Thursday 27 April 2017

Memories project to mark film festival's 70th anniversary

An image of Clint Eastwood is set to feature during the Edinburgh International Film Festival's 70th anniversary celebrations
An image of Clint Eastwood is set to feature during the Edinburgh International Film Festival's 70th anniversary celebrations

Film festival chiefs are to unveil a selection of unseen images to mark their 70th anniversary.

Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF), the world's longest continually-running film festival, has announced the celebrations built around its ed film fest memories project.

It will see the public involved in a nationwide search for EIFF memory submissions to uncover unseen gems and reveal more than 100 of the festival's prized archived images.

Featuring a selection of candid moments from special guests, it will include footage of Gene Kelly, The Queen, Duke of Edinburgh and Princess Margaret (1956), Clint Eastwood (1990), John Huston (1972) and Jennifer Lawrence (2010).

The interactive timeline hopes to inspire memories of the festival's unique moments over the past 70 years, with the public encouraged to upload their own personal memories to its website.

EIFF deputy artistic director Diane Henderson said: "We are delighted to be celebrating our long-standing heritage and amazing achievements with the world through ed film fest memories and celebrating the 70th anniversary of a festival that is very dear to people's hearts.

"EIFF has brought so much culture and cinematic diversity to this staunchly cultural city and we look forward to seeing many more memories shared ahead of this year's festival."

Founded by the Edinburgh Film Guild as the International Festival of Documentary Films in 1947, the EIFF has grown to become one of the longest-standing festivals and showcased 290 films from 55 countries last year.

A city-wide exhibition involving EventScotland will also launch on Wednesday May 31 as part of the 70th year celebrations.

Stuart Turner, head of EventScotland, said: "We are delighted to be supporting the Edinburgh International Film Festival as they celebrate this amazing milestone.

"The 70th anniversary of the festival and Edinburgh as a festival city is a wonderful achievement, and shows how Scotland is a perfect stage for events.

"As a key strand of Scotland's Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology, it is great to see the world's longest continually-running film festival bringing their history and heritage to life through the ed film fest memories project."

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