Rod White, Head of Filmhouse cinema

The festival continued to attract a new audience to Filmhouse, connecting with Edinburgh’s Spanish community. 17% of customers attending ESFF in 2016 had never attended Filmhouse before and 18% were returning from ESFF in 2015. Over 4,000 brochures were picked up by customers at Filmhouse in the run up to the festival, demonstrating the appetite for Spanish language cinema in Edinburgh.

The Festival hosted a number of Question and Answer sessions after their screenings, with 20 of the 24 screenings having a post-show discussion, allowing audiences to further engage with Spanish filmmaking and culture.

The decision to include Maya and Catalan language films as part of the 2016 festival was particularly appreciated by our existing art house film audience who appreciated a very rare opportunity to experience these languages and the films themselves.

We look forward to working with ESFF again in the future”.

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