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Member of the jury 2017

Georges Fondeur (Luxembourg)

My Second Love

It all started in 1963. After my success in the baccalauréat, my father offered me a camera, a Kodak Retina II which still occupies a prominent place in my small collection. I had some exciting times with this camera and I was making slides, probably because of the possibility of a big screen projection. A good omen?

Later my studies, entry into the professional life, and the founding of a family left little time for hobbies. Until the day, in October 1972, when a friend persuaded me to accompany him to a screening of films in his club. I was immediately fascinated by these images ,that were moving.  Another member of the club lent me his camera, a Leica, to explore whether the shooting of a film was likely to please me. Even though my disappointment was great, because of the mostly under-exposed and shaky shots, I was certain that amateur cinema would now occupy a substantial place in my life.

Two years later, I joined the club committee. This club, to which I have been faithful for 45 years, became my second family. Together we shot many films, mostly little comic fictions. This was a time, when I could try out several cinema professions, such as post-synchronisation, assistance with directing, acting (twice I found myself a policeman in uniform) and I wrote some scripts. This is how some "masterpieces" were born, whose making gave us incredible pleasure. My own output is essentially summarised in a few very short, documentaries and reportages, alongside the usual films of travel and holidays.

In 1976 in Baden near Vienna, for the first time I was in contact with UNICA as a delegate of our national federation. It was a real revelation for me. I was delighted to be able to admire for the first time in my life more than a hundred films from more than thirty countries. I felt a sort of cultural shock that fascinated me. I was hooked. A profound desire arose within me to be part of this renowned circle one day, if not as a film-maker, at least in another function.

The inevitable happened. In 2006, at the end of my professional career, I felt ready to take on new assignments within our organisation. With the support of Max Hänsli, I had the chance to join the committee as a special adviser, and in the year of grace 2009 I was called upon to take over from our esteemed president. The next six years were, for me, a kind of crowning of a long career spent under the spell of the amateur film. Think for a moment about becoming UNICA president at Gdansk and retiring at St Petersburg. It was like a long and delicious dream.
Being appointed to the jury in Dortmund makes me proud. It is like fulfilling a new honorary mission in the service of our organisation to which I owe so many joys and satisfactions.

Georges Fondeur

Membre du Conseil International du Cinéma, de la Télévision et de la Communication Audiovisuelle auprès de l'UNESCO
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