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70th anniversary celebration

Film Festival recalls star-studded visits

Gene Kelly at EIFF

Gene Kelly at EIFF in 1956

Organisers of the Edinburgh International Film Festival are exhibiting never-before-seen images to enable film fans to relive golden memories of star-studded events.

Featuring clips from the past 70 years, a digital archive includes moments when Hollywood legends such as Gene KellyClint Eastwood and Jennifer Lawrence (2010), came to the city.

The interactive timeline will inspire memories of the festival’s many incarnations, delights and unique moments, with the public encouraged to upload their own personal memories to www.edfilmfestmemories.org.uk.

EIFF deputy artistic director Diane Henderson said: “Edinburgh International Film Festival is renowned around the world for discovering and promoting the very best in international cinema.

“It has grown to become a platform for education, learning and talent development, a crucial business hub for the UK and international film industry, a fundamentally important celebration of cultural diversity and a significant attraction for Edinburgh itself.

“We are delighted to be celebrating our longstanding 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. We will continue to work on building and developing this wonderful resource so please watch this space.”

Founded as the International Festival of Documentary Films in 1947 by the Edinburgh Film Guild, the world’s oldest film society, and opened by John Grierson and H Forsyth Hardy, the prestigious Edinburgh International Film Festival has grown to become one of the world’s best-loved and longest-standing audience festivals – showcasing 290 films from 55 countries last year.

A city-wide exhibition will launch on Wednesday 31 May, in partnership with EventScotland, part of VisitScotland’s Events Directorate, featuring a number of the Festival’s key iconic moments 

Stuart Turner, head of EventScotland, said: “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. I look forward to seeing all the memories from the last 70 years.”

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