CHANNEL 4 will be a lead partner in a 10-year vision for the development of the screen sector in Bradford.

The broadcaster, which has its national headquarters in Leeds, is going into partnership with Bradford Council to develop opportunities for film-makers of the future in the district.

The new Bradford As Seen On Screen Strategy is aimed at developing a strong and vibrant screen, digital, cultural and creative sector.

It will become a core component of Bradford’s Cultural Strategy 2020-2030 and Bradford’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2025.

As a lead partner in the As Seen on Screen Strategy, Channel 4 will be providing funding and strategic input as the city builds momentum of its 20205 bid.

The partnership will build on the success of Bradford city centre and district in attracting a wide range of film and TV production. Films that have been made in here over recent years include Official Secrets, starring Keira Knightley, shot largely in City Hall, The Duke, starring Helen Mirren and Jim Broadbent, and the Downton Abbey film.

Television dramas shot here over the past year include the second series of Sally Wainwright’s hit Gentleman Jack, the second series of Channel 5’s popular All Creatures Great and Small and Kay Mellor’s The Syndicate.

Sinead Rocks, Managing Director for Nations & Regions, Channel 4 said: “We are really proud that Channel 4 is a lead partner in the new Bradford Screen Strategy.

“Since we set up our new National HQ in Yorkshire, we have been building relationships with organisations across the region to help develop the creative industries and support diverse talent. We look forward to being an active partner in this strategy that will grow the screen sector across Bradford, provide opportunities for diverse talent, and create a joined-up approach to education and skills.”

Cllr Sarah Ferriby, Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Healthy People and Places, said: “We have such incredible film-making talent here in Bradford and we are delighted to support and showcase their work.

"We are also thrilled to be announcing our new partnership with C4 which is all about supporting local talent into the screen industries.”

The announcement was made at the premiere, at the National Science and Media Museum, of six short films about Bradford commissioned for the Make:Film project, which asked filmmakers to challenge perceptions and celebrate the diversity of the Bradford district.

A total of 37 short films were commissioned and created, with six selected for the launch event. Further films are available to view at free screenings taking place over this weekend.

Bradford 2025 Bid Director Richard Shaw added: “Seeing Bradford through the eyes of these film-makers gives us incredible perspective and the possibility of being able to appreciate aspects to this district that we may have previously not known.

“We are privileged to have such a rich source of inspiration here and I hope that everyone enjoys how these fantastic producers, editors and makers have brought their stories to life.”

The films and documentaries created for Make:Film were highlighted in a T&A feature this week. For more details visit