Edinburgh Film Festival 2014: Round Up.

In the last 13 days I’ve sat in 3 different venues, in 9 different screens, and watched 30 films at Edinburgh International Film Festival. It has been a great experience, especially the experience of conducting my first industry interview, with director Jeff Baena. Most of the films have been great, some have been mediocre and a couple were really quite awful. I’ve also been to the festival’s award ceremony and somehow found time to catch a few other films outside of the festival too. It’s been a challenging experience, proving hard to discipline myself into writing about every single film. Getting into the routine of writing about 3-6 films a day has been a tough but rewarding undertaking. My cinematic senses feel more finely tuned than ever and I have enjoyed the endless hours sat in the dark, experiencing what has been a diverse and rich programme of films. As life returns to normal and my eyes readjust to daylight, I can now look back over my time at the festival. Here are all of the films I’ve seen at this year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival with links to all reviews:

The Best:
1. Hellion
2. In Order of Disappearance
3. Tony Benn: Will and Testament
4. Snowpiercer
5. The Infinite Man
6. The Skeleton Twins
7. Set Fire to the Stars
8. Journey to the West
9. Uncertain Terms
10. A Dangerous Game

The In Between:
1. Virunga
2. Cold in July
3. We Are Monster
4. A Most Wanted Man
5. Coherence
6. Joe
7. Life After Beth
8. Honeymoon
9. Miss Zombie
10. Still Life
11. Doc of the Dead
12. Castles in the Sky
13. Korso
14. Let Us Prey
15. Hyena


4 of the films I saw were documentaries, 10 were British productions and 6 contained subtitles. There were several romantic comedies, horror films, science fiction thrillers, Southern American gothic thrillers and family dramas. The common trends of the festival seemed to be gore, coming-of-age, realistic romance and damnation. It has been an intense two weeks and I hope that lots of these films get the mainstream recognition they deserve. The days have been long, filled with screenings, and so have some of the evenings. Getting involved in the public screenings, as well as the press screenings, has made me appreciate the energetic atmosphere the festival has. The Q and A sessions have been insightful and time spent chatting with other festival goers make you appreciate how large an audience there is for a festival as well respected as Edinburgh’s. I hope to return to the festival next year as I have been amazed at the sheer versatility of the programme and its professional standard.

Thanks for reading and let’s all keep supporting our beloved film industry. 

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