Following an extensive and successful public consultation process which ran for 4 months following its launch in March 2020, Centre for the Moving Image (CMI) has submitted the full Planning Application for the proposed New Filmhouse in Festival Square to City of Edinburgh Council’s planning department.

The New Filmhouse will be a world-class centre for film designed by Richard Murphy Architects and will create a landmark home for Filmhouse and Edinburgh International Film Festival. It will be a local, national and international hub for community engagement and learning, talent and skills development, film programming and audience engagement, innovation and enterprise, and networking which will benefit both the city’s residents and Scotland’s film industry.

The design of the New Filmhouse has evolved following the extensive consultation process, resulting in a reduction in the height, improved access arrangements within the building and more detailed proposals for the successful management of Festival Square as a public space.

The key design principles for the new building are:

  • The building must provide the quantity and quality of spaces needed by Filmhouse and Edinburgh International Film Festival to achieve our ambitions and operate sustainably year-round. 
  • In line with our core value of inclusion, all public and work spaces must be fully accessible and welcoming to all. 
  • To support our strategies to address the climate emergency, we’re aiming to ensure that the operation of the building is as close to carbon neutral as it can be.
  • The outdoor landscaping must maximise the potential of the public space, be fully accessible, encourage sustainable transport use and create a welcoming and inspiring environment for all. 


For visualisations, plans and 3D drawings, and to find out more about the proposals please visit our dedicated project website: