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Edinburgh film festivals are receiving a major shake-up as a new generation of films are arriving to the city’s screens.
Cinemas will be able to host more films this year, but the main focus will be on the films of the new generation.
The Edinburgh Film Festival (EFF) announced on Thursday it would bring back the Edinburgh Cinema Festival in 2019 and the Edinburgh International Film Festival in 2020.
The two festivals are due to be the most popular in the UK.
“It’s a fantastic opportunity to give people a greater choice,” EFF executive director John O’Keefe said.
“We’re looking forward to the Edinburgh Film festival being able to offer a much broader range of films and we’re really excited about how it will complement the international festivals we are running.”
The EIFF has been in the spotlight since a $250,000 budget was spent to bring the Edinburgh Festival to life, in 2014.
It was one of only three Edinburgh festivals to receive that funding, but its success was partly down to a strong film festival network.
The festival’s board of directors said it was looking to grow the festival by bringing films back to Edinburgh, and the new initiative will help.
“The Edinburgh Film and Entertainment Festival has achieved a great success and is one of the biggest festivals in the world,” Ms O’Keefe said.
The new initiative comes as the city tries to recapture its image as a film capital. “
With the arrival of the Edinburgh Films Festival, we want to help that continue and help people understand the full breadth of Edinburgh’s film culture and heritage.”
The new initiative comes as the city tries to recapture its image as a film capital.
The city’s film festival circuit is a big part of that, with more than a dozen festivals in each of the city, with each showcasing films from a range of genres.
The EFF said it had been unable to secure a deal to stage the Edinburgh films in 2019, but it hoped to be able access the funds needed for the event in 2020, with the option of staging a film in 2019.
“While we don’t yet have a date for the 2019 festival, we will continue to work closely with EFF and the festival to make sure we can bring a film back to the festival, and hopefully have it available for audiences in 2020,” Ms McIlroy said.