Rogue One to screen free at outdoor cinema Film Fest in the City in Edinburgh this June

Rogue One to screen free at outdoor cinema Film Fest in the City in Edinburgh this June

Latest Star Wars film and Kubo and the Two Strings lined up for return of Edinburgh International Film Festival's open-air cinema programme

You might not have noticed, but Edinburgh saw remarkably little rainfall the past month. In fact, Midlothian produced a mere 20% of the average rainfall for April, and anyone who's been running the city's trails can attest to this given how clean their runners are. Just sayin'. With that in mind, huge optimism greets the return of Edinburgh International Film Festival's outdoor cinema programme to St Andrew Square Garden in June.

Film Fest in the City 2017 boasts an exciting lineup of new blockbusters, classics and family favourites, with the standout film being Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The event runs Fri 16–Sun 18 June, and screenings are completely free. Seriously, how good is that?

Critically acclaimed animation Kubo and the Two Strings and EIFF 2016 Audience Award Winner Hunt for the Wilderpeople (which is amazing, btw) are the main new films in the programme, but there's plenty of real crowd-pleasing classics to enjoy to. 'Dance-along' (go on, you know you want to) screenings of Mamma Mia and Dirty Dancing are in association with Dance Base, while Singin' in the Rain (let's hope not), Clueless and Labyrinth guarantee a good time. Families especially will want to get down for Trolls, Beauty and the Beast (1991) and The Jungle Book. Finally, Avengers Assemble (that's the first one) screens, just to feed the Avengers-mania currently consuming the city.

Mark Adams, EIFF Artistic Director said: 'We're thrilled to be rolling out the green carpet for the sixth annual Film Fest in the City. Whether you want to dance and sing-along to a cult classic or gather the family to watch a film under the stars, this year's Film Fest in the City really does have it all.'

Here's the full programme, including days and times:

4.30pm–6.05pm – What's Up Doc? (Cert U, 1 hr 34 mins, 1972)
6.20pm–8pm – Labyrinth (Cert U, 1hr 38mins, 1986)
8.15pm–10.45pm – AVENGERS ASSEMBLE (Cert 15, 2hr 23mins, 2012)

10.30am–12pm – Trolls (sing-a-long) (Cert U, 1hr 30mins, 2016)
12.20pm–1.50pm – Beauty and the Beast (dress up party) (Cert U, 1hr 28mins, 1991)
2.15pm–4pm – The Jungle Book (Cert PG, 1hr 44mins, 2016)
4.25pm–6.15pm – Mamma Mia (dance along) (Cert PG, 1hr 46mins, 2008)
6.40pm–8.20pm – Clueless (Cert PG, 1hr 37mins, 1995)
8.45pm–10.25pm – Dirty Dancing (dance along) (Cert 12, 1hr 38mins, 1987)

10.30am–12.30pm – Cars (Cert PG, 1hr 52mins, 2006)
12.45pm–2.30pm – Kubo and the Two Strings (Cert PG, 1hr 42mins, 2016)
2.45pm–4.35pm – Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger (Cert U, 1hr 48mins, 1977)
4.45pm–6.30pm – Singin' in the Rain (Cert U, 1hr 43mins, 1952)
6.40pm–8.20pm – Hunt for the Wilderpeople (Cert 12A, 1hr 37mins, 2016)
8.30pm–10.45pm – Rogue One: a Star Wars Story (Cert 12A, 2hrs 14mins, 2016)

Film Festival in the City runs Fri 16–Sun 18 June at St Andrew's Square Garden. Tickets are free, just turn up. EIFF runs 21 Jun–2 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.