Still from Asif Kapadia's 'Amy'

What to watch at Edinburgh Film Festival

The Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) has opened its doors for the 69th time, making it the world's longest continually running film festival. The full programme boasts 164 feature films from 44 countries, 24 of which are world premières, alongside 84 UK premières. But which ones should you see?

We have picked out our top five must-see films from the festival's 12-day run, all of which have been supported by Creative Europe's MEDIA sub-programme.

British films

  • Andrew Haigh’s beautiful portrait of a fractured relationship, 45 Years, with award-winning performances from Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay. The film sees its UK festival debut at Edinburgh, as it competes for the Michael Powell Award for Best British Feature.
  • The UK première of Asif Kapadia’s striking documentary, Amy, about the life of music legend Amy Winehouse. The film is in competition for the festival's Audience Award.

International Feature Film Competition

  • Tense drama 13 Minutes (Elser), Oliver Hirschbiegel's return to the Second World War theme of his acclaimed film Downfall, is in the running for the Award for Best International Feature Film.

Europe in Edinburgh

  • Goat (Koza), a Czech/Slovak co-production about former Olympic boxing champion Peter (Peter Baláž) who is forced to come out of retirement to fight again.
  • Norwegian Out of Nature (Mot naturen)a journey inside Martin's head and out into the wild of nature as we join him on his solo hiking trip in the mountains, played by Ole Giæver.

EIFF's new Artistic Director Mark Adams said, “We are delighted to be presenting such a thrilling, fun, challenging, provocative, exciting and balanced programme. There really is something for everyone and we hope that filmgoers will get a lot of pleasure out of this year’s festival.”

Whilst you're there... European Children's Film Catalogue

A number of European partners have created a catalogue of European films for children with accompanying educational materials, which will be accessible across the whole of Europe. The aim is to facilitate educational distribution in order to reach as many pre-schools, schools and young audiences as possible. The partners in 2014-2015 are: Poland (New Horizons and The Polish Film Institute),  Portugal (Zero em comportamento), Scotland (Creative Scotland), Sweden (The Swedish Film Institute), Norway (Film & Kino) and The Netherlands (Stichting Cinekid). 

As part of the festival, an event for teachers, film educators and literacy practitioners will include a short presentation on the film catalogue including clips, followed by a screening of German comedy Max Minsky and Me and a reception. 

Don't miss!

Don't forget to come along to our Information Session and Networking Drinks, taking place on 25 June 2015 at the Traverse Theatre.

EIFF takes place from 17 to 28 June 2015.

Photo: Asif Kapadia's Amy will have its UK premiere at the 2015 Edinburgh International Film Festival.