Edinburgh Film Festival Announces 15 Free, Outdoor Films

Submitted by edg on Tue, 1 May '18 6.08pm

The Edinburgh International Film Festival will be returning with three days of free, classic and recent big-budget movies this June.

The 15-film Film Fest in the City runs Friday 15th (4.30pm-10.50pm), Saturday 16th (10am-10.50pm), and Sunday 17th (10am-10.45pm) in the historic New Town square.

“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,” says EIFF Artistic Director Mark Adams.

The outdoor cinema screenings will range from classics Casablanca, Top Gun, Ghostbusters, Big Trouble in Little China and Big, to modern day blockbusters including Wonder Woman, Thor: Ragnarok and Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

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!

Once again, all of this year’s screenings will be free with no ticket required, just turn up and join in.

The event, which has run since 2011, has a new headline sponsor this year - Mackays, Scotland’s biggest producer of marmalade and jam. It 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.

Roddy Smith, Chief Executive of Essential Edinburgh commented: “Film Fest in the City is only possible thanks to the superb partnership between Essential Edinburgh, EIFF and the production team at Unique Events. Essential Edinburgh is solely funded by city centre businesses who invest £1 million a year into projects, initiatives and events, such as Film Fest in the City.”

In 2017, the EIFF estimates 20,000 people enjoyed the Festival's weekend of outdoor screenings.

Film Fest in the City programme details