Rome has been designated  “Creative City of Film” from UNESCO.

Cinema is a fundamental part of the identity of the city and a flourishing sector that is vital to Rome’s  economy, boasting more than 1300 businesses. An immense heritage composed of archives, images, professional expertise and passion will be available to promote the advent of a new generation on the creative scene, that can reconcile tradition with future, state-of-the-art technology with established knowledge, and use audiovisuals in a new way that promotes the archeological, historical and artistic heritage of the territory.

This achievement was made possible thanks to the joint commitment of Roma Capitale, Fondazione Cinema per Roma and Istituto Luce Cinecittà, with the support of the Ministero dei Beni e delle Attività Culturali e del Turismo (Ministry for the Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism) and the Ministero degli Affari Esteri (Ministry of Foreign Affairs), and the Regione Lazio, rewarding the inclusive participated planning process that engaged the many private and public entities in the Roman and Italian cinema and audiovisual system.

Rome joined the Network of 180 cities around the world (72 countries) – including Sydney, Beijing, Montréal, Dakar, Buenos Aires, Prague, Berlin, Brazzaville – recognized for their excellence in fields such as Crafts and Folk Art, Design, Film, Gastronomy, Literature, Media Arts and Music.

In addition to Rome, four other Italian cities have been granted this acknowledgment: Bologna for Music, Fabriano for Crafts and Folk Arts, Turin for Design and Parma for Gastronomy.

Rome along with Bradford e Bristol (UK), Sidney (Australia), Galway (Ireland), Sofia (Bulgaria), Busan (South Korea), Bitola (Macedonia), Santos (Brasil), Terrassa (Spain), Lodz (Poland), Yamagata (Japan) e Qingdao (China) are the UNESCO Creative Cities of Film. They are working hard to promote and create a network that embraces the finest experiences in the cultural and film industries, to make Creativity a driving force in their economic development, in local and international contexts, fostering the interaction between the public and private sectors.

A key element in the cooperation between creative cities are the initiatives that seek to promote the access, participation and inclusion of communities and citizens, especially those most disadvantaged, in cultural life.

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