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The Arthouse Cinema Training & Mentoring programme

The CICAE Arthouse Cinema Training and Mentoring Programme (ACT) is the evolution of the until now called “Art Cinema = Action + Management” programme, an international residential training programme for arthouse exhibitors, taking place in Venice.
With ACT the junior and executive training will be divided: a one-week intensive residential training in Venice for 35 participants who will take part in the workshop “Re-Start your cinema” and which programme will cover essential topics related to the 360° of arthouse exhibition; and a mentoring programme for 15 senior arthouse exhibitors throughout 6 months, who will follow one of the 3 lines of development: Be Diverse: diversity in film programming and film circulation; Be Green: green cinema development; Be Innovative: new business models and innovative projects.

The training programme will have in its component a residential training, workshops, online and offline individual and group mentoring sessions.

Content:
Aims of the training programme
Participants and selection criteria
The 360° of Cinema Residential Training
The Mentoring Programme
Assessment methods & Certificate
Language requirements
Accessibility
Enrollment fees
Scholarship
Resources
Contacts

AIMS OF THE TRAINING & MENTORING PROGRAMME
  • Supporting arthouse exhibitors in their core challenges, offering knowledge about day-to-day operations and best practices
  • Communicating to the new generation of art house managers the specific knowledge (methods, tools, ideas and contacts) they need for programming, event organisation and management of an art house cinema.
  • Added focus on the evolution of the market
  • Mentoring programme for executive trainees developing new projects about green cinema, new programming techniques involving diversity and film circulation or innovative business models.
  • Offering exhibitors a space where they can reflect on their practices, share their experiences and discover new opportunities in their industry.
  • Providing insight into the know-how and the challenges of the sector.
  • Benefit from the skills of around a hundred top-notch cinema professionals and trainers.
  • Creating a network of contacts and exchange experiences with other peers.
  • Developping short and long-term projects.

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PARTICIPANTS AND SELECTION CRITERIA

The training is suitable for:

  • Exhibitors, programmers and cabin operators of independent cinema theatres
  • Exhibitors planning to change their cinema into an independent cinema
  • Exhibitors planning to open an independent cinema theatre
  • Institutional and other film professionals wanting to understand and develop their skills in the independent exhibition industry.

The Residential Training (August 29 – September 4, Venice-Italy): Suitable for young arthouse exhibitors, cinema operators and film professionals interested in (re)opening an arthouse cinemas or having a better understanding of cinema management. For a total of 35 participants.

The Mentoring Programme (April – September, several locations – hybrid format): Suitable for arthouse exhibitors and programmers, or film professionals who have an extensive proven experience in the exhibition sector. For a total of 15 participants (divided into 3 groups of 5).

Group ACAM 2018

Participants of the residential training and the mentoring programme will meet between 1-4 September in Venice.

Knowledge of the English language is required both for the residential training and the mentoring programme.

For those who might be affected by Covid-19 related travel restrictions, an online live participation will be possible.
The application will be considered definitive once the training convention has been signed.

THE “360° OF CINEMA” RESIDENTIAL TRAINING

When: from August 29 to September 4
Where: San Servolo, Venice, Italy
What – The course includes:

  • One-week intensive programme around the 360° of cinema management
  • In-depth workshops covering diverse topics, such as: green cinema, innovative models for the arthouse exhibition, digital marketing and data analysis, business planning and budgeting, technological evolution in cinema exhibition;
  • Tutoring sessions on specific issues and professional challenges
  • Networking with colleagues and cinema professionals
  • Round tables about important themes from the film industry
  • Exchange and networking with the participants of the mentoring programm “Be Diverse, Be Green, Be Innovative”
  • Digital training kit including: useful template documents, interviews about best practices in the exhibition industry, videos and presentations produced to complete the sessions of the residential training, a list of recommended reading for exhibitors
  • Access to the Arthouse Cinema Training alumni meetings

For those who might be affected by Covid-19 related travel restrictions, an online live participation will be possible.

How: 1st round of application open from 7 February to 15 April. 2nd round of application open from 25 April to 31 May.
You will find the form for the 2nd round of applications at this link.
Deadline for applications is May 31, at 5pm CET.

San Servolo Island, Venice, Italy

THE MENTORING PROGRAMME

When: 6 months – from April to September 2022
Where: each group will meet once at one of the partnered festivals (Sevilla, Sofia and Sarajevo) and all the mentees will finally meet in Venice, meeting also the participants of the residential workshop
What:

  • The mentoring programme is divided into 3 sections, each of which will have a focus.
  • Be Diverse: the strand of the  programme focusing on diversifying audiences with a view to attracting more young audiences, diverse audiences and developing an inclusive approach to the programming and audience relations of a cinema; the meeting of the group will take place in Sevilla in the framework of the year-long program of the Seville European Film Festival with the activity “Young Programmers – Moving Cinema