The budget ranges may vary and the cast may range from big stars to up-and-coming new talents, but this exciting, challenging and provocative group of films strives to bring an original voice and allows new names to thrive and prosper. The section has long been a mainstay of the Edinburgh International Film Festival, and it is testament to the strength of the diverse filmmaking scene in the US that we are able to present such an exciting and diverse group of new films. The American Dreams section features films ranging from dark noir dramas through to sophisticated and subtle comedies, as well as some of the very best of performing talent, including the likes of Bryan Cranston, Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara, Jennifer Aniston, Natalie Portman, Robert Duvall, Holly Hunter, James Franco, Rosanna Arquette, Jon Bernthal, Kevin Bacon, Diane Lane and Jennifer Garner…to name just a few.

View all films in the American Dreams strand here.