Image: Still from Perestroika by Sarah Turner

With hundreds of films and events taking place during this month’s Edinburgh International Film Festival it can be difficult to know what deserves your attention. Here are my picks of the festival, with a special focus on those events which cross disciplines and embrace film, art, sound and animation.


Sound:Art:Image (20 June, 21.00)

We may be a little biased here but this event really will be unique (and it’s free!). This is the culmination of Central Station’s Roderick Buchanan soundtrack project.  See a final screening of the film complete with the soundtrack developed by our winning composer Andy Sim and his group Fear Wasabi. There’ll also be drinks, so stay around after.


Perestroika (25 June, 17.00)

A documentary by Sarah Turner that explores the themes of memory and loss through the retracing of a journey along the Trans-Siberian railway. It interweaves haunting imagery and evocative use of sound. Read an interview with the director on AP engine here.


Brothers Quay Animation Event (22 June, 17.15)

Join a conversation with twin brothers Stephen and Timothy Quay as they show their latest film Maska and talk about their acclaimed work. A must for fans of these influential animators who are known for their distinct style, especially their use of eerie dolls and puppets.


Digicult Shorts (21 June, 13.30)

A showcase of six short films produced through Scotland’s award-winning digital film project. Visit Digicult’s website here.


Sideshow (24 June, 20.30)

“Please leave your mobile switched on and do not touch or feed the animals” is the strange request that accompanies this screening – the result of a cross-artform residency by artist Torshen Lauschmann at the Collective gallery. Expect a cinematic experience like never before.


H.P. Lovecraft’s The Dunwich Horror (23 June 19.45)

It’s a horror film but without images described as the world’s first audio horror film. An immersive audio experience adapted from H. P. Lovecraft’s classic work filled with things that go bump in the night.


Black Box 1-3 (24, 25, 26 June)

Three separate screenings of experimental film based on the themes of Great and Small, Time Travel and Open Your Eyes. Great and Small looks at nature in all it guises, Time Travel offers a conceptual journey that explores real and imagined landscapes and Open Your Eyes examines the perception and the materiality of film and video.