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Edinburgh International Film Festival 2019: Films, tickets, stars and everything else you need to know – Edinburgh Live

The Edinburgh International Film Festival 2019 programme has now been released, and the good news is that the huge event is even bigger and better than ever.

Established in 1947, Edinburgh International Film Festival takes place in June and offers up a dazzling array of screenings and events - including in-person panels and Q&As with major Hollywood players; this year iconic director Danny Boyle will be speaking at the Vue Omni.

Tickets do sell fast, but you can take advantage of discounts such as a 35% bulk buy discount; also tickets for under 16s are only £5. There's more info about how to buy tickets below.

Here's everything we know about this year's Edinburgh International Film Festival so far:

Boyz in the Wood is a darkly hilarious Scottish tale about a Highland expedition

When does this year's Edinburgh International Film Festival take place?

It takes place from Wednesday 19 June 2019 to Sunday 30 June 2019.

The Opening Night Gala - a special film screening that launches the festival - takes place on Wednesday 19 June 2019. This year's Opening Gala will be Boyz in the Wood, a darkly hilarious Scottish movie starring Eddie Izzard and Tobey Maguire. It follows four teenage boys who are brought to the Highlands and effectively left in the wilderness, where they have to evade a murderous hunter.

The Closing Night Gala takes place on Sunday 30 June. This year's Closing Night Gala will be Mrs Lowry & Son, a beautiful and amusing period drama about L.S. Lowry, one of the greatest artists of the 20th century, and starring Timothy Spall and Vanessa Redgrave.

 

How many performances and shows will there be?

This year the Festival will screen around 121 new features, including 18 feature film World Premieres, 12 International Premieres, 8 European Premieres and 78 UK Premieres from 42 countries across the globe.

What are the highlights for 2019?

As well as the Opening and Closing gala screenings, there will be a Family Gala, which this year is sponsored by Edinburgh Live. The Family Gala on Sunday 23 June is a screening of the amazing animated film UglyDolls, about weird and wonderful toys learning that there is nothing wrong with being a bit different.

Another great option for families is the premiere of Toy Story 4, which will be having a screening in Edinburgh on Sunday 16 June, five whole days before its official release date.

Edinburgh International Film Festival 2019: Films, tickets, stars and everything else you need to know - Edinburgh Live
UglyDolls is an impish, dance-pop fairy tale about imperfection

Acclaimed director Danny Boyle will be hosting a 90-minute Q&A on Thursday 20 June at the Vue Omni, covering his incredible career to date. His first film was the Edinburgh-set Shallow Grave.

Unusual German zombie movie Ever After (Endzeit) on Friday and Saturday 28 and 29 June will be a big hit with horror fans, as zombies ravage the landscape between fortified cities in a near-future Europe. Two women embark on a dangerous trip across Germany with zombie hordes competing for screen time with spooky castles and other amazing scenery.

A sequel to Braveheart is among the Scottish-themed films that has been announced. The sequel is called Robert The Bruce and sees Angus Macfadyen reprise his role of the king of Scotland. It's the latest feature film about the Scottish king's life and follows Outlaw King, in which Chris Pine starred as the monarch.

Edinburgh International Film Festival 2019: Films, tickets, stars and everything else you need to know - Edinburgh Live
Zombie flick Ever After (Endzeit)

Also, this year EIFF will also join forces with Matchbox Cineclub to present CAGE-A-RAMA 3D, a wild- hearted Nicolas Cage extravaganza featuring cult Cage classics Drive Angry and Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance...in 3D. That will take place on Saturday 22 June.

Other special events include a screening of all six episodes of new TV series Good Omens on the big screen, which will launch worldwide on Amazon Prime Video on 31st May and on BBC2 later this year.

There will also be a special screening of a restored version of Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now: Final Cut to celebrate its 40th anniversary.

You can view an online version of the full programme here.

Edinburgh International Film Festival 2019: Films, tickets, stars and everything else you need to know - Edinburgh Live
Film Fest in the City is back...and sponsored by Edinburgh Live

Film Fest in the City

Another highlight is the ever-popular (and totally free) Film in the City series of outdoor screenings, which is returning to St. Andrew Square Garden  It's being hosted by the Edinburgh International Film Festival with Edinburgh Live as the headline sponsor, and EIFF have announced a fantastic line-up of free screenings running from Friday 14 to Sunday 16 June 2019.

Film Fest in the City 2019 programme:

Friday 14 June:      
    GROUNDHOG DAY (PG)  
    WHEN HARRY MET SALLY (15) (30th anniversary)  
    BLACK PANTHER (12A) 

Saturday 15 June:
    THE IRON GIANT (PG) (20th anniversary)  
    FIRST MEN ON THE MOON (U) (55th anniversary)  
    SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDERVERSE (PG)  
    MAMMA MIA! (PG)  
    MAMMA MIA: HERE WE GO AGAIN (PG)  
    MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - FALLOUT (12)  
       
Sunday 16 June:
    BRAVE (PG)  
    MARY POPPINS RETURNS (U)  
    XANADU (PG)  
    THE GREATEST SHOWMAN (PG)  
    BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY (12A)

What are the Edinburgh International Film Festival 2019 venues?

The main venue is the Filmhouse on Lothian Road - known as 'EIFF HQ'. The Filmhouse will be open from 8am to 3am during the Festival.

Other venues taking part include the Festival Theatre on Nicolson Street, the Odeon on Lothian Road, the Traverse Theatre on Cambridge Street, and Vue at the Omni Centre on Greenside Place.

And one particularly unusual venue will be Lauriston Castle, where there will be a cinema rendition of Robert Altman’s Gosford Park, as part of New Media Scotland’s Atmosphere series.

Edinburgh International Film Festival 2019: Films, tickets, stars and everything else you need to know - Edinburgh Live
Top director Danny Boyle will be taking your questions

How can I buy tickets, and are there discounts?

There are a number of options for bargain-hunting filmgoers. The first way to get tickets is to create an account on the EIFF website, which will give you access to special offers.

There are also other ticket discounts available.

Bulk Buy: Buy 10 or more tickets for different films and get a 35% disount. Or buy 6-9 different films and get a 25% discount.

Group discount: Buy 10 or more tickets to a single screening and get 10% off.

Under-16s: Tickets for family films are only £5 for people under 16.

EIFF Youth Pass (for 15 to 25 year olds): Tickets for most screenings and events are only £5 for pass holders

Asylum seeker/refugee discount: EIFF offer £5 tickets to asylum seekers or refugees.

Where can I stay?

We've put together this guide to where to stay for the Edinburgh Tattoo 2019 , it might give you some inspiration for Edinburgh Film Festival 2019 accommodation. It's a mixture of boutique hotels, budget hotels, and Airbnbs.

Edinburgh Live will be producing full guides to each of the Festivals, including the  Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the  Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo , the Edinburgh International Book Festival and the Edinburgh International Festival : stay tuned for all the latest info.

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