Our 2021 Weekender will take place over the 20th - 22nd of August, with a packed programme of film screenings, careers advice sessions and special events that will educate, entertain and inspire.

We will be online, outside and on screen – hosting a range of film competitions, outdoor screenings, and online how-to guides.  We have also badged a selection of films in the main programme as essential viewing for 15–25 year-olds - so keep your eyes peeled on our socials!  

Bring your favourite cinema snacks and picnic blankets or sit yourself down on one of the famous St Andrew Square deck chairs to enjoy the films we have selected for Film Fest in the City.

All EIFF Youth online events and outside screenings are FREE. Find out more about the 2021 programme here.

All films showing in cinemas are £5 for under 25s, with a free young person's membership. 

Click to download a PDF copy of the full EIFF Youth weekend schedule here - 



Weekender Schedule


Friday 20th August

EIFF Youth meets Jack Lowden [PG] 5pm, @EIFFtv Youtube - What’s the one magic quality you need to make it as an actor? Don’t miss this candid chat from the rising star of Scottish cinema – full of tips, advice and insight into the film scene and breaking through from Scotland. Watch it here!

EIFF Youth New Visions Short Film Competition 2021 [15] 7pm, @EIFFtv Youtube - We invited 15–25 year-old filmmakers from across Scotland to submit their latest work to the EIFF Youth New Visions Short Film Competition. This showcase has been carefully selected by the EIFF Youth team, and promises to be entertaining, thought provoking and inspirational. Three awards are up for grabs, with the winners announced after the screening in a special Q&A event. FREE on Filmhouse at Home and EIFF TV YouTube Channel. Watch it here!


Saturday 21st August

How to get into Film & TV [PG] 2PM, @EIFFtv Youtube - Interested in working in film and tv?
This session gives you a unique opportunity to hear what it’s really like to work on set. Meet young trainees who’ve been working on Amazon Studio’s The Rig and find out how they got into the industry. Produced in partnership with Screen NETS. Watch it here!

Download our take away guide with all key information from the session here

How to green your production [PG] 3PM, @EIFFtv Youtube - Katy Murdoch of BAFTA Albert takes us through the top ten tips for keeping your production planet friendly. Watch it here!

Download our take away guide with all key information from the session here

hunt for the wilder people

Film Fest in the City: Hunt for the Wilderpeople [12A] 5PM, St Andrew Square - A charming adventure comedy, it combines all the best elements of a Taika Waititi film – it’s wild, entertaining and adventure packed! Come along to Film Fest in the City to watch this crowd pleaser! Watch the trailer here...



EIFF Youth meets Our Ladies [15] 7PM, @EIFFtv Youtube - Director Michael Caton Jones, and actors, Tallulah Greive and Sally Messham tell us all about their new film, Our Ladies. It’s a riotous tale of Highland, Catholic schoolgirls who use a choir competition in Edinburgh as an opportunity to party. Watch it here!


hearts beat loud

21 21 21 Watch Party: Hearts Beat Loud [12A] 8PM, @eiffyouth Instagram - Record lovers - this one is for you! A feel-good movie featuring a great soundtrack, and brilliant central characters. It will leave you with a smile on your face and a desire to run to your favourite record shop! We’ll be sharing our thoughts on the film on Instagram for our watch-along party. Watch the trailer here...


Sunday 22nd August

Edinburgh & Lothians Schools Film Competition 2021 [PG] 12PM / 120mins / @EIFFtv Youtube channel - Our annual schools’ competition returns with a special online showcase celebrating local film making talent. Together with our partners Screen Education Edinburgh and Arts and Creative Learning, City of Edinburgh Council, we invited young people from nurseries, primary, secondary and special schools in Edinburgh and the Lothians to submit their short films to EIFF’s annual competition. Shortlisted films are then chosen by our Youth Jury, who will present their picks in this online screening and announce the winners across a range of categories. FREE on Screen Education Edinburgh and on EIFF TV YouTube Channel. Watch it here!

How to get into Film Journalism [12A] 2PM, @EIFFtv Youtube - Calling all budding film critics! How do you get published? How do pitch for work? How do you get paid? Find out all this and more in this session where commissioning editors and freelancers share their top tips. Produced in partnership with EIFF Young Critics Programme and supported by James and Morag Anderson. Watch it here!

Download our take away guide with all key information from the session here

How to get your music right(s) [15] 3PM, @EIFFTV Youtube - Join Simon Toner as he takes a young filmmaker through the best way to add music to your film, from copyright free compositions to working with a composer. Watch it here!

Download our take away guide with all key information from the session here

les diaboliques

21 21 21 Watch Party: Les Diaboliques [12A] 6PM, @eiffyouth Instagram - This dark, twisting tale of love and betrayal will fill you with dread, and thrill you with jump scares. Directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot, who is regarded as the ‘French Hitchcock’. Join us for our watch-along party on Instagram - but remember to keep the light on! Watch the trailer here...




Film Fest in the City: Amélie [15] 8PM, St Andrew Square - Amélie opened EIFF in 2001 and became an instant classic. The film feels like a warm hug, taking viewers on a journey through the streets of Paris. 20 years after its first release, Amélie still spreads happiness. It will screen at Film Fest in the City as part of our EIFF Youth Weekender. Watch the trailer here...


The Edinburgh Film Festival's 'Film Fest in the City' is FREE, but ticketed.  Tickets will be available to Filmhouse Members on Wednesday 28 July, and will be on general sale from Thursday 29 July.

The EIFF Youth Weekender runs from the 20th - 22nd of August 2021. 

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21 21 21 Playlist

 To mark the 21st year of the 21st century, the EIFF Youth team have picked their favourite 21 soundtrack songs of the century. This ultimate playlist is part of our EIFF Youth Weekender project. Tune in with us here... 🍿 👀