Bristol City of Film
Bristol: A Film City

Bristol has a long-standing track record of nurturing and championing film culture, production, heritage, education, research and technology.

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In 2017 Bristol was designated UNESCO City of Film, a permanent global status that recognises the city’s achievements as a world leader in the field of film and the moving image. Read more about what makes Bristol a City of Film here.

Upon receiving this prestigious title, Bristol became a member of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN), a worldwide group of creative cities working together towards a common mission for cultural diversity and sustainable urban development.

Bristol stands alongside BitolaBradford, Busan, Galway, Łódź, Mumbai, Potsdam, Qingdao, RomeSantos, Sarajevo, SofiaSydneyTerrassa, Valladolid, Wellington and Yamagata as an official UNESCO City of Film. There are 18 cities in the film cluster in total.

As of 2019, the UCCN is formed by 246 member cities covering seven creative fields: Crafts & Folk Art, Design, Film, Gastronomy, Literature, Music and Media Arts.


Being a City of Film means that Bristol can build on its well-established moving image industry, and further embed UNESCO’s values into how we watch, make and learn about film in Bristol.

Partners across Bristol are working together to deliver projects that span three priorities:

WATCH – Film Culture
MAKE – Film Production
LEARN – Film Education

Bristol’s City of Film status is enabling its film community to engage with and learn from other cities around the world, by forging international collaborations, creating new artistic exchange programmes and exploring cross cultural projects that combine film with other mediums within the Creative City fields.