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Bradford International Film Summit 2015 — Programme

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Over three days 4 – 6 March 2015…We staged a series of seminars, screenings and events to discuss film and TV production and education, set against the backdrop of this film loving city.

Our aim was to share with the world the work we have
done in the city since being awarded the prestigious
United Nations’ Education Social and Cultural
Organisation’s City of Film status. The Summit was our opportunity to show how the power of film can be used to help drive social and economic change. On our agenda was how to attract increased film and TV production to Yorkshire and capitalise on the business opportunities in film related industries and services; developing collaboration opportunities through international networks; sharing best practice on our education and skills programmes and inspiring communities to enjoy and experience more film.

Hundreds of people attended, including delegates from five UNESCO Creative Cities and leading film bodies, the British Film Institute (BFI), The British Film Commission and Screen Yorkshire. Our speakers commented on the “entrepreneurial spirit” they felt amongst the audiences and they left Bradford feeling inspired by the enthusiasm
and energy of our young people keen to be the next generation of film and television makers.

We gave hundreds of young people the chance to rub shoulders with industry experts with the potential to set them on the right path to careers in film and television.
There is a lot of work to be done moving forward as Bradford UNESCO City of Film. As priorities, I will take part in national and regional conversations about how we make Bradford, alongside other cities in the north,
a hub for production and filmmaking; I will work on securing funding to extend our successful Film Literacy Programme into secondary schools; I will look at how we answer the call to host more Film Summits and events
in Bradford in the future and I will continue to engage
with our international and national networks to build on
and develop our role using film to make the future for
Bradford. David Wilson – Director, Bradford UNESCO City of Film

“Its a wrap……”


Wednesday 4th March 2015

10.00 – 11.30
Centenary Square
City Park

Cinemobile Screening: Song of the Sea (PG)

The Oscar nominated Irish animation follows Saoirsea, a child who is the last of the selkies, women in Irish and Scottish legends who transform from seals into people. She escapes from her grandmother’s home to journey to the sea and free fairy creatures trapped in the modern world.

Tickets £3 – Under 5s free.

Tickets are £3 per person. Book your place here now.

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12.00 – 13.55
Centenary Square
City Park

Cinemobile Screening: The Punk Syndrome (15)

The Punk Syndrome follows a Finnish punk rock band whose members all are learning disabled, living with autism and Down Syndrome. The film shows the band members using punk music as an outlet to their frustration with everyday things, such as living in a group home, not being served coffee because of their disability and so on. The film has been said to open a window to the world of the disabled. During the film the band rises from total obscurity to become a small phenomenon and they also get to travel outside Finland.

Tickets are £3 per person. Book your place here now.

14.30 – 16.00
Centenary Square
City Park

Cinemobile Screening: Bollywood Carmen Live

An opportunity to come and take a look at the Cinemobile; Galway’s 100 seater mobile cinema as it is positioned in Centenary Square, City Park for the 3 days of the Summit.

Pop in and take a look round as we re-live the one-off musical spectacular Bollywood CarmenBollywood Carmen Live which was performed in the centre of Bradford. Inspired by Bizet’s popular opera Carmen, it is a dramatic story of love, betrayal and intrigue told with music that mixes Bollywood classics, western pop and well-known tunes from Bizet’s score. Carmen is a Bradford waitress obsessed with movie stardom. When a Bollywood film star comes to Bradford to shoot scenes for his new movie she thinks her time has come, but the cards foretell a different story.

No need to book tickets, just come down and take a look!

Please note some scenes may not be suitable for under 12s.

(some scenes may not be suitable for under 12’s)

18.00 – 20.00
Centenary Square
City Park

Cinemobile Screening: Good Vibrations (15a)

0006f87f-628A chronicle of Terri Hooley’s life, a record-store owner instrumental in developing Belfast’s punk-rock scene. Through the record store Terri discovers a compelling voice of resistance in the city’s nascent underground punk scenes. Galvanising the young musicians into action, he becomes the unlikely leader of a motley band of kids and punks who join him in his mission to create a new community, an alternative Ulster, to bring his city back to life

Tickets are £3 per person. Book your place here now.

