EIFF announces Shaun of the Dead, Scott Pilgrim and Hot Fuzz immersive cinema experiences for film fans

Edgar Wright event cinema triple bill coming to Edinburgh International Film Festival

Zombie survival, comic paradise and summer fête screenings and parties as part of Edgar Wright triple bill at Edinburgh International Film Festival

Edinburgh International Film Festival will play host to the kind of immersive, event cinema experience the capital's movie fans have been crying out for. EIFF: Play – in partnership with The List and supported by Sir Ewan and Lady Brown – will celebrate writer-director Edgar Wright with three cult modern classics, including RomZomCom Shaun of the Dead (2004), action-spoof Hot Fuzz (2007), and gamer-fantasy Scott Pilgrim vs the World (2010).

The festival has picked pitch-perfect venues, each screening with a thematic supporting lineup that'll make these events highlights of the year for festival-goers of all stripes.

First up, Potterrow will host a screening of Scott Pilgrim (Thu 15 Jun) followed by the ultimate comic book after party at Teviot Row House featuring a Tiny Zine Swap Show, retro and new gaming stations with We Throw Switches, and live illustration by Too Much Fun Club plus DJs as well as video game themed bars.

You'd be hard pressed to find a better place to host a zombie apocalypse party than Leith's Biscuit Factory – certainly nowhere that would pass a health and safety inspection at any rate. Dubbed EIFF Survivors Party, the Shaun of the Dead late-night party takes place Thu 22 Jun with DJs, your very own zombie pack and the chance to show off your special effects make-up skills. Plus, the Edinburgh International Science Festival is getting in on the fun with its gory Blood Bar.

Edgar Wright event cinema triple bill coming to Edinburgh International Film Festival

Last but by no means least, comes part two of Wright's Cornetto trilogy, Hot Fuzz. Would-be crime-fighting recruits should report for duty at Church Hill Theatre on Thu 29 Jun. You'll get your very own bobby's helmet and investigate strange goings-on at the EIFF summer fête, where you can take in some tombola, check out very creative Primitive Painters, eat your weight in sweets, and enjoy some slam poetry from Loud Poets in partnership with the Scottish Poetry Library.

'We're thrilled to launch EIFF: Play in our 70th Anniversary Year,' says EIFF Artistic Director Mark Adam. 'For the first time, we're taking the concept of Edgar Wright's incredible catalogue of films and bringing them to life across Edinburgh.'

And while The List is partnering with these events and may be a little biased, we think this is gonna be a brilliant series. Frankly, 'Don't Stop Me Now' is already on the radio and we're planning our outfits.

Tickets are £13–15 and will be available via the EIFF website now. The full EIFF 2017 programme will be announced Wed 31 May.

Edinburgh International Film Festival takes place 21 Jun–2 Jul.

EIFF: Play – Hot Fuzz

An immersive screening of the buddy cop classic directed by Edgar Wright. Cinema-goers can collect their bobby’s helmet and investigate the unusual happenings at EIFF’s summer fete. Try your hand at tombola, get sketchy with Primitive Painters, sample sugary treats and hear the latest slam poetry from Loud Poets in…

EIFF: Play – Shaun of the Dead

An immersive screening of the first film in Edgar Wright's Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy, Shaun of the Dead. Never mind The Winchester, the place to survive a Zombie attack is The Biscuit Factory. The EIFF survivors party features ghoulish DJs, Edinburgh International Science Festival’s gory Blood Bar and the chance to…

EIFF: Play – Scott Pilgrim vs the World

An immersive screening of Edgar Wright's gamer fantasy, based on the iconic graphic novel by Bryan Lee O’Malley. The screening is followed by a comic book party at Teviot Row House. Take part in a tiny zine swap, play new and retro games with We Throw Switches and watch live illustration by Too Much Fun Club. There are…