Qingdao, China, became a UNESCO City of Film in 2017.
What does this mean for Qingdao?
Being a part of the international UNESCO Creative Cities Network means that our city can:
- work to facilitate international cooperation across the Creative Cities Network, exchanging good practice and creating long-term relationships through film-related collaborations and projects
- aim to develop outer-city areas of the Zhongshan Road and Xiaoyushan Hill to create an open access cultural space offering creative activities
- centralise education and festival opportunities within Qingdao, including the China-Africa Young Directors Exchange Program, in cooperation with other Creative Cities from Africa, and the Qingdao International Film Carnival
Film and cinema have contributed greatly to Qingdao's history and culture since the early 1900s, and the city is considered to be the home of Chinese cinema. Now, Qingdao hosts internationally acclaimed film festivals and cultural events including the China Film Society of Performing Art Award.