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Throwback to the 18th CICAE Training programme

Throwback to the 18th CICAE Training programme

 18th CICAE Arthouse Cinema Training: a great success and main insights

The 18th edition of the Arthouse Cinema Training (Art Cinema = Action + Management), co-funded by Creative Europe MEDIA programme, took place from 30 August to 5 September in Venice on the island of San Servolo, in conjunction with the Venice International Film Festival.

Despite difficult travel conditions, the inspiring training and networking opportunity brought together 40 participants from 20 different countries from 4 continents, on-site and online. France (6 participants), Germany (4 participants), Italy (4 participants) and Estonia (3 participants) were the most represented in terms of numbers, but participants from Tunisia, Nigeria, the United Arab Emirates and the USA also sent an important signal for the opening of markets and borders.

This sends a positive signal for the upcoming cinema season and reinforces our belief in the future of international networking and the truly diverse partnerships initiated during the training programme.

The aim of the training is to educate the next generation of arthouse cinema operators, to give filmmakers the opportunity to build a stronger network, to empower them and arthouse cinemas, and to find new ways to rethink the future and face the challenges the industry is facing.

Thanks to a collaboration with Javier Pachón, director of CineCiutat and consultant for institutions and bodies in the film industry, a set of online training materials enriched the presentations and covered a few issues that couldn’t be discussed or presented during the week: case studies of exhibitors and most successful film professionals, blueprint documents and hands-on guides on topics such as green cinema, finding the rights for a film, audience research, as well as research materials and studies from the film industry and exhibition sector that could serve as useful further reading.

The week has been crowned for all involved by the pitching session presenting 5 projects of arthouse cinemas to be (re)launched in Croatia, Spain, Russia, France and Portugal to the jury consisting of the 3 workshop leaders of the training:  Petra Rockenfeller, director of the Lichtburg Filmpalast cinema in Oberhausen, Raymond Walravens, director of the Rialto Cinema in Amsterdam and Maeve Cooke, director of Access Cinema in Ireland.

Panel at the Venice Production Bridge and meetings with international film industry representatives

On 3 September, a panel discussion entitled “Strategies for the Arthouse Industry in the Post-Pandaemic Age” was held at the Spazio Incontri of the Hotel Excelsior, organised by the CICAE during this year’s Venice Production Bridge (2-7 September 2021) and moderated by Variety correspondent Nick Vivarelli.

The discussion was attended by CICAE President Christian Bräuer, European Film Academy (EFA) Director Matthijs Wouter Knol, Film Forum Deputy Director Sonya Chung, MEP on the Culture and Education Committee Salima Yenbou, and Head of European Affairs and Italian Films at DG Cinema and Audiovisual and EFAD representative Bruno Zambardino. Maria Silvia Gatta, Policy Officer of Creative Europe – MEDIA, joined the event via video conference.

Bräuer acknowledged that “there is still a rocky road ahead, because we are still in the middle of the pandemic” and said that “innovation is an everyday process“. “Normally cinemas are not competitors; maybe we can compete within the same city, but in general we can learn a lot from each other,” he added. He believes that collaboration between arthouse actors must be at the heart of the sector’s recovery, alongside curatorial work and communication with audiences.

Meetings with international film industry representatives

The CICAE welcomed guests and representatives to its 18th edition. The CICAE welcomed guests and representatives of the film industry to its 18th edition of the training: the President of the FFA, Bernd Neumann; the Artistic Director of the Berlinale, Carlo Chatrian; the Director of European and Foreign Affairs of the CNC, Mathieu Fournet; the Director of the European Film Academy (EFA), Matthijs Wouter Knol; the Deputy Director of the Film Forum, Sonya Chung; the Member of the European Parliament on the Committee on Culture and Education, Salima Yenbou, as well as the Head of European Affairs and Italian Films of DG Cinema and Audiovisual and EFAD representative Bruno Zambardino; the Director of the Venice Production Bridge, Pascal Diot.
Christian Bräuer also met the representatives of Unifrance and Lux Audience Award on Saturday 4 September.

We would like to thanks all the funding bodies, partners and sponsors who supported the 18th edition of the CICAE training programme:
the MEDIA programme of Creative Europe, the FFA (the German film fund), the CNC (the French national film fund), the MIC Direzione Generale del Cinema e Audiovisivo (the Italian national film fund), San Servolo Servizi, MUBI; the French, German and Italian associations of arthouse cinemas – AFCAE, AG Kino Gilde and FICE.
We would also like to thank all the speakers, trainers and contributors who offered their time and knowledge to the training programme; the Venice Production Bridge, Art & Food, Next Wave, EAVE, ICO, MEDIA Salles, as well as our media partners, Cineuropa and Film New Europe for their coverage.

The 19th Art Cinema = Action + Management will take place from August 29th to September 4th 2022 for the junior session. Application will open at the beginning 2022.

A new mentoring programme for executive participants will start in 2022. Information will follow in January 2022.

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