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Article published 20/07/2022

Edinburgh International Film Festival has today (Wednesday 20 July) announced the programme for its fully in-person 75th Anniversary edition this year. The dynamic programme welcomes attending UK and international filmmakers to present their work across cinema screenings, live performances and industry dialogues during the heart of the August festival season.

Running from 12 – 20 August, the programme includes 87 new features, 12 short film programmes, and two large scale retrospectives that celebrate the 2022 Theme of the 50th Anniversary of the Women’s Film Festival in new Creative Director Kristy Matheson’s inaugural edition.

The programme includes ten international feature films with over 50% female Directors or Co-Directors for the brand-new competitive section for ‘The Powell and Pressburger Award for Best Feature Film’.

This year’s programme also includes an impressive array of features and shorts which have Scottish talent and/or settings as part of the celebrations around Scotland’s Year of Stories 2022. There are 10 features in the main programme, of which six are World Premieres, including the Opening Gala Aftersun, the critically acclaimed feature debut from Scottish filmmaker Charlotte Wells, fresh from winning First Prize when it premiered as part of International Critics’ Week during this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

On Saturday 13 August as part of the Film Fest in the City outdoor screenings programme at St Andrew Square, the celebration of Scotland’s Stories on Screen continues and fills the square with homegrown stories and some family fun, including a special live musical performance to accompany the 100 year anniversary screening of the 1922 classic Rob Roy, as well as Pixar’s animated fantasy Brave and Sylvain Chomet’s charming Edinburgh-set animation The Illusionist.

Separately screening at Filmhouse as part of the Special Events programme and in celebration of Scotland’s Stories on Screen for Scotland’s Year of Stories 2022 will be Scot Dougie Irvine’s Yoyo & The Little Auk. From the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Visible Fictions, this delightful new film is accompanied by a live orchestral performance, introducing children aged 3-6 to the magic of classical music.

The festival is working with venues across the city centre including Filmhouse Cinema, Cameo Picturehouse, Everyman Edinburgh at the St James Quarter, Vue Edinburgh Omni and outdoors with Film Fest in the City in St Andrew Square, to offer audiences a warm welcome back to the big screen.The Edinburgh International Festival is being support by EventScotland’s International Fund and Scotland’s Year of Stories 2022.

For our 75th anniversary, we’ve embraced the very essence of cinema - from its production to its exhibition, it’s a truly collective pursuit. Working alongside a talented team of programmers and festival producers to craft our 2022 programme has been joyous. I’m excited to share our programme with you today and look forward to welcoming audiences back to EIFF this August.

Kristy Matheson, Creative Director, EIFF

Events play an important role in our lives by allowing us to connect, enjoy and share memorable experiences. There is no better place to experience events than in Scotland and EventScotland is delighted to be continuing its support for the Edinburgh International Film Festival as it returns with its full in-person 75th anniversary edition. From the Opening Gala to Film Fest in the City, this year’s programme is packed full of amazing films that celebrate the Year of Stories and showcase Scotland as the perfect stage for film.

Paul Bush OBE, Director of Events, VisitScotland

Tickets go on sale to Filmhouse Members and Screen Saver Passholders today at 12noon and on sale to the general public at 10am on Friday 22 July. To see the full programme visit

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