Committee Members Attending
Dave Watterson (President)
Jeanne Glass (Vice-President)
Bernhard Lindner (Vice-President)
Georg Schörner (Secretary General)
Thomas Kräuchi (Treasurer)
Ion Lungu (President of the Congress)
Max Hänsli (Honorary President)
Fred Graber (Friends of UNICA)
Tatyana Alahverdzhieva (Friends of UNICA)
Wolfgang Freier (UNICA Patronage)
Serge Michel (IFTC Liaison)
Jean-Claude Lejosne (Translations)
Odilon Dubost (Translations)
Delia Vagner (Translations)
Paweł Łęski (Adviser)
Rolf Mandolesi (Adviser)
Claire Auda (Translations)
In 2014 there were 28 patronages, in 2015 only 13. Some festivals say they lack the money to pay for our patronage. Others find the restrictions of our rules too difficult. There are many festivals who say they need film schools and that no more amateurs take part.
Poland had eight patronages; then Stani Puls
died, and now there is not a single patronage. Where have the
amateurs gone? I believe we must reconsider our rules if patronage
is to continue.
Romania: There are problems with the traditional amateur concept. But we should note that in many countries, students make many good films. But they have other channels for distribution ("YouTube", "Facebook", etc.). This must be taken into account by UNICA. People who become filmmakers as teenagers may continue their enthusiasm later in life. Many don’t know the UNICA. There must be more cooperation with pupils. There are two festivals in Romania, but no one from them knows about UNICA. The new festival in Romania will be under UNICA patronage.
Wolfgang Freier: It is very difficult to unite
younger people under a patronage. The scheme is designed for big
The President asks all the country representatives
to promote patronage to the festivals in their countries. It does
not cost much. It assures the competitors that the festival is fair
and reasonable. It helps to promote UNICA. He also welcomes the
point that the prize is given either for international understanding
or for the further development of the film. These are important
concepts for UNICA.
Austria / Hungary: The patronage recipient also has obligations, which, however, unfortunately are not checked by UNICA; See the "Festival of Nations" in Lenzing as an example.
President: We discussed this in the committee and will draft new rules for it.
The report (in 3 languages) had been sent to the member organisations. (Click here to see it as a pdf.)
Treasurer Thomas Kräuchi reports that it has been a positive year. The budget was met and small farewell gifts were given to the committee members, who were leaving. The UNESCO contribution has been paid for 2 years. All Member States have paid for 2015. Armenia and Iran have terminated their membership.
Romania and Spain propose to approve the report. The report was adopted unanimously.
Applause for Thomas Kräuchi.
The report (in 3 languages) had been sent to the member organisations. (Click here to see it as a pdf.) They had nothing further to say.
Thomas Kräuchi reports that all films and discs
are in the archive in Bern. All UNICA films from 2015 are stored on
a hard disk.
The President notes that Croatia had earlier requested help from UNESCO for the process of digitising the older archive material.
Fred Graber recalls that the report is available in writing. (Click here to see it as a pdf.) He announced that he had ended his activities with this General Meeting. Ms. Tatyana Alahverdzhieva was elected as his successor at the meeting of "Friends of UNICA". He wishes her all the best for her work.
The President: sincerely thanks Fred
Graber for the activities of "Friends of UNICA" for about
14 years. Great applause.
Tatyana Alahverdzhieva notes that it is a great honour to follow Fred. She is open to ideas and hopefully more members will join the group.
There is loud applause for the work of both Fred and Ursula Graber.
The Netherlands and Croatia propose the motion. The proposal was unanimously accepted.
The following persons are proposed:
1. Doris Dvorak (Austria),
2. Jan Essing (Netherlands) and
3. Bernhard Zimmermann (Germany).
The proposal was unanimously accepted.
No applications were made.
These are reported in the Annexe - click here.
The President notes that the application from France came too late to the GA according to the statutes.
The Secretary-General adds that France is not represented at the General Assembly and therefore cannot explain the late application informally.
The application is made to collect the membership fees to the same level as 2016 in 2017.
The proposal was unanimously accepted.
The Treasurer notes that the 2017 budget is balanced. There will be no major issues. The budget will be met.
The Netherlands announces that in 2019 the UNICA Festival is expected to be held in the city of Zeist (near Utrecht). At present, efforts are being made to finance the project. The festival will take place at the end of August. It will held in a theatre hotel, where you can stay and in the same building where the film screening take place.
Austria / Hungary: For the beautiful medals of the UNICA there should be a corresponding diploma (especially for the Patronage)
The President thanks the hard-working tellers, Peter Glatzl and Jan Kuska, all the delegates, the members of the committee, the interpreters and the technical team. He closed the session at 6 p.m.
Secretary-General: Georg Schörner