EIFF began life as the International Festival of Documentary Films, and was opened by John Grierson, founder of the British documentary movement. Early audiences were treated to work by filmmakers as varied as Roberto Rossellini, Robert Flaherty, Jacques Tati and pioneering animator Norman McLaren.
Over the years, EIFF has welcomed a huge number of guests, including John Huston, Gene Kelly, Jacques Tati, Jennifer Lawrence, Tilda Swinton, Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle, David Cronenberg, Cate Blanchett, Clint Eastwood and Sir Sean Connery.
The Festival has hosted UK premieres of Blade Runner, Alien, Back to the Future, Taxi Driver, Annie Hall, Withnail & I, The Usual Suspects, Amelie, The Hurt Locker and many, many more.
With an emphasis upon new talent, discovery and innovation, EIFF’s vibrant programme of films and events combines a commitment to audiences with a strong ongoing stake in the development of the UK and Scottish film industries.
The openinf film for 2019 will be Boyz in the Wood (pictured).
The Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival (LIFF) showcases a new and exciting selection of cutting-edge independent films including UK premieres of short films, features and documentaries. Title sponsored by the Bagri Foundation since 2015, the festival is now Europe’s largest platform for Indian and South Asian independent cinema.
In 2019, the Festival will be ten years old and with the support of the Foundation, has continued to grow rapidly. In 2018, it took place across 13 cinemas in three cities; London, Birmingham and Manchester. The Festival’s annual Satyajit Ray Competition, presented in association with the Bagri Foundation, offers a £1,000 prize for emerging filmmakers and six, shortlisted entries are screened. The Festival also presents its Pure Heaven Icon Award and its Outstanding Achievement Award, supported by Sun Mark Ltd.
LOCO is a not-for-profit foundation that discovers, develops and screens the world’s most original comedy film-makers. They champion the craft of comedy filmmaking through training, screenings, outreach and funding. They also run the LOCO London Comedy Film Festival, the UK’s only international comedy film festival, which returns in 2019.