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Edinburgh International Film Festival may have new home

It will be something spectacular, whichever site is chosen according to Car Hire Edinburgh Airport.

The Edinburgh International Film Festival could be moving to a former site of a brewery. This would result in a major regeneration for the 8.2 acre site at Fountainbridge. The Lothian Road establishment has hosted dozens of red carpet events, including most recently Russell Crowe for a premiere last month of the movie Noah.

There is also an option to build the new home for the Filmhouse in the city centre, but the Fountainbridge site has the ability to be built on in the next few years. Plans for a new arthouse complex have emerged after former plans were rebuffed by the city council. The Centre for the Moving Image (CMI), which runs both the Filmhouse and the Film Festival, has launched a poll to guage support for which site is preferred.

CMI chief executive Ken Hay said, “We know a large number of people in Edinburgh hold the existing Filmhouse in very high regard. But it is a B-listed Victorian church building, which means we are very restricted on what we can do with it. There are obviously limited sites coming up for development in Edinburgh and we wanted to look at options around ten minutes’ walk from the existing Filmhouse. But we realise there are obviously implications about moving to a new site.”

Richard Lewis, culture leader at Edinburgh City Council, said “The plan we are consulting on at the moment for Fountainbridge includes a whole cultural triangle and we would be keen to support any ventures which help us realise that vision.”