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Edinburgh film festival to bring back awards

posted 15 Feb 2012, 06:58 by David Rintoul   [ updated 15 Feb 2012, 07:03 ]

Organisers of the Edinburgh International Film Festival say at least three major awards will be handed out at this year’s event – with the promise of more to come – 12 months after the prizes were scrapped.

Gongs for best British feature, best performance in a British film and best international award are to be revived a year after the festival shelved all of its long-standing awards.

Organisers are believed to be planning to reinstate other awards for short films and animated films, as well as the hugely popular “audience award”, which was voted on by ticket-buyers in previous years.

However, the festival – which has about half the budget it had two years ago – has admitted it is still seeking sponsors for awards.

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