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Edinburgh International Film Festival 2011

The annual film festival up north, with Dazed & Confused as a media partner, returns with entries from the likes of Romain Gavras, Derek Jarman, Rankin and John Waters

Reaching its 65th year this 2011, the Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) will be bringing a jam-packed 60+ feature film programme, where new British work leads the way. Presenting the World Premiere of David Hare’s first directing outing in 20 years Page Eight, featuring Bill Nighy, Rachel Weisz, Michael Gambon and Judy Davis. EIFF will also be hosting the reunion of David MacKenzie and Ewan McGregor in the new thriller Perfect Sense - whilst young rising star Felicity Jones also appears alongside Jessica Brown-Findlay in the elegant coming of age comedy drama Albatross

The festival will also be partnering with DazedTV and Rankin on a new Collabora8te project, where budding British filmmakers are invited to take part in an opportunity to provide new talent with a platform to showcase their flair for short filmmaking. Collabor8te is a new initiative, developed by Rankin Film and The Bureau, which will see eight short films made in 2012. The films will present a variety of fictional narratives that will be shown online at DazedTV.

But the festival opens with with John McDonagh’s The Guard, starring Brendon Gleeson and Don Cheadl, a diverse range of international cinema will also include Troll Hunter, Álex de la Iglesia's The Last Circus, which won him a Silver Lion for Best Director in Venice last year and the new film from Apichatpong Weerasethakul. Documentaries will include James Marsh’s Project Nim and Danfung Dennis’s Sundance winner Hell and Back Again - where ten of these will be presented as Joint UK Premieres with the Sheffield Doc/Fest as a major new collaboration.

Edinburgh Film Festival, June 15-26, 2011 - More info HERE