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22 June

Edinburgh International Film Festival

Edinburgh International Film Festival Opening Gala

Last night I was honoured to attend the Edinburgh International Film Festival opening gala at the National Museum of Scotland.
The gala was preceded by the UK Premiere of God’s Own Country – a film about a young Yorkshire farmer’s journey of self-discovery.  It was beautifully paced and shot, although I will admit I struggled with some of the stronger Yorkshire accents!  The enormous round of applause at the end indicated that the rest of the audience enjoyed it as much as I did.  From the decadence of the Festival Theatre we scurried through the rain (which timed itself perfectly to the end of the film) to the venue for the gala.  The museum is rightfully considered one of the most impressive venues in the city.  It was the perfect setting for an evening of networking and discussing the film in great detail. The food and drink on offer was also exceptional, with a fantastic selection of artisan gins and delicious canapés at every turn.

This year the EIFF will showcase 151 features from 46 countries.  The star-studded programme will see Kevin Bacon, Stanley Tucci, Richard E Grant, Kyra Sedgwick, and Jessica Brown Findlay attend a variety of events throughout the festival, as well as featuring 17 World Premieres and 69 UK Premieres.

The EIFF effectively launches the festival season and heralds in the time of year when Edinburgh becomes the centre of the arts world.  It’s hard to describe the festival season in Edinburgh to someone who hasn’t experienced it.  It is as if the entire city is a performance in itself – every street, building and park is saturated with people entertaining or being entertained.  Sometimes it can get a little overwhelming – like when you go out to buy milk and you accidentally join a unicycling mime troupe – but it’s never, ever dull.  The festivals are just some of the many things that make Edinburgh such an exciting place to live and work.  We wouldn’t want to be anywhere else!

You can see the full EIFF programme here and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival programme here.

Gordon, Digital and PR Account Manager

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