Bradford UNESCO City of Film – 10th Anniversary

2019 will be Bradford’s 10th Anniversary as a UNESCO Creative City, and to mark the occasion there will be a year long programme of celebrations, events and activities.

 See our online booklet HERE



UK Parliament congratulate Bradford UNESCO City of Film


Click on the tabs on the LEFT to see full info on individual events or see BELOW for a brief outline of the up and coming events!

Highlights include 

Screen Talk

Join Bradford UNESCO City of Film for an exclusive series of enthralling talks on life working in the film and TV industry. Our guest speakers will share first hand insights into the business, and talk candidly about their experiences – from working in special effects to location managing and producing.

These six Q+A sessions  – running throughout the anniversary year  and hosted by Bradford UNESCO City of Film –   offer film fans and those hoping to break into the business,  an unprecedented opportunity to learn more about one of the UK’s fastest growing industries. Our speakers have worked on productions including Top Gear, Peaky Blinders, Ackley Bridge, Vikings and The Tudors.

Channel 4 – Diverse Festival

Channel 4’s DIVERSE Festival brings together broadcasters, indies, talent, commissioners, and wider creative industry stakeholders to celebrate diversity and inclusion, share best practice and find collaborative solutions to the big future challenges.

The event is part of the Bradford UNESCO City of Film’s 10th anniversary events. It’s the first time the event has been hosted in another English city outside of London.


International Film Education Symposium

Join keynote speakers such as, the BFI’s Head of Education Mark Reid, guests from across the UNESCO Creative Cities Network and the UK to learn more about the power of film in education. Sessions include interactive workshops, panel discussions, and a host of opportunities to discover more about Bradford’s Film Literacy programme.

To read about what happened at the Symposium, click HERE

A brief outline of the up and coming events are below:




4th March

Lights Camera Equality!

University of Bradford
12th March Screen Talk with Jamie Sumner, Leon Seth & Jonathan Davies Theatre in the Mill
25th – 26th March International Film Education Symposium University of Bradford
4th April Screen Talk with Enzo Cilenti Theatre in the Mill
23rd April Bradford Life on Film Bradford City Library
24th April Create your own…. Movie sound effects Bradford City Library
9th May Screen Talk with Rebecca Parnell Theatre in the Mill
28th May Create your own… Short films University of Bradford
8th June Happy Anniversary Bradford UNESCO City of Film City Wide
10th – 16th June UNESCO Creative Cities Annual Meeting Fabriano, Italy
17th June

Channel 4 DIVERSE Festival

University of Bradford
30th June Peaky Blinders location walk, followed by Peaky Blinders Dance Meet outside National Science and Media Museum
5th July Film Heritage Tour of Bradford with poetic licence Meet outside National Science and Media Museum
13th July Film Heritage Tour of Bradford  Meet outside National Science and Media Museum
1st – 31st August Bradford Family Film Festival City Park and across the city
19th September Screen Talk with Rebecca Harris Theatre in the Mill
19th – 21st September Get Smart Film Festival National Science and Media Museum & University of Bradford
3rd October Screen Talk with Michael Hirst Theatre in the Mill
October Golden Years Film Festival Locations across the city
7th November Screen Talk with Ann Sheehan Theatre in the Mill
November Civic Reception City Hall
November RW Paul: Scientist & Showman National Science and Media Museum