What does this mean for Bradford?
Being a part of the international UNESCO Creative Cities Network means that our city can
- continue to develop film education opportunities alongside the Bradford Film Literacy Programme with further integration across schools and communities in Bradford
- develop further collaborations through the UNESCO Creative Cities Network to celebrate culture, creativity and life through the moving image
- continue to support professional film and TV production in the region through the Bradford Film Office
What makes Bradford a City of Film?
Bradford leads on the Film Heritage project, showcasing Bradford’s contribution to film and television since the dawn of the moving image in the late 1800s. The Bradford District has hosted a diverse range of film and television productions, showing the many sides of the area, from the impressive city centre to the romantic moors of Ilkley and Haworth.
In place after receiving the designation, the Bradford Film Education programme aims to engage and inspire teachers and their students to use film and moving image to create, develop and enthuse young people’s interest in literacy through film. We work with partners in primary schools, community groups, university graduates and lifelong learning centres.
Bradford is a much sought after filming location with a wide range of productions coming to city, from Hollywood and Bollywood blockbusters to high end TV drama. Well-known BBC TV series produced in Bradford include Peaky Blinders and Gentleman Jack, and a broad range of content production from independent production companies.
Bradford has some fantastic period buildings and locations that lend themselves perfectly to our filming needs. We are grateful to the city and to David Wilson and Film Council for welcoming the Peaky Blinders' cast and crew.
Quote from Peaky Blinders, Season 4
Bradford primary schools are genuinely leading the world in their inclusion of film in their literacy teaching. The experience and expertise of teachers, advisors and consultants from local authority, built up over many years, is a major contributor to Bradford's prestige as a City of Film.
Mark Reid, Head of Education BFI
We have really enjoyed working with Bradford City of Film and look forward to continuing to develop our relationship over the next few years. The cinema has become an important part of our community particularly among some of our more elderly customers. It's great to see the community getting together with a wide range of ages and cultures and we look to expanding our audience in the future.
Andy Waterman, Clayton Community Cinema
- 2021 Call for UNESCO Creative Cities now open! Created in 2004, the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) fosters international cooperation within and across cities of the world that… Read more
- UNESCO Film Cities Film Education and Media Literacy Forum 2020 On Thursday 26 November 2020, UNESCO Cities of Film from around the world came together to deliver an online forum to… Read more
- Friday 31st October 2020 marked World Cities Day Friday 31st October 2020 marked World Cities Day - a number of events took place around the world to commemorate… Read more
- Bradford’s Get Smart Film Festival 2020 Submit your films now! The Get Smart Film Festival exists to celebrate short films created using mobile and smartphone technology.… Read more