On its 11 day run the Edinburgh International Film Festival opened today promising a new approach by eliminating the red carpets and awards and implanting more cut price or free events. The festival had been struck with losses of large amounts funding and its director but James Mullighan the director has seized the opportunity to try recapture its reputation as agenda setting and cutting edge.
He said they were not able or willing to compete with the star wattage of Cannes, Toronto, Venice or Berlin nor the red carpets. We are paying mind to the cultural and historic reputation of our wonderful home town. A good example is the closing night film from the Fountainbridge Cineplex back to traditional suites such as the Filmhouse, Cameo as this year’s programme has more than 60 International, UK and European premieres and is down from the 106 of last year.
This being the 65th year the festival is keen to foster debate and discussion in the movie industry, offering Q&A’s, master classes, live demonstrations and seminars. The guests bring their passions to the festival like writer and architect Markus Meissen’s wish to speak about spatial politics which results in a 24 hour discussion, screenings and debate at Inspace. The programme has been divided into different strands.
The pop-up film school is a chance to meet filmmakers and gets insights into the industry. The Conflict Reportage provides a thoughtful, comprehensive exploration of modern reportage of conflict. The Experimental strand presents innovated challenging and esoteric work from the world of visual art. The Feature strand showcases full length films including the world premiere of the first directional outing in 20 years for David Hare.