Could you be the chairman of the world’s first UNESCO City of Film?

Last year Bradford celebrated its 10th anniversary as City of Film and now the team is seeking a new chairman, following Bradford-born film producer Steve Abbott (pictured) stepping down from the role after 10 years.

City of Film director David Wilson said: “We’re looking for a dynamic leader to join us at this exciting time to help shape the future of this organisation to continue Bradford’s long and rich film and TV heritage into the future.

We’d like to work with someone who can commit to ensuring that diversity and inclusion are at the heart of Bradford City of Film, and that the organisation truly represents the rich diversity of Bradford’s voices in both its governance and actions.”

Bradford became the world’s first UNESCO City of Film in 2009, following a successful bid from a partnership led by Bradford Council, the University of Bradford and the National Science and Media Museum.

Bradford is considered as a pioneer UNESCO Creative City; part of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network which now includes 246 cities from over 72 countries across film, design, literature, music, media arts, gastronomy and craft and folk art.

Bradford's City of Film team is now looking ahead, to drive sustainable development and inclusivity using culture and creativity and to build on its reputation as a world leading UNESCO Creative City.

The new chairman will lead the development of Bradford’s City of Film strategy for the next 10 years and play a key role in leveraging film opportunities in the Leeds City Region and Yorkshire. Mr Wilson said: "This role has the opportunity to step up the international film profile of the city and district of Bradford, whilst contributing to the economic regeneration of a city which is on a roll. It will also be an opportunity to provide a critical contribution to the development of the UK City of Culture 2025 bid."

Bradford City of Film manages the Bradford Film Office, which has supported a wide range of film and TV productions including Peaky Blinders, Victoria, Emmerdale, Gentleman Jack, Official Secrets, The English Game, The Duke and Ackley Bridge. The organisation also supports film education projects, works closely with the University of Bradford and Bradford College, and has supported the growth of the Bradford Community Cinema Network.

Jo Quinton Tulloch, Director of the National Science and Media Museum and board member of Bradford City of Film said: "This is a fantastic opportunity for someone to help us shape the future of Bradford City of Film. The creative industries are one of the fastest growing sectors in the UK and the screen industries in particular are very well regarded across the world. The relocation of parts of Channel 4 to West Yorkshire, ongoing partnerships with Screen Yorkshire, BBC North, ITV and others in addition to Bradford’s bid to be UK City of Culture in 2025 all help to reflect Bradford’s position as a true creative city. This puts City of Film in a unique position and one we want to maximise."

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