Hidden Door

5 Reasons to Bring Popcorn with you to Hidden Door!

Hopefully by now you will have heard all about the musical highlights appearing at this year’s festival, including Anne Meredith, Idlewild, Soweto Kinch, and plenty more, but did you know there will also be an array of cinematic delights on offer every day of the festival? Well you’ve come to the right place to find out more!

1) The Adventures of Prince Achmed

Hidden Door are delighted to present a special screening of The Adventures of Prince Achmed with live soundtrack. Lotte Reiniger’s 1926 German animated fairytale is the oldest surviving animated feature film to date.

Taking place in the spectacular Main Auditorium on Sunday 28 May, this seminal and stunning piece of film will be screened with a live soundtrack performed by SINK. The perfect Sunday evening entertainment, this is an event not to be missed!

2) Metropolis with (live soundtrack)

The following evening (Mon 29 May), again in the beautiful Main Auditorium, we present another fusion of classic cinema and musical remix. Released in 1927, Fritz Lang’s original Sci-Fi epic Metropolis explores a futuristic urban dystopia. Recently restored, the film will be soundtracked by a live electronic score by the Reverse Engineer, Le Vangelis, WOLF, Matt Collings and Phil McBride.

3) KinoKlub presents: Soviet animation

Opening the first evening of the festival (Fri 26 May) are KinoKlub Edinburgh’s surrealist pop-up cinema collective formed by Morvern Cunningham and Malgorzata Bugaj. They are committed to showcasing the best in surreal and experimental film.

For Hidden Door, KinoKlub has prepared a programme of forgotten animated gems from the Soviet era encompassing propaganda and popular entertainment. Weird, wonderful, and surreal images with a variety of filmmakers, techniques and styles.

Find out more about KinoKlub in our short interview.

4) Edinburgh Short Film Festival

Launched in 2011, ESFF aims to bring the best contemporary Scottish, UK and International short films to local and international audiences. This year we have very fortunate to have ESFF presents three programmes in our cinema space. From a selection of award-winning animation (Sat 27 May), Oscar-qualifying shorts and documentaries (Sat 3 June) and their own ‘Staff Picks Night’ (Tues 30 May), there’s bound to be something for everyone.

We are particularly looking forward to seeing what the ESFF staff have selected but we’re also excited to see a programme of their favourite shorts of recent years; ranging from dark, edgy comedy and body horror to quirky, indie drama with a sprinkling of affecting relationship stories and some outstanding experimental cinema.

Read our interview with ESFF to find out more.

5) ECA Animation 3rd years: 10X10X17: What can you make in 24 hours?

Finally, we can’t wait to see what new delights the students from Edinburgh College of Art have created this year. Back in February, student animators, composers, and sound designers from ECA made one film a day, for 10 days. In total they made over 700 films in an online collaboration with students in Bulgaria, The Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, America, Canada, and England.

Closing the festival on the final night (Sun 4 June), we get to see some of the highlights of their work.

There’s plenty more cinema events on offer and you can find out more here!