When Bristol was named a City of Film in 2017, it became a member of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN).
Launched in 2004, the UCCN is a worldwide group of creative cities working together towards a common mission for cultural diversity and sustainable urban development. It is formed by almost 300 member cities covering seven creative fields: Crafts & Folk Art, Design, Film, Gastronomy, Literature, Music and Media Arts.
There are 21 Cities of Film: Bitola, Bristol, Bradford, Busan, Cannes, Cluj-Napoca, Galway, Gdynia, Łódź, Mumbai, Potsdam, Qingdao, Rome, Santos, Sarajevo, Sofia, Sydney, Terrassa, Valladolid, Wellington and Yamagata.
Being part of this network means that Bristol can more easily engage with and learn from other member cities, either through forging new international film collaborations, creating new artistic exchange programmes or exploring cross cultural projects that combine film with other mediums within the Creative City fields.
It can share best experiences, knowledge and best practices with other leading creative cities around the world. It can find new ways to use film as a tool to broaden learning, inspire creativity and harness the potential of its dynamic, multicultural communities.
Every four years, Bristol is required to submit a Membership Monitoring Report that showcases our impact to the UCCN and illustrates how the work of our partners across the city is attuned with UNESCO’s ethos and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).