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Praise for organisers of this year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival.

Lothian Tory MSP Miles Briggs has praised the organisers and staff of the Edinburgh International Film Festival in a Parliamentary motion tabled at Holyrood today. More than 53,000 people bought tickets for events at the festival this year, the highest number since it moved from its former slot in August in 2008.

Speaking today Miles said:

“ I congratulate the organisers and hard-working staff of the EIFF for a highly successful year which attracted more film goers for the sixth year in succession.

“ The EIFF attracts a large number of visitors to our city and makes a significant contribution to the local economy. It is a key part of Edinburgh’s internationally renowned and diverse festivals sector and I look forward to further box office growth at the EIFF in future years.”

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* Please see below Miles’ motion as tabled today.

* For any further information, please contact Miles’ office on 0131 348 5945

Motion Number: S5M-06580
Lodged By: Miles Briggs
Date Lodged: 04/07/2017

Title: Successful Year for the Edinburgh International Film Festival

Motion Text:

That the Parliament welcomes the news that the recent 71st Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) has reported a sixth successive year of increased audience numbers; understands that more than 53,000 festival goers attended events, while around 20,000 joined Film Fest in the City, the EIFF’s weekend of free outdoor screenings; is further aware that the 2017 EIFF showcased 151 features from 46 countries, including numerous world, European and UK premieres, with more than 400 filmmakers, 600 industry delegates and 200 accredited press joining the festival; congratulates the organisers and staff of the EIFF for their hard work and enthusiasm; considers that the EIFF is a vital part of Edinburgh’s vibrant festivals sector that makes such a significant contribution to the economy of Edinburgh and Lothian, and looks forward to many more successful Edinburgh International Film Festivals in the years ahead.

Miles Briggs