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Global Cinema Federation

On 21 June 2017 at CineEurope, 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 $38.6 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 recognise 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.

Founding operator members of the group are AMC, Cinemark, Cineplex, Cinépolis, Cineworld, CJ-CGV, Event Cinemas, Toho Cinemas, Les Cinemas Gaumont Pathé, Vue International and Wanda Cinemas. The founding trade associations are NATO and UNIC. Between them these companies and organisations have interests in more than 90 territories.

You will find additional information about the Global Cinema Federation as well as a series of position papers on key areas of interest for cinema operators - translated in French, Spanish, Russian and Mandarin - on the official website of the GCF.


GCF Position Papers





International Trade and Investment


Movie Theft


Music Rights



Beijing, Brussels, Los Angeles – 16 February 2021- The Global Cinema Federation (GCF) today celebrated the record opening weekend in China of Detective Chinatown 3. The title set a single market record for opening day of $163 million (RMB 1.05 billion) and opening weekend $397 million (RMB 2.56 billion). This comes one year after China’s 70,000 screens were completely shuttered for 2020’s Lunar New Year celebrations.

According to data from Gower Street, 93% of Chinese screens by market share were open leading into the record weekend. Outside of China, 46% of international cinema screens and 44% of domestic (U.S. & Canada) cinema screens were open. 

Detective Chinatown 3 demonstrates that control of the COVID-19 virus, loosened restrictions, and compelling, new movies can return moviegoing to normal levels and beyond.

“The Global Cinema Federation congratulates the entire team behind Detective Chinatown 3 for delivering a record-breaking opening weekend,” said GCF chairman Alejandro Ramirez Magaña. “The success of Detective Chinatown 3 is proof that moviegoing will come roaring back around the world as we move beyond this difficult time. Cinema unites us in a way that no other art form can, and the need to come together again is palpable.”

“We are very pleased to play a pivotal role in Detective Chinatown 3’s RMB 2.56 billion record-breaking opening weekend, said Wanda Cinemas’ John Zheng.  “Chinese moviegoers are sending a clear message that they missed the experience of gathering together to be entertained, and we know that moviegoers around the world will not be far behind.”

About the Global Cinema Federation

The Global Cinema Federation (GCF) is a volunteer-based federation established to represent the global cinema exhibition community and to advocate to global stakeholders on its behalf. The GCF seeks to increase industry effectiveness by providing input to international regulatory bodies and to contribute more effectively to international dialogue on issues of common interest.

The Executive Committee of the GCF is comprised of exhibitors AMC, Cinemark, Cineplex, Cinépolis, Cineworld, CJCGV, 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.


To obtain further information about the Global Cinema Federation please contact Eduardo Acuña Shaadi (, Head of Americas at Cinépolis, Patrick Corcoran (, Vice President and Chief Communications Officer at NATO or Guillaume Branders (, Industry Relations Manager at UNIC.