Robert Carlyle at EIFF 1998

Over the past 70 years, EIFF has seen countless guests come to Edinburgh in celebration of their work, the Festival and cinema itself.

John Huston, Honorary President of the Festival in 1953, proclaimed EIFF to be “the only film festival as such that’s worth a damn” on his return in 1972.

Gene Kelly premiered his Invitation to the Dance in 1956, stating "I have always been a confirmed believer in the "Film Festival" as an incentive to higher standards of creative work, and anyone who has been to Edinburgh will tell you that every visitor leaves with the resolve to do better things."

Clint Eastwood at  EIFF 1990

Over the years we've welcomed countless guests, from international stars like Clint Eastwood, Jacques Tati, Cate Balnchett, Christian Bale, Martin Scorsese, Sigourney Weaver and Jennifer Lawrence to homegrown talent such as Robert Carlyle, Tilda Swinton, Ewan McGregor, Karen Gillan, Kelly McDonald and Sir Sean Connery.

Kelly Macdonald at the premiere of Brave in 2012

With our ed film fest memories 70th anniversary exhibition at Festival Square, St Andrew Square and the Old College Quad, we're presenting a selection of rarely seen images from our archives which document some of the many highlights from the past 70 years of the Festival.

We'll also be presenting Cover to Cover at Filmhouse: 70 years of EIFF programme covers, providing a journey into the visual identity of the Festival as well as an evolving snapshot of the changing face of graphic design in Scotland.

EIFF covers from 1947, 1987 and 2016

The ed film fest memories exhbition is FREE, and runs from Wedensday 31 May to Sunday 2 July 2017.

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