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03/05/2024

Bristol Shortlisted On 2024 Global Production Awards

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Bristol has been shortlisted in the City of Film category of the 2024 Global Production Awards, which will take place during Cannes Film Festival later this month.

Now in their second year, the prestigious awards presented by Screen International and KFTV celebrate outstanding and sustainable work in the world of film and TV production, locations and studios. Bristol is shortlisted alongside Limerick (Ireland), Sofia (Bulgaria), Tulsa (US) and Zagreb (Croatia) in the City of Film category.

The City of Film category will recognise a city that "shows a clear vision of the role film and TV production plays in the economic and cultural health of the City" and "in recent years has helped deliver for TV and filmmakers and at the same time helped develop local skills and expertise whilst boosting the local economy". According to Awards organisers, "the winning entry will demonstrate a record of creative and commercial success, helping deliver great productions in their city efficiently and effectively... also showing evidence of the benefit to the local economy through skills development and investment".

Laura Aviles, Head of Film, Bristol City Council said: "It's fantastic to see Bristol nominated for this prestigious international film industry award, especially considering Bristol was on the map during last year’s ceremony too, when The Bottle Yard Studios won the Sustainable Initiative Award for the 1MW rooftop solar array at its new TBY2 facility. Bristol has been a leading force in film, TV and digital production for decades, even more so in recent years with the expansion and growth in filming at The Bottle Yard Studios and on location thanks to the work of the Film Office. Since receiving Creative City of Film status from UNESCO in 2017, we have been able to embed film further into our city’s development."

Natalie Moore, Bristol UNESCO City of Film Manager, said: "We are absolutely delighted to be nominated for this international award. Working with our many film and creative sector partners across the city, we continue to identify opportunities and overcome challenges to grow the local film sector, focusing on areas including skills and workforce development, regional storytelling and on-screen representation, environmental action and climate content and international engagement and collaboration. To be included in this shortlist is a huge achievement."

Recent film and TV productions filmed in Bristol include the upcoming third series of Stephen Merchants' comedy-thriller The Outlaws (beginning on BBC One on 30th May and Amazon Prime Video on 31st May), upcoming Jilly Cooper adaptation Rivals (Disney+), Alex Rider (Amazon Freevee), Boarders (BBC Three), Truelove (Channel 4) and Rain Dogs (BBC One/HBO Max).
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