Official Opening

VIPs and international guests will gather at Bradford City Hall for the formal opening of the Bradford International Film Summit 2015 and a civic reception hosted by The Lord Mayor of Bradford and Bradford UNESCO City of Film.

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 19.30 – 22.00

Picturehouses at National Media Museum

Advance Screening – X+Y (12)

bfi_logo_transpA night at the cinema with our hosts for the evening the British Film Institute.

A chance to watch an advanced screening of the film X+Y before it is released in cinemas on the 13th March. 

X+Y is a locally supported film and one of Screen Yorkshire’s Yorkshire Content Fund Investments. With location support from Creative England.

A young maths genius sees logic thwarted by one truly baffling equation: love. Directed by BAFTA Award winning filmmaker Morgan Matthews, X+Y is the uplifting and inspiring story of a teenager’s struggle to make sense of the world around him.

Tickets can be booked via the Picturehouse website here.

Thursday 5th March 2015

09.45 – 17.00
National Media Museum

BFI & Screen Yorkshire Present: Filmmakers and Production Day


The Filmmakers and Production Day is a unique opportunity to hear and debate with top industry leaders about the state of the UK film industry and how to bring more production to the North. Hosted by the BFI and Screen Yorkshire the day will include:

  • Meet the funders: Who are they, what are they looking for? With a particular focus on financing out of London and in the North
  • How do we attract more production to the North? What are the game-changers?
  • A bigger picture: How the UK film landscape is shaping up in facts and figures
  • How to qualify a project as British and access the creative sector tax reliefs

Tickets are £7 per person and include lunch. THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT.

10.00 – 13.00
The Midland Hotel

The Business of Film

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One of the core themes for the summit ‘Make’ is about showing local/ regional businesses how they can capitalise on the opportunities presented by film & TV productions coming to Bradford and the wider region. Hosted by Bradford Breakthrough the day is aimed at local small and medium sized companies, showcasing the types of business opportunities that come hand in hand with film & TV productions; from catering to transport, hair and make-up, accommodation and props, there are extensive ways local businesses can benefit from the ‘Business of Film’. Special guest Sally Joynson (CEO Screen Yorkshire) will be joined by a number of business  representatives with case stories and sound advice.

Book your FREE space now here.

10.00 – 12.00
The Studio


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CINAGE offers exciting later life learning opportunities, engaging elderly people with critical analysis of European cinema and practical film making experience, and thus promoting Active Ageing. More details to follow on this exciting initiative. The session will be delivered by the Northern Film School at Leeds Beckett University.

Book your FREE space now here.

13.00 – 16.00
Centenary Square
City Park

Cinemobile: Memory Bank Bradford –Reminiscing Workshop inc screening of ‘Dreaming the Quiet Man’

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As part of the Bradford UNESCO City of Film’s commitment to ensuring as many people from across our home district can join us in experiencing and enjoying the extraordinary film heritage of our City, we are delighted that our partnership with the Yorkshire Film Archive and Bradford Metropolitan District Council Adult and Community Services has resulted in the production of this special edition Memory Bank Bradford DVD reminiscence pack, to be gifted to care homes and support services across our district.

Mandy Tennant will host a reminiscing session launching Memory Bank Bradford using archive films of Bradford to bring past event and experiences to life, prompting stories and memories to share and enjoy, the session will also give you  chance to learn more about the Bradford City Of Film Heritage mobile app.

The workshop also includes a screening of the documentary Dreaming the Quiet Man; a fascinating and revealing documentary that explores the making of the Oscar-winning film The Quiet Man which took Ford twenty years to bring to the big screen. Featuring heartfelt discussions with star Maureen O Hara and fellow directors Martin Scorsese, Peter Bogdanovich and Jim Sheridan, as well as original home-movie footage of the cast and crew’s time in Ashford Castle during filming.

