Bristol City of Film

Members of the Moving Image Research Group, Dr Charlotte Crofts, Professor Andrew Spicer, Dr Estella Tincknell and Lynn Barlow (UWE Assistant Vice-Chancellor Creative and Cultural Industries Engagement and RTS West of England Chair) all contributed to Bristol’s successful application to join the UNESCO Creative Cities Network as a City of Film. The designation, which was granted on 31st October 2017, is a permanent status that celebrates Bristol’s achievements as a leading city in the field of film and moving image. The designation recognised the city’s lasting contribution to film culture, production, heritage, education, research and technology. Underpinning research including the Go West! Report and the Cary Grant Festival was cited in the application as evidence of Bristol’s vibrant film production sector, screen heritage and cinema culture. Bristol’s status as a UNESCO City of Film helped sell the city as the location of one of two Channel 4 Creative Hubs.