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  On 19 May 2022, Cannes, a Creative City of Film designated in 2021, organized a series of meetings for professionals focusing on the city’s audiovisual sector, as part of its Cannes on Air project. The event gathered 22 political and cultural representatives from 8 Creative Cities – namely Bradford, Bristol, Lodz, Rome, Sarajevo, Valladolid, Ouagadougou and Dakar – as well as national delegations from Nigeria and Thailand.   This event enabled the city to meet with other Creative Cities with a view to exchanging, sharing...
From 18 to 22 July 2022, UNESCO, in collaboration with Santos (Brazil), a Creative City of Film, will be holding the XIV UCCN Annual Conference. After a two-year delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic, delegates from member cities will be invited to meet again in person on the occasion of the most important event of the Network. Hosted for the first time in Latin America, the Conference will offer a unique occasion to strengthen the ties between cities from around the world and will serve as a platform to reflect on the strategic objectives of...
From March to June, Rome, a Creative City of Film is engaged as a partner in the implementation of 'My Creative School', an educational project initiated by the Italian Youth Association for UNESCO covering devious areas from Visual Arts to Film, applying creativity and arts to urban regeneration. The aim of this 4-month project conceived by an association of committed young volunteers, is to introduce over 50 students from an Artistic High School in Rome to the concept of urban regeneration and the importance of film as a means of...
  Rome (Italy), a UNESCO Creative City of Film, in collaboration with NABA (New Academy of Fine Arts) and the Cinema per Roma Foundation, has launched the first edition of the Z-Pitch Contest, an initiative aimed at providing training opportunities and visibility to aspiring young talents in the Film industry.   From 1 December to 28 February, students, and recent graduates from schools of film and media design in Italy are invited to submit audiovisual storytelling projects (feature films or serial projects), showcasing...
Recognizing the importance of filmmaking as a vehicle to explore the world and learn about sustainable urban development issues, Bradford, a UNESCO Creative City of Film since 2009, in collaboration with the University of Bradford has relaunched its Master’s in Filmmaking. As a part of the Master’s programme a series of financial scholarships are also being made available to encourage and support interested young advocates of film. The new Master’s programme aims to attract students from all over the world by providing them...
To support the development path of the global film industry, Qingdao (People’s Republic of China), a UNESCO Creative City of Film since 2017, hosted the 2020 edition of the Global Film Industry Development Seminar. At this occasion, the Beijing Film Academy Modern Creative Media College, National Film Think Tank of Beijing Film Academy, City of Film (Qingdao Office), the Taylor & Francis Group (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland) and Social Sciences Academic Press (China) jointly released the third edition of the report...
Busan (Republic of Korea), a UNESCO Creative City of Film since 2014, has undertaken various development projects to support its creative sector. Recently, in September, the city initiated the construction of the World Cinema Landmark Project. Through the creation of the Busan Cinema Center (BCC), the city intends to place the cultural landmark as the centre stage for the Busan International Film Festival (BIFF), which has become a global tourist attraction. The construction is foreseen to be undertaken in two stages: construction of the...
The 18 UNESCO Creative Cities of Film have launched a collective and dedicated website to connect with each other within the UNESCO Creative Cities Network. The platform will allow cities to share with each other their ongoing work as well as strengthen and enhance international collaboration within the Network. The launch of the website provides cities of film, a platform to celebrate major initiatives and collaborations that highlight Creative Cities' valuable contribution to sustainable urban development in line with the 2030 Agenda for...
With the aim to build new synergies within the UNESCO Creative City film cluster, the city of Busan has launched its annual film production residency project. Given the restrictions administered due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s residency programme is only to creative cities from the Republic of Korea. In this context, Daegu, a UNESCO Creative City of Music, and Gwangju, a UNESCO Creative City of Media Arts, have been selected as exchange cities for this year’s edition. Two film directors from Gwangju, Heo Ji-eun and Lee Kyung-ho,...
Busan (Republic of Korea), a UNESCO Creative City of Film since 2014, organized the 2020 Busan Food Film Festa (BFFF), an event that highlighted the agglomeration of the film and gastronomic assets of the city. Launched in 2016, the festival aims to provide residents the opportunity to enjoy gastronomy and film as well as spread the values of sharing, comfort and hope, especially amidst the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. With the world battling the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s edition gave the inhabitants the opportunity to express their...