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Article published 10/06/2020

Right now, the Edinburgh International Film Festival should be gearing up to the mid-June opening of its 74th edition. As announced previously, the Festival has had to be postponed in line with the UK Government and Scottish Government’s public health advice, but it’s bringing you the next best thing.

From 24 June to 5 July, the Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) and Curzon Home Cinema will present EDFILM AT HOME, an online festival of the best new cinema for you to enjoy at home.

They’ve scoured the future film release schedules and have handpicked a selection of some of the best upcoming films – all likely to figure in the programmes of the best cinemas in the land come the glorious day they are all able to open once more, and hope with this sneak preview to generate excitement and anticipation for their eventual cinema releases.

A brand-new film will be presented each day of the 12 day festival, with films playing for between 2 and 12 days, each priced at £9.99. Alongside the films there will be live Q&As with special guests.

This special, ambitious programme features such award-winning, inspiring names as Jennifer Baichwal, Marco Bellocchio, Ron Howard, the Dardenne brothers, Tilda Swinton, Alicia Vikander and Maxine Peake.

We can’t bring you the Edinburgh International Film Festival this year quite as and when you know it, but we are finding ways to adapt and to share our passion for films through new initiatives. We want to give our industry something to get excited about whilst all UK cinemas are closed, and get the cinema-going public excited about what films are in store for them in cinemas when we return so we’ve joined forces with Curzon Home Cinema to end (at least temporarily) this new-release hiatus.

We’ve handpicked a selection of some of the best upcoming films from the future film release schedules and are delighted we can share those with our audiences across the UK, giving them the opportunity to see them before they [hopefully] reach our cinemas later in the year. Additionally, we’ve also arranged for many of them to be accompanied by online Q&As with the filmmakers which will be live and interactive when each film is released and then available with the stream for the duration it is on EDFILMFEST AT HOME. We’re hugely grateful to all the distributors who have supplied films for this series.

Rod White, Director of Programming, Edinburgh International Film Festival

The Edinburgh International Film Festival is a highlight of the UK film calendar and it is a crushing shame not to bring some of our films to the city this June. But with this selection of exciting new titles, we believe EDFILMFEST AT HOME on Curzon Home Cinema will bring the spirit of the festival to film fans across the country.

Damian Spandley, Director of Programme and Distribution Sales, Curzon

This is a great example of an event innovating to engage with its audience in difficult circumstances for the industry. While it is important that people continue to stay at home, I’m delighted that film lovers will still be able to enjoy the insight and programming expertise of Edinburgh International Film Festival in some form and as one of the world’s most renowned film festivals it is heartening to see the EIFF adapting to deliver content via this pioneering platform.

Paul Bush OBE, Director of Events at VisitScotland

To see the films lined up so far for EDFILMFEST AT HOME click here visit www.edfilmfest.org.uk. The full schedule of films and Q&As will be released on 17 June.