UPDATED: Next year’s Bradford International Film Festival officially cancelled

The National Media Museum in Bradford.

The National Media Museum in Bradford.

By Joseph Keith

The Bradford International Film Festival will not be happening next year, according organisers of the event – who met last night to discuss its future.

In an effort to invigorate the festival, organisers of the annual event have announced plans to re launch the event.

The film festival, which has been part of the National Media Museum for more than twenty years, will be subject to a thorough review in order to rethink the programme.

A statement from the museum said: “It’s vital that our festivals are cost effective and attract support from the industry.

The aim is to re launch with a new programme that plays to our strengths, identifies a meaningful niche for the Museum and provides opportunity for growth and development.”

Bradford was unveiled as the world’s first City of Film by Unesco in 2009, beating Los Angeles, Cannes and Venice to the prestigious title and the museum said it wanted the festival to remain at the heart of the city.

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