Edinburgh International Film Festival announces 2022 festival form and formats


An exciting new vision for EIFF under new Creative Director Kristy Matheson who will deliver a dynamic program of cinema screenings in Edinburgh at the height of festival season with UK and international filmmakers in attendance showcasing their work.

Five new tracks to help audiences navigate the festival: ‘Night Moves’, ‘The Conversation’, ‘Heartbreakers’, ‘The Chamber’ and ‘Postcards From The Edge’.

A brand new competitive section for ‘The Powell and Pressburger Award for Best Feature Film’.

The program of approximately 125 feature films, documentaries, animations, classics, experimental and short films – programmed by a team of regular and guest programmers led by Kristy Matheson.

Aligning with the EIFF 2022 theme of celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Women’s Film Festival, EIFF’s groundbreaking global film event in 1972 entirely dedicated to the cinematic achievements of female directors – there will be two major retrospectives:’ Social Studies: Six Films by Tanaka Kinuyo” about the Japanese actor-turned-director and a thematic season “Reframing the Gaze: Experiments in Women’s Filmmaking, 1972 to Now” curated by Kim Knowles.

FREE curated program of outdoor film screenings in St Andrew Square for ‘Film Fest in the City’ during the opening weekend of 12-14 August, including a takeover day by the young programmers of the EIFF and a celebration of Scottish stories on screen supported by EventScotland as part of the Year of Stories 2022.

New cinematic footprint for the festival from west to east (Cameo Picturehouse, Filmhouse, St Andrew Square, Vue Omni Edinburgh and the new Everyman Edinburgh in the St James area.

EIFF Talent Lab returns to provide concrete support to 30 screenwriters, directors or producers working on their first feature film. The EIFF Script Starter Program is also supporting 8 new scriptwriters and 7 new programmers will participate in the EIFF & Curate It Fellowship.

In-Person Industrial Program Returns August 16-19

Opening of press accreditations next week via the EIFF website

Social Studies Images: Six Films by Tanaka Kinuyo Available Here

The Edinburgh International Film Festival returns for its 75th anniversary with an all-in-person program of screenings and events championing innovative cinema from Scotland and beyond.

This year’s festival will return to in-person screenings and events inside the city center at the Filmhouse Cinema, Cameo Picturehouse, Everyman Edinburgh in the St James Quarter and Vue Edinburgh Omni and outdoors with Film Fest in the City in St Andrew Square, in a rich program celebrating the collective experience of cinema.

The program of 90 new feature films is structured in 5 parts with 10 films in competition within the framework of the new Powell and Pressburger Prize. In 2022, the EIFF is reinventing its major award, the Michael Powell Award for Best British Feature Film with a renewed commitment to internationalism by awarding the Powell & Pressburger Award for Best Feature Film. This ten-film competition is split equally between UK and international talent and honors imagination and creativity in filmmaking.

Each installment of the festival program will have a highlight film that addresses the main theme of the installment as well as its own retrospective title. The components and slogans for this year are:

The Conversation: cinema to make people talk

The Chamber: quality art and essay for those curious about culture

Heartbreakers: Friends, Family, Lovers, and Cheaters

Night Moves: Cult, music, nocturnal thrills

Postcards From the Edge: bold visions to broaden horizons

A soon-to-be-announced Opening Gala and Central Gala will join filmmaker Kogonada’s After Yang Closing Night Gala with Colin Farrell to bring the festival to a close. Kogonada also curated Carte Blanche, a fine selection of films, giving audiences a special insight into some of the films that inspired After Yang.

The theme of this year’s festival is a major retrospective of the work of performer and director Kinuyo Tanaka (1909 – 1977) who played an essential role in the history of Japanese cinema. Moving gracefully across genres, these six new 4K restorations of films from Tanaka as director offer a unique perspective on a nation grappling with the legacies of war, social upheaval and modernization: all seen through the lives of its citizens. First conceived by Lili Hinstin and presented at Festival Lumière in 2021, this retrospective Social Studies: Six Films by Tanaka Kinuyo is programmed with notes by Kristy Matheson and presented here in partnership with the BFI Southbank, Glasgow Film Theatre, Bristol Watershed and Janus Films.

The films included in the retrospective are:

Love Letter (Koibumi), a starry story of love and social dislocation

The Moon Has Rise (Tsuki wa noborinu), a brilliant comedy about love and family

Forever a Woman (Chibusa yo eien nare), a bold examination of female desire and agency

The wandering princess (Ruten no ohi), the sumptuous historical epic of Tanaka, with Kyô Machiko (Rashomon)

Girls of the Night (Onna bakari no yoru), an emotionally charged melodrama about the plight of sex workers

Love Under the Crucifix (Ogin-sama), an illicit love historical drama set in feudal Japan

Reframing the Gaze: Experiments in Women’s Filmmaking, 1972 to Now is a retrospective program that responds to the 50th anniversary of the 1972 women’s event held at the Edinburgh International Film Festival and also draws inspiration from the festival’s wider landscape in the 1970s, particularly in her attention to feminist and avant-garde film theory.

