Edinburgh Film Festival's free outdoor screenings return

The three-day mini-festival of outdoor screenings in Edinburgh will include some old faves like When Harry Met Sally and modern classics like Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse

Article by Jamie Dunn | 25 Apr 2019
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

For Scottish film fans, June means one thing: Edinburgh International Film Festival. And the main festival's annual alfresco warmup, Film Fest in the City, will also return to St Andrew Square this year, with another line-up of free screenings that straddle old favourites, cult classics and up-to-date releases.

In the mix is the delirious fun of the stylish and zesty Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and the brilliant existential comedy Groundhog Day, in which Bill Murray plays a misanthropic weatherman caught in a time loop. There's also a screening of the brilliant existential comedy Groundhog Day, in which Bill Murray plays a misanthropic weatherman caught in a time loop.

Other films announced so far include classic romance When Harry met Sally, effervescent roller disco musical Xanadu, Scottish-set Pixar movie Brave and Brad Bird's endearing and enduring animation The Iron Giant. If you're really hardcore, meanwhile, there's a double-bill of Mamma Mia! and Mamma Mia!: Here We Go Again. If you must, there's also Bohemian Rhapsody, Mary Poppins Returns and The Greatest Showman. On top of the free movies, expect pop-up bars from the likes of Edinburgh Gin, Innis & Gunn and Poco Prosecco.

“The annual outdoor screenings make for the perfect taster before the festival proper begins a few days later," says EIFF artistic director Mark Adams. "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. We have a lovely blend of old and new, and some musical pleasures alongside animated classics.”

Film Fest in the City Line-up:

Friday 14 Jun
Groundhog Day (PG)
When Harry Met Sally (15) (30th anniversary)
Black Panther (12A)

Saturday 15 Jun
The Iron Giant (PG) (20th anniversary)
First Men On The Moon (U) (55th anniversary)
Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse (PG)
Mamma Mia! (PG)
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (PG)
Mission: Impossible Fallout (12)

Sunday 16 Jun
Brave (PG)
Mary Poppins Returns (U)
Xanadu (PG)
Greatest Showman (PG)
Bohemian Rhapsody (12A)


The 73rd edition of EIFF runs from 19 Jun-30 Jun. For more information on this year’s Festival visit www.edfilmfest.org.uk