Check out some interesting facts about Edinburgh International Film Festival - the world's longest continually-running film festival

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Representing the UK and international films, EIFF is a yearly experience of cinema screenings, prestigious awards, music videos and grandeur!

Opened by John Grierson, founder of the British documentary movement, EIFF started as the International Festival of Documentary Films and was inaugurated in 1947. Later changed to Edinburgh International Film Festival, today is the world's longest continually-running film festival.

The festival is guided by the principles of Inclusivity, Inspiration, Innovation and Integrity and has a mission to be at the forefront of developing a vibrant and successful film and moving image industry and culture across Scotland.

"Combining a celebration of the past through carefully structured retrospectives that enable contextualisation and celebration that help tells the story of cinema that is set alongside shining a light on new and emerging filmmakers," says Mark Adams, Artistic Director.

"Yes, we work with people like Sanjoy Roy (the man behind the Jaipur Literature Festival). We had a Bollywood Love Story last year at Edinburgh Mela Festival in collaboration with the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo (which is an annual series of Military tattoos performed by British Armed Forces, Commonwealth and International military bands on the esplanade of Edinburgh Castle)." told Festivals Edinburgh's director Julia Amour to NotinTown.

She added "Bollywood dancers came last year and it was an amazing piece. We feel very lucky. It was a visual treat to have dancers from India and Scotland perform together. Bollywood is a huge connection. But in future besides Bollywood or films of someone like Satyajit Ray, we would also like to have films from Indian new wave in the film festival here."

Thanks Maa, an India drama film directed by Irfan Kamal was premiered at EIFF in 2009, the same year when Sharmila Tagore also attended the film festival.

According to Edinburgh Guide, the films that were screened were by Satyajit Ray- Devi; Days And Nights In The Forest, Ritwik Ghatak- The Cloud Capped Star; A River Called Titas, Tapan Sinha-Nirjan Saikate; Wheel Chair and Anup Singh- The Name of a River.

Ed Film Fest at Home, 74th edition of EIFF was an online festival of the best new cinema. It opened on 24th June 2020 to the audiences globally! Curated by Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) and Curzon Home Cinema (CHC), the online fest featured a selection of the best future film releases.

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