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Yorkshire has been named one of the top regions in the world in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel Guide 2014. The guide stated that Bradford UNESCO City of Film was one of the reasons why the region was in the top three. Of course we have known that all along, and that is partly why Yorkshire attracts so much TV and Film Production.

Bradford was the world’s first UNESCO City of Film; it received the title due to the city’s rich film heritage, its inspirational movie locations and its many celebrations of the moving image through the city’s annual film festivals.

Bradford has been a film location since the beginning of cinema with its film heritage dating back to the years around the First World War. From British classics such as The Railway Children through to contemporary hits, the Kings Speech and The Selfish Giant, Bradford has hosted many top film productions and is currently a hot location for the UK’s hit TV dramas including; Peaky Blinders, The Syndicate, DCI Banks, The Great Train Robbery, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell and Utopia to name a few.

Top film and TV locations around the district include; the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway, Haworth Village, historic Little Germany, City Hall, Undercliffe Cemetery and the iconic Ilkley Moor.

Bradford is a great place to enjoy film, with the majesty of the multiplex to the intimacy of a number independent film clubs and societies and we are also home to one of the largest 3D Imax screens in the world in the National Media Museum which also has the UK’s National Cinematography collection.

The City hosts a number of film festivals including the Bradford International Film Festival presenting new and classic films from around the world and the Bradford Animation Festival, the UK's biggest event of its kind. There are also a number of other festivals and film related events throughout the year. Look out for our free summer film screenings on the Big Screen in City Park.

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