Bristol City of Film
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Stephen Merchant

Christopher Walken confirmed for Stephen Merchant’s The Offenders, currently filming in Bristol

16th December 2020 It has been confirmed that Oscar and BAFTA-winning Hollywood actor Christopher Walken is among the cast of Stephen Merchant’s The Offenders, which is currently filming at The Bottle Yard Studios and locations across Bristol, with assistance from Bristol Film Office.
BBC Natural History Unit

BBC NHU expands to LA

14th December 2020 BBC Studios has announced plans to hire personnel to be based in Los Angeles for its world-renowned Natural History Unit, based in Bristol City of Film, in order to offer around the clock service to their growing number of US buyers.
Emerging Indies Fund 2020

4 Bristol companies backed by C4’s Emerging Indies Fund

11th December 2020 Four Bristol companies – Indefinite Films, Drummer TV, Blak Wave and Proper Job – have been named as recipients of Channel 4’s new Emerging Indies Fund.
Carnival Film Poster

Carnival: beaming a Bristol institution across the world

3rd December 2020 As Bristol director Stuart Napier’s short film Carnival travels to international festivals, we hear from Stuart about making the film against the backdrop of Bristol’s world-renowned St Paul’s Carnival.
UNESCO Cities of Film

UNESCO Film Cities Film Education and Media Literacy Forum 2020

27th November 2020 On 26 November, UNESCO Cities of Film from around the world came together to deliver an online forum to discusminds.s film education and media literacy. The event was an opportunity to share knowledge and good practice and help each other to use the power of the moving image as a key tool to inspire and empower young minds.
Mayor of Bristol Marvin Rees

75 Years of UNESCO

16th November 2020 Mayor of Bristol Marvin Rees reflects on the importance of the city of Bristol’s relationship with UNESCO, on the anniversary of its creation in 1945. Originally published on the Mayor’s blogsite,
Depict 2020

Depict 2020 selection now live

21st September 2020 This year’s Depict selection  is now live! With over 1,360 submissions from over 80 different countries, Watershed’s super short filmmaking competition as part of Encounters  Film Festival has had an incredibly exciting and diverse pool of talent to whittle down.
Encounters Digital Festival

Encounters Digital Festival underway

19th September 2020 Encounters Short Film Festival, the UK’s leading short film, animation and virtual reality festival based here in Bristol, is back with its Digital edition for 2020 (18 September – 11 October).
UNESCO Cities of Film

New website launched to connect 18 UNESCO Cities of Film

15th July 2020 Bristol City of Film has led the design and development of the new multilingual Cities of Film website ( showcases the work taking place between the cities and aims to enhance international collaboration.
Big Screen on Bristol's Millennium Square

We the Curious unveils new Big Screen on Bristol’s Millennium Square

30th June 2020 We The Curious is pleased to announce the arrival of a new Big Screen on Millennium Square, to enhance viewing experience for Bristol public and provide a valuable platform for local filmmakers, animators and documentary makers.
Light at the End of the Tunnel: Beyond Lockdown

Light at the End of the Tunnel: Beyond Lockdown

29th June 2020 The TV industry needs to appeal to broader audiences, says the panel of the latest RTS West of England event, “Light at the End of the Tunnel: Beyond Lockdown” (24 June 2020).
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University of Bristol leads visionary MyWorld initiative to make South West a trailblazer in screen-based media

26th June 2020 The TV industry needs to appeal to broader audiences, says the panel of the latest RTS West of England event, “Light at the End of the Tunnel: Beyond Lockdown” (24 June 2020).
UNESCO / Bristol City of Film

Bristol UNESCO City of Film community responds to COVID-19

24th April 2020 Covid-19 is causing unprecedented changes for us all, but we’re proud to see so much resilience from the fantastic film community in Bristol City of Film.
Stories From Our City

Stories From Our City

5th March 2020 In September 2019, Bristol24/7 teamed up with further education provider boomsatsuma to launch a new initiative to address the lack of diversity in Bristol’s creative industries and give six young people in Bristol the opportunity to take part in a new film-making project.
Bait by Mark Jenkins, with producers Kate Byers and Linn Waite

Bristol-produced Bait brings home BAFTA

12th February 2020 Huge congratulations to the team behind Mark Jenkin’s Bait, the debut feature from Bristol-based Early Day Films, which has won the BAFTA for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director and Producer.
Bristol UNESCO City of Film showreel

Presenting our new showreel

5th February 2020 We’re delighted to share with you the first Bristol City of Film showreel, celebrating the outstanding talent, productions, festivals, events and educators that make Bristol a world-class UNESCO centre for film and the moving image!
PIC mid Bristol launch: Alex Mahon and Mayor of Bristol Marvin Rees at the Channel 4 Bristol Creative Hub, 15th Jan 2020

Channel 4 Creative Hub in Bristol opens for business

16th January 2020 Channel 4 officially marked the opening of its new Creative Hub in Bristol last night at an event for staff, producers and partners from the region to launch the new offices based in Bristol’s Finzels Reach.
BAFTA Nominations for Bait and A Shaun The Sheep Movie: Farmageddon

BAFTA Nominations for Bait and A Shaun The Sheep Movie: Farmageddon

14th January 2020 Bristol City of Film is celebrating this week as two films produced by the city’s production companies have picked up a total of three nominations for this year’s BAFTAs.