Bradford City of Film has passed its latest screen test with flying colours.
Every four years those designated as creative cities by UNESCO most submit a monitoring report to ensure they are fulfilling their obligations under the scheme.
Bradford submitted its 2012-16 monitoring report in November and the result of its review has just been announced at the UNESCO Creative Cities annual meeting.
City of Film Director David Wilson, who attended the meeting in Enghien les Bains, France, said: “I am very pleased to say we received an excellent score rating. When it was announced at the annual meeting it was greeted with cheers and applause from other member cities in the auditorium.”
The monitoring report was reviewed by the UNESCO Secretariat and peer reviewed by a number of other UNESCO Creative Cities.
Bradford was designated the world’s first UNESCO City of Film in 2009. It has been followed by Sydney, Busan (South Korea), Galway, Sofia (Bulgaria), Bitola (Macedonia), Rome and Santos (Brazil).
The monitoring reports are intended to demonstrate the steadfast commitment of members; to renew engagement through an action plan for the next four years; foster the exchange of information; measure the impact of designation at a local level; and encourage research into the benefits of the scheme for urban development.
As part of the meeting’s creative programme, Bradford was also invited to screen a selection of films from the city’s Small World Film Festival, a short film festival developed by City of Film with a theme this year of ‘My City.’
Mr Wilson said: “We played to a packed cinema and were delighted to present the Bradford City of Film Award for excellence to the winning film from Bamiyan, Afghanistan.”
A representative of the UNESCO office in Afghanistan, Sara Noshadi, was at the screening to accept the award on behalf of Bamiyan and the film’s director.
She said: “It would appear, at times, that in Afghanistan the dreary monochord of strife and conflict drowns out all else. But it is not so; this short movie from Bamiyan proves otherwise. Afghans share a common yearning for the fullness of life’s variegated manifestations.
“The people of Bamiyan remember the heart-breaking day of the destruction of the Buddhas but they are rebuilding their future so fiercely and by doing so they are making Bamiyan a symbol of Afghanistan’s post-war reconstruction.”
David is pictured (above) with the People’s Panel judges from the Small World Film Festival and the City of Film Award.
The films will now also be screened as part of a special film strand in Santos, Brazil as part of the Santos Coffee Festival in July.