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Bristol and Bradford, UNESCO Creative Cities of Film, embark on a new partnership to launch “Film for Learning”, a 4 year school development initiative devised by UK film education charity Into Film and funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation. The programme aims at supporting teachers and senior school leaders to use film as a tool for learning, with the aim of improving young peoples’ attainment in literacy and participation. Bristol and Bradford are two of three UK cities selected to take part in the initiative; Belfast being the third.
Bristol and Bradford, UNESCO Creative Cities of Film, embark on a new partnership to launch “Film for Learning”, a 4 year school development initiative devised by UK film education charity Into Film and funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation. The programme aims at supporting teachers and senior school leaders to use film as a tool for learning, with the aim of improving young peoples’ attainment in literacy and participation. Bristol and Bradford are two of three UK cities selected to take part in the initiative; Belfast being the third.
From 31 May to 3 June, the Creative City of Film of Busan (Republic of Korea) will be organizing the third edition of its Intercity Film Festival & Film Production Residency Project, around the theme “Our City – Faces of the Cities We Live in”. The aim of the event is to strengthen and expand cooperation between UNESCO Creative Cities of Film, reason why a Film Production Residency Project is twinned with the event.
From beginning of this year, Busan started to collaborate with Creative Cities of Film in the framework of the Busan International Kids&Youth Film Festival (BIKY), notably through a contest aimed at designing the official poster of the newt edition of the festival. Each city carried out the contest and selected one drawing via their own process. As a result, 8 cities have joined the project, and drawings selected by the participant cities will be included into the 2019 poster and exhibited at the Festival.
Sydney, the Australian UNESCO Creative City of Film, held its third annual Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) event on 16 November.  The event featured special presentations from prominent content makers and curators including Emmy award-winner Lynette Wallworth, acclaimed writer and director Eliza McNitt, who made history at the Sundance Film Festival as the world’s first ever acquisition of a VR experience, and Raindance Film Festival’s Virtual Reality Curator, Mária Rakušanová.
In the framework of the 2018 edition of Busan International Film Festival (BIFF), a special event organized by Community BIFF, entitled “Across the Cinema – National Film Activist Forum”, focused on cross-cutting approaches between the film sector and citizenship issues.
On 10 October, UNESCO Creative Cities in Spain held a first meeting at the headquarters of the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID), linked to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Madrid, with representatives from five of the seven Spanish member cities taking part. The event was attended by Bilbao (Design), Burgos (Gastronomy), Dénia (Gastronomy) Granada (Literature) and Terrassa (Film).
This Autumn, with the support of the British Council, Afrika Eye Festival of Bristol has teamed up with Dakar's film festival Image et Vie to set up an exchange project with two young artists from their respective home cities.
Representatives from Bradford Council and University of Bradford and are in Qingdao, China this week seeking to building stronger relationships in film production, education and tourism. The Bradford team is part of a wider delegation from Leeds City Region aiming to accelerate investment relationships with the second largest economy in the world.
From 5 to 15 September, Santos’ theatres, public spaces and historic buildings were occupied by the 5th edition of Mirada Ibero American Festival of Performing Arts, featuring productions from 13 Spanish and Portuguese speaking countries.