Tickets are £3 per person. Book your place here now.

13.30 – 15.30
The Studio

Women Making Movies

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Film production is expanding as never before. A fascinating array of jobs are available making games and internet content along with traditional work in T.V. and Feature Films. Editor and Story Consultant Susan Brand, will talk to three women about their areas of expertise, how they got started and then developed their successful careers.

Book your FREE space now here.

 17.00 – 18.30

National Media Museum, Cubby Broccoli

Preview Screening: Hip Hop Hijabis


A musical road movie following two best friends and Muslim converts – Sukina and Muneera of the Hip Hop duo ‘Poetic Pilgrimage’ – on their quest to spiritually reconcile Islam, music and female empowerment despite criticism from cultural and religious traditionalists who believe their work is haram.

Born in Britain to Jamaican parents the talented duo are pioneers of the Muslim music scene and passionate about promoting women’s rights through Hip Hop. As they tour the UK and Morocco the varied reception to their performances provides a candid, and perhaps surprising, snapshot of contemporary Islam. But the challenges only make these feisty women even more determined to find a way to express their new faith while remaining loyal to their cultural heritage and ideological beliefs.

Hip Hop Hijabis – Trailer from Faction Films Ltd. on Vimeo.

A universal story about friendship and love, faith and idealism, and two young women finding their place in the world.

Join Poetic Pilgrimage and Director of the film Mette Reitzel along with the editor if the film, Susan Brand for an advanced screening and Q&A session chaired by Mary Dowson – Director of BCB106.6fm

Tickets are £4 per person. Book your place here now.

18.00 – 20.00
Centenary Square
City Park

Cinemobile Screening: Room at the Top (12)

A screening of Bradford classic film Room at the Top filmed extensively in Bradford at locations such as Kirkgate and Westgate and City Hall. An ambitious young picture72accountant schemes to wed a wealthy factory owner’s daughter, despite falling in love with a married older woman.

Tickets are £3 per person. Book your place here now.

Friday 6th March 2015

09.00 – 13.00
Bradford College

The Power of Film in Education

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Bradford is a film loving city and has harnessed the power of film to educate and inspire the younger population. Bradford’s Film Literacy programme, targeted at primary school children has already shown some amazing results. The theme runs through into further and higher education. Bradford College have developed a unique partnership with Whistling Woods International, the Mumbai based film institute, founded by Bollywood Director Subhash Ghai. In addition, Bradford University offers some of the most innovative TV production courses in the UK, has close links with the BBC as well as state of the art media production facilities. The day will showcase how Bradford is leading the way in film education, from primary through to higher education, sharing best practice and learning from others about how film is being used in education. Headline Speaker: Mark Reid – Head of Education, the British Film Institute (BFI). Also speaking will be Tim Bleazard discussing the Media Literacy Leaders project and Franzi Florack – Bradford University PhD candidate speaking about her research on the Bradford Film Literacy Programme.

This event will be facilitated by Sarah Mumford , Programme Director CapeUK.


Bradford-CollegeThis event is kindly supported by Bradford College
There will also be an opportunity to visit the Bradford Whistling Woods International Film School following the above session and  hear from Daryl Goodrich whose sports films made history when London bid for the 2012 Olympic Games. Daryl describes himself as a sport filmmaking storyteller and his Olympic Films ‘Inspiration’ and ‘Sport at Heart’ for London 2012 won over 30 International awards between.

Trevor Griffith – Director of Bradford Whistling Woods International Film School will also be on hand to talk about the schools success so far and future plans.

Book your FREE Space here now.

10.00 – 12.30
Centenary Square
City Park

Cinemobile: CBBC Cinemaniacs

A chance for school children in Bradford to find out more about film making and what goes into creating brilliant moments on screen, courtesy of brand new CBBC Show Cinemaniacs.

