Better Cities Film Festival Partners with UN-Habitat

In February 2020, First+Main Films partnered with the United Nations to create the UN-Habitat Better Cities Film Festival. The festival premiered at the 10th session of the World Urban Forum in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

UN-Habitat is a United Nations programme working towards a better urban future.  It promotes transformative change in cities and human settlements through knowledge, policy advice, technical assistance and collaborative action to leave no one and no place behind.

Organized and convened by UN-Habitat, the World Urban Forum has become the world’s largest and most important conference on urban issues.  It is held every two years, and attracts thousands of participants including ministers, mayors, policy makers, academics, activists, artists and journalists.
After WUF10, First+Main Films will extend the impact of the festival by enabling cities around the world to host their own UN-Habitat Better Cities Film Festival or “Best of Fest” screening of the top award-winning films from the 10th World Urban Forum. 

The inaugural UN-Habitat Better Cities Film Festival at WUF10 has been an immense success, best exemplified by the Grand Prize winning short film, Briançon, and Grand Prize feature film, Soufra.  UN-Habitat is proud of these, and all of the festival’s award winners, and we foresee the tremendous ripple effects these films will have by showcasing their solutions on a global stage through this new media partnership and platform.”

     –Victor Kisob, UN-Habitat Deputy Executive Director


Scroll through the slideshow below to see full results of awards and winners, and watch the highlight video  WUF’10, featuring interviews with First+Main Films co-founders Chris Elisara and John Paget.



Sponsors of UN-Habitat Better Cities Film Festival

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