Businesses across West Yorkshire can find out how to play a role in the increasing number of blockbuster productions that are filming in the area.
Bradford International Film Summit from 4-6 March includes a ‘Business of Film’ event. It will explain the needs of film and TV productions, which can be met by local providers. From caterers to landlords, the event hopes to attract representatives from across the business community.
The event is on Thursday 5 March at the Midland Hotel; speakers include David Wilson, Director of Bradford UNESCO City of Film, Sally Joynson, Chief Executive of Screen Yorkshire and Richard Knight, Head of Production for Screen Yorkshire and a former Location Manager.
The full programme for the three-day event can be found here – http://bradford-city-of-film.com/summit/programme/
Speaking about the event, David Wilson said:
“Out of 34 filming requests we had in 2014, 48 days of filming took place locally. Productions included The One show, Great British food, DCI Banks, Hockney and Testament of Youth. We are confident that filming will continue to increase and are now looking for businesses to join our City of Film supplier database so that we pass details as necessary.”
Richard Knight, who worked on This is England ’86 and Four Lions added:
“Businesses can capitalise on the influx of film and television projects in numerous ways – the needs of a film crew are varied, usually urgent, and sometimes downright surreal – potentially putting the production into contact with a variety of local suppliers. The summit is an opportunity for local businesses to learn the scope and scale of the film production market, and how to tap into it.”
The summit programme will be based around four themes:
1. Visit – showcasing the film loving city of Bradford and its surrounding areas
2. Learn – sharing learnings from the Bradford Film Literacy Programme as well as talks from Bradford University and Bradford College’s International Film School
3. Make – promoting the growing opportunities for businesses to capitalise on the opportunities presented by film productions
4. Enjoy – celebrating the best of films ‘Made in Yorkshire’