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The Trial of Christine Keeler filming in Bristol Corn Street area © Ecosse Films BBC photo credit Ben Blackall

“Bristol deserves a BAFTA for the best place to make drama”

21st December 2019 Ecosse Films’ six-part drama The Trial of Christine Keeler, which takes a fresh look at the 1960s ‘Profumo Affair’, will premiere on BBC One on Sunday 29th December, following its extensive shoot at The Bottle Yard Studios and a host of Bristol locations earlier this year.
Bait Producers Kate Byers Linn Waite with System Crasher Producer Frauke Kolbmuller. Photo credit: Chelsey Cliff

European Cinema Night visits Bristol with System Crasher preview

4th December 2019 Watershed was one of only two cinemas in the UK to host this year’s edition of European Cinema Night with last night’s special free preview of the German arthouse hit System Crasher followed by a Q&A with the film’s producer Frauke Kolbmüller.
Conversation with Nick Park in Bristol

Nick Park talks 30 years of Wallace & Gromit with Mark Kermode

31st October 2019 On 23rd October, legendary animator Nick Park sat down for a special interview marking 30 years of Wallace & Gromit, with film critic Mark Kermode and Professor of Film Studies at Exeter University Linda Ruth Williams.
Blak Wave

Bristol’s first Black owned TV production company launches

31st October 2019 Blak Wave, spearheaded by Michael Jenkins and Dr Mena Fombo, will be the first of Bristol’s 140 TV production companies to be black owned.
Seven Worlds, One Planet preview

Seven Worlds, One Planet: Bristol preview with Sir David Attenborough

29th October 2019 After a public ticket ballot that saw more than 80,000 people apply for tickets, it was a packed auditorium of 300 that settled in for the Bristol preview of Seven World One Planet at Showcase Cinema de Lux on 23 October, introduced by Sir David Attenborough.
Babbasa staff

Guest blog: Hear Our Stories

17th October 2019 Eddie Bingham, Communications and Fundraising Lead at Bristol-based social enterprise Babbasa, describes the Hear Our Stories short film, which tells the stories of ethnic minority individuals who are excelling in Business and Entrepreneurship.
Teachers participate in their Film for Learning induction at Engine Shed

Film for Learning Training underway in 10 Bristol Primary Schools

3rd October 2019 The new academic year may be well underway for students, but this October teachers from ten Bristol primary schools are beginning their own learning journey that will see them become professionally trained to use film as a teaching tool.
Film Noir and the City written by Mel Kelly

Films at Bristol’s Festival of the Future City

2nd October 2019 This year’s Festival of the Future City (16-18 October 2019) features a fantastic film programme featuring “classic utopian films about cities; cities in silent cinema; and documentaries on New Towns, democracy, the housing crisis and the anthropocene”, plus a season of classic film noirs.
Filming of Poldark in Bristol

Guest Blog: Are we witnessing Bristollywood in the making?

4th September 2019 James Durie, chief executive of Bristol Chamber & Initiative at Business West, reflects on the growth of Bristol’s TV & film economy.
Pine Marten

Wildscreen launches Back from the Brink competition

18th July 2019 Wildscreen, the Bristol-based conservation charity behind the internationally-renowned Wildscreen Festival, has partnered with Back from the Brink to launch a new competition inviting the public to grab their cameras and share the nature that lives around them.
UCCN Annual Conference 2019, Fabriano, Italy

UCCN Annual Conference 2019, Fabriano, Italy

20th June 2019 Bristol City of Film’s Natalie Moore has returned from the XIII Unesco Creative Cities Network Annual Conference (10-15 June 2019), which was this year hosted by Fabriano, City of Crafts and Folk Art. The conference was opened on 10 June by the President of the Italian Republic Sergio Matterella, who welcomed UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Creative Cities Monica Francesca Merloni ... Read More

Official Bait Trailer released ahead of UK Premiere

14th June 2019 The BFI has released the official trailer for Bristol-produced feature Bait, which is due to premiere in the UK on Friday 21 June at Edinburgh International Film Festival where it is nominated for the 2019 Michael Powell Award for Best British Film.  Directed by Mark Jenkin and produced by Bristol company Early Day Films, Bait was the only UK film selected ... Read More
UK universities ranked by subject area: Film production & photography

Bristol Universities top the tables for Film

7th June 2019 The Guardian University 2020 League tables have been released and it’s great news for Bristol’s two Universities in the subject area of Film Production and Photography! University of Bristol is ranked as the number one place to study the subject in the UK, whilst UWE Bristol is ranked in third place. Congratulations to both Universities on this fantastic achievement!

#CINEREDIS2019 Programme announced

30th May 2019 Cinema Rediscovered returns with its 4th edition from 25-28 July 2019, with a packed programme that explores the invention, innovation and mystery of cinema, diving deep into the legacy of revered filmmakers such as Nic Roeg, Alfred Hitchcock, Robert Bresson and Bristol born Mike Hodges as well as shining a spotlight on lesser known cinematic voices including Maureen Blackwood, Márta ... Read More
An Invisible Army

Tracking an Invisible Army

9th May 2019 Dr Amy Genders’ new report, ‘An Invisible Army: The Role of Freelance Labour in Bristol’s Film & Television Industries’, examines the role of the self employed in this sector and how their contribution could be better recognized, valued, supported and enhanced. Launched at Watershed on 30 April 2019, it explores a range of topics including barriers to entry, diversity and ... Read More
Bristol City of Film

Into Film awarded 4 year funding for Film For Learning

9th April 2019 Paul Hamlyn Foundation have announced four years of funding for education charity Into Film’s Film for Learning project, a new 4-year teacher and senior leader professional development project aiming to improve young peoples’ engagement, participation and attainment in literacy by supporting teachers and senior leaders to use film as a tool for teaching and learning. Bristol is one of three ... Read More
Mayor of Bristol, Marvin Rees, presents Bristol UNESCO City of Film

Gallery: Bristol City of Film launch

2nd April 2019 Bristol’s film and moving image sector gathered at Watershed Media Centre on 1 February 2018 to celebrate Bristol’s new chapter as a UNESCO City of Film status. Opened by Mayor of Bristol Marvin Rees, the event was attended by UNESCO UK, fellow UK City of Film Bradford, and representatives from national partners including the BFI, Production Guild, BBC and Channel ... Read More
UNESCO / Bristol City of Film

Bristol named a City of Film: Reactions

31st March 2019 On 31 October 2017, the Director-General of UNESCO confirmed that Bristol had succeeded in its bid to join the likes of Sydney, Galway, Rome and Bradford as a City of Film. We take a look back on some of the reactions from the city: “This is fantastic news and a ringing endorsement of Bristol’s position as a world leader in ... Read More