VIDEO: Your suggestions of what makes Sheffield great captured in new short film

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From forging steel to playing football, and bee-keeping to bowling, Sheffield people have shouted about what makes their city great.

The stunning countryside close by in the Peak District, as well as vibrant music festival Tramlines at Ponderosa Park and Sheffield Crucible, were also nominated by creative residents as the best things about Sheffield.

And now the suggestions have been put together for the first time in a new short film which celebrates Sheffield in all its industrial, creative and quirky glory.

The movie, called Our Sheffield, was launched this week and was created for Sheffield Council by city company Salt Street Productions.

Edward Birch, the firm founder who also captured skiers on the abandoned slopes of Sheffield Ski Village in a viral video, said: “I wanted to make the film because it was my chance to advertise Sheffield.

“I came to university here and I’ve stayed because I loved it, so this was my chance to showcase the city and show the world how much I love it.”

The film was made over a month, taking in locations such as Ponds Forge, Fulwood Bowling club, Meersbrook allotments, and Parkwood Springs. Players from Sheffield FC, riders from Hallam Cycling and skaters from Sheffield Steel Roller Girls take a starring role.

Edward, of Crookes, added: “I love the outdoors and I think the best thing about Sheffield is the adventure that comes with it - so the cycling, the rock climbing, things like that.”

Both the film-maker and the council say that there were far too many suggestions to fit into a film of two-and-a-half minutes.

Now people are being urged to create their own short films - which can be created on smart phones with no need for technical equipment - about what Sheffield means to them.

Coun Leigh Bramall, deputy leader of Sheffield Council, said: “We were overwhelmed by the number of responses from people with their ideas for the film, and I’d like to say a heartfelt thank you to all those who took the time to send us their ideas.

“Our Sheffield is something real and exciting that captures all aspects of our wonderful city, from industry through to our close communities, culture through to the great outdoors.

“It’s fantastic the film is now out there to be seen by the people of Sheffield and beyond.”

Our Sheffield features a song called ‘This Is It’ by Sheffield-based band The Velcro Teddy Bears and is being screened at major events like literary festival Off the Shelf.

The council paid £2,100 for the film and chose a film-maker through a procurement process.

Other locations used include WasabiSabi restaurant on London Road, Forgemasters, Stanage Edge and Cemetery Road Baptish Church.

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To get involved with the Our Sheffield project, send video clips to @SheffCouncil on Twitter using the hashtag #oursheffield or email