In the past, the Edinburgh International Film Festival has seen actors such as Sean Connery, Maggie Smith, Tilda Swinton, Kate Winslet, Keira Knightley and Hugh Laurie walking the streets of Edinburgh as casually as if they lived there. What celebrities will the future of this world famous festival bring? Lots more, probably, as the Edinburgh International Film Festival is still going strong from year to year and shows absolutely no sign of slowing down.
The 2011 programme has been announced and promises a wonderful line up of screenings, talks and forums where the public can get up close to their favourite stars. On opening night, expect to be treated to the Irish comedy-thriller The Guard, which promises to be a hilarious at times, terrifying at others, rollicking ride that is ideal for opening night. Tilda Swinton's We Need to Talk About Kevin has not yet been given a screening date, but if you're hoping to see this promising flick then it's a good idea to keep your eye on the web so you can nab tickets as soon as possible.
Not only is this excellent festival a great time for catching the biggest celebrities both on screen and in person, but it's a wonderful opportunity for first time filmmakers to show off what they've got. As tends to be the flavour in Edinburgh festivals, the focus is not only on those who have already made a name for themselves, but on providing a chance for those who have yet to do so, giving them a way to get themselves noticed and, if they're talented and lucky enough, further jobs which will lead them along the road to success. Edinburgh's International Film Festival, like its Fringe culture festival, has started many careers of some of the biggest names in show business, meaning you can be sure that as an attendee the quality of the shows is always going to be high.
The programme is also keeping up with its weird and wonderful roots, and is already buzzing with the promise of experimental events, such as recreations of cinema experiences in public places, live video game performances, 24 hour debates, a bike-powered mobile cinema and much more.
If you're hoping to catch a piece of the action, stay close by in a city hotel or at Edinburgh airport hotels where you can make the most of one of the city's best bus services that will allow you to zip in and out as quickly as you need!
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