Bradford hosts International Film Education Symposium


Two very special days in Bradford…….as guests from around the world gather to discuss film education.

Bradford UNESCO City of Film has a reputation as a world leader in film education and delivers its own film literacy programme in partnership with the British Film Institute. Their Head of Education, Mark Reid spoke at the conference alongside speaker, Yongsun Lee from the Korean Film Council and other experts.

Speakers at the Bradford UNESCO City of Film International Film Education Symposium
L-r Alton Grizzle, Karen Merkel, Philip Webb, Yongsun Lee, David Wilson, Mark Reid, Simona Manni and Tom Barrance.

As part of the symposium, guests were treated to a film heritage location tour across Bradford City Centre and also a separate ‘behind the scenes tour of the National Science and Media Museum.’

UNESCO Programme Specialist in Communication and Information, Alton Grizzle said: “UNESCO is delighted to be participating in this momentous and innovative symposium under the leadership of David Wilson. Film is perhaps one of the most sustainable and impactful forms of media and transmitter of information. We must carefully reflect on the barriers to people becoming media and information literate, particularly at the individual level.”


A message from the UK’s Ambassador to UNESCO,  Matthew Lodge: Greetings to Bradford UNESCO Creative City of Film from  the UK Permanent Delegation to Unesco in Paris. Congratulations on your 10 year anniversary and International Film Symposium at the University of Bradford.  Bradford is leading the way amongst the world’s UNESCO Creative Cities of Film.

Alton Grizzle – UNESCO Programme Specialist in Communication and Information

A message from Professor Colin McInnes, Chair of the UK National Commission for UNESCO: Bradford is at the heart of the world’s Unesco Creative Cities of Film.  The way it has brought top national and international productions and producers here is outstanding.  The 10 year anniversary and Film Education Symposium will build on this success.

A message from James Bridge, Chief Executive of the UK National Commission for UNESCO  Very best wishes for the Film Education Symposium.  Bradford’s innovative work is inspiring people in the UK and in the Creative Cities of Film around the world.  I look forward to working  with Bradford to help bring the conclusions of the Symposium to the table in the UK and at UNESCO. 

David Wilson, Director of Bradford UNESCO City of Film said: We had an amazing series of discussions and debates on how we can empower people, particularly the younger generation who have grown up with the internet,  how to get to grips with media information literacy and how to navigate the more negative elements like fake news and still be able to make both valid and creative filmed content. Delegates from quite literally around the world were present in Bradford (Korea, Europe, Mexico, Chilli and across the UK).”

See a selection of photos from the event here and below