As an Expert Advisor and Director of Bradford UNESCO City of Film, David Wilson works to drive sustainable development through culture and creativity.
David Wilson is the director of Bradford UNESCO City of Film and is an expert advisor to the UK Commission to UNESCO on the development of creative cities. With a long career history in developing cultural programmes, and extensive knowledge on the use of culture and creativity as a driver for sustainable development, he has provided mentoring and support to many candidate cities applying to join the UNESCO Creative Cities Network over the past decade.
David is an international ambassador for the creative cities programme, regularly speaking and presents at film, business and community events on culture and sustainable development. In addition to writing about creativity, film and sustainable development and presenting review shows on TV and radio, he is Director of the Small World Film Festival, the Bradford Family Film Festival and the Golden Years Film Festival in the UK. He is invited to speak at international conferences, festivals and events on the impact of culture and creativity on sustainable development and is often asked to facilitate high level discussions in this area. David was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Technology at the University of Bradford for his work in Creative Industries to support sustainable development. He is also a member of the advisory board at the Centre for World Cinema & Digital Cultures – University of Leeds, UK.
Looking further afield, David is Guest Professor at the Beijing Film Academy Modern Creative Media College and Fellow in Film at the University of Bradford (UK). In May 2019 he was appointed as international chair to the Editing Committee of China’s Blue Book of Film – an annual publication on the development of the global film industry, published by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.