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City of Film shines the spotlight on Bradford's talented student filmmakers with new feature on the big screen


Creative and exciting film shorts and animation by up and coming filmmakers have been launched on Bradford's Big Screen in a new partnership with the University of Bradford.

The new weekly feature, Showreel, will share films recently made by students on a variety of film courses at the university and is being led by the new City of Film Student co-ordinator, Guy Whittaker.

The first eight films feature both animation and documentary, with many focusing on the city of Bradford as a source of inspiration for their creativity.

Guy, who is on a one year MA Digital Filmmaking course, said: “'Bradford Big Screen is a great opportunity for filmmakers from the University of Bradford to share and promote their work. It is an incredible incentive to know that our films will be seen by thousands of people every month and we really enjoy seeing our work in the heart of the city. The university is a hub of filmmaking activity, providing the best equipment, facilities, and staff and is the ideal place to become a filmmaker.”

Director of Bradford UNESCO City of Film, David Wilson, said: “This is a fantastic new feature for the screen and City Park and showcases some really impressive emerging talent in our city. All our featured filmmakers show real promise and all credit to Guy for working so hard with us to make this new feature happen.”

Showreel will screen every Thursday at 4.30pm and Sunday at 2pm. The first Showreel feature will screen work from film students Jakub Kyral, Chris Bradburn, Haitham Mark, Jordan Dinchev and Guy Whittaker.

Mark Garratt, Director of External Affairs at the University of Bradford, said: “This is a fantastic initiative that will showcase the work of our highly talented filmmaking students. We have a great track record in producing filmmakers who have gone on to work on internationally-renowned films and the whole of Bradford will enjoy this collaboration between its world-leading technology university and Bradford UNESCO City of Film.”

Bradford Big Screen is a giant outdoor screen in the heart of one of England’s most vibrant and exciting cities with an international reputation for film and media.

Situated in front of the National Media Museum in the award-winning City Park with its mirror pool and shooting fountains, the screen is a pioneering arts project designed to bring cutting edge film and creativity to the heart of the urban environment.

Up to 500,000 people pass the screen each month – offering unprecedented exposure for filmmakers to showcase their work.

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