Born alongside Edinburgh's International Festival in 1947, EIFF was one of the world's first international film festivals, and helped to define the type of event that has since become so pivotal to film culture in nations all over the world.
EIFF has developed into a crucial business hub for the UK and international film industry, a key attraction for Edinburgh, and one of the world's best -loved audience festivals. With an emphasis upon new talent, discovery and innovation, EIFF's vibrant programme of films and events combines a commitment to audience edification and pleasure with a strong ongoing stake in the development the UK and Scottish film industries.
Sean Connery is to attend this year's Edinburgh International Film Festival to help celebrate Scotland's Year of Homecoming.
A Film Festival patron, Sir Sean is among a host of stars expected to attend, including Oscar winner Kate Winslet, who is likely to join husband Sam Mendes for the opening night gala screening of his film Away We Go.
Organisers of the EIFF, which runs from 17-28 June, also revealed the programme for the free Film Festival Under the Stars, which this year will recognise the work of the Festival's patrons Tilda Swinton, Robert Carlyle, Seamus McGarvey and Sir Sean.
The outdoor screenings will show Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, The Chronicles of Narnia, Stone of Destiny and Charlotte's Web, family films from each of the patrons' careers to date.
The alfresco screenings will take place in The Grassmarket.