Film office for Edinburgh, East Lothian and the Scottish Borders
EIFF 2019
Film office for Edinburgh, East Lothian and the Scottish Borders

EIFF 2019

The 73rd edition of the Edinburgh International Film Festival has been announced, boasting a strong selection of Scottish productions including those with connections to the Edinburgh city-region.

Danny Boyle returns to Edinburgh for the Scottish premiere of his Beatles inspired film Yesterday, as well as an in-person event. Boyle filmed T2 Trainspotting for over two months in the capital back in 2016.

A regular at EIFF in recent years, BAFTA Scotland winning actor Jack Lowden will appear for an in-person event. The Mary Queen of Scots star appeared in Calibre, winner of the Michael Powell Award for Best British Feature Film at EIFF 2018, as well as Tommy’s Honour in 2017.

Lowden will also appear alongside BAFTA Scotland winning actor, Shauna Macdonald, at an event for 15-25-year olds, to discuss how they prepare for auditions as part of BAFTA Scotland at EIFF Youth.

Macdonald can also be seen in Wedding Belles as part of the 4 Views of Scotland strand which looks back at some of the most important Film4 and Channel 4 productions made in Scotland.

Shauna Macdonald on the set of Wedding Belles in Edinburgh

The Irvine Welsh and Dean Cavanagh scripted Wedding Belles filmed in Edinburgh in 2006 and features many locations in the city including Cables Wynd.

Another Irvine Welsh scripted film, Paul McGuigan’s The Acid House which filmed in various estates across Edinburgh, also features in the 4 Views of Scotland retrospective.

Former festival director, Edinburgh resident and honorary patron Mark Cousins will present a special introduction to Varda by Agnès, the last film made by the pioneering French filmmaker Agnès Varda, as part of a retrospective of Varda’s work.

The Edinburgh based Scottish Documentary Institute (SDI) celebrates its 15th anniversary with a special programme curated by SDI Director Noe Mendelle entitled Phenomenal Women.

The SDI will also be participating in the shorts programme featuring a selection of films from their talent initiative Bridging the Gap. Edinburgh based filmmakers will also participate in the shorts strand, with films coming from the Scottish Film Talent Network scheme, including Duck Daze from Producer James Heath and Lucky Star from Producer Dave Neilson.

The full programme for the 73rd Edinburgh International Film Festival is available now.

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