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The First in China—Qingdao Designated as the UNESCO Creative City of Film


According to reports by Qingdao Daily, Qingdaoguan App and, Qingdao will join hands with the world to write a new chapter in the name of film with inclusiveness. On November 1st, the UNESCO released its latest list of Creative Cities Network. Qingdao has been designated as the City of Film, becoming one of the thirteen Cities of Film in the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) and the first of its kind in China.

It is known that a total of 83 cities submitted application to the Secretariat of the UNESCO and went through rounds of review in four months. Finally, 64 cities from 44 countries have successfully joined the UCCN this year. The four candidate cities from China have all been included into this year’s new UNESCO creative cities. They are Wuhan (City of Design), Qingdao (City of Film), Changsha (City of Media Arts) and Macao (City of Gastronomy). It has been the first call for application for UCCN membership after the UNESCO changed the application frequency from once-a-year to once-every-two-year since 2015. The UCCN is now composed of 180 cities from 72 countries.

In 2015, the CPC Qingdao Municipal Committee and the Qingdao Municipal Government put forward the conception of becoming the UNESCO Creative City of Film. To realize the conception, the Qingdao Municipal Bureau of Culture, Radio, Television, Press and Publication set up a special office for the application, visited such cities as Hangzhou and Suzhou successively to learn their experience and entrusted the World Heritage Institute of Training and Research for the Asia and the Pacific Region Shanghai Center under the auspices of UNESCO with the preparation for application materials of the “City of Film”.

Launched in 2004, the UCCN aims to foster the creative industry as the drive for economic and social development and strengthen intercity exchanges and cooperation in the creative industry development, professional knowledge training, knowledge sharing and development of international marketing channels for creative products. The UCCN covers seven creative fields: design, film, crafts and folk art, gastronomy, literature, media arts, and music. Eight Chinese cities have joined the UCCN including the Cities of Design—Shenzhen, Shanghai and Beijing, the Cities of Crafts and Folk Art—Hangzhou, Suzhou and Jingdezhen, and the Cites of Gastronomy—Chengdu and Shunde.

Now, Qingdao has become the ninth UNESCO Creative City of Film besides eight other existing cities including Bradford (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland), Sydney (Australia), Busan (Republic of Korea), Galway (Ireland), Sofia (Bulgaria), Bitola (Republic of Macedonia), Rome (Italy) and Santos (Brazil).

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