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UK city of Bradford to open China film office

BradfordBradford in northern England will open a film office in Qingdao, China, later this month.

The move will be part of next week’s Qingdao Film Trade and Domestic Film Promotion Festival. A UK China Film Bureau is scheduled to open in Bradford in a reciprocal deal in the next few months.

“We’ve been working with Qingdao for some time now and I was very fortunate to have visited the city earlier this year and see first-hand the scale of ambition for film,” said David Wilson, director of Bradford UNESCO City of Film.

“The establishment of a Bradford Film Office in Qingdao will enable the UK to have a portal to promote UK co-production opportunities and wider business opportunities, particularly in the Leeds city region and the north of England.”

In 2009 Bradford (pictured) became the first city in the world to become a UNESCO City of Film, in recognition of its local production industry. Sydney, Galway and Sofia have also been given the title in the years since.

Bradford lies in West Yorkshire, a region of England with a production industry that saw the highest rate of growth of anywhere in the UK between 2009 and 2015. One of the main reasons for this is the Yorkshire Content Fund, which is backed by the European Regional Development Fund.

Qingdao is on China’s east coast and has been one of the country’s fastest-growing production sectors, with the Qingdao Movie Metropolis being developed as one of China’s principal filming hubs.

See KFTV's production guide for more on filming in China.

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