Introduced by the team behind Cinemaniacs and using clips from the show itself, this will be a fun and interactive session aimed to inspire kids to make films and get interested in all the aspects of film making. With some special CBBC surprises, the session will be a creative masterclass that includes practical advice, an opportunity for Q&A and also a chance for hands on film making.

This workshop is FREE and is for Key Stage 2 (years 5 and 6) school groups only.


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11.00 – 16.00
The National Media Museum

Film Hub North Roadshow

Come along to Film Hub North’s next Yorkshire roadshow to hear more about Hub plans for 2015-16, speak to them about accessing investment opportunities via open calls and bursary awards, see presentations from Hub partners and to network with fellow members. Anyone working in the exhibition sector in the Hub region is welcome to join them and find out more about how Film Hub North can support you. More announcements about the roadshow programme to follow – keep an eye on the newsletter and Twitter for updates.

Register for free here.

13.30  – 14.30
Centenary Square
City Park

Cinemobile Screening: The Gruffalo & Room on the Broom (U)

Introduced by Barney Goodland Company Manager of Magic Light Pictures – the creators of both films – this double showing of animated films is a joy for parents and toddlers alike.Mobile-Cinema00248-300x152

Tickets are £3 per person U5s free. Book your place here now.

14.00 – 15.00
University of Bradford

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A round-table with a panel of new filmmakers from around Bradford, discussing how they make films in the 21st century. The panel will show examples of their work and discuss the highs and lows of making films in the here and now. This event will be of interest to budding directors, film and media students and industry professionals.

The event will be chaired by Kathryn Penny, Producer and now Film Manager at the National Media Museum. Panel includes: Rad Miller – Freelance Director and founder of ‘Pocket Projects’. Jacqui Siler – Independent filmmaker and graduate of the University of Bradford’s MA Digital Filmmaking programme. Jack King – An award winning short drama and occasional music video director from Bradford,

Book your FREE Space here now.

12.00 – 14.30
City Hall

International Women’s Day – Guest Lecture and lunch – Anne Morrison

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BAFTA Chair Anne Morrison hosts a guest lecture on diversity in film and Television. Anne is the second woman to become Chair in the history of BAFTA and has been closely involved with the organisation for six years as a member of the Television Committee, Chair of the Learning & Events Committee and member of the Board of Trustees. This ticketed event will include a delightful 3 course lunch.


Tickets are £18.50 – proceeds will be donated to The Lord Mayor’s Appeal. Call 01274 434965 to book.

14.00 – 16.00
The Studio Alhambra

Focus on Children’s Film & Television

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Guests from the world of Children’s film and television will discuss the implications of the new tax credit for this area and the opportunities it brings. We will explore current global trends in the market and how projects grow from development to production. Amongst our special guests is Barney Goodland, Company Manager of Magic Light Pictures (The Gruffalo, Room on the Broom) and Jackie Myburgh, Chief Operating Officer, BBC Children’s. The session will be chaired by TV executive and Bradford City of Film board member, Liz Molyneux.

Book your FREE space here now.

16.00  – 18.00
Centenary Square
City Park

Cinemobile Screening: Sing-a-long Frozen (PG)

Frozen_SingAlong_pic2Join us for a sing-a-long version of the worldwide smash movie Frozen. When the newly crowned Queen Elsa accidentally uses her power to turn things into ice to curse her home in infinite winter, her sister, Anna, teams up with a mountain man, his playful reindeer, and a snowman to change the weather condition. Dress up is encouraged!

Tickets are £3 per person U5s free. Book your place here now.


19.00 – 20.00
Centenary Square
City Park 

Cinemobile Screening: Jason Singh and the Drifters

Jason SinghVocal sculptor, Jason Singh performs a live vocal score to John Grierson’s monumental silent film, Drifters. Premiering alongside Battleship Potemkin in 1929, Drifters follows North Sea herring fishermen through their dramatic daily routines as well as their underlying struggles between tradition, modernity, technology, the environment and nature.
Singh’s score is a totally unique performance which combines live vocal sound effects, voice manipulation, beatboxing and live sampling with one of the most significant works in British film history.

