Edinburgh International Film Festival

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Film Fest in the city - St Andrew Square
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Tickets and info
Telephone (info)
0131 228 4051
Telephone (box office)
0131 623 8030

The Edinburgh International Film Festival, the "longest run film festival in the world" (at least, pre-Covid), will be happening for a Covid-shortened week in August in 2021. It will be the first time since 2007, that the festival has taken place in August. In the pre-pandemic era, the festival took place over a 12 day period in the second half of June/early July. 

In 2022, the film festival will be celebrating its 75th anniversary.

2021 Edinburgh International Film Festival

A ‘new look’ innovative EIFF set to deliver in person events in Edinburgh and beyond with indoor and outdoor cinema experiences alongside online festival screenings celebrating film’s ability to bind us together.

  • Filmhouse and a network of cinemas across Scotland set to collaborate in "joyous communal celebration of the return to cinema"
  • Free outdoor screenings of films in St Andrew Square for ‘Film Fest in the City’ from 19-25 August will form the centre of the Festival’s invitation to audiences in this unique year
  • Features, documentaries, animations, experimental and shorts programmed by a team of regular and guest programmers led by Nick Varley to address big issues, champion social change and invite new audiences to become involved
  • EIFF will present ‘Film Fest on the Forth’, an aquatically themed programme of outdoor waterside screenings on 31 July and 1 August at Port Edgar Marina, South Queensferry
  • Filmhouse at Home widens access to the Festival programme and additional content online connecting global thought leaders with local and international audiences
  • EIFF Talent Lab returns online to give practical support to 24 writers, directors or producers working on their first feature film
  • EIFF Youth programme, inspiring and supporting the filmmakers and curators of tomorrow, to run in person and in an online programme 20 – 23 August.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the 2020 EIFF did not go ahead as planned. However, it presented a programme online in partnership with Curzon Home Cinema, with a film each day of the 12 day festival. Films played for between 2 and 12 days, with live Q&As held with special guests.

Edinburgh Film Festival info

EIFF Tickets

Tickets can be purchased online or by telephone on 0131 623 8030. Check web site for in-person box office.

Festival Background

Launched in 1947, alongside the Edinburgh International Festival, the EIFF was one of the world's first international film festivals. Traditionally, the Edinburgh International Film Festival took place in August, at the same time as Edinburgh's various other August festivals. Former EIFF artistic director Hannah McGill, said the EIFF's move to June in 2007, was to give the Film Festival more "breathing space."