Organisers thank official funders, partners and supporters
Now that the 70th Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) has enjoyed its final weekend, organisers are paying tribute to the funders, partners and supporters who have made this year’s milestone edition possible.
CEO Ken Hay said: “EIFF continues to thrive: building on our international reputation for the quality of the programme, the quality of our guests and the quality of the welcome to the world’s leading festival city.
“But, all of this is only possible with the support of our funders, partners and supporters. Without them, there would be no Festival, and we are immensely grateful for their support.”
Artistic director Mark Adams said: “The generous support we receive allows us to get on with the business of producing and delivering a world class festival for both audiences and industry.
“The Festival this year has been better than ever, and we couldn’t do it without all of our supporters. Thank you.”
EIFF receives significant funding from Creative Scotland, the British Film Institute, the City of Edinburgh Council and the Scottish Government through the Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund – supporting EIFF Talent Lab, Distribution Rewired and the Short Film Challenge – as well as EventScotland, which supports a range of festival activity, including the Opening Night Gala.
Its major donors also play a big part in bringing the festival to life while its extensive programme of industry events and talent development activity is supported by the Wellcome Trust, Creative Skillset and the British Council, which also supports the McLaren Award for Best British Animation.
Official partners include Volvo Cars, transporting filmmakers and stars in comfort between airports, hotels and venues; Graham’s the Family Dairy, Scotland’s leading dairy brand, serving up ice cream to audiences at the Opening and Closing Galas, as well as the Festival’s youngest audiences at the UK premiere of Pixar’s Finding Dory, and venue partners Cineworld Fountain Park and Filmhouse.
Film Fest in the City is supported by Essential Edinburgh and Summerhall.
Additional support comes from American Airlines, Apex Hotels; Fountain Court Apartments; George Hotel, the iconic Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh – The Caledonian on Princes Street, Belmont Filmhouse, Exterion Media, Festival Theatre Edinburgh, GMP, The Lane Agency, Moving Cinema through Creative Europe MEDIA, National Museums Scotland, Odeon, Park Circus, RSNO, Traverse Theatre, The University of Edinburgh, The Edinburgh College of Art, and Media Partners The List, Sunday Herald, and Forth 1, and Lifestyle Partner i-on magazine.
Event sponsors include Heineken, who served as official Beer Sponsor of the EIFF Opening Party, with caterers Clerkenwell Green, event experts All Event Hire, wine and spirit merchants Inverarity Morton, and LookLook providing their GIFGIF animated photobooth for party-goers. Heineken also sponsored the EIFF Industry Ceilidh, with a Scottish menu from award winning caterers Appetite Direct.
Last night’s (Sunday, 26 June) Closing Night Gala featured the World Premiere of WHISKY GALORE!, with guests enjoying a dram of SPEY whisky from bespoke crystal Glencairn glasses engraved with Whisky Galore and EIFF 70th Edition logos at a special whisky tasting after the film.
EIFF says it would also like to thank the following cultural funders and organisations for their support of individual screenings, guests, events and activities this year: Accion Cultural Española, Anglo Chilean Society, Austrian Cultural Forum, Balassi Institute, Hungarian, Cultural Centre London, Consulate of Germany, Consulate of Iceland, Culture Ireland, The Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies, Aberystwyth, University, Embassy of Estonia, Embassy of Finland, Embassy of Greece, Embassy of Sweden, Embassy of Switzerland, Finnish Institute in London, Flanders Image, German Films, Government of Canada, Government of Flanders, Polish Cultural Institute, Romanian Cultural Institute, UniFrance, Abbotsford House, Aesop, Aizle, Anfora Wine Bar,The Apartment, Auld Reekie Tours, Bute Fabrics, Café St Honore, Camera Obscura and World of Illusions, Castle Terrace, Charlie Miller Hairdressing Ltd, David Bann, Dine with Stuart Muir, Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh Tea and Coffee Company, Galvin’s Brasserie de Luxe, Glenkinchie Distillery, Grassmarket Community Project, Hawico, Hotel du Vin, Howies Restaurants, iQ Superfood Chocolate, Jupiter Artland, Kyloe, Kyrö Distillery, Lauren Gollan Academy of Make-Up Artistry, Leith Chop House, Leuchtturm 1917,Locanda de Gusti, LUX Scotland, MAC Cosmetics, Mercat Tours., One Square, The Pompadour by Galvin, The Real Mary King’s Close, Rosslyn Chapel, Royal Yacht Britannia, Speyside Distillery, St John’s Church, Strathberry of Scotland, Wedgwood the Restaurant, The Wee Restaurant, and Zucca.