CITY Park will play host to an international film festival next month featuring short films from across the UNESCO Cities network.
As UNESCO’s first City of Film, Bradford lead, David Wilson invited entries from fellow Creative Cities across the world.
The short films will be screened on Bradford’s big screen in City Park every day throughout June for the Small World Film Festival and a selection of the films - chosen by a People’s Panel - will be shared at a special screening of the UNESCO annual meeting in France later in the month.
Mr Wilson, director of Bradford's UNESCO City of Film, said: “I was utterly delighted to receive so many entries - with more than half the network getting involved.
“There are 116 creative cities across 54 countries with many of the cities having different designations from gastronomy to craft, to design and of course film cities like ourselves.
“The huge interest really demonstrates that film can unify all our cities and act as catalyst through which we can show to the rest of the world those elements which are unique and special about all our cities.”
Entries have come in from across the globe, including the United States, South America, New Zealand, Afghanistan and China.
The films feature a range of cinematography, story telling, documentary and animation under the festival’s theme My City.
Films will be shown on rotation between 1pm to 2pm and 5.30pm to 7.30pm every day in June.
This year’s People’s Panel will meet to judge the entries at City Hall on Thursday, June 15, at 6pm. There are 60 places on the panel and any member of the public with an interest in film can get involved.
Bradford is also working with the city of Santos in Brazil, which recently joined the network as a UNESCO City of Film.
They hope to exhibit the films from the festival at the third edition of the Santos Coffee Festival in July.
To take part in the People’s Panel, email email@example.com.
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