Ed Film Fest at Home

Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) and Curzon Home Cinema (CHC) bring you EDFILMFEST AT HOME, 12 days of previews of selected films available across the UK.

Are we all missing cinema, or what? In particular, the steady flow of new films arranged for us by the nation’s film distributors and your favourite cinemas.

Right now, the Edinburgh International Film Festival should be gearing up to the mid-June opening of its 74th edition. As announced previously, the Festival has had to be postponed in line with the UK Government and Scottish Government’s public health advice, but it’s bringing you the next best thing.

Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) and Curzon Home Cinema (CHC) are delighted to present an online festival of the best new cinema for you to enjoy at home.

They’ve scoured the future film release schedules and have handpicked a selection of some of the best upcoming films – all likely to figure in the programmes of the best cinemas in the land come the glorious day they are all able to open once more, and hope with this sneak preview to generate excitement and anticipation for their eventual cinema releases.

A brand-new film will be presented each day of the 12 day festival, with films playing for between 2 and 12 days, each priced at £9.99. Alongside the films there will be live Q&As with special guests.

This special, ambitious programme features such award-winning, inspiring names as Jennifer Baichwal, Marco Bellocchio, Ron Howard, the Dardenne brothers, Tilda Swinton, Alicia Vikander and Maxine Peake.

Rod White, Director of Programming said: “We can’t bring you the Edinburgh International Film Festival this year quite as and when you know it, but we are finding ways to adapt and to share our passion for films through new initiatives. We want to give our industry something to get excited about whilst all UK cinemas are closed, and get the cinema-going public excited about what films are in store for them in cinemas when we return so we’ve joined forces with Curzon Home Cinema to end (at least temporarily) this new-release hiatus.

"We’ve handpicked a selection of some of the best upcoming films from the future film release schedules and are delighted we can share those with our audiences across the UK, giving them the opportunity to see them before they [hopefully] reach our cinemas later in the year. Additionally, we’ve also arranged for many of them to be accompanied by online Q&As with the filmmakers which will be live and interactive when each film is released and then available with the stream for the duration it is on EDFILMFEST AT HOME. We’re hugely grateful to all the distributors who have supplied films for this series.”

Damian Spandley, Director of Programme and Distribution Sales - Curzon said: “The Edinburgh International Film Festival is a highlight of the UK film calendar and it is a crushing shame not to bring some of our films to the city this June. But with this selection of exciting new titles, we believe EDFILMFEST AT HOME on Curzon Home Cinema will bring the spirit of the festival to film fans across the country.”

Sambrooke Scott, Head of Audience Development at Screen Scotland said: “Throughout lockdown, film festivals have been finding imaginative ways of sharing great cinema despite physical isolation, and EDFILMFEST AT HOME is a great example of this. This new collaboration between Edinburgh International Film Festival and Curzon Home Cinema provides a unique opportunity to view some of the best upcoming releases, celebrating and supporting cinema during an incredibly difficult time for the exhibition sector.”

Paul Bush OBE, Director of Events at VisitScotland, said: “This is a great example of an event innovating to engage with its audience in difficult circumstances for the industry. While it is important that people continue to stay at home, I’m delighted that film lovers will still be able to enjoy the insight and programming expertise of Edinburgh International Film Festival in some form and as one of the world’s most renowned film festivals it is heartening to see the EIFF adapting to deliver content via this pioneering platform.”

The full schedule of films and Q&As will be released on Wednesday 17 June. For more information, visit www.edfilmfest.org.uk

EDFILMFEST AT HOME will run from Wednesday 24 June to Sunday 5 July 2020.

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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 Scottish Government through the Festivals Expo Fund, the City of Edinburgh Council, and EventScotland.

Curzon is a branded customer-facing platform covering film exhibition, distribution, production and on-demand streaming. The company currently operates 20 cinemas across the UK exemplified by flagship venues Curzon Mayfair, Curzon Soho and Curzon Bloomsbury. The distribution business has over 40 years experience in independent film and boasts a library of over 400 critically acclaimed films by the world’s greatest directors including Ingmar Bergman, Michael Haneke, Andrei Tarkovsky, and recently Celine Sciamma and Bong Joon Ho. Streaming service Curzon Home Cinema pioneered day-and-date releasing and is available to customers through TV, mobile apps and over-the-top-platforms, with reach into 6.5 million homes.

Curzon is part of the Cohen Media Group which produces and distributes independent, foreign language and arthouse film in North America. It owns Landmark Theatres, America’s largest specialized theatre chain dedicated to independent cinema with 252 screens in 27 markets.

Screen Scotland is the dedicated partnership for screen in Scotland. Sitting within Creative Scotland, it is a partnership with Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Skills Development Scotland, Scottish Funding Council, working in close collaboration with the sector to ensure its success. With funding from Scottish Government and The National Lottery, Screen Scotland is driving the cultural, social and economic development of all aspects of the sector in Scotland, through enhanced funding, services and support.