Film Fest in the City was the perfect start for Edinburgh’s Summer Festivals


The summer festivals are off to a flying start following the record-breaking weekend of free films in St Andrew Square Garden brought to you by Essential Edinburgh in partnership with Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF).


Over 20,000 people attended Film Fest in the City across the three days from Friday 16th to Sunday 18th June – 11,000 more than in 2016. The fantastic programming by EIFF ensured a packed arena across the weekend with firm favourites Mama Mia and Dirty Dancing on Saturday night – the dance-a-long specials – our busiest yet!

Roddy Smith, Chief Executive of Essential Edinburgh said: “All our EdinEvents produced activities aim to promote Edinburgh as a top destination to shop, eat, drink and enjoy the city. Our businesses will not only have benefitted from the increased footfall we generated over the weekend, but also from over £600,000 of economic impact created by the attendees that directly benefit shops, restaurants and bars.

The success of Film Fest in the City over the past six years is down to the superb partnership between Essential Edinburgh and EIFF and the production team at Unique Events.”

Ken Hay, CEO of Edinburgh International Film Festival, said: “EIFF’s Film Fest in the City has really captured the hearts of Edinburgh’s audiences.  We’re thrilled to see record crowds enjoying the sunshine, ice cream and of course the films over the course of the weekend – a perfect start for the 70th anniversary edition of the Film Festival.  As ever, we’re delighted to work with Essential Edinburgh in delivering this special event.”

Al Thomson. Unique Events Director, said: “Unique Events are thrilled by the record audiences who joined us at Film Fest in the City this year, enjoying an incredible weekend of sunshine and stunning cinema. The perfect start to the summer festival season in the 70th Anniversary year of the Edinburgh’s Festivals.”

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