How UNICA Patronage works
for authors and festivals

At the Heart of Patronage

Dear Friends,

The award of the name “UNICA Patronage” to a festival is like granting a Kitemark, ISO or DIN approval to a product. It says to authors who might take part and to audiences who might attend, this is an honest, trustworthy festival. This festival has the approval of the world organisation.

  1. UNICA Patronage is a mark of quality. It recognises that a festival is trustworthy and fair to all its film makers.

  2. The application for patronage is addressed to the Patronage Officer of UNICA, accompanied by the festival rules and a copy of the entry form. The organiser informs his national organisation by means of a copy of the letter of application.

    (Organisers not being a member of a national organisation or in a country not affiliated to UNICA, address the application to the Patronage Officer of UNICA only.) *

  3. All documents of the festival must include the formulation "under the patronage of UNICA" and the logo of UNICA.

  4. A list of jury members, a film catalogue and a list of the prize-winners have to be sent to the Secretariat of UNICA .

  5. The festival must be accessible to non-commercial films.

  6. Any preselection process should be explained.

  7. The festival screenings must be open to the interested public, with appropriate age restrictions if necessary.

  8. The awards should be decided by a jury.

  9. The awards should be available to all winners. (Given in person if they attend, or available to be sent by post or courier on request.)

  10. The rights of the film makers must be fully respected.      

  11. The organiser should invite, if possible, a delegate of UNICA to the jury. In any case UNICA is entitled to send a representative.                                                                 
  12. UNICA bestows a special prize for each festival under the patronage of UNICA to the film or video production promoting solidarity between the nations, or using new forms of expression.

    This award possibility should be publicised by the festival.                                                                           

  13. For each festival a patronage fee of EUR 70 is imposed. The amount has to be transferred to the account of UNICA.                                                                             

  14. The patronage may be renewed each year upon written request.

                                                                                        Rev. 22.09.2020