Scottish Film Events: October 2021

October brings a brand new cinema to Edinburgh (kinda), and more festivals than you can shake a stick at.

The leaves are starting to turn, and that signals it’s about to get pretty fucking bleak outside. But never fear, there’ll be plenty of heat coming off our cinemas and laptop screens this autumn thanks to the surfeit of film festivals that arrive on the scene around this time. We discuss three of them – SQIFFAfrica in Motion and Scotland Loves Anime – elsewhere on the website, but that trio is just the tip of the iceberg .

The Edinburgh Spanish Film Festival ushers in its eighth edition, a hybrid affair consisting of in-person (until 10 Oct, Filmhouse & the French Institute) and online screenings (14-17 Oct) of 21 feature films and eight shorts. Proceedings kicked off with The Hive (1 Oct, Filmhouse), in which a group of childhood friends reunite at a country house for a hen do, but quickly realise time has recalibrated their friendships. If you’re in the mood for a classic, the festival will also be marking the centenary of great Spanish filmmaker Luis García Berlanga with a screening of his blistering black comedy The Executioner from 1963 (7 Oct, Filmhouse). View the full programme at