Edinburgh International Film Festival in partnership with Essential Edinburgh returns to St Andrew Square Gardens for an opening weekend of free outdoor screenings from Friday 12 August to Sunday 14 August  

Film Fest in the City is pleased to announce that we will allow free un-ticketed entry to all screenings by walk-up on a first come, first served basis, subject to availability of space. On arrival, please make your way to the ‘Event Entrance’ located on the south-west corner of St Andrew Square (Jenners’ Entrance).  

Friday 12 August

11.00 - Paddington (2014)

Everyone’s favourite bear in his first big screen adventure as he travels from deepest darkest Peru to London to try and find himself a new home.

13.00 - Fantastic Mr Fox (2009)

Filmmaker Wes Anderson guides an A-list cast in this stop-motion take on Roald Dahl’s classic book.

14.45 | SHORT FILM: What Makes Soup, Soup?

15.00 - Christopher Robin (2018)

Ewan McGregor stars as a now-grown-up Christopher Robin who is visited by Winnie the Pooh to help find his lost friends in the Hundred Acre Wood.

17.00 | SHORT FILM: Neville is Dead

17.30 - Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)

Join us for high-flying spectacle in filmmaker Ang Lee’s martial arts masterpiece.

19.40 | SHORT FILM: Flit 

20.00 - 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

One of the greatest cinematic experiences of all time. Stanley Kubrick’s journey into space is designed for the big screen.

Saturday 13 August

11:00 - Brave (2012)

Follow Princess Merida as she forges her own path in Disney and Pixar’s journey into the mythical Scottish kingdom of DunBroch. Celebrating Scotland’s Stories on Screen. Pre-screening family entertainment, including face-painting.

12.50 | SHORT FILM: Fear of Flying 

13:00 - The Illusionist (2010)

Based on the story by Jacques Tati, this beautifully animated tale tells of a French illusionist who travels to Scotland, where he meets a young woman where their exciting adventures together change both their lives forever. Celebrating Scotland’s Stories on Screen. Pre-screening family entertainment.

14.49 | SHORT FILM: Widdershins 

15:30  -  Rob Roy (1922)

Join us for a special live musical performance by multi-instrumentalist David Allison to accompany this impressive 1922 classic film.

David Allison’s accompaniment was originally commissioned and presented by the Hippodrome Silent Film Festival – Scotland’s first and only festival celebrating silent film with live music, taking place annually in March at the Hippodrome – Scotland’s first purpose-built cinema www.hippfest.co.uk

Celebrating Scotland’s Stories on Screen

17.20 | SHORT FILM: Betty 

18:00 - Wall-E (2008)

An all singing, all dancing modern classic from Pixar.

20.00 | SHORT FILM: Don vs Lighting 

20:15 - Free Guy (2021)

Affable bank clerk Ryan Reynolds discovers he is a computer game character in this recent action comedy.

Sunday 14 August

11:00 - Shrek (2001)

Join a whole host of fairy tale characters in this animated, tuneful and funny animated adventure.

13:00 - Big (1989)

Tom Hanks reconnects with his youth in this 80s family classic.

15:15 - Whip It (2009)

Get your skates on and join Babe Ruthless and the roller-derby team in this funny and quirky drama.

17:30 - The Farewell (2021)

A funny and uplifting tale of a family reconnecting with their past

19:45 - Twilight (2008)

Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart star in this everlasting teenage vampire romance.

Audiences watching a film on the big screen in St Andrew Square, some standing, some on picnic blankets and some on deckchairs

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Event Terms & Conditions of entry

The safety of everyone attending Film Fest in the City is our highest priority and we continually liaise with the local authority and emergency services (including Police Scotland) during the event planning process. We want our events to be as safe as possible for all attending, but we need your co-operation to comply with government guidelines and health advice for the safety of yourself and others:

- Any persons under the age of 16yrs must be accompanied by an adult 18yrs+
- Please do not attend the event if you or any member of your household are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or are currently self-isolating
- Attendees are encouraged to bring picnic blankets for grass seating as we cannot generally accommodate camping or inflatable chairs.
- Audience members bringing chairs will only be admittted in the case of accessibility or medical needs. Please notify a member of staff on arrival to inform them of your requirements and they will assist in locating your chair so it will not obstruct the view of others.  
- Picnics welcome but NO ALCOHOL may be brought in or out of the event arena
- NO GLASS may be brought into the event arena
- For the SAFETY AND COMFORT of all our guests, we may conduct security searches of clothing, bags and all other items on entry and exit to this event
- Please be aware that large rucksacks and suitcases are not permitted into this event 
- Please use bins provided for rubbish and clean up any litter after yourselves
- On entering the event you consent to official filming, photography and sound recordings as members of the public, which may be used in future promotions by organisers
- The use of professional cameras and any audio/video recording equipment by the public is strictly prohibited at the event
- No pets other than Assistance Dogs only permitted at the event
- Organisers reserve the right to make changes to advertised event time(s) and schedule(s)
- Organisers reserve the right to implement any restrictions/conditions deemed necessary before and during the event to ensure the safe management of the event