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Committee Members Attending

 Georges Fondeur (President)
Jeanne Glass (Vice-President)
Jan Essing (Secretary General)
Thomas Kräuchi (Treasurer)


Zeljko Balog
Wolfgang Freier
Rolf Leuenberger
Rolf Mandolesi
Alois Urbanek

Also Present

Max Hänsli (Honorary President)
Fred Graber (Friends of UNICA)
Wolfgang Freier (UNICA Patronage)
Claire Auda (Translations)
Alois Urbanek (Technical Issues)
Suzana Skoludova (ICongress President)
Kees Tervoort (Special Adviser)
Dave Watterson (Webmaster)

Not Present

Artashes Hovanessian (Adviser)
Serge Michel (IFTC Liaison)

Federations Represented

Czech Republic
Republic Of Korea
United Kingdom

Portrait of Zuzana Skoludova.1. Opening address by the President of the Congress

The President of the Congress, Zuzana Skoludova, welcomes the attendees to the General Assembly. Claire Auda and her interpreter team translate the meeting simultaneously into French, German and English.

2. Federations / Representatives / Deputies

Austria - Dr. Georg Schörner & Alois Urbanek
Belgium - Michelle Cooreman
Bulgaria - Valentin  Alahverdjiev & Tatiana  Alahverjieva
Croatia - Željko Balog
Czech Republic - Dipl Ing. Ladislav Františ & Dipl. Ing. Jan Vačlena
Estonia - Jaak Järvine
France - Marie Cipriani & Philip Sevestre
Germany - Barbara Zimmermann & Bernhard Zimmermann
Italy - Rolf Mandolesi
Liechtenstein - Max Hänsli & Ralf Klossner
Luxembourg - Jean Reusch & Nico Sauber
Macedonia - represented by Croatia (Željko Balog)
Netherlands - Vladimir Murtin & Bouke Jasper
Republic Of Korea - Younguee Yoo & Yongho Kim/ Soyeon Lim
Romania - Dipl.Ing. Emil Mateiaş & Prof. Viorel Ieremie
Russia - Nina Zaytseva & Viacheslav Zaitcev
Slovakia - PhDr. Zuzana Škludová & Jan Kuska
Spain - Josep Rota
Switzerland - Rolf Diehl & Ernst Wicki
Ukraine - Ievgen Maksymov & Iurii Ripenko
United Kingdom - Alan Atkinson & John Gibbs

The membership of UNICA currently is 32 countries. The maximum number of votes is 32.

11 countries are not attending nor represented, so 21 countries are present or represented at the start of the meeting. So more than 50% of the members are present and therefore the assembly is qualified to vote and make decisions.

The majority at this meeting will thus be 11.

Part 2

  • Report of Friends of UNICA
  • Report of Patronages
  • Report of the delegate to I.F.T.C.
  • Report regarding UNICA Web
  • Discharge of the Committee
  • Election of a new auditor
  • Admission and resignation of members
  • Discussion and vote about proposals of the Committee

Part 3

  • Discussion and vote about proposals submitted by members
  • Determination of next year's contribution
  • Confirmation of the budget
  • Selection of the place and dates of the congress in future years
  • Miscellaneous, without vote

Other Papers

President's Report

Committee Report (General Secretary)

Treasurer's Report (Accounts) as pdf

Auditors' Report as pdf

3. AGM Organisation

Proposals by the Committee:

Chairman of the General Assembly - Georges Fondeur
Secretary - Jan Essing
Vote counters - Max Hänsli (Honorary President and LIE) Ievgen Maksymov (UKR)

Approved unanimously.

4. Confirmation of the agenda

The Agenda receives unanimous approval.

5. Address by the President of UNICA

Portrait of Georges Fondeur.At the instruction of the General Assembly, the address by the President is not sent out before the meeting, but presented personally by the President during the meeting.

The president emphasises his gratitude towards to Zuzana Školudová for the well-organized UNICA Congress and Festival. There are no questions regarding the President's address (read it here).
Unanimous approval of the address, with thanks and applause for the President.

Portrait of Stanislaw Puls.Photo of Gecko Kaufman.Georges Fondeur (President) proposes the General Assembly keep a one-minute silence to mark the decease of both Stani Puls, long time member of the committee and former vice-president, as well as Werner “Gecko” Kaufmann, former treasurer of UNICA for 26 years. The General Assembly remembers them in silence.

Georges Fondeur (President) proposes proposes granting honorary membership to Arie de Jong and Stani Puls (posthumously) for their long and tireless dedication to UNICA. The proposal is accepted with applause. We now have 5 honorary members alive: Max Hänsli (Honorary President), Serge Michel, Jan Baca and Arie de Jong and Hans Schober (Honorary Librarian).

Portrait of Max Haensli.
Portrait of Serge Michel.
Portrait of Jan Baca. Portrait of Arie de Jong.
Portrait of Hans Schober.

6 Vote on the Minutes of the General Assembly UNICA 2013 in Fieberbrunn (AUT)

The Minutes in three languages were sent to the federations. There are no questions regarding them.  (Read them online here.)

The Minutes receive unanimous approval, with thanks and applause for the Secretary General, Jan Essing.

7. Report of the Committee by the Secretary General

The extensive report in three languages with detailed information was sent to the federations. (Read it here.) There are no questions. The report of the Committee is accepted with unanimous approval, with thanks and applause for the Secretary General, Jan Essing.

8. Report of the Treasurer

Portrait of Thomas Krauchi.The report (in 3 languages) was sent to the federations. (Read it as a pdf here.)

Thomas Kräuchi (Treasurer): Three countries haven’t paid their membership fee for 2013. One country hasn’t paid for 2012 also. Many letters have been sent in order to collect the membership fees. If UZB, AND and ARG haven’t paid ultimo 2014 they will be expelled from UNICA membership. If one of the delegates has connections to these countries, the committee would be pleased to hear any sign of life.

The whole budget shows a small profit in 2013.

The report of the treasurer is approved unanimously and welcomed with thanks and loud applause for the treasurer Thomas Kräuchi.

9. Report of the Auditors

Portrait of Wolfgang Allin.Wolfgang Allin (AUT) reads the Auditors' report aloud during the meeting (Read it as a pdf here.)

Louis Schmitz (LUX) and Wolfgang Allin (AUT) performed this year's audit. They scrutinized the bookkeeping and the bank accounts and declare that everything complies with the budget and mandates. They are confident in the way the treasurer performs his task and propose acceptance of all previous reports of the treasurer.

Georges Fondeur (President) mentions Louis Schmitz not attending the Festival for health reasons.

There are no questions regarding the Report of the Auditors. There are no abstentions and no dissent in the voting.

10. Report of the Film Librarian

Since Hans Schober (ex-Librarian) quit his office as Film librarian the films were stored in the house of Thomas Kräuchi (Treasurer). Since end of 2013 the films have been housed at the premises of Lichtspiel in Bern.

Georg Schörner (AUT) we have discussed the matter. Films will be digitized if requested on loan. How is this working now and how much copying has been done?

Thomas Kräuchi (Treasurer): for many years we have produced the 80-minute DVDs of UNICA programmes. That means that most films are in circulation. All movies are viewed and indexed at Lichtspiel Association and only digitally copied if they are requested on loan. Almost nothing is lent anymore so there are few films digitally copied. If acetate films are requested, a flat fee of 25 SWF has to be paid for the digitalized copy. If the original film is requested the  postal charges have to be met.

[Read the report of the Film Library Catalogue webmaster here.]

These Minutes were approved by the 2015 General Assembly.

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