As the longest continually running film festival in the world, inaugurated in 1947 as the First International Festival of Documentary Films, EIFF has played an important role in the development of film culture and industry.

This year’s special strand of archival events features a fascinating onstage discussion delving into the EIFF retrospective programming, and a special presentation of the classic film The Informer with live musical accompaniment in celebration of the 90th season of the Edinburgh Film Guild – one of the oldest film societies in the world and the parent company of EIFF.

We are gradually building the complete history of EIFF and we need your memories – please send them to us at

View all events in the Unlocking the Archives strand here.