CANNES 2013: FULL HOUSE FOR THE CICAE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING AND THE PRESENTATION OF THE 10th “ART CINEMA = ACTION + MANAGEMENT” TRAINING PROGRAMME
The Annual General Meeting of the International Confederation of Art Cinemas and the debate on “Cinema without release windows?”, organized on May 16th in parallel with the 66th Cannes Festival, lived up to everyone’s expectations. The meeting, which took place on La Croisette at the Grand Hotel, brought together members and ambassadors of arthouse cinemas from around the world, and re-elected the Federation’s incumbent president Mr Detlef Rossmann (DE).
The president of the CICAE Dr. Detlef Rossmann in Cannes
Mr Rossmann moderated the debate which was introduced by keynote speaker Laurent Creton, professor at the University of Paris – Sorbonne Nouvelle and director of IRCAV, the French Institute for Research in Film and Audiovisual Productions. CICAE members came to the conclusion that “in this digital age, no one can bring into question the fact that release windows have contributed hugely to making the cinema industry and film programming dynamic and diverse, and to giving European art films more prominence on the international scene.”
The debate was exciting, and there was good discussion between members from Latin America, Africa, and all of Europe, culminating in a clear commitment to create a “cinema alliance” with the UNIC and Europa Cinemas networks. The aim of the initiative is to speak for and come together in strong defence of the interests of theatres in current discussions about release windows and in negotiations over a transatlantic free trade agreement. Members of CICAE, representing close to 3,000 screens and festivals around the world, also reiterated their unfailing commitment to preserving cultural diversity and the unique experience that cinema-going is for European and world audiences.
This is one of the beliefs underpinning CICAE’s “Art Cinema = Action + Management” European training programme, now in its tenth year, the aim of which is to prepare arthouse exhibitors to make the best of their talent and their theatres available to audiences. The programme, which firmly focuses on the future, also got an excellent reception when its 10th edition was unveiled at the Italian MEDIA desk in Cannes on May 18th.