Edinburgh International Film Festival to stage premieres and Q&As as part of 'at home' event

The Edinburgh International Film Festival has revealed plans to stage a special "at home" incarnation of the event featuring exclusive premieres of new movies and guest Q&As.

Wednesday, 10th June 2020, 10:14 am
Updated Wednesday, 10th June 2020, 11:26 am
The 'at home' incarnation of the Edinburgh International Film Festival will be staged from 24 June to 5 July.
The 'at home' incarnation of the Edinburgh International Film Festival will be staged from 24 June to 5 July.

Organisers have joined forces with a home streaming service for a 12-day programme which will see at least one brand-new film made available for £9.99 on each day of the event.

The line-up for Edfilmfest at Home will include Hollywood director Ron Howard’s new documentary Rebuilding Paradise, which looks at the efforts of a Californian town to rebuild after devastating wildfires, Icelandic drama A White, White Day, Tilda Swinton’s new movie Last and First Men, and new British folk-horror thriller Fanny Lye Deliver’d.

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Rod White, the festival’s 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.”

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