Earlier today, Artistic Director Mark Adams announced the programme for this year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF).

“It is a real thrill to unveil this year’s programme and I am looking forward to showcasing so many great films and welcoming so many talented filmmakers to our 70th edition.”

Set to run from the 15th to the 26th of June, EIFF 2016 will feature 22 World Premieres, 17 European Premieres and 85 UK Premieres from 46 countries, featuring 161 films in all.

Competitors for the prestigious Michael Powell Award will be drawn from the Best of British strand, which this year includes David Blair’s Away, starring Timothy Spall and Juno Temple; Mercedes Grower’s Brakes, starring The Mighty Boosh duo Julian Barratt and Noel Fielding; and Chris Foggin’s Kids In Love, starring Will Poulter and Cara Delevingne.

Chris Foggin’s Kids In Love, starring Will Poulter and Cara Delevingne.

EIFF 2016’s other strands include European Perspectives, featuring Florian Gallenberger’s The Colony and Björn Hlynur Haraldsson’s The Homecoming; World Perspectives, featuring Diego Luna’s Mr. Pig and Jon Cassar’s Forsaken; and American Dreams, featuring Rebecca Miller’s Maggie’s Plan and Meg Ryan’s directorial debut, Ithaca. The Director’s Showcase, meanwhile, will spotlight the likes of Kevin Smith (Yoga Hosers) and What We Do in the Shadows’ Taika Waititi (Hunt for the Wilderpeople).

This year’s special events will include a 20th anniversary screening of Danny Boyle’s Trainspotting, a showing of the newly-restored 4K version of Russell Mulcahy’s Highlander, and 70mm presentations of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey and David Lean’s Lawrence of Arabia, among others.

Courtesy of Film Fest in the City, fans will be able to enjoy free outdoor screenings of Finding Nemo, Mad Max – Fury Road and Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens in St. Andrew Square Garden.

Continuing their longstanding relationship, Edinburgh International Film Festival will also premiere Disney-Pixar’s Finding Dory for UK audiences.

View the 70th Edinburgh International Film Festival’s programme in full here.