Sydney bids to become a ‘city of film’

Sydney, a future 'city of film'?The NSW Government is bidding for Sydney to be designated by UNESCO as a City of Film.

NSW Premier Kristina Keneally claimed that a successful bid to join the new program could lead to cultural and work exchange programs, joint festivals and promotional events with other creative cities recognised by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation.  

The film city program launched last June with Bradford in the UK so far the only city.

Keneally said it would consolidate Sydney and NSW’s position as “the powerhouse of film production in Australia”.

“This bid is about ensuring if international filmmakers plan on making a film in Australia, Sydney and NSW will be their first consideration,” said Keneally.

The bid is supported by Sydney’s achievements such as Tropfest (the world’s largest short-film festival) and the success of international and local productions that have been shot it the state, particularly at Fox Studios. It is part of the state’s strategy to become a more ‘film-friendly’ destination.


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