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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 FilmEdit

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 citiesEdit

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]

Cities of FilmEdit

There are thirteen Cities of Film, spanning twelve countries and four continents.

Eight are from Europe, three from Asia, and one each from Oceania and South America.

The Cities of Film are:

See alsoEdit


  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. ^ "Galway".
  16. ^ "Łódź".
  17. ^ "Qingdao".
  18. ^ "Rome".
  19. ^ "Santos".
  20. ^ "Sofia".
  21. ^ "Sydney".
  22. ^ "Terrassa".
  23. ^ "Yamagata".

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