Free outdoor screenings from Edinburgh International Film Festival return this June

Free outdoor screenings return to the Edinburgh International Film Festival this June

2017 blockbusters Wonder Woman, Thor: Ragnarok and Star Wars: The Last Jedi are all lined up for Film Fest in the City with Mackays

Edinburgh International Film Festival and Essential Edinburgh are once again teaming up to bring the city a packed programme of free outdoor screenings, which are due to take place over three days this summer. Film Fest in the City returns to St Andrew Square Garden from Fri 15 to Sun 17 June, with new headline sponsor Mackays on board, alongside an exciting array of films.

Launched in 2011, the screenings aim to bring film lovers together in the heart of the city, celebrating both the creativity and cultural heritage of Edinburgh and the build-up to the EIFF itself. Last year's programme included Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Clueless, Dirty Dancing and Beauty and the Beast (1991), among others. This year, Film Fest in the City with Mackays will similarly present audiences with much-loved classics including Casablanca, Top Gun, Ghostbusters, Big Trouble in Little China and Big, and modern blockbusters like the hugely popular Wonder Woman, Thor: Ragnarok and Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

There are also plenty of screenings for the little ones to enjoy such as Paddington, Paddington 2, The Incredibles (ahead of The Incredibles 2 family gala at the festival), Jason and the Argonauts and Who Framed Roger Rabbit? plus sing-a-long delights like The Greatest Showman and Moulin Rouge!.

Free outdoor screenings return to the Edinburgh International Film Festival this June

L-R: Roddy Smith (Chief Executive & Director, Essential Edinburgh), Martin Grant (Marketing Director, Mackays), and Mark Adams (Artistic Director, EIFF) / credit Neil Hanna

As always, the screenings are free and unticketed but if you're looking for an extra special treat, Mackays will be serving complimentary Dundee Marmalade sandwiches at Paddington screenings, where you'll also find a Paddington fancy dress competition and savoury and sweet hampers featuring a range of their authentic jams, marmalades and chutneys.

Mark Adams, EIFF Artistic Director said: 'Our annual selection of free screenings are always the perfect way to get in the movie mood in the weekend before the Film Festival begins. From Casablanca to The Greatest Showman, this is a selection of great films that will appeal to film fans young and old.'

Full programme for 2018:

4.30–6.55pm – Wonder Woman (Cert 12A, 141 mins, 2017)
7.05–8:50pm – Casablanca (Cert U, 102 mins, 1942)
9–10.50pm – Top Gun (Cert 12, 110 mins, 1986)

10–11.55am – The Incredibles (Cert. U, 115 mins, 2004)
12.15–1.50pm – Paddington (Cert U, 95 mins, 2014)
2–3:45pm – Big (Cert PG, 104 mins, 1988)
4–5.45pm – Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (Cert PG, 104 mins, 1988)
6.10–8.20pm – Moulin Rouge! (Cert PG, 127mins, 2001)
8.40–10.50pm – Thor: Ragnarok (Cert PG, 130 mins, 2017)

10–11.45am – Paddington 2 (Cert PG, 104 mins, 2017)
12–1.45pm – Jason And The Argonauts (Cert U, 104 mins, 1963)
2.10–3.55pm – The Greatest Showman (Cert PG, 102 mins, 2017)
4.10–5.55pm – Ghostbusters (Cert 12A, 105 mins, 1984)
6.10–7.50pm – Big Trouble In Little China (Cert 12A, 99 mins, 1986)
8.15–10.45pm – Star Wars: The Last Jedi (Cert PG, 152 mins, 2017)

Film Festival in the City with Mackays runs Fri 15–Sun 17 June at St Andrew Square Garden. Tickets are free, just turn up. EIFF runs 20 Jun–1 Jul.

Edinburgh International Film Festival

The oldest continually running film festival in the world, the EIFF draws on its prestige to consistently present abundant programmes of new features, documentaries, retrospectives, shorts, panel discussions and educational workshops, with a few high profile premieres thrown in for good measure.