Wellington recognised as City of Film

7:37 pm on 31 October 2019

Wellington's new mayor says its naming as a UNESCO City of Film is a tribute to the capital's talented film community.

Wellington Sign

NC Photo: RNZ / Rebekah Parsons-King

The award is part of UNESCO's wider Creative Cities Network, where film is one of seven creative fields for which a city can be recognised.

Andy Foster, who had very public backing for his mayoral campaign from film-maker Sir Peter Jackson, said the accolade was not just about blockbusters.

"I think that's a reflection of not only the big budget movies that we've had made in Wellington, and continue to have made in Wellington, but also the community-level of participation in films."

Mr Foster said the screen sector in Wellington employed more than 2500 people.

Andy Foster is confident the mayoral chains won't be handed back to Justin Lester.

Andy Foster. Photo: RNZ / Charlotte Cook

Despite plans in 2015 for a $134 million combined movie museum-convention centre in partnership with Sir Jackson falling through, Mr Foster said the dream to build a movie museum in the capital was still alive.

Mr Foster said there no firm plans yet for the museum but he was still determined to see it built.

"It's not a dead proposition anyway, this is about playing to our strengths ... the kind of strengths we're talking about there, a movie museum potentially is another, so bring it on."

Mr Foster said people travel to Hobbiton in rural Waikato and thought many would come to a movie museum in a central city.

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