Edinburgh Film Festival’s closure sends chills up spines

The closure of the world's oldest continually running film festival is an ominous sign for festivals the world over.

The festival circuit has had a terrible time over the last few years, while the key markets are bouncing around according to the needs of streamers and the perceived value of cinema releases. The Edinburgh Film Festival is a treasure, one of those non-bloated events which has not been taken over by the market, and solid asset as the weather turns towards winter in a northern city. 

This year, the director’s role was taken over by Kristy Matheson, former lead programmer at Melbourne’s ACMI, in a move which looked like a coup for both sides. 

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David Tiley was the Editor of Screenhub from 2005 until he became Content Lead for Film in 2021 with a special interest in policy. He is a writer in screen media with a long career in educational programs, documentary, and government funding, with a side order in script editing. He values curiosity, humour and objectivity in support of Australian visions and the art of storytelling.