Red carpet to be rolled out in June again

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THE Edinburgh International Film Festival will be held in June for the fifth year in a row, it has been announced.

The 12-day event moved out of the city’s hectic August festival season in 2008 to its own standalone June slot.

This year’s festival attracted some criticism for making a deliberate move away from the high-profile, red-carpet world premieres of previous years and there was some speculation that the event might move back to August for 2012.

However, organisers of the world’s longest continually running film festival insisted the decision to stick with June would ensure the “very best future” for the event.

The popular Michael Powell Award for best new British feature film will also be reinstated after being controversially scrapped this year.

Chris Fujiwara, who was appointed as the new artistic director last month, said the award was “crucial” to the festival’s creative vision.

Previous winners include Bafta-winning This Is England director Shane Meadows for his film Somers Town.

He said: “The award has deep significance to me personally as my film-making idol is Martin Scorsese and it so happens that, in turn, his is Michael Powell.”