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UFFO - Best Business Practices for Film Festivals


The Universal Film & Festival Organization was founded to support and implement best business practices for film festivals throughout the world.

UFFO,is a global voluntary organization and is not-for-profit. It was created to bring together the highest quality of Film Festivals and the filmmaking community by encouraging film festivals to become sound in best business practice. To date we have been very successful in this endeavour.

The UFFO best business practices is completely voluntary, it is free and easy to implement. In addition it is a blueprint for filmmakers in deciding which film festivals to do business with

UFFO is also an open international organization and membership is open to all creative individuals, filmmakers and film festivals.


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The Best Business Practices for Film Festivals


No 1: Film Festival organisers should operate a transparent selection process and publish details of the selection process and the names of the Jury/selection committee (publication can be after a festival concludes)

No 2: Film festivals organizers should provide full contact details for the festival offices including address and telephone numbers and the names of the festival directors and or committee

No 3: A Film Festival should publish its legal status as a company, charity or non profit (this only applies to a registered entity)

No 4: Film festival organizers should not share financial data belonging to any filmmakers with any third parties

No 5: Film Festivals should publish a year by year history of festival winners and films officially selected

No 6: Film festival organizers, committee and or jury should not show or demonstrate any favouritism to any film submitted to the festival or attempt to influence other members of the jury or selection committee

No 7: Film Festivals should declare the number of films sought out and or invited by the festival organizers to participate in the festival prior to and before the general call for submissions is sent out

No 8: Film Festivals should provide the names of the selection committee and or jury members who viewed the submitted film screeners to the festival (this could be after the festival has concluded)

No 9: Film festival organizers should view at least 5 minutes of all submitted films

No 10: All Festival organizers should declare any conflict of interest that may arise from any film submitted to or invited to participate in the festival




This UFFO Best Business Practices for Film Festivals is copywrite of the Universal Film Festival Organization




CICAE - THE INTERNATIONAL ART CINEMA NETWORK with 3,000 arthouse cinema screens in its network joins UFFO and supports the Code




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The CICAE organisation has
joint UFFO and pledged its support for the organisations code of conduct.
This comes just weeks after the UFFO organisation
announces that the legendary Hollywood actress Maureen O’ Hara took on the role
as president. CIACE joining the UFO movement is a coup as it has opened up the
UFFO organisation to thousands of potential new members all-over the world. UFFO
now has just under 80 film festival members registered and supporting the
ethical code of conduct and film schools are also now lending their support to
the organisation that is helping to stamp out scam film festivals


The CICAE was
founded in 1955 by the national arthouse cinema associations in countries
around the world such as Germany, France, the Netherlands and Switzerland.

Today, the CICAE
brings together 3,000 screens via 7 national structures (1,000 cinemas in
France, Italy 2,400, Germany 300, Switzerland 90, Hungary 40, Belgium 15,
Venezuela 14), a few dozen independent cinemas in approximately 21 countries (Austria,
Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, Spain, Poland, Portugal, America, Morocco), 15 or so
festivals (including Berlin, Festroia, Cannes (Directors' Fortnight), Locarno,
Sarajevo, Venice, Annecy, Hamburg, Mons, ...), as well as a number of arthouse
film distributors.

objectives are

encourage arthouse cinemas to come together under a common umbrella at the
national and international levels.

obtain support for arthouse films from government bodies.

foster the distribution of high quality films from all countries, in all

targeted cultural initiatives, to promote the screening of art films in order
to increase audiences and foster production.

More information on

Tyrone D Murphy  (CEO) UFFO

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