EDINBURGH, June 18 (Xinhua) -- The 2014 Edinburgh International Film Festival was opened by the World Premiere of British crime thriller "Hyena" on Wednesday evening with the attendance of honored film and festival guests.
Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs Fiona Hyslop participated the special screening event for the 113-minute film before the opening night gala.
The film starring by actor Peter Ferdinando and actress Elisa Lasowski tells the story of Michael who leads a special task force targeting London's biggest drug traffickers while infiltrating drug gangs in order to bust them and benefiting personally from the drug trade.
A total of 156 features from over 40 countries and regions were scheduled to be shown at the 68th Edinburgh International Film Festival, including 11 World premieres, 8 International premieres, and a range of special screenings and events.
Other awards include The Michael Powell Award for Best British Feature Film, which is named in homage to one of Britain's most original filmmakers, Short Film Awards, The Audience Award, and The Award for Best Documentary Feature Film.
The Festival will be closed by the American independent film "We'll Never Have Paris" on the evening of June 29.
Established in 1947, the Edinburgh International Film Festival aims for discovering and promoting the very best in international cinema, and for heralding and debating changes in global filmmaking.