Edinburgh International Film Festival to host drive-in films
- Deborah Chu
- 23 June 2020
EIFF and Unique Events to re-imagine annual Film Fest in the City as a drive-in movie experience
As the country eases out of lockdown and we take our first, tentative steps towards a 'new normal', the team behind the Edinburgh International Film Festival and Unique Events are dusting off the tradition of drive-in movies to bring together the cinema-starved public in a safe and socially-distanced manner.
Beginning Fri 7–Sun 9 Aug, each drive-in screening will run on the last weekend of the month throughout the rest of 2020, offering families and film fans the chance to recapture the big screen experience after interminable weeks of lockdown and isolation. The screenings will take place at Edinburgh Airport, with ample room for cars to park two metres apart, as well as cinema food and local vendors available on-site for those all-important snack breaks. Though audiences will be ensconced in their separate vehicles, there'll be plenty of pre-cinema activities to foster a sense of collective experience, including on-screen movie quizzes, car discos, competitions and give-aways.
Curated by the cinema gurus over at EIFF, each weekend will be packed with four screenings a day, beginning with an early morning Drive-In Kids Club at 10am, Family Favourites in the afternoon, a crowd-pleasing Blockbuster in the evening and a late night Cult Classic for adults only, in addition to themed Halloween and Christmas flicks around the holidays. Each film will be screened on a state-of-the-art 100 square metre LED screen, with the audio piped straight into car radios so that audiences can take control of the soundtrack.
Of the new drive-in screenings, Ken Hay, the Chief Executive of Edinburgh International Film Festival says: 'We're delighted we've found a way to bring some great films to Edinburgh audiences despite the challenges we currently face. It's not the Festival as we know it but still a way to bring a part of it to life this year. Film Fest in the City has been a very popular part of the Festival in recent years and working with Unique Events again we hope to be able to create that fun atmosphere at our new airport based Drive-In Movies starting with two fantastic weekends in August.'
Full programme will be first announced on Wed 8 July for those who have registered at edfilmfest.org.uk. Tickets are expected to cost £35 per vehicle for up to five people, and films will be captioned where possible.