Bradford UNESCO City of Film has announced today that one of the world’s leading experts in media and information literacy, Alton Grizzle is to speak at their International Film Education Symposium on March 25 & 26th.

Alton Grizzle – who is Programme Specialist in Communication and Information at UNESCO, Paris – will share his learning and lead a series of panels discussing media information literacy (MIL) at the event, hosted at the University of Bradford.

As part of this urgent and ongoing global debate, the power of film to capture imagination and communicate with people is like no other and that in an era of fake news and misinformation, the emphasis on how we access and interpret media information is increasingly important. This two day symposium will highlight methods from across the world to empower and inspire learning via the moving image.

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 will be speaking at the conference and hosting panel discussions alongside speaker, Yongsun Lee from the Korean Film Council.

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.”

David Wilson, Director of Bradford UNESCO City of Film said: “Alton Grizzle leads the field in media information literacy and so we are delighted to have him setting this agenda for us. We’ll be discussing 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.”


The symposium is part of a series of events marking Bradford UNESCO City of Film’s 10th anniversary. To book a place at the symposium and see the full programme go to www.bradford.film