GALWAY was the fifth city in the world to be awarded the permanent status of UNESCO City of Film.
Galway Film Centre and Galway City and County Councils drove the bid process. The final submission on behalf of the consortium of over 50 organisations drawn from across Galway city and county was submitted in March 2014. Some 63 cities worldwide were shortlisted by UNESCO.
Bradford in the UK , Galway’s twin city , was the first city to be awarded the title of UNESCO City of Film in 2009.
The title of UNESCO City of Film also includes membership to UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network. In December 2015 three more Cities became UNESCO Cities of Film with Rome (Italy), Bitola (Macedonia) and Santos (Brazil) joining the Network. In November 2017 five more Cities were welcomed to the Network: Bristol (England), Łódź (Poland), Qingdao (China), Terrassa (Spain) and Yamagata City (Japan).
There are now a total of 13 Cities of Film and 180 Cities from 72 countries in the UNESCO Creative Cities Network. For more info on the network see here.
Galway UNESCO City of Film is administered by Galway Film Centre on behalf of Galway City Council and Galway County Council, in partnership with the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, the Irish Film Board/Bord Scannán na hÉireann, Údarás na Gaeltachta and TG4. It is backed by Galway Film Fleadh, PÁLAS, Creative Europe Desk Galway, The Centre for Creative Arts & Media, GMIT, Huston School of Film & Digital Media and the local film and television sector.