'The term 'cult cinema' has become mere marketing-speak in recent years,' EIFF artistic director Hannah McGill said in statement issued to the press. 'With this new section, we want to re-animate the spirit of the truly cult-worthy 'midnight movie', by showing films that take real risks with their ideas, their aesthetic choices and their humour.'
The section will screen six feature films, including two world, two international and two UK premieres.
From the UK, Crack Willow will screen in its world premiere. The film, about the psychological effects of social decay, is directed by local Edinburgh College of Art graduate Martin Radich, an EIFF Best Short Film laureate.
US director Robert Beaucage's horror-cum-romance Spike also screens in world premiere in Under the Radar. The film overturns genre conventions to explore the darker side of fairytale mythology.
The section's two international premieres are Argentine director Luciano Podcaminsky's experimental travelogue The Third Pint and US director Rona Mark's debut feature Strange Girls.
The two remaining Under the Radar titles are Blood Car (US, dir. Alex Orr) and Bigga Than Ben: A Russian's Guide To Ripping Off London (UK, dir. S.A. Halewood).
EIFF 2008 takes place this year June 18-29. The full programme will be announced May 7.