The world’s oldest film festival has announced its jury for its 69th version, alongside a list of internationally acclaimed guests. Edinburgh International Film Festival will show 164 new features in total from over 36 countries, and the jury will be responsible for judging five award categories: The Michael Powell Award for Best British Film; Best Performance in a British Feature; Best International Feature; Best Documentary; and Best Short Film.
Facing the tough choice of picking a winner from such an impressive line-up of nominees are; actress/director Karen Gillan (whose short film Coward shows at the Festival); actress Natascha McElhone; veteran film critic for the LA Times, Kenneth Turan; award-winning director Amy Berg (whose films Prophet’s Prey and Every Secret Thing screen at EIFF); actress Archie Panjabi; director Kyle Patrick Alvarez (whose feature The Stanford Prison Experiment shows at the Festival); actress Jessica Hynes; actor Denis Lawson; Jacqueline Lyanga, director of the AFI film festival in Los Angeles; and actress Dolly Wells (who stars in Black Mountain Poets, 45 Years and Doll & Em 2, all showing at this year’s EIFF).
At most festivals there is the usual mix of famous faces to be seen, and this year’s EIFF is no different, with numerous guests attending screenings of their films including, Robert Carlyle, Ruth Negga, Ewan McGregor, Rhys Ifans, Alexander Skarsgård, Oliver Hirschbiegel, Sophie Kennedy Clark, Stephen Tompkinson, Asif Kapadia, Emily Mortimer, Denis Menochet, Fish, and James Cosmo.
EIFF Artistic Director Mark Adams said: “We very much look forward to welcoming guests from all over the world to help us celebrate this year’s fantastic programme of films and events. It’s a huge honour for us to welcome some amazing filmmakers and acting talent, and for us to be able to share this with our audiences throughout two fantastic weeks of cinema here in Edinburgh in June.”
Edinburgh International Film Festival runs between the 17th and 28th June. You can find details on all the films, guests and book tickets at – www.edfilmfest.org.uk