Tickets are £4 per person. Book your place here now.

19.00 – 21.17

Picturehouses at National Media Museum

Advance Screening: The Tale of The Princess Kaguya (PG)

We round off our fabulous summit programme with a night at the movies at the National Media Museum with The Tale of The Princess Kaguya, the latest masterpiece from the legendary Studio Ghibli based on a tenth–century Japanese fable.

A peasant discovers a miniature girl growing inside a bamboo shoot and takesPrincess Kaguya 3 her home. She quickly grows to become the most beautiful young woman in the land, and is wooed by a series of suitors, including the Emperor himself. But it soon emerges that she is in fact exiled from the Moon, to which she is bound one day to return.

Tickets can be booked via the Picturehouse website here.


Throughout March 2015


Made in Yorkshire – A series of screenings and events celebrating Yorkshire on film

Laughter; tears; screams of terror and shrieks of joy are emotions created by some of the most iconic films, made in Yorkshire. From classics such as the Railway Children, the History Boys and the Full Monty to blockbusters like Elizabeth, Count Dracula and Robin Hood Prince of Thieves, the list of great films Made in Yorkshire is endless. As part of the Bradford International Film Summit we want the whole country to celebrate Yorkshire and all the amazing and inspirational films that have been made here. ‘Made in Yorkshire’ will run throughout the month of March and we are encouraging schools, film societies, community group and cinemas to dedicate an evening of film to God’s own county. More information on how to get hold of the branding and get your event listed in our programme information will be uploaded in the first week in January 2015. Venues across Yorkshire

Keighley Film ClubHOCKNEY (15) March 15th, 6pmKeighley Cinema. Tickets £6

In conjunction with Bradfords International Film Summit in March and coinciding with a new Hockney exhibition at Salts Mill, Keighley Film Club is proud to present a film about a local man who became internationally famous and is from Gods Own Country.

There have been a number of films about David Hockney but this time the director Randall Wright was given unique access to construct a joyful, sensitive, intimate and candid docu-portrait of Hockneys early years. The film reveals a Bradford born and educated man who has risen to the top of his profession and is arguably the greatest artist living today.

The film covers his early influences in Bradford, key inspirational artists, emergence of the British Pop Art scene and experience of being gay when the Aids crisis took hold in California. The film has been described in a London Film Festival review of Hockney as “the epitome of Mod cool in the 60’s with his funky paintings and drawings that explored what it meant to be gay before it was generally accepted to be out.”


Running throughout the summit

Seen on Screen

Big Screen Bradford will launch a series of photographs and short films based on people’s experience as extras in film & TV shows. We will be collating your images and stories from January right up to the start of the summit and throughout, so if you have a story to tell as a film or TV extra – we want to hear from you. Venue – Big Screen Bradford, City Park

Made in Yorkshire 

See below for full details. On the opening day of the summit we will launch ‘Made in Yorkshire’. An opportunity to discover the best of Yorkshire films from across the decades at cinemas, Film Clubs and Societies, Village Halls, Schools and other venues.


CinemobileCinemobile is Ireland’s mobile cinema, bringing the magic of movies to towns, villages and communities throughout the island of Ireland. Cinemobile is an ingenious machine – it looks exactly like an ordinary articulated truck but in less than an hour converts into a 100 seater cinema. Cinemobile will be in Centenary Square, Bradford for the duration of the film summit with a range of film workshops and film screenings.

My Bradford 

‘My Bradford’ is a new partnership between BBC Radio Leeds and Bradford City of Film encouraging digital storytelling using mobile BBC Radio Leedsdevices. The project aims to give anyone of any age from all walks of life the opportunity to learn the basics of filmmaking, editing and sharing their stories. Watch out for taster sessions at various venues throughout the summit. The project will then run for the rest of the year. There will be more information on how to get involved coming soon.