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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)
Serge Michel (IFTC Liaison)
Nina Saitseva (Congress President)
Alois Urbanek (Technical Issues)
Dave Watterson (Webmaster)

Not Present

Artashes Hovanessian (Adviser)
Claire Auda (Translations)


Czech Republic
Republic Of Korea
United Kingdom

Portrait of Nina Saitzeva.1. Opening address by the President of the Congress

The President of the Congress, Nina Saitseva, welcomes the attendees to the General Assembly.

Delia Vagner and an interpreter team translate the meeting simultaneously into French, German and English.

2. Verification of the delegates’ authorities



Dr. Georg Schörner & Alois Urbanek
Wolfgang Freier
Tatyana Alahverdzhieva
Croatia Željko Balog
Czech Republic Dipl Ing. Ladislav Františ & Dipl. Ing. Jan Vačlena
Estonia Jaak Järvine
France Daniel Caracci
Germany Barbara Zimmermann & Bernhard Zimmermann
Hungary Dr. Sándor Buglya
Italy Rolf Mandolesi
Liechtenstein Max Hänsli
Luxembourg Jean Reusch & Nico Sauber
Macedonia Mitze Chapovski & Jelena Nikodinoska
Netherlands Vladimir Murtin & Bouke Jasper
Norway represented by Alan Atkinson
Poland Pawel Łęski
Republic Of Korea Younguee Yoo & Yongho Kim/ HyeWon Shin
Romania Dipl.Ing. Emil Mateiaş & Prof. Viorel Ieremie
Russia Nina Zaytseva
Slovakia PhDr. Zuzana Škludová
Spain Josep Rota
Switzerland Fred Graber
Tunisia Thomas Kräuchi
United Kingdom Alan Atkinson & John Gibbs
The membership of UNICA is currently 31 countries. Unfortunately Armenia hasn’t met their obligations for two years in succession, so they are not entitled to vote in this GA.

The maximum number of votes thus is 30. 6 countries are not attending or represented, so 24 countries are present or represented at the start of the meeting. The simple majority to this meeting will thus be 13. For changing the statutes a 2/3 majority is needed, being 17 votes. This only applies to item nr. 16 on the agenda.

Serge Michel (IFTC Liaison) wishes to add something. This year the Director-General of UNESCO attended the UNICA Congress by means of a video message. UNESCO was founded in 1945 and the connection to our congress is very close. For UNESCO video is a major interest. UNESCO printed some brochures which we have brought along and I offer this brochure to all delegations. In the name of Irene Bukova, director-general of UNESCO, I wish you a successful congress.

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
  • Modification of the Statutes
  • List of candidates for members of the committee
  • Election of the committee

Part 3

  • Election of a new auditor
  • Admission and resignation of members
  • Discussion and vote about proposals of the Committee
  • 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
  • Farewells
  • Miscellaneous, without vote

Other Papers

President's Report

Committee Report (General Secretary)

Treasurer's Report (Accounts) as pdf

3. AGM Organisation

Proposals by the Committee:

Chairman of the General Assembly - Georges Fondeur
Secretary - Jan Essing
Vote counters - Josep Rota París (ESP), Nico Sauber (LUX)

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 request of the General Assembly, the address by the President is not dispatched beforehand, but presented personally by the President during the meeting.

The president emphasises his gratitude towards Nina Zaytseva for organising the UNICA Congress and Festival.
There are no questions regarding the President’s address (annex).

6 Vote on the Minutes of the General Assembly UNICA 2014 in Piešťany (SVK)

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

Portrait of Jan Essing.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. 

In the year 2014 we didn’t have any large expenditures, so we were able to close the year with a small surplus. You all received the detailed report. (Read it as pdf here.)

All membership contributions have been made except for Armenia, which hasn’t paid for 2 years in succession. So at the end of 2015 CANC will be expelled from UNICA membership unless the fees have been dealt with before.

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

9. Report of the Auditors

Portrait of Nico Sauber. Nico Sauber (LUX) reads the Auditors’ report aloud during the meeting. Wolfgang Allin (AUT) and Nico Sauber (LUX) have performed this year’s audit separately, because no joint meeting could be arranged. They have scrutinised the bookkeeping and the bank accounts and declare that everything complies with the budget and mandates. They are satisfied with the way the treasurer performs his task and propose to agree with all previous reports of the treasurer.

There are no questions regarding the Report of the Auditors.

10. Report of the Film Librarian

Georges Fondeur (President): you know that for the last two years the film library is stored at the Lichtspielhaus in Bern (CHE). This is a professional archive for film and film equipment, run by volunteers. However Thomas Kräuchi is still film librarian and in contact with the Lichtspielhaus.

Thomas Kräuchi (film librarian): Lichtspielhaus has numbered the UNICA films and put them in cold storage. They will make a fresh catalogue of the collection, i.e. the films will be viewed, cleaned and described in the web pages of Lichtspielhaus. If anyone in the hall is interested, Thomas Kräuchi has printed some pages for viewing.

For the last 4 years, we have kept all the films of the festival on HDDs, which are stored in the Lichtspielhaus as well.

So far no film loans have been requested. This is probably due to the DVD’s that we make available to the national federations. I want to thank Mr Karakatic and the Croatian Federation for making the annual DVD’s.

These Minutes were approved by the 2016 General Assembly

Photos: Julia Obraztsova

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