Edinburgh International Film Festival and Essential Edinburgh’s immensely popular free open-air cinema event, Film Fest in the City with Mackays, is set to return to St Andrew Square Garden this summer, with the Festival announcing a jam-packed line-up of free screenings from Friday 15th to Sunday 17th June.
Launched back in 2011, the screenings were created to bring film lovers into the city centre, to celebrate the capital’s rich culture and creativity and generate excitement during the run-up to the world-famous EIFF.
This year’s special outdoor cinema experience will flaunt an exciting range of films, from Casablanca, Top Gun, Ghostbusters, Big Trouble in Little China and Big, Wonder Woman, Thor: Ragnarok and Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Next to them are family favourites such as Paddington, Paddington 2, The Incredibles, Jason and the Argonauts and Who Framed Roger Rabbit? will also feature, alongside The Greatest Showman and Moulin Rouge!
It’s a real mixture of recent blockbusters and much loved classics. The films are of course hosted in partnership with Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) and Essential Edinburgh. This year introducing new headline sponsor – Scotland’s biggest producer of marmalade and jam – Mackays,
Once again, all of this year’s screenings will be free with no ticket required, just turn up and join in. Headline sponsors Mackays will be serving up complimentary Dundee Marmalade sandwiches for all at Paddington screenings, alongside a Paddington fancy dress competition and savoury and sweet hampers featuring a range of their authentic jams, marmalades and chutneys.
Mark Adams, EIFF Artistic Director said: “Our annual selection of free screenings are always the perfect way to get in the movie mood in the weekend before the Film Festival begins. From Casablanca to The Greatest Showman, this is a selection of great films that will appeal to film fans young and old.”
2018 confirmed programme:
FRIDAY 15 JUNE
4.30pm – 6.55pm WONDER WOMAN (Cert 12A, 141 mins, 2017)
7.05pm – 8:50pm CASABLANCA (Cert U, 102 mins, 1942)
9.00pm – 10.50pm TOP GUN (Cert 12, 110 mins, 1986)
SATURDAY 16 JUNE
10 am – 11.55am THE INCREDIBLES (Cert. U, 115 mins, 2004)
12.15pm – 1.50pm PADDINGTON (Cert U, 95 mins, 2014)
2.0pm – 3:45pm BIG (Cert PG, 104 mins, 1988)
4.00pm – 5.45pm WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT? (Cert PG, 104 mins, 1988)
6.10pm – 8.20pm MOULIN ROUGE! (Cert PG, 127mins, 2001)
8.40pm – 10.50pm THOR: RAGNAROK (Cert PG, 130 mins, 2017)
SUNDAY 17 JUNE
10 am – 11.45am PADDINGTON 2 (Cert PG, 104 mins, 2017)
12 pm – 1.45pm JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS (Cert U, 104 mins, 1963)
2.10pm – 3.55pm THE GREATEST SHOWMAN (Cert PG, 102 mins, 2017)
4.10pm – 5.55pm GHOSTBUSTERS (Cert 12A, 105 mins, 1984)
6.10pm – 7.50pm BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA (Cert 12A, 99 mins, 1986)
8.15pm – 10.45pm STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI (Cert PG, 152 mins, 2017)
The 72nd edition of EIFF runs from 20 June – 1 July, 2018. For more information on this year’s Festival visit www.edfilmfest.org.uk.