Focus on Finland at Edinburgh International Film Festival

Organisers of the 2016 Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) have announced that this year’s event will focus on Finland.

Working in association with the Finnish Film Foundation, the world’s longest continuously-running film festival will present a programme of new Finnish features, including both documentary and fiction, a programme of Finnish shorts and other special screenings.

The Finnish focus will also include territory-specific industry activity and special guests from across the production landscape in Finland.

IFF Deputy Artistic Director, Diane Henderson said: “With its rich film heritage, Finland is a country that features often at EIFF and this year we’re very excited to present this appreciation of films from this fascinating country.

“We are delighted to be working with the Finnish Film Foundation and are looking forward to welcoming our special guests from Finland to Edinburgh in June.”

A spokesman for The Finnish Film Foundation said: “Finland has the honour of being the focus country for the 70th Edinburgh International Film Festival.

“We are gathering an interesting showcase of different Finnish films and we hope our films and filmmakers will offer a glimpse of Finland’s soul.”

This year marks the 70th edition of the EIFF.

Since its inception in 1947, the festival has sought to bring the best of world cinema to UK audiences and championed the work of the most pioneering and innovative filmmakers.

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.

The Filmhouse is the festival’s traditional and current home. Three other cinemas are also principal venues: Fountainpark Cineworld, Edinburgh Festival Theatre and the Dominion Cinema.

Films given their UK première at the EIFF in recent years include A Most Wanted Man, Billy Elliot, 35 Shots Of Rum, The Hurt Locker, Let The Right One In and Amores Perros.