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Previous UNICAs || Many of the films screened at UNICA can be seen here
The British contribution | The Results

The logo for UNICA 2013.

Great films, great company, great fun ... it must be UNICA!

Still from 'The Apple of My Eye'.
John Gibbs collects  awards on behalf of British film makers.
The jury in a picture frame.
Still from 'White Collar'.
Top film: Apple of my Eye a touching family story. John Gibbs collects some awards on behalf of UK film makers. The jury "framed"! Top youth film: White Collar a hilarious job interview.
Two Russians on the mountain above Fieberbrunn.
Two Russian friends on an Austrian mountain. A few thousand feet below them lies ...


For the week 24th - 31st August 2013 Tirolean tourist town Fieberbrunn transformed into a city devoted to the 280 or so delegates from around the world, who had come for the UNICA festival. Everywhere were UNICA posters, displays and exhibits. Every bar, cafe, pizzeria, restaurant and hotel had UNICA deals in place.

UNICA is the umbrella organisation for national, non-commercial film-making federations. For one week each year it arranges a festival where the nations compete.

Each member country can present a programme of up to an hour's length. An international jury discusses the films and awards prizes, including the coveted "Most Interesting National Programme" one.

But the real importance of the event is that 250 to 300 delegates from member nations meet and socialise; discuss the films and common problems; and make good friends. Through a shared interest in our kind of film making UNICA contributes to better understanding between nations.

A week-long festival could be hard going, but the timetable allows time for relaxation, includes excursions, various meetings, banquets and entertainments. It is held in a different country each year, offering a chance to visit new places.

Anyone can come to UNICA. You do not have to be a film maker or an official. Read about the 2013 event and if you are remotely interested in coming to UNICA 2014 in Slovakia, drop me an email and I will keep you posted about that event and how to get there.

- Dave Watterson (asstweb@theiac.org.uk)

Talk, talk, talk

All official announcements including the jury discussions were  - as always at UNICA - translated into English, French and German. The majority of the 130 films screened in competition were either in English or had subtitles in English.

At the AGM there were discussions about the future of UNICA.

Films, films, films

The UNICA-News website has details of all of the films sent to UNICA (here) and you can see over 40 of them online (here).

Britain's selection won two Bronze Medals, a Diploma of Honour and a Special Award for a Remarkable script. British programme here.
You can see the UNICA competition results starting here.

Excursion to local sights

An important part of every UNICA is sightseeing. 2013 included a whole-day trip to Innsbruck, the Tirolean capital; and a half-day  trip up the local mountain by cable car and walking down to a mountain restuarant for a concert and barbecue.

Photo of The Golden Roof in Innsbruck.
Photo of knight statue in Innsbruck.
Downhill walking near Fieberbrunn.
Signpost in the mountains.
Innsbruck's Golden Roof and a street performer. Taken during a fascinating guided tour.
Knightly statue in Innsbruck Hofkirche - a photogenic joy in the old town.
Dave & Jan Watterson (UK) with Mitze Chapovsky (MKD mountain walking.
Not specifically made for UNICA but an appropriate international mountain signpost.
2014's UNICA will be in Piešťany - the town with the most sunshine days in Slovakia. If you might be interested in coming, drop me an email and I will keep you up to date with plans, travel suggestions and so on. - Dave Watterson (asstweb@theiac.org.uk)
The photos of this page are courtesy of Franka Stas, Annelies Nijdam, Dave & Jan Watterson.

Previous UNICAs || Many of the films screened at UNICA can be seen here
The British contribution | The Results