Welcome to Bradford, the world’s first UNESCO City of Film. Bradford has a long history associated with film and filmmaking dating back to the birth of cinema and has long been acknowledged by the film industry as a film-friendly city. Bradford is a key location for film and TV production. In addition to our film heritage credentials Bradford also boasts a number of key film festivals and film related events and masterclasses. We continue to develop more opportunities for people to enjoy film and celebrate the City’s diversity through film.
UNESCO Creative Cities Network is network of creative cities, working together towards a common mission for cultural diversity and sustainable urban development.
Member cities are recognised as:
- “Creative hubs” that promote socio-economic and cultural development in both the developed and the developing world through creative industries
- “Socio-cultural clusters” connecting socio-culturally diverse communities to create a healthy urban environment.
The Network aims at developing international cooperation among cities and encouraging them to drive joint development partnerships in line with UNESCO’s global priorities of “culture and development” and “sustainable development”.
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David Wilson – Director Bradford UNESCO City of Film
David Wilson is Director Bradford UNESCO City of Film, where he represents the city on an international level as part of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network. Using the UNESCO title, David and his team are working at many different levels to bring about positive social and economic impact for the people of Bradford, to ensure all are realising the benefits of its status as the world’s first UNESCO City of Film. David is an international ambassador for the city, regularly speaking and presents at film, business and community events on Bradford’s film heritage and the city’s approach as a creative city, in addition to writing about film and presenting review shows on TV and radio.