The show must go off: Now Bradford’s film festival scrapped after 21 years

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BRADFORD’S International Film Festival, which has attracted some of the world’s biggest movie stars in its two-decade history, has been scrapped, its organisers have confirmed.

The city’s National Media Museum in Bradford said a review of its activities had concluded that the festival - which was suspended two years ago - will not return.

The National Media Museum in Bradford

The National Media Museum in Bradford

The news, confirmed to The Yorkshire Post by museum director Jo Quinton-Tulloch, comes just two days after the announcement that 400,000 historic photos would also be lost to Bradford and would be moved from the museum to the Victoria & Albert in London.

The permanent cancellation of the film festival is a further blow to Bradford’s standing as one of only three UNESCO “Cities of Film” in the world - a title bestowed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization for being “notable in filmmaking”.

Since its inception in 1995, the festival has hosted actors, directors and producers from both sides of the Atlantic and staged a number of premieres.

The museum now says it will concentrate on “other film events” including its long-established Widescreen Weekend, and will explore the possibility of establishing a games-based festival.

Curator Kate Burnatt in the photo archive of the National Media Museum in Bradford

Curator Kate Burnatt in the photo archive of the National Media Museum in Bradford

Read more: Why IS Bradford’s Media Museum allowing a major photographic archive to be moved to London?

In 2013 the museum was only narrowly spared closure, and Bradford councillors have been quick to attack this week’s announcements, with Conservative leader Simon Cooke calling the removal of the pictures to London “an act of cultural vandalism”.

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400,000 historic photographs are being moved from the Bradford Media Museum to London

400,000 historic photographs are being moved from the Bradford Media Museum to London

Bradford Councillor Simon Cooke

Bradford Councillor Simon Cooke

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