Galway City of Film photos - Chaosheng Zhang

Galway City of Film


PHOTO CREDIT: Chaosheng Zhang

Galway City of Film/Ceantar Scannán is a UNESCO designation held by Galway City and County Council since 2014, and managed on their behalf by Ardán. This means that Galway is recognised at an international level for its unique creative spirit, and for its past and ongoing contribution to film. 

Galway City of Film’s objective is to develop talent in the film industry in Galway City and County as a key part of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN). The UCCN was created in 2004 to promote cooperation with and among cities that have identified creativity as a strategic factor for sustainable urban development.  

The designation means that Galway is in a position to establish important partnerships at a global level, and it gives us the opportunity to showcase our strong talent base to the world. 

All Cities of Film pledge to make creativity in this sector central to the sustainable development of their local areas, meaning that film, and the interconnected audio-visual industry as a whole, will remain the beating heart of economic and cultural growth in Galway and the surrounding regions. 

It is a lifelong designation, securing the audio-visual sector as a top priority in development plans for the West, and ensuring that long-term funding and training opportunities will be brought to talented individuals and businesses in our area. 

Learn more about Galway, City of Film at and the UNESCO Cities of Film family at