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UNICA is an international umbrella for national non-commercial film making organisations, designed to promote friendship between nations.
IAC is a member. The most visible of UNICA's activities is the excellent week-long festival each year in a different country, where the nations of the world present film programmes in friendly competition. 
Any film enthusiast can attend a UNICA festival !

In 2016 UNICA's Festival took place in Suceava, Romania.

A still from 'Mai'. Still from '100 Years After'. Still from 'The Girl on the Train'. Still from 'Faces'.

The Estonian film Mai by Maria Reinup won a gold medal and best film of the festival.

Petr Chapovski from Macedonia won won the UNESCO Delmiro de Caralt prize.

  The Girl on the Train by John Roberts of Britain won the first City of Suceava prize for developments in animation.

Faces by 17-year-old Hanis Bagashov from Macedonia won the award for best jeunesse film.

The UNICA Congresses (Festivals) click for reports of past ones and details of future ones

What is UNICA?

In formal terms:

In the sense of peaceful co-operation and friendship between peoples, UNICA
promotes international understanding and collaboration, in particular in the field of art, culture, education and science, in accordance with the principles of the UNESCO.
UNICA, as a rule, achieves its purpose with the following activities:
  • congresses and General Assemblies
  • international film and video competitions
  • international exchange of non-commercial films
  • international seminars
  • debates on new concepts and theories about art and culture
  • film shows and exchange of experience between countries
  • publishing

In short: Promoting Non-Commercial Film & Video Making.

In practice it brings together people with similar interests in amateur film and video production from all over the world.

Who is in UNICA?

Check the official UNICA website for the latest information, but in 2018 the list was:
  • Andorra
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Hungary
  • Italy
  • Liechtenstein
  • Luxemburg
  • Macedonia
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Républic Of Korea
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Tunisia
  • Ukraine
  • United Kingdom


For many years UNICA published a magazine in English, French and German three or four times a year. It was assembled by Ctirad (Radek) Stipl in the Czech Republic. For financial reasons that has been discontinued, but we have web versions of some issues available to read here:
2001 - issue 1 2002 - issue 1, issue 2, issue 3, issue 4 2003 - issue 1, issue 2, issue 3 2004 - issue 1, issue 2 , issue 3
2005 - issue 1, issue 2, issue 3 2006 - issue 1, issue 2, issue 3 2007 - issue 1, issue 2, issue 3 2008 - issue 1, issue 2
- discontinued in print
see www.unica-news.com