Film Fest in the City: Musical delights and gorgeous animation to hit St Andrew Square

Film Fest in the City: Musical delights and gorgeous animation to hit 2019's silver screen

Edinburgh's open-air cinema event to screen Oscar winner Bohemian Rhapsody, Mary Poppins Returns, Spider Man: Into the Spider-Verse and more

Come rain or shine, the June weekend of Film Fest in the City invariably finds a riveted audience packed into Edinburgh's St Andrews Square. It is therefore with many glad tidings that this free, three-day open-air cinema event – hosted in partnership between Edinburgh International Film Festival, Essential Edinburgh and new headline sponsor Edinburgh Live – has announced its return from Fri 14 June to Sun 16 June.

This year's programme features an exciting mix of new releases, cult hits and family favourites, with major awards-sweeper Bohemian Rhapsody set to be screened, alongside Emily Blunt's charming turn as the magical nanny in Mary Poppins Returns. Due to popular demand, Hugh Jackman's compulsively sing-along-able The Greatest Showman is also set to make a second appearance, alongside a double-bill of the equally-irresistible ABBA musicals Mamma Mia! and Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again. Tom Cruise's lauded sixth outing as IMF agent Ethan Hunt in Mission: Impossible – Fallout will also be getting screen time, as will the ground-breaking Marvel superhero film Black Panther.

Other crowd pleasers set to hit St Andrews Square's silver screen include iconic rom-com When Harry Met Sally…, Bill Murray's time-bending comedy Groundhog Day and cult fantasy flick Xanadu. There will also be a host of animated features for the whole family to enjoy, including sci-fi film Iron Giant (hankies at the ready), Pixar's Brave and the spectacularly rendered Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, which nabbed the Oscar for Best Animated Feature last year. Be sure to fill the hamper with snacks aplenty, but there'll also be an array of pop-up bars on hand to provide premium tipples to the thirsty masses, including perfect serves from Edinburgh Gin, Innis & Gunn and Poco Prosecco.

'The annual outdoor screenings make for the perfect taster before festival proper begins a few days later,' says Mark Adams, Artistic Director of the Edinburgh International Film Festival. 'Watching a film outdoors is such a special experience and it is always gratifying to see film fans arriving at beautiful St Andrew Square Garden for this wonderful social event.'

Film Fest in the City, Fri 14 June–Sun 16 June,

Edinburgh Film Fest in the City

This three-day weekend event is an increasingly popular set of free open-air film screenings held in partnership between Essential Edinburgh and Edinburgh international Film Festival, and produced by Unique Events.