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David Wilson

University of Bradford – Honorary Fellow in Film

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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.

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University of Bradford
Honorary Fellow in Film

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University of Bradford
BA, Hon. DTech.

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Director of Bradford UNESCO City of Film

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“This is a long term strategy to empower communities, increase educational attainment levels and drive inward investment and it works on many levels. I have witnessed the real transformative power of film in education.”

David Wilson, Speaking of his move to University of Bradford Campus to spearhead UNESCO City of Film work.

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ROLE AT UNESCO

David Wilson is Director of Bradford UNESCO City of Film and acts as an expert advisor on film and media literacy.

Institutions

University of Bradford
Honorary Fellow in Film

SINCE 2017

University of Bradford
Honorary Doctor of Technology

SINCE 2019

Beijing Film Academy Modern Creative Media College
Guest Professor

SINCE 2019

Role at UNESCO

Director of Bradford UNESCO City of Film and Expert Advisor to the UKNC for UNESCO on Film and Media Literacy.

SINCE 2011

COMMISSION

UNESCO Creative Cities Network – City of Film

ESTABLISHED 2009 – BRADFORD, UNITED KINGDOM

The UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) aims to strengthen cooperation amongst cities recognising creativity, as a strategic factor for sustainable development, with economic, social, cultural and environmental impacts.

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Read about some of David’s published work on our website, as well as other material, news and articles

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INTERNATIONAL DAY International Migrants Day 18.12 Home  →  What's On  →  Events  →   International Days   →   December 18 We celebrate the International Migrants Day on December 18. READ MORE BELOW MIGRANTS DAY Photo credit, from top to bottom: Nicola Fioravanti, UNESCO Migration is a global phenomenon driven by many forces. These start with aspirations for…
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INTERNATIONAL DAY International Day of Persons with Disabilities 03.12 Home  →  What's On  →  Events  →   International Days   →   December 3 We celebrate International Day of Persons with Disabilities on December 3. READ MORE BELOW DAY FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES Photo credit, from top to bottom: Nathan Anderson, Arisa Chattasa. The annual observance of the…
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INTERNATIONAL DAY International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People 29.11 Home  →  What's On  →  Events  →   International Days   →   November 29 We celebrate the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People on November 29. READ MORE BELOW SOLIDARITY WITH THE PALESTINIAN PEOPLE Photo credit, from top to bottom: Ahmed Abu Hameeda, Cole-Keister.…
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INTERNATIONAL DAY International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women 25.11 Home  →  What's On  →  Events  →   International Days   →   November 25 We celebrate the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on November 25. READ MORE BELOW END VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN Photo credit, from top to bottom: United Nations, Karl…
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“The UNESCO status gives us a great calling card. British film and TV productions sell well internationally and are regarded amongst some of the best content in the world. […] We are not rewriting the script here, we are adding to an amazing heritage and using that to inspire future generations.”

David Wilson, Speaking on the move of Bradford UNESCO City of Film to University of Bradford offices.

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