EIFF announces the return of Film Fest in the City

Edinburgh International Film Festival and Essential Edinburgh’s immensely popular free open-air cinema event, Film Fest in the City with Edinburgh Live, will return to St Andrew Square Garden this summer, with the Festival announcing a fantastic line-up of free screenings running from Friday 14 to Sunday 16 June 2019.

Hosted in partnership by Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) and Essential Edinburgh, with new headline sponsor Edinburgh Live - an exciting new digital title dedicated to providing up-to-the minute coverage of the latest events, sport and news in Edinburgh - this year’s special outdoor cinema experience will give audiences the chance to catch some of the best releases both new and old, including the Oscar-winning Bohemian Rhapsody, Mary Poppins Returns starring Emily Blunt as the iconic magical nanny, and the unforgettable cinematic extravaganza, The Greatest Showman, back by popular demand. Audiences will also be treated to a double bill of Mamma Mia! and Mamma Mia 2.

The 3-day spectacular will offer something for all audiences from much-loved classics including When Harry met Sally, cult titles Xanadu and Groundhog Day alongside family favourites The Iron Giant, Brave, and Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse. Audiences will be able to enjoy a range of premium refreshments from a host of special pop-up bars over the weekend, including Edinburgh Gin, Innis & Gunn and Poco Prosecco. Once again, all of this year’s screenings will be free with no ticket required, just turn up and join in the fun!

Mark Adams, EIFF Artistic Director said,

“The annual outdoor screenings make for the perfect taster before the festival proper begins a few days later. Watching a film outdoors is such a special experience and it is always gratifying to see film fans arriving at beautiful St Andrew Square Garden for this wonderful social event. We have a lovely blend of old and new, and some musical pleasures alongside animated classics.”

Roddy Smith, Chief Executive of Essential Edinburgh said,

“Essential Edinburgh is delighted to be able to continue to fund this fantastic event for the 8th time and we are pleased to welcome Edinburgh Live as our new headline sponsor. Film Fest in the City is only possible thanks to the superb partnership between Essential Edinburgh, EIFF and the production team at Unique Events. Essential Edinburgh is solely funded by city centre businesses who invest £1 million a year into projects, initiatives and events, such as Film Fest in the City. As always it is a fantastic mix of movies that can be enjoyed for free in the beautiful St Andrew Square Garden, we are looking forward to welcoming you to what is one of the best free events of the year.”

Edinburgh Live's editor Hilary Mitchell added,

"We're very excited to be partnering with Film Fest in the City this year. Edinburgh Live are a brand-new digital title. We launched in September 2018 and we dedicate an entire section on our website to highlighting all of the best, most fun things to do in Edinburgh. These outdoor film screenings are exactly the kind of unique, enjoyable activity we love to write about, so to be actively involved with such an iconic event is fantastic."

Launched in 2011, the St Andrew Square screenings were created to bring film lovers into the city centre, to celebrate the capital’s rich culture and creativity and generate excitement during the run-up to the world-famous EIFF. The 73rd edition of EIFF runs from 19 June – 30 June 2019. For more information on this year’s Festival, visit www.edfilmfest.org.uk.

Editor's Notes

About Edinburgh International Film Festival

Established in 1947, Edinburgh International Film Festival is renowned around the world for discovering and promoting the very best in international cinema - and for heralding and debating changes in global filmmaking. Intimate in its scale, ambitious in its scope, and fuelled by pure passion for cinema in all its manifestations, EIFF seeks to spotlight the most exciting and innovative new film talent, in a setting steeped in history.

EIFF is supported by Screen Scotland, the PLACE Programme (a partnership between the Scottish Government, City of Edinburgh Council and the Edinburgh Festivals), the BFI (awarding funds from the National Lottery), the Scottish Government through the Festivals Expo Fund, the City of Edinburgh Council, and EventScotland.

The Edinburgh International Film Festival Limited is a company registered in Scotland No: SC132453. It is a subsidiary of the Centre for the Moving Image (CMI) which is a company limited by guarantee with charitable status with Scottish Charity No. SC006793. The Centre for the Moving Image (CMI) was established in 2010 with a mission to be at the forefront of the development of a vibrant and successful film and moving image industry and culture across Scotland and beyond. The CMI currently comprises EIFF, Filmhouse in Edinburgh and the Belmont Filmhouse in Aberdeen.

About Essential Edinburgh

Essential Edinburgh is the not-for-profit company that operates the central Business Improvement District (BID) in Edinburgh. Essential Edinburgh is Edinburgh’s largest and Scotland’s second largest BID. A BID is a defined area where businesses vote to invest collectively in local improvements. A BID is not a substitute for central or local government investment, but an additional investment by private business to strengthen the local economy and give local businesses a unified voice.

The funding to create Film Fest in the City comes from a levy paid by businesses within the city centre BID. Between July 2013 and June 2018 BID businesses collectively invested over £5 million in the city centre.

About Edinburgh Live

Edinburgh Live is an exciting new digital title from Reach PLC dedicated to providing up-tothe minute coverage of the latest events, sport and news in Edinburgh. It’s your companion to life in Scotland’s capital, bringing you the best the city has to offer, from festivals to food and drink.

Edinburgh Live is a one-stop shop for the Best In Edinburgh; we’re always here to let you know about the latest exciting events. And when it comes to breaking news, Edinburgh Live is always first on the scene, bringing video, photos and key information straight to your desktop or phone. Edinburgh Live is here to start conversations, get you talking and connect you to the people and issues in the city. You can contact us at any time on news@edinburghlive.co.uk.

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