More than 240 enthusiasts attended the UNICA Congress 2017 in Dortmund. Each will have her or his own favourite memory. The venue, an industrial museum created from the headquarters of the Zollern Coal Mining company, was a star in itself. The team from IMD (Initiative Multimedia Dortmund) led by Eric Jaeger, had prepared meticulously. Their care showed in all sorts of details. We are extremely grateful to them and to BDFA
We apologise to our Francophone friends. All three UNICA official languages should be used in publications and announcements, but something went wrong. French was often missing. We will try to ensure, that it never happens again. The simultaneous translation used for jury discussions and the General Assembly did offer the melodic French of Claire Auda and the beefy tones of Odilon Dubost. The translation team this year was joined by Romy Van Krieken and Denise Gierczuk. Thank you all.
What happened on the last Saturday? A firework show arranged by the city meant roads would be busy and closed, just when we were due to arrive at the venue for the gala night. We had to get there earlier. That meant, the carefully planned timetable for the day was shortened. Everything was rushed. The awards ceremony was embarrassing. Thank goodness for a lovely evening buffet at the end of it all and a chance to congratulate BDFA on its 90th jubilee.
27 National Organisations took part this year with 137 films in the main contest and 27 in the WMMC (World Minute Movie Cup). We were able to present 8 Gold, 11 Silver and 23 Bronze medals plus 21 Diplômes d’honneur.
The five jury members worked hard to offer enlightenment on every film and to reward the best. We thank Bernhard Lindner, Aase Högfeld, Sunčica Fradelić, Georges Fondeur, and Darko Basheski for their hard work as jurors.
What ideas do you have for future UNICA Congresses?
Some people want the return of the public jury vote. Others want a shorter UNICA Congress. There are suggestions for changing the contest rules and indeed changing the role of UNICA. The Committee will discuss all suggestions at our meeting in November. We want to hear from Member Organisations and from individuals – if you have ideas let us know. Contact our Secretary-General, Jacqueline Pante, on firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as you can.
The Congress in 2018 will be in Blansko, near Brno in the Czech Republic on the first week in September. Hotel deals start Friday August 31 and end Sunday September 9 for those who want to arrive early or leave late. The Congress itself runs Saturday to Saturday as usual.
We will watch films in a comfortable cinema and have meals and meetings in the community halls across the road. The hotels range from 4+ star to a fine Youth Hostel. Most are a short journey away and shuttle buses will be provided.
There will be Young UNICA workshops on animation with two leading Czech specialists.
The town is on the edge of the Moravian Karst district with beautiful countryside and some spectacular caves to visit. Keep watching www.unica2018.cz for more information week by week.
We look forward to more excellent films from all our Members, but do respect the closing dates for forms and films. Tunisia were very late this year, so in 2018 have only 45 minutes to show off their work instead of the usual 60 minutes.