In 1931, five countries
organised the first international amateur film competition in Brussels.




UNICA was founded at the

World's Fair in Paris in 1937

... and it goes on!

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November 2021,

Rolf Leuenberger takes over the presidency of UNICA,
which had been held ad interim by VP Bernhard Lindner.


Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Republic of Korea, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tunisia, Ukraine, United Kingdom.

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The committee usually meets three times a year: once during the UNICA Congress, once hosted by a committee member and once at the venue for the next UNICA Festival. Elections are held every third UNICA Congress. Decisions of the committee are mainly subject to approval by the next General Assembly.

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The Young UNICA targets

young filmmakers

up to the age of 25.

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World Minute Movie Cup

The "World Minute Movie Cup" competition is also open to non-members. It is a competition for films with a maximum duration of 1 minute.
It is judged by audience vote and not by the jury.

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The Friends of UNICA

The purpose of the "Friends of UNICA“

is to support UNICA, to promote its work and contribute to a cheerful and

positive development of the group.

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Film Festival

This is the highlight of UNICA's annual meeting when each member presents a selection of films.

Prizes are awarded by an international jury which often includes professional filmmakers.

The most interesting productions are awarded gold, silver or bronze medals.

The Young UNICA competition is intended for young filmmakers up to the age of 25. It is included in the competition of the national programmes.

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When requested, UNICA supports national and international film festivals which commit themselves to the regulations of UNICA.

For these events a special UNICA prize is offered to be awarded by the organisers.

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Film Archives and Museums

UNICA's Film Library, established in 1938, currently has over 1200 works in the form of film and video. The oldest item dates from 1935. The film and video copies in the library have been donated by their makers and the corresponding national organisations. There is a digital catalogue on the Internet with detailed information on the titles of the films in the library.

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