City of Film

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UNESCO's City of Film project is part of the wider Creative Cities Network.

Film is one of seven creative fields in the Network, the others: Crafts and Folk Art, Design, Gastronomy, Literature, Media Arts, and Music.[1]

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:

About the cities[edit]

In 2009, Bradford became the first film city—with Sydney joining in 2010.[3][4]

Sydney is home to Fox Studios Australia, the studio that brought The Matrix trilogy, The Great Gatsby, and The Wolverine to life. Sydney's "pristine beaches" and "lush mountains" can also provide a backdrop for location shooting.[5]

Busan hosts an annual International Film Festival and is a "standard-setter" in the film world.[6]

Bristol is home to the Academy award-winning Aardman Animations. It is also home to The Bottle Yard Studios and the BBC Natural History Unit.[7][8]

Bristol is "packed with history and full of character," Yamagata is a "pleasant, bustling rural capital."[9][10]

Yamagata hosts every two years an International Documentary Film Festival.

Potsdam is home to Babelsberg Studio, the largest film studio in Germany. It is also home to Film Park of Babelsberg and Film University of Babelsberg.

Mumbai is home to Bollywood, the film industry that produces most films in the world.

Cities of Film[edit]

There are 21 Cities of Film, spanning 18 countries and four continents.

14 are from Europe, four from Asia, two from Oceania and one from South America.

Poland, Spain and the United Kingdom are the only countries to have two member cities.

The Cities of Film are:

City Country Year of Inscription
Bitola  North Macedonia 2015[11]
Bradford  United Kingdom 2009[12]
Bristol  United Kingdom 2017[13]
Busan  South Korea 2014[14]
Cannes  France 2021[15]
Cluj-Napoca  Romania 2021[16]
Galway  Ireland 2014[17]
Gdynia  Poland 2021[18]
Łódź  Poland 2017[19]
Mumbai  India 2019[20]
Potsdam  Germany 2019[21]
Qingdao  China 2017[22]
Rome  Italy 2015[23]
Santos  Brazil 2015[24]
Sarajevo  Bosnia and Herzegovina 2019[25]
Sofia  Bulgaria 2014[26]
Sydney  Australia 2010[27]
Terrassa  Spain 2017[28]
Valladolid  Spain 2019[29]
Wellington  New Zealand 2019[30]
Yamagata  Japan 2017[31]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Cities Join the UNESCO Creative Cities Network".
  2. ^ "The Creative Cities Network" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-12-12. Retrieved 2018-07-31.
  3. ^ "100 years of film in Bradford: How the West Yorkshire city became the Hollywood of the UK". The Independent. 2019-03-15. Retrieved 2019-05-09.
  4. ^ "UNESCO Creative Cities: Membership Monitoring Report" (PDF).
  5. ^ "Sydney".
  6. ^ "Busan".
  7. ^ "Bristol".
  8. ^ "Bristol named UNESCO City of Film".
  9. ^ "Bristol".
  10. ^ "Yamagata".
  11. ^ "Bitola".
  12. ^ "Bradford".
  13. ^ "Bristol".
  14. ^ "Busan".
  15. ^ "Cannes".
  16. ^ "Cluj-Napoca".
  17. ^ "Galway".
  18. ^ "Gdynia".
  19. ^ "Łódź".
  20. ^ "Mumbai".
  21. ^ "Potsdam".
  22. ^ "Qingdao".
  23. ^ "Rome".
  24. ^ "Santos".
  25. ^ "Sarajevo".
  26. ^ "Sofia".
  27. ^ "Sydney".
  28. ^ "Terrassa".
  29. ^ "Valladolid".
  30. ^ "Wellington".
  31. ^ "Yamagata".

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