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Inaugural Bristol and Bath Screen Summit brings sector together

8th November 2022 The first ever Bristol and Bath Screen Summit, showcasing the city region as a leading global production community, took place in Bristol on 2 and 3 November.

TBY2, a Bottle Yard facility, opens for business

4th November 2022 The Bottle Yard Studios marked the official opening of TBY2, its new premium facility last night, at an event that brought together leading UK film and High-End TV producers, local crew and companies and regional and national partners and supporters of the Bristol studios’ expansion.

Shorts2Features 2022 cohort announced

20th October 2022 BFI NETWORK South West has announced the 10 participants of the inaugural Shorts2Features career-development scheme.
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5 Bristol writers embark on Channel 4 New Writers scheme

3rd October 2022 5 Bristol writers have joined a Channel 4 scheme designed to nurture TV drama writers in the West and South West of England – and take up the chance to submit a script to the broadcaster’s drama commissioning editor.

Killing Eve producers Sid Gentle establish new Bristol development & production arm

30th September 2022 Award winning production company Sid Gentle Films today announced a new development and production arm, Sid Wild, based in Bristol.
Daisy May Cooper films Am I Being Unreasonable (image courtesy BBC/Boffola Pictures/Alistair Heap)

Bristol film & TV production worth £20.8m in 2021-22

22nd September 2022 Annual figures released today by Bristol Film Office show that film and TV production in the city generated an estimated £20.8 million in 2021-22, a 22% increase on pre-pandemic figures and the largest contribution that filming-related activity has made towards Bristol’s economy in a decade.

Welcoming Potsdam UNESCO City of Film

9th August 2022 It was our pleasure to welcome Potsdam UNESCO City of Film Focal Point Lisa Nawrocki, to Bristol this week.

Flying the flag for Bristol at the 2022 UCCN Annual Conference

1st August 2022 Last week saw the welcome return to an in-person UCCN Annual Conference (18-24 July) after the global disruption of the pandemic. The 2022 edition took place in the host city of Santos - our fellow City of Film - and we caught up with our UNESCO City of Film Manager Natalie Moore, who was there to fly the flag for Bristol. 
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‘Go West! 2’ report highlights rapid growth of Bristol’s screen industry

19th May 2022 The screen industry in Bristol UNESCO City of Film is booming, with turnover increasing by more than 100% in the last five years, according to new research from UWE Bristol, but more could still be done to further boost its development and expansion.  
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Channel 4 & Bristol UNESCO City of Film launch TV Drama New Writers Scheme

16th May 2022 Channel 4 has launched a brand new scheme designed to identify and support new TV drama writers in the West and South West of England, devised in collaboration with Bristol UNESCO City of Film and its partners BFI NETWORK (delivered regionally in the South West by Watershed), UWE Bristol and The Bottle Yard Studios.
Karen Merkel with Natalie Moore in October 2021, The Importance of Film and Cinemas to Cities event, Film 2021

Karen Merkel: UNESCO’s UK Creative Cities

25th March 2022 UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network includes 13 UK cities. Here, we share a recent Arts Professional article by Karen Merkel, Non-Executive Director at the UK National Commission for UNESCO, as she "shines a spotlight on a programme which demands international collaboration."
OLGA: UK cinemas in support of Ukraine - Charity Fundraising Previews

22 March OLGA preview: UK cinemas in support of Ukraine

21st March 2022 Watershed has joined cinemas from across the UK to present a special preview of Olga, a new film about a young female Ukrainian gymnast forced to train in exile, with a portion of the proceeds going to two charities that are supporting the Ukrainian relief effort.

Depict’22 invites filmmakers to submit ultra-short films from across the globe

18th March 2022 Submissions are now open for Depict ’22 – Watershed’s ultra-short film competition part of Encounters Film Festival committed to uncovering emerging filmmaking talent since 1998.  The Bristol City of Film-based competition is calling for creatives from around the world to submit their shorts in 90 seconds or under to be considered for this year’s shortlist and Awards.  
Aodh Breathnach, Ngaio Anyia & Tegan Vincent-Cooke

Meet the makers of Bristol Netflix short TEGAN

18th February 2022 Today, Netflix launches ten short documentaries backed by its inaugural Documentary Talent Fund. Bristol-based filmmakers Ngaio Anyia and Aodh Breathnach were one of the ten teams from across the UK who successfully pitched to receive £40,000 to create their own short, answering the brief: “Britain’s Not Boring And Here’s a Story”. We caught up with them to find out more.
Mayor of Bristol Marvin Rees, Laura Aviles (Senior Film Manager), WECA Mayor Dan Norris

£12m expansion works underway at The Bottle Yard Studios

7th February 2022 Work is underway on the expansion of Bristol's Bottle Yard Studios into a neighbouring South Bristol industrial site, which is undergoing a £12m redevelopment backed by West of England Combined Authority investment that will add three new stages to the Studios’ portfolio.
Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget (Aardman/Netflix)

Aardman & Netflix confirm Wallace & Gromit feature, Chicken Run sequel cast & major new skills partnership

27th January 2022 It's been a busy start to 2022 for Bristol's Aardman Animations. Not only have details of the next Wallace & Gromit feature been confirmed, but the award-winning studio has also revealed a first look and cast details for its hotly anticipated Chicken Run sequel, 'Dawn of the Nugget’. All this on the back of a major new Aardman/Netflix skills partnership to support emerging and diverse animation talent in the South West.