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Director, Bradford UNESCO City of Film

David Wilson – Director, Bradford UNESCO City of Film

Bradford has enjoyed a long history of filmmaking going back to the dawn of cinema and more recently there has been a marked increase in requests for Film & TV locations and production support within the wider Yorkshire region.
Based in the world’s first UNESCO City of Film the Bradford Film Office provides a FREE service to support film & TV production, providing assistance and advice on the perfect location, crew, assistance with permissions etc and liaison with highways, parking and traffic control. Located on the main campus of the University of Bradford, the film office team has close connections with the local council, businesses and property owners to ensure productions run smoothly. The Bradford Film Office can also advise on suitable office accommodation and a host of local services such as hotels, catering, logistics etc.

For most enquiries from features and TV dramas, the team work very closely with Creative England and their crew and locations database. The office also fields a number of enquiries from independent production companies working on behalf of major broadcasters.

The growth in regional production supported by Screen Yorkshire through its Yorkshire Content Fund has provided an excellent opportunity to further exploit Bradford’s many and varied filming locations. From the dramatic post industrial back drop of Little Germany to the sweeping moorlands that surround the City, the Bradford Film Office offers easy access to a host of hidden gems.

David Wilson, Director of Bradford UNESCO City of Film said; Bradford is using our UNESCO City of Film status to work with partner organisations and businesses across the City to ensure a true film-friendly response to filming requests. We will go the extra mile to ensure that productions get the full support that they need. Bradford’s geography alone lends itself to filming with the City Centre in a natural bowl and the urban sprawl giving way to rolling hills peppered with picturesque villages. Add to that the amazing Victorian architecture and great transport links, nationally and internationally and the Bradford Film Office becomes your portal to a diverse range of locations within easy reach.

Film Director, Clio Barnard said: David and the team at Bradford UNESCO City of Film were extremely helpful with support for the Selfish Giant. Negotiating with key agencies in the City to allow access to various locations and providing support with office accommodation and even assisted with a cast and crew screening at the National Media Museum in Bradford.

Sally Joynson, Chief Executive of Screen Yorkshire said: ‘The Yorkshire Content Fund’s investments in film and television have helped production levels increase dramatically since 2012 across the whole of Yorkshire and Humber but it is especially pleasing to see this tangible proof of the impact on Bradford. Screen Yorkshire supported Bradford’s original bid to become UNESCO City of Film and our two organisations have continued to work closely together.’