Revving up to attend the UK Premiere is Cars 3 Story Supervisor, Scott Morse, who will present the film at Festival Theatre, as well as host two School Screenings at Cineworld Edinburgh on 26 June.

EIFF is also excited to announce a nation-wide drawing competition for children up to 13 years to win tickets to the premiere screening. Entrants will be asked to draw their ultimate racing car to compete alongside Lightning McQueen with winning prizes including tickets to the film screening, and the opportunity to take part in an exclusive story workshop with Scott Morse. Full details on how to enter can be found here.

The UK Premiere builds on Disney’s longstanding relationship with EIFF, which has proudly hosted Festival premieres of Disney•Pixar’s Academy Award®-winning WALL•E, Toy Story 3, Inside Out and Finding Dory in recent years.

Mark Adams, EIFF Artistic Director commented: “Pixar Animation Studios is responsible for some of the greatest animated movies of our time and we’re thrilled to be continuing our relationship with the studio and providing such a treat for our younger audiences and their families in our 70th Anniversary Year with Cars 3.”

The turbo-charged, Cars 3, which sees Owen Wilson return as the voice of legendary Lightning McQueen and Armie Hammer joins the voice cast as new character Jackson Storm. The film sees McQueen blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast racers and pushed out of the sport he loves. To get back in the game, he will need the help of an eager young race technician, Cruz Ramirez, with her own plan to win, plus inspiration from the late Fabulous Hudson Hornet and a few unexpected turns. Proving that #95 isn’t through yet will test the heart of a champion on Piston Cup Racing’s biggest stage.

Scene from Cars 3
Scene from Cars 3

Directed by Brian Fee (storyboard artist CarsCars 2) and produced by Kevin Reher (A Bug’s LifeLa Luna short), Cars 3 will cruise into cinemas on 14th July, 2017.

Cars 3 UK Premiere tickets can be purchased by phoning 0131 623 8030, or online at www.edfilmfest.org.uk Ticket prices range from £12, £8 (concession), £5 (under 16s).

· School Screenings will take place at Cineworld on 26 June, 2017. Tickets for School Screenings are £3 per pupil and teachers can book by emailing education@edfilmfest.org.uk.

· Cars (2006) and Cars 2 (2011) took in more than $1 billion in combined worldwide box office.

· Cars won a Golden Globe® for best animated feature film and two Annie Awards for best animated feature and best music in an animated feature production. Composer Randy Newman won a Grammy® for best song written for motion picture, television or other visual media (Our Town). The film was nominated for an Oscar® for best animated feature film, as well as best achievement in music written for motion pictures, original song (Our Town).

· Cars 2 was nominated for a Golden Globe® for best animated feature film, in addition to a host of other industry nominations.