Frequently Asked Questions

What is the GCF and why was it created?

On 21 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.

Who are the Executive Committee members of the GCF?

The Executive Committee of the GCF is comprised of exhibitors AMC, Cinemark, Cineplex, Cinépolis, Cineworld, PVR Cinemas, Event Cinemas, Les Cinemas Gaumont Pathé, Toho Cinemas, Vue International and Wanda Cinemas, and trade associations NATO and UNIC. Between them these companies and organisations have interests in more than 90 territories.

How does the GCF operates?

The GCF deliberations are divided between its Executive Committee and an Advisory Board. The Executive Committee is composed of the Founder Members and is the governing body of the GCF. More information about the GCF governance and administration can be found in its operating guidelines.

What are the main areas of interest of the GCF?

GCF members have identified the below issues as priorities:

  • Movie theft
  • Theatrical exclusivity
  • Music rights payments
  • Accessibility and related regulations
  • Relationship with major studios and the wider creative community
  • Technology and standards
  • International trade and investment

What are the GCF’s positions on these issues?

The GCF has published in June 2018 five position papers on key areas of concern and interest to cinema operators worldwide which will guide the Federation in its efforts to advocate and educate on these issues on behalf of cinema operators around the world. Those papers can be found on this website.

Who can become member of the GCF?

Alongside the founding members – who form the executive committee of the organization – membership is extended to cinema operators around the world, as well as to national cinema exhibition trade bodies, resulting in an overall group that speaks on behalf of a significant majority of those making up the global exhibition sector.

The Federation has been established by a number of leading global cinema operators and two internationally active trade bodies and its intention is to represent the broader cinema landscape worldwide, including smaller and independent cinemas as well as trade bodies speaking on behalf of their diverse constituencies.

What are the membership criteria?

To strike a balance between inclusiveness and efficiency, different membership categories have been established:

  • Cinema operators with at least 250 screens and national cinema exhibition trade bodies make up the membership of the organization. Trade bodies will represent their diverse constituencies.
  • An executive committee – initially composed of the founder members – leads on policy formulation, receives advice from the wider membership body and reports back to it.
  • All cinema operators – regardless of their size or location – can join as associate members to remain informed and to participate in campaigning around issues of shared concern.

Is there a subscription fee to the GCF?

While the Federation is not currently envisaged as one where members pay subscriptions, all founding organizations have committed to support its day-to-day work by contributing the time of senior executive management.

For more information, please consult the official GCF Operating Guidelines.