Fabric set up the Bradford Film Network in 2007 to provide support to the increasing number of film makers in the district. Fabric was then invited to be part of the team developing the Bradford’s bid to become the world’s first UNESCO City of Film, a designation that was awarded to Bradford in July 2009. Fabric then worked closely with Bradford City of Film to provide support to film makers locally, support film clubs and societies, develop programmes and opportunities for young people to get involved in film making and support local events and festivals.
With resources provided by Bradford City of Film Fabric was able to purchase and make available film making equipment including video cameras, sound recording equipment and editing facilities. Fabric also provided a high quality digital projector, screen and PA system for those wishing to screen films locally. Fabric, through the Bradford Film Network, provided regular training in using industry standard software such as Final Cut and organised regular industry events including the Industry Weekend at the Bradford International Film Festival which takes place in March each year. Speakers at these events included Jeremy Dyson (The League of Gentlemen), Joe Oppenheimer (Executive Producer, BBC Films) and Oscar winning producers Ted Hope and Christine Vachon.
Bradford Film Network hosted a number of events each year, providing film makers with further opportunities to meet, collaborate and share new work. The network also worked closely with other film network in Leeds and Sheffield to support film making across Yorkshire. You can join the Bradford Film Network Facebook group here.