Unifrance is the organisation in charge of promoting French cinema throughout the world.
Created in 1949, in the form of an association under the law of 1901, Unifrance is under the supervision of the CNC (Centre national du cinéma et de l'image animée). The association has nearly 600 members: producers of feature films and shorts, exporters, sales agents, directors, actors, authors (screenwriters) and talent agents.
Unifrance in 6 points :
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Ever since its creation, Unifrance Films International has carried out studies of international markets and their evolution, and can thus offer today its truly unique expertise.
50 countries therefore appear in the crosshairs of the association which follows the careers of French feature films both in cinemas and on television, all year round. This follow-up (management of data and market analysis, production statistics, accompaniment and follow-up of film sales and distribution, knowledge of companies and their directors…) is the object of economic studies, made available to the members of the association and every partner of French cinema. All of this data is available on this site: international box-office results and TV broadcast figures for certain countries (details for members only).
Unifrance accompanies French films on the international markets, from their sale to their distribution.
Unifrance is present at every stage in the life of a French film abroad: from selection by a recognised festival or its screening in an international market, to its theatrical release in one or more foreign territories. Unifrance thus enhances the value of all recent French films.
Unifrance takes part in more than 60 international festivals and markets, including: the Cannes Film Festival, Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale), Toronto International Film Festival, Venice International Film Festival, Rotterdam International Film Festival, San Sebastian International Film Festival, Pusan International Film Festival, Rome Independent Film Festival, Locarno International Film Festival, AFM (American Film Market)… During these events, the association facilitates the presence of artistic teams, hires local press attachés, and makes available to French professionals areas for promotion and commercialisation.
Unifrance holds events devoted to French cinema, where are combined, in one and the same space and over a limited time, the three fundamental objectives of promotion: action with regard to buyers, media, and the public.
For the list of Unifrance's festivals, click here.
Unifrance follows theatrical releases of films abroad.
With distributors, Unifrance carries out diversified actions in order to increase the distribution of French films on the principle world markets (organisation of travel for film crews, follow-up of relations with the press, widening of releases…).
With the CNC (Centre National de la Cinématographie), Unifrance manages the support commission for the release of French films abroad.
Each year, French cinema in the world represents :
- The second largest exporter of films.
- 2/3 of the production exported to at least 1 territory.
- More than 1 new French film per day on cinema screens across the world.
- 40 French films per day broadcast by foreign televisions.
- An audience of 65 million who watch French films each year on the average in cinemas.
- 350 million euros in receipts from cinemas abroad.
- A strong cinema on its own territory (nearly 35%), a true exception in Europe.
Unifrance, for feature films, each year represents :
- 80 French film festivals held.
- 60 supported international feature-film festivals.
- 300 trips made by actors and directors.
- A network of 800 distributors, TV buyers of French films, and festival programmers throughout the world, as well as 1200 foreign journalists.
- 2500 interviews made each year.
- The box-office results for French films in cinemas in 50 countries, and on television on 200 channels in 30 countries.
And for shorts :
- 5000 expeditions of shorts in pre-selection to 100 foreign festivals.
- 500 films, that's to say 1300 prints, selected by 170 festivals in 45 countries.
- 100 prizes awarded to 70 films.
- 45 trips for directors and/or producers.
- 200 films screened by 17 short-film commissions.
- 60 selective grants and 45 automatic grants for subtitling.