City of Film

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A UNESCO City of Film is a city that has joined the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as notable in film making.[1] The City of Film program is part of UNESCO's Creative Cities Network.

Criteria for UNESCO Cities of Film[edit]

To be approved as a City of Film, cities need to meet a number of criteria set by UNESCO.[2] Designated UNESCO Cities of Film share similar characteristics:

  • important infrastructure related to cinema, e.g. film studios, film landscapes/environments,
  • continuous or proven links to the production, distribution and commercialization of films;
  • experience in hosting film festivals, screenings and other film-related events;
  • collaborative initiatives at a local, regional and international level;
  • film heritage in the form of archives, museums, private collections and/or film institutes;
  • film making schools and training centers;
  • effort in disseminating films produced and/or directed locally or nationally;
  • initiatives to encourage knowledge-sharing on foreign films.


On June 11, 2009, Bradford, England, United Kingdom, was named the first City of Film.[3] The second city to be officially recognized was Sydney, Australia, which happened in 2010. [4] In December 2014, Galway, Ireland was named a UNESCO City of Film. [5] Sofia, Bulgaria was also named a UNESCO City of Film in 2014.[6] In the same year, Busan, South Korea was also designated as UNESCO City of Film for the first time in Asia.[7] Santos, Brazil, Rome, Italy and Bitola, Republic of Macedonia were inducted as a City of Film in December, 2015.In 2017 there were five different cities to be inducted into UNESCO's city of film. Those cities happen to be[8] Łódź, Poland[9] as well as Qingdao, China with its Qingdao Movie Metropolis, Bristol, England, United Kingdom, Terrassa, Spain and Yamagata, Japan [10]

List of UNESCO Cities of Film[edit]

Year City Country
2009 Bradford  United Kingdom
2010 Sydney  Australia
2014 Galway  Ireland
Sofia  Bulgaria
Busan  South Korea
2015 Santos  Brazil
Rome  Italy
Bitola  Republic of Macedonia
2017 Qingdao  China
Łódź  Poland
Bristol  United Kingdom
Terrassa  Spain
Yamagata  Japan


  1. ^ Do you have what it takes to become a UNESCO City of Film? June 11, 2009.
  2. ^ "The Creative Cities Network" (PDF). Retrieved 2018-07-31.
  3. ^ "DigNews- Bradford: City of Film". 2009-06-12. Retrieved 2009-06-17.
  4. ^ Maddox, Garry (December 10, 2010). "m recognition for Sydney despite Hollywood cold shoulder". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved May 21, 2015.
  5. ^ Siggins, Lorna (December 1, 2014). "Galway secures Unesco city of film title". The Irish Times. Retrieved January 6, 2015.
  6. ^ "Sofia - Creative City Networks". Retrieved June 18, 2016.
  7. ^ City, Busan Metropolitan. "Busan Gets UNESCO "City of Film" Designation : About Busan > Busan News > News & Notices". Retrieved 2018-09-03.
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  9. ^ "Poland's Łódź named UNESCO City of Film". Retrieved July 31, 2018.
  10. ^ 许晶晶. "Qingdao named UNESCO City of Film". Retrieved 2017-11-17.

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