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Bristol awarded UNESCO Creative City of Film

Watershed Cultural Cinema and Digital Arts Centre in Bristol. (Photo: UNESCO)

Bristol has been awarded UNESCO Creative City of Film status thanks to its Creative and Digital sectors.

The city offers 11 international festivals dedicated to film annually, 10 cinemas and two universities providing 28 film-related degrees and is also home to world-leading media, including Aardmann Animations, which found fame with Wallace and Gromit, Chicken Run and Shaun the Sheep.

BBC Bristol is home to the largest production facility in the West of England, Bottle Yard Studios, whose past productions have included Poldark, Broadchurch, and Wolf Hall. The Natural History Unit houses the world’s largest concentration of firms producing wildlife content.

Bristol hopes to use film as a way to reduce inequalities and barriers, promoting inclusivity and uniting the area’s currently fragmented film sector.

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