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Welcome to the 68th Edinburgh International Film Festival! The programme has been revealed and it's time to share the Festival highlights.

EIFF 2014 runs from 18 to 29 June. This year EIFF will showcase 156 features from 47 countries, including 11 World premieres, 8 International premieres, and a range of special screenings and events.

The Festival strands include our classic strands from Animation to Shorts to the Director's Showcase, as well as new additions like Films on Film, Wicked and Wild, and a new take on Teen Spirit from our EIFF Young Programmers team.

With a rich and diverse programme of films and events, Edinburgh International Film Festival continues to bring the very best in cinema to Scotland’s capital.

As previously announced, this year's programme opens with our Opening Night Gala, the World Premiere of British crime thriller Hyena, directed by Gerard Johnson with award-winning producers Stephen Woolley (Made in Dagenham, The Crying Game), Elizabeth Karlsen (Great Expectations, Ladies in Lavender) and Joanna Laurie.

This year continues the Festival's grand tradition of showcasing new and exciting films from around the world. The Director's Showcase strand features gems from the world's great auteur directors with films like Is the Man Who is Tall Happy?, the much-anticipated Snowpiercer, and Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case. The New Perspectives strand features a global array of exciting new work by emerging directors, including many of our Michael Powell Award-nominated films – the best of British.

There are also several special focuses in this year's programme, including the Focus on Germany and Focus on Iran. We also delve deep into each country's cinema with Interrupted Revolution: Iranian Cinema, 1962 to 1978, and Secret Master: Dominik Graf and the Hidden History of German Cinema. Closer to home, we also showcase a retrospectives on British filmmaker John McGrath's work, celebrating the artistry and commitment of the radical writer-director. Titles here include the politically resonant Play for Today: The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black, Black Oil, and John Brown's Body which deals with the history of Scotland's industrial classes.

Awards are back in fashion this year at EIFF, with a whole suite of Awards including The Michael Powell Award for Best British Feature Film, The Award for Best International Feature Film, Short Film Awards supported by Virgin Atlantic, The Audience Award, and The Award for Best Documentary Feature Film all boasting exciting nominees. Find them in the brochure here.

If that wasn't enough, our Black Box experimental selection, Animation strand, and Shorts programme are all stronger than ever.

Film buffs of all levels can enjoy our line-up of Special Events, including Hero Hangouts in partnership with Empire Magazine which include Simon Helberg, Elijah Wood and Don Johnson. This year's Forsyth Hardy Lecture is bound to be a lively one, as this year it asks 'Should Scotland Have an Independent Film Industry?' We also invite you to take part in EIFF in Conversation with documentary director Wang Bing, and the annual Introduction to Film Studies (1 and 2).

From across the pond, the American Dreams strand returns this year, featuring cutting-edge new works from American Independent Cinema. The strand showcases films from coast to coast, from New York set X/Y starring America Fererra, to A Night in Old Mexico with Robert Duvall as a Texas Rancher, to James Franco's California-based Palo Alto.

The Festival will round off, as ever, with the Closing Night Gala. This year it's another American indie: We'll Never Have Paris from The Big Bang Theory star Simon Helberg and actress Jocelyn Towne. The husband-wife pair co-direct this upbeat and personal comedy from the States.

Tickets are available to Filmhouse Members only, from 10am on Thu 29 May. Tickets will then be on general release from 10am on Mon 2 June.

Tickets can be purchased online, by phone on 0131 623 8030 or in person at Filmhouse, Cineworld, Odeon Lothian Road, or Festival Theatre Edinburgh. Please see the official brochure for details.

We look forward to welcoming you to the 68th Edinburgh International Film Festival!

Download the brochure now.

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