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Edinburgh film festival still nation's biggest

EDINBURGH remains host to Scotland's biggest film festival, new figures confirm, after this year's event saw a four per cent rise in admissions.

The Edinburgh International Film Festival registered 46,000 admissions to films, a rise on 2013. The festival closed on Sunday having screened 121 new features over 12 days.

Glasgow's film festival registered 40,000 admissions earlier this year.

Ken Hay, chief executive of the Edinburgh festival, said: "Audiences have again supported the festival this year despite football fever and the glorious June sunshine. An increase in our admissions is a testament to the strength and depth of the programme."

This year, the festival included a series of outdoor screenings and events.

Over 12,000 people took part in "dancealong" screenings of musical favourites such as Grease in the Grassmarket, and movies were shown in St Andrew Square.

Festival Square hosted question and answer and animation sessions, and film-inspired workshops,

Joanna Coates won the The Michael Powell Award for best British feature film for Hide and Seek.

The Award for Best Film in the International Competition was presented to Midi Z's Ice Poison

The Audience Award went to Tony Benn: Will and Testament, about the late politician, which had its world premiere at the festival.

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