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I-Comacchio 2023
3 Jury Members
  Martin Stoll CZE, Thomas Schauer AUT & Romy Van Krieken NLD

Jury Assistant Tini Schuurmans NLD

and new a voice from the audience per day
day 1 Josep Rota ESP, day 2 Jürgen Richarz DEU, day 3 Jan Watterson GBR

Vimeo VIDEO link
from the jury session about the film "Charlot's Last Suit" (UBC - Guy Gauthier).
Commentary on a French translation by Kamelya Özdemir, edited by Luc Toussaint.

CH-Locarno 2022

3 Jury Members
Sandor Buglya HUN, Jacqueline Pante ITA, Thomas Schauer AUT

Jury Assistant Tini Schuurmans NLD

CZ-Blansko 2018
5 Jury Members
Martin Stoll CZE, Tarmo Hotanen FIN, Alfons Hereu ESP, Thomas Schauer AUT, Mike Whymann GBR

Jury Coordinator Rolf Leuenberger

AUT - Fieberbrunn 2013
7 Jury Members 
Daniel Caracci FRA, Wim Aegerts BEL, Wolfgang Allin AUT, Reinhardt Steininger AUT, Greta Varts EST, Ladislav Frantis CZE, Bernhard Lindner DEU

Jury Coordinator Rolf Leuenberger CHE

BEL - Blankenberge 2005

7 Jury Members
Georg Schörner AUT, Dave Watterson GBR, Julien Loncke BEL, Michel Creten BEL,

Rolf Leuenberger CHF, Diana Nenandic HRV, Pawel Levski POL

Our History

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A new start 21 - 27 August Locarno (CHE)

82nd Film Competition
between Nations and Congress

There was a restart in Switzerland,

after the second World War,

with the UNiCA Congress in Lugano (CHE)

UNiCA - Union Internationale du Cinéma

was founded
at the Paris World's Fair (FRA)

1st International Amateur Film Competition with participation from five countries


After 2019 in Zeist NLD

and a 36-month forced break

a new start in 2022 in Locarno Switzerland


2020          BIRMINGHAM (GBR) cancelled due to COVID-19
2021           WARSZAWA (POL) cancelled due to COVID-19
2022         KERSON (UKR)
postponed to 2024

2022        21.-27.8. LOCARNO (CHE)

2023        10.-16.9. COMACCHIO (ITA)

2024         KERSON (UKR) cancelled because of the war

2024        18.-23.8. POZNAN/POSEN (POL)

2025        open, to be decided
2026        Eisenstadt (AUT) postponed from 2025


I-Comacchio 2023 - General Assembly
Thomas Kräuchi, Rolf Leuenberger (just taking this picture), Marcus Siebler, Tini Schuurmansr, Viorel Ieremie

CH-Locarno 2022 - General Assembly

Marcus Siebler, Viorel Ieremie, Wolfgang Allin, Thomas Kräuchi, J.Essing, Rolf Leuenberger, Andrzej Przeziecki, Tini Schuurmans

BUL-Ruse 2012 - General Assembly
Artashes Hovanessian, Wolfgang Freier, Alois Urbanek, Rolf Mandolesi, Jeanne Glass,

Georges Fondeur, Jan Essing, Thomas Kräuchi, Stanislaw Puls, Zeljko Balog, Rolf Leuenberger

NL-Zeist 2019 (Hilversum) - Archive of NLD Amateur Film Makers
Rolf Leuenberger

D-Dortmund 2017 - People who have contributed a lot to UNiCA over the years

Jan Essing, Jacqueline Pante, Dave Watterson, Max Hänsli, Georges Fondeur, Arie De Jong

CH-Einsiedeln 2010 - Excursion to Lucerne
Mitze Chapovski, Odilion Dupont, Jozef Van Gompel, Jan & Dave Watterson, Jean-Claude Lejosne, Claire Auda; Zvonimir Karakatic

CH-Lugano 1946
The event went off brilliantly and with great camaraderie. Switzerland, Film Amateurs and especially the Lugano Club,
under the leadership of Messrs Wullschleger and Vicari, deserve our warmest thanks. E. Weissenberger (interim Secretary General)

Our Films

Three example

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Video by Dieter Leitner

Video by Barnabás Tóth

Video by Thomas Speckhofer


Many thanks to the authors

Past UNiCA festivals

1951-57 shot by Donald Elliot.

1979 - onwards by Arie de Jong.

Up to 1989 shot on 8mm.

Thereafter on various video formats.

Includes glimpses of

  • 1951 Glasgow (United Kingdom)
  • 1954 Angers (France)
  • 1955 Lisboa (Portugal)
  • 1956 Zurich (Switzerland)
  • 1957 Rome (Italy)
  • 1965 Mar Del Plata (Argentina)
  • 1979 Turku (Finland)
  • 1984 Karl Matrx Stadt
    (East Germany)
  • 1990 Västeras (Sweden)
  • 1991 Sankt Gallen (Switzerland)
  • 1992 Lido Degliestensi (Italy)
  • 1993 Villa Carlos Paz (Argentina)
  • 1994 Hradek Kralové
    (Czech Republic)
  • 1995 Bourges (France)


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