The worldwide grouping representing cinema exhibition’s global interests

In June 2017, the world’s leading cinema operators announced the establishment of the Global Cinema Federation, a worldwide grouping intended to represent cinema exhibition’s global interests.

Cinema going today is a global and dynamic phenomenon, with growing annual box office returns of $ 40.6 billion increasingly evenly spread across the World. With the rapid development of the industry in Latin America, Africa and the Asia-Pacific region, the operators involved recognize the extent to which the business opportunities and policy challenges they face – such as film theft, technology standards, theatrical release practices, international trade practices and the highly valued relationship with partners in film distribution – are shared by counterparts across territories.

To address these issues and raise the profile of cinema with global regulatory bodies and industry partners, eleven leading cinema operators and the two most internationally-active trade bodies have come together to found the Global Cinema Federation, a federation of interests intended to inform, educate and advocate on behalf of the sector worldwide.


The launch of the Global Cinema Federation (GCF)  in June 2017 caused ripples across the worldwide exhibition and distribution communities. There were, naturally, lots of questions and rumours swirled about what the nature of the GCF was and what its agenda would be. Celluloid Junkie is the first publication to speak exclusively with Cinépolis CEO Alejandro Ramirez Magaña who will head up the new trade group.

The GCF in the News

Global Cinema Federation Calls for Unity and Support

7 April 2020 – Washington D.C., Los Angeles, Brussels: The global Coronavirus outbreak has seen the cinema sector suffering massive financial losses, with tens of thousands of screens worldwide forced to close and many cinema employees facing personal hardship after losing their jobs or being temporarily furloughed.

The Executive Committee of the Global Cinema Federation supports the statement of UNIC on film festivals and awards

Los Angeles, 25 July 2019: Following the decision from the Venice International Film Festival to include the films The Laundromat and Marriage Story in its 2019 official selection and the publication of UNIC’s statement on film festivals and awards, the Executive Committee of the Global Cinema Federation, a worldwide grouping representing cinema exhibition’s global interests, released the following statement:

“The Executive Committee of the Global Cinema Federation strongly supports the statement of UNIC on film festivals and awards, and adds its voice to that statement. From its inception two years ago, the GCF has made theatrical exclusivity a primary focus of the federation’s work. We believe that UNIC’s position published today constitutes an important step forward.”

Global Cinema Federation Releases Position Papers

The GCF today released five position papers on key areas of concern and interest to cinema operators worldwide. The papers released today will guide the GCF in its efforts to advocate and educate on these issues on behalf of cinema operators around the world. The full position papers are available on the GCF website at

Leading Exhibitors to Form Global Cinema Federation

AMC, Cinemark, Wanda and Vue are joining forces with trade groups NATO and UNIC to lobby on behalf of the cinema sector around the world. Some of the world’s largest cinema operators, representing exhibitors in more than 90 territories, announced…

Exhibitors Create Global Cinema Federation to Tackle Major Issues

Exhibitors around the world are joining forces to present a united front with the launch of the Global Cinema Federation, a new industry group that will represent many of the world’s major cinema operators. Membership will be extended to exhibitors…

Exhibition Chains Forge Global Alliance To Deal With Industry Concerns

The world’s biggest exhibition companies — including U.S.-based giants AMC Entertainment and Regal Entertainment Group — are linking arms to raise the industry’s profile with regulatory agencies, and smooth differences between countries. Their interests will be…

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