Bradford, United Kingdom

UNESCO City of Film

The city of Bradford, UK was appointed as the first UNESCO City of Film on the 8th of June 2009.

Home to some of the earliest pioneers of cinema and the celebrated location of many classic films, Bradford can trace a proud and accomplished film heritage. Having been the birthplace of a range of international film talent, the city now plays host to one of the most diverse film festival programmes in Europe.

It is home of the hugely popular National Media Museum, a growing digital sector, and increasing opportunities for involvement in, and enjoyment of, film by local people.

Contact: David Wilson (david.wilson(at)


Bradford International Film Summit 2015 

Date 4th-6th March 2015

From 4-6th March 2015, the UNESCO Creative Cities are invited to Bradford, UK to celebrate and learn more about its UNESCO City of Film status at the Bradford International Film Summit 2015.

The summit will stage a series of seminars, events and screenings to discuss film &TV production and education, set against the backdrop of this film loving city. Following the prestigious award of the United Nations’ Education Social and Cultural Organisation’s (UNESCO) City of Film status in 2009, Bradford has used the transformational power of film to help drive social and economic change. The summit will provide an opportunity for all Creative Cities to learn and exchange ideas on how the designation is used to further develop creativity in our cities and promote sustainable development. There is an obvious focus on film & TV but not exclusively.

The summit will discuss innovative ways to expand the role of film in society for cultural and economic benefit, examining the role of business and future opportunities within the creative cities, in particular in the Creative and Digital sector. It will also look at how tourism can thrive using the creative sector as a driver and the imaginative uses of creative learning, sharing further information on the Bradford Film Literacy programme.

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