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Celebrating Independent Cinema: A Sneak Peek into the 2023 Edinburgh International Film Festival


The Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF), hosted by the Edinburgh International Festival this year, has unveiled its highly anticipated program for the extraordinary 2023 edition.

With meticulous selection, the festival showcases the remarkable talent of both local and international filmmakers, serving as a beacon for independent cinema, and igniting the passion of future generations of film enthusiasts.

EIFF is pleased to be working with its cinema venue partners Vue Edinburgh Omni and Everyman Edinburgh at the St James Quarter, while the Old College Quad at the University of Edinburgh is the beautiful setting for a weekend of outdoor screenings, Cinema Under the Stars, offering audiences a welcoming selection of films set to make the heart sing. 

This year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival programme has been brought together by a team of programmers led by Kate Taylor, Programme Director of the Festival, including feature film programmers Rafa Sales Ross and Anna Bogutskaya, and short film programmers Abigail Addison, Lydia Beilby and Holly Daniel. Alongside Taylor, the EIFF Team is led by Executive Producer Tamara Van Strijthem and Festival Producer Emma Boa.  

Screen Scotland provides support to the Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF). At the same time, the Scottish Government’s Festivals Expo Fund, in collaboration with the PLaCE Programme (a partnership between the Scottish Government, City of Edinburgh Council, and the Edinburgh Festivals), facilitates enhanced engagement activities.

“With this year’s vivid film selection the EIFF programme team has favoured the bold, drawn to filmmakers with searching perspectives and style to burn. Designed for an eclectic spectrum of film fans, and defined by a love of independent cinema, this compact programme shines a light on new talent, and offers a smashing six-day journey for the EIFF’s passionate audiences.”

Kate Taylor, Programme Director, Edinburgh International Film Festival

“EIFF has put exceptional debut filmmakers front and centre, from Johnny Barrington’s Silent Roar, Rodger Griffiths’ Kill, to Ella Glendining’s Is There Anybody Out There? alongside an impeccable curation of internationally acclaimed work. The infectious energy of Edinburgh in August is palpable in the EIFF team and we’re excited for audiences to discover this year’s wonderful programme.” 

Isabel Davis, Executive Director of Screen Scotland

“A festival is a gathering of perspectives in a moment in time that reflect the world around us. This year, the Edinburgh International Festival is proud to host the return of this forward-looking programme from the Edinburgh International Film Festival, and support these moments of curiosity and connection that imbue our festival city each August.” 

Francesca Hegyi, Chief Executive, Edinburgh International Festival

“I’m delighted to see so much Scottish and international film talent represented in this year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival programme. The Scottish Government is proud to support the festival with £155,000 from the PLaCE Fund – run jointly with the City of Edinburgh Council – and £59,000 from our Expo Fund. They both support Scottish talent development particularly emerging film programmers and mid-career writers in the case of our Expo Fund.” 

Culture Secretary Angus Robertson

Edinburgh International Film Festival runs from Friday 18 to Wednesday 23 August 2023.   

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