Edinburgh’s August festival season starts with outdoor, waterside cinema

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THE programme for a weekend of free outdoor screenings at Port Edgar Marina on July 31 and August 1 2021, has been unveiled.

Film Fest on the Forth will run at the Marina, which is located at South Queensferry on the banks of the Firth of Forth, from 10.00am to 10.00pm each day.

The weekend is supported by EventScotland as part of the Year of Coasts and Waters 20/21, in which Scotland celebrates its coasts and waters with a programme of events and activities, shining a spotlight on these vital elements of the landscape.

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Photo by Edinburgh International Film Festival. On August 1 the films showing are: Brave, The Illusionist, Whale Rider, and Titanic.

The fantastic themed line-up is comprised of 8 well-loved feature films with a maritime link, all well suited to family audiences with U, PG or 12A ratings.

Film Fest on the Forth screenings will be staged in an outdoor area which can accommodate up to 260 film fans. 

If you’re coming by boat contact the Marina office by phone or VHF before arrival to be allocated a berth.

Food and drink will be available from Marina tenants Scott’s restaurant and Down the Hatch as well as additional food and drink vendors coming in especially for the weekend, including EIFF’s Official Beer Partner Innis & Gunn, and Pizza Geeks and Poco Prosecco.

Between films audiences can visit other attractions on site such as activities on the water from Port Edgar Watersports and shopping at the Marina’s store, Beacon.

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Photo by Zhifei Zhou on Unsplash. The selected films on July 31 are: Moana, The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep, Whisky Galore! and Jaws.

Russell Aitken, Managing Director of Port Edgar Marina said: “We are thrilled to be collaborating with EIFF in hosting this special open-air screening as part of Scotland’s Year of Coasts & Waters 2021.

“It’s an incredible initiative to be involved with and we look forward to welcoming families from across Scotland to showcase the stunning location of the marina.”

Ken Hay, CEO of Edinburgh International Film Festival said: “We are delighted to be celebrating the return to the communal cinema experience with a brilliant programme of aquatically themed classics, all set against the backdrop of the iconic Forth Bridges.

“Huge thanks to our friends at Port Edgar Marina in staging the films and to EventScotland for their support as part of the Year of Coasts and Waters. 

“We look forward to seeing everyone there.”

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Photo by frank mckenna on Unsplash. Tickets, which are free, are now available for Film Fest on the Forth at www.edfilmfest.org.uk.

Paul Bush OBE, Director of Events at VisitScotland, said: “We are delighted to be supporting Film Fest on the Forth as part of Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters 20/21.

“Scotland offers the perfect stage for audiences to enjoy unique experiences and this special cinematic event will showcase classic films in a memorable outdoor setting.”