The Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF), established in 1947, is the world's oldest continually-running film festival. EIFF presents both UK and international films (all titles are World, International, European, UK, or Scottish Premieres), in all genres and lengths. It also presents themed retrospectives and other specialized programming strands.
The International Festival of Documentary Films, a program of documentaries, was presented by the Edinburgh Film Guild alongside the 1947 Edinburgh International Festival. At the time, Cannes and Venice were the most significant annual film festivals. Over the subsequent years, the program expanded to include fiction films and experimental work in addition to documentaries.
Edinburgh Filmhouse is the festival's home. The festival uses a range of other cinemas and venues across the city including Fountainpark Cineworld, Edinburgh Festival Theatre, VUE Cinema at the Omni Centre, and the Odeon.
The film festival shows a range of feature-length films and documentaries as well as short films, animations, and music videos. A jury awards The Michael Powell Award for Best New British Feature Film while the audience can vote for the Audience Award, and a panel of judges adjudicates the Best International Feature Award. There are also several awards given for short films.
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