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Edinburgh International Film Festival

Calton Hill, Edinburgh, (photo by Macgilvray)
Calton Hill, Edinburgh

Edinburgh is a city of festivals and this week sees the start of another world-famous event in Scotland's capital.

The Edinburgh International Film Festival was established in 1947 and was one of the world's first international film festivals. Every year since, it has aimed to discover and promote new talent from the world of international cinema. This year's festival takes place between 20th June and 1st July. Films from over 60 countries will be shown in a variety of venues from the local Cineworld to the Burns Monument.

The festival is just one indicator of Edinburgh's vibrant film scene. Some of the best city cinemas to try are the Cameo (38 Home Street, Tollcross, www.picturehouses.co.uk), which features the latest art house and some mainstream flicks; the Filmhouse (88 Lothian Road, www.filmhousecinema.com), screening arts and old-time movies; and the Vue Omni Centre (Greenside Place, www.myvue.com), a modern multiplex with the latest releases on the east end of Princes Street.

For more information, go to www.edfilmfest.org.uk.

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