright will be joined by Kate Dickie and NEDs star Conor McCarron. Meanwhile, actor Jamie Blackley (Snow White and the Huntsman) will be working overtime with two films in the festival, both of which are also in contention: uwantme2killhim?, and We Are the Freaks. We will also be welcoming the films' respective directors Andrew Douglas and Justin Edgar.

As previously announced, this year's In Person event will meet with Scottish actor and star Robert Carlyle. The International Feature Film Competition judges will be in attendance throughout. This year, South Korean director Bong Joon-Ho, Game of Thrones star Natalie Dormer, and top film critic Siobhan Synnot are on the jury.

Keep an eye out for more guest appearances this EIFF, and remember to visit the News page for the latest from the Festival along with upcoming interviews and features.


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