Last Thursday saw the release of the programme for Edinburgh’s 60th International Film Festival. I picked up my free copy from the Filmhouse on Lothian Road, where you can get tickets to festival events through their box office. The festival runs from the 14th to 27th of August, with the world premiere of ‘The Flying Scotsman’, starring Brian Cox and Jonny Lee Miller, marking the opening night.
The venues for the 60th Edinburgh International Film Festival are:-
- Cameo in Tollcross
- Filmhouse on Lothian Road
- Cineworld at Fountain Park
- Cineworld through in Glasgow
- Dominion in Morningside
Ticket sales look to be strong and the more popular events such as two screenings of ‘Zidane: a 21st Century Portrait’ and the Reel Life with Steven Soderbergh and the same event with Kevin Smith have totally sold out. As have both screenings of Kevin Smiths Clerks 2, the screening of The Flying Scotsman, Colour me Kubrick and The Sean Connery BAFTA interview. I guess there’s always ebay if you want tickets and you can afford the mark-up.
What does that leave available? Well luckily quite a lot including screenings of Art School Confidential, Driving Lessons and The Killing of John Lennon. There’s a multitude of other films though: 163 in total from 37 different countries.
The Reel Life feature is where the headliner attends the event and speaks to the audience - Signourney Weaver and Charlize Theron are scheduled to attend such sessions, but tickets for these two events won’t be on sale until August 1st, providing they can both attend (contracts not finalised yet).
The Edinburgh film festival is a great opportunity to see different movies away from the mainstream, while exploring your favourite genre or wandering into another. It also gives a great excuse to visit Edinburgh’s Cameo, Filmhouse and Dominion movie theatres. The film festivals website and programme are commendable - easy to use, concise and full of information.. if only edfringe.com could follow suit!
On a different note, if you have an interest in film-making and your productions aren’t quite ready for the Edinburgh International Film Festival, you might be interested in the Edinburgh Cine & Video Society’s 70th Year Celebration Video Competition. The Edinburgh Cine and Video Society 2006/2007 programme is available in PDF format on their website and the video competition involves creating a short film of 15 minutes or less that will be judged by the Scottish Amateur Moviemakers (SAM).
The Edinburgh Cine and Video Society programme runs from October 2006 until April 2007, and for those of you interested in video and movie making it seems worth a look, with memberships accepted from complete amateurs to the more experienced cinematographer. Who knows, we may even see some of the Edinburgh Cine & Video Society’s members showcased at the Edinburgh International Film Festival in the future!