International Catholic Organization for Cinema and Audiovisual

Organisation catholique internationale du cinéma et de l'audiovisuel (OCIC)
Organización Católica Internacional del Cine y del Audiovisual

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1928, The Hague (Netherlands). Statutes modified 1949, on reconstruction as a federation; 1960; 1972, when name changed from International Catholic Film Office -- Office catholique international du cinéma -- Oficina Católica International del Cine into International Catholic Film Organization -- Organisation catholique internationale du cinéma -- Organización Católica Internacional del Cine. Current Statutes, By-Laws and name adopted by General Assembly, Nov 1980, Manila (Philippines), and confirmed by Juridical Committee, Apr 1982, Brussels (Belgium). Registered by Belgian Royal Decree, 14 May 1952. Following decision of World Congress, Aug 1998, Montréal (Canada), merged with Unda, International Catholic Association for Radio and Television, effective from World Congress 2001, Rome (Italy), to form World Catholic Association for Communication (SIGNIS).


Collaborate in developing cinema, audiovisuals, artistic expression and the media for culture, entertainment and communication among people; contribute to the human and spiritual progress of professionals working in the cinema and audiovisuals and of the public of these media; encourage the making, distribution and use of films and audiovisuals which contribute to the promotion of man and to knowledge of the Gospel message.

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Seeks for and disseminates worthwhile and useful material, including educational films outside commercial circles, and distributes quality films and Catholic programmes on video. Promotes new forms of cinema and audiovisual group media. Organizes: worldwide and regional Study Days; cinema and audiovisual training sessions in Third World countries. Awards international, continental and national prizes in order to promote good films. Participates officially in the main international festivals. Aids existing or newly formed national or continental groups and maintains contacts with professionals, particularly with young film producers. Instrumental in setting up: Catholic Media Council (CAMECO); World Space - Communication and Media of the Future (EMCMA - FuturTalent); SIGNIS Services Rome (SSR).


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Consultative Status

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) (Operational Relations); Council of Europe (CE).

Relations with Inter-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 1 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with Non-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 22 non-governmental organizations.
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Members in 123 countries
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Type II Classification

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Subjects *

  • Social Activity
    • Professions
  • Communication
    • Media
    • Audio, Visual
    • Cinema
    • Film
  • Recreation
    • Recreation
    • Arts
  • Religious Practice
    • Scriptures
  • Culture
    • Culture
  • Theology
    • Catholicism
  • Creative expression
    • Spirituality

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 4: Quality Education



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