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Students Film UNESCO Summit

Published: Mon 22 Dec 2014
Students Film UNESCO Summit

Students from the University of Bradford's School of Media, Design and Technology were recently invited to the Houses of Parliament, where Hollywood stars and top British talent gathered to launch the Bradford International Film Summit 2015.

Co-ordinated by the Digital Media Working Academy, students Charlotte Murphy and Lucas Uren attended the Westminster launch, where they had the opportunity to make a film about the event and interview Michael Palin, CBE.

In attendance were many names and faces known throughout British Film and Television. Sally Joynson of Screen Yorkshire, Amanda Nevill of BFI, Tim Smith of BBC Yorkshire and Steve Abbott Chair of Bradford City of Film to name a few. Special guest for the evening was Michael Palin, who kindly found the time to speak to our students on camera.

The International Film Summit will arrive in Bradford from the 4th to the 6th March 2015, and will feature seminars and screenings; showcasing what Bradford has to offer and its progression as UNESCO's first City of Film.

The summit will raise the international profile of Bradford and aims to form new alliances and collaborations, which will benefit all the UNESCO Creative Cities.

Chris Hazel, University of Bradford Lecturer in Digital Film & Television Production, said: "This was a real hands on experience for the team, having to grab TV interviews with influential people from the world of film and TV with very little time to think.

"The students filmed independently, having scripted their own questions based around their own research. They even managed to grab a quick chat with Michael Palin CBE. In terms of experience and gaining contacts, this was an amazing opportunity for the students and is something that will definitely enhance their CVs."

Digital Film & Television Production student, Lucas Uren, said "Although it was a very busy and nerve racking day, it is one I will never forget. It was a brilliant opportunity to produce work which I will be proud to include in my portfolio."

The University's students are constantly encouraged to get involved in live projects to build experience and enhance their portfolios. The University's Digital Media Working Academy was created to assist students in doing just that; the academy provides a vehicle for students to get live, commercial jobs so that their work can be benchmarked against the quality of work in the sector.

Take a look at the film made by the University of Bradford students here: City of Film goes to London

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