Film Fest in the City at St Andrew Square Gardens returns from Friday 12th to Sunday 14th August with a free program of new and classic cinematic films that reflect EIFF’s wider themes, delivered in partnership with Essential Edinburgh and supported by Innis & Gunn, the official EIFF Beer Partner, our LNER travel partners and supported by EventScotland as part of the Year of Stories 2022. The film program also reflects EIFF’s return in August by embracing d other cultural festivals around it. Saturday’s film program celebrates Scottish stories on screen and Sunday’s film program is shaped and programmed by EIFF’s young programmers who have selected a selection of films from a wide range of filmmakers identifying with the women. Announcements on the away schedule will be made in due course.

In addition, the Festival is working with partners to widen its reach through a program of networked presentations across Scotland, opening up access and inspiring curiosity in those who may not have been able to discover the program of the Festival before. Details will be announced in the coming weeks.

This year’s industry events will take place in person from August 16-19 with a program designed to engage and energize by creating meaningful and unexpected bridges between cultural platforms and practitioners. Press screenings and events will take place throughout the festival with accreditation opening next week via the film festival website. Please check EIFF social media for more information.

The program for this year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival has been put together by a team of programmers led by Festival Creative Director Kristy Matheson.

Alongside Kristy, the EIFF programming team consists of Manish Agarwal, Anna Bogutskaya, Rafa Sales Ross, Kate Taylor, short film programmers – Jenny Clarke (narrative) Rohan Crickmar (non-fiction), Black programmer Box – Lydia Beilby, animation programmer – Abigail Addison, retrospective curator (theme 2022) Kim Knowles.

The full festival schedule will be announced on Wednesday July 20 with tickets on sale for Filmhouse members and Screen Saver pass holders from 12pm on the 20th and on sale to the general public at 10am on Friday July 22.

EIFF press and industry accreditation for screenings, conferences and industry events will open next week. Please go to https://www.edfilmfest.org.uk/ for details.

EIFF initiatives this year include Talent Lab Connects, a 9-month program to help film crews edit professional scripts and mentor EIFF Talent Lab alumni and their collaborators to develop a long-term project. feature or drama series.

EIFF & Curate-It Fellowship is a 12-week online curatorial training program for 7 early-career programmers created to develop an online curriculum with digital access on the Curate-It platform and a public event for EIFF in 2022.

EIFF Curatorial Commission & Mentoring Program is an annual commission for world-class film programming. In 2022, EIFF is inviting 3 mid-career programmers to develop a program for public presentation. The 1:1 mentorship program will pair the 3 mid-career programmers with a leading international curator.

EIFF Critical Writing Commission is an annual writing commission based on a particular theme or provocation that connects 10 mid-career Scottish-born or Scottish-based cultural critics with global publishers and audiences.

EIFF Talent Lab is funded by the PLACE programme, a partnership between the Scottish Government through Creative Scotland, Edinburgh City Council and Edinburgh Festivals.

EIFF Youth is supported by Baillie Gifford and PLACE.

Kristy Matheson, Creative Director of the Edinburgh International Film Festival, said:

“I would like to thank all my colleagues in the festival’s programming and production for their intelligence, their dedication and their generosity in preparing our 2022 edition. To the filmmakers who have entrusted us with their stories, and to our many collaborators for their time and their creative contribution to the festival, a very big thank you. We have put together a program that we are extremely proud of and look forward to sharing with the public this summer in Edinburgh.

Sambrooke Scott, Head of Audience Development at Screen Scotland, said:

“We are proud to support the 75th anniversary edition of EIFF – the first edition that reflects the new creative leadership and vision of Kristy Matheson. With the event returning fully in person, in August with an expanded footprint to across the city and a fantastic array of local and international film talent on offer, this promises to be an exciting return and a bold renewal. Congratulations to Kirsty and the team at EIFF on a program which truly exemplifies the renewed ambition of the festival.

In 1972, the Edinburgh International Film Festival presented the world’s first film event entirely dedicated to the cinematic achievements of female directors, organized by Claire Johnston, Lynda Myles and Laura Mulvey. True to the spirit of this original programmatic provocation, EIFF’s 2022 theme will recognize the multiplicity and variety of feminisms in contemporary society across our entire program with a focus on: contemporary achievements, two large-scale retrospectives, training and targeted professional programs.


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