UNIC collaborates with a broad range of companies and associations to efficiently monitor and discuss trends and developments in the film sector, exchange expertise and best practices and liaise with other stakeholders to efficiently represent and defend the interests of cinema operators in the global motion picture industry.
The National Association of Theatre Owners is UNIC's sister organisation, representing cinema operators across the US and around the world. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., with a second office in North Hollywood, California, NATO represents its members in the heart of the US capital as well as the center of the entertainment industry. From these vantage points, NATO helps exhibition influence federal policy-making and work with movie distributors on all areas of mutual concern, from new technologies to legislation, marketing, and First Amendment issues.
Global Cinema Federation
Launched at CineEurope on 21 June 2017, the Global Cinema Federation is a worldwide grouping intended to inform, educate and advocate for cinema exhibition’s global interests. The GCF was founded by eleven leading cinema operators and the two most internationally-active trade bodies, including UNIC. Between them these companies and organisations have interests in more than 90 territories. More information about the GCF can be found on our website.
Europa Cinemas is the first network of cinemas focusing on European films. Created in 1992 at the initiative of a group of thirty cinema exhibitors, it has become in 25 years a network uniting more than 1,100 cinemas (nearly 3,000 screens) in 43 countries.
The Confédération Internationale des Cinémas d'Art et d'Essai ('CICAE') is a non-profit association aiming at promoting cultural diversity in cinemas and festivals. The CICAE was founded in 1955 by the national arthouse cinema associations of Germany, France, the Netherlands and Switzerland. The collective and concerted action of these pioneers led to the emergence in each country of a real market for quality films, as well as national schemes aimed at supporting theatres that took a stand in favour of this “high-risk” cinematographic art form.
UNIC Partner Programme
UNIC’s Partner of European Cinema Exhibition Programme brings together leading partners and brands in the cinema space to build bridges between the exhibition community and these companies. More information about the programme can be found on our website.
The European Digital Cinema Forum ('EDCF') is a not-for-profit voluntary organisation that provides a basis of common understanding across all European territories of the business and technical matters of digital cinema. Established in 2000, before the widespread rollout of digital cinema technology, the EDCF played a key role in facilitating this seismic transition process and minimise any impact on European cinema, as well as putting forward a European point of view of cinema technology within global standards organisations. UNIC stands on the Board of the EDCF and is actively involved in its working groups on cinema technology, including the SMPTE-DCP rollout project group.
The International Cinema Technology Association ('ICTA') is a global network of professionals in the motion picture industry. Members of the ICTA are those companies that manufacture, service and create the equipment that goes into movie theatres. The ICTA promotes technological advancements in the motion picture industry through educational seminars and programs.
The Intersociety Digital Cinema Forum ('ISDCF') is a US-based organisation which provides a forum to discuss issues related to digital cinema. They have over 250 members representing Studios, Exhibitors, Integrators, Equipment Manufacturers, Consultants, and other committees.
The Inter-Society for the Enhancement of Cinema Presentation is a US-based organisation which promotes interactive dialogue and information exchange between cinema-related entities with the goal of resolving issues affecting the overall cinema presentation. Founded in 1978, membership is composed of over 40 trade organizations, motion picture studios, exhibition companies, manufacturers, technical consultants and other industry stakeholders, including UNIC.
The Event Cinema Association (ECA) supports and promotes Event Cinema on behalf of its members, championing the growth and raising awareness of this evolving category of ‘Big Screen’ content. Members of the Association include exhibitors, distributors and vendors.
In 2011, leading companies in the projection industry came together to found the Laser Illumination Projector Association (LIPA). Manufacturers and end-users joined their voices to foster a positive and receptive business environment for laser illuminated projectors through education and efficient communication. UNIC and LIPA are formally cooperating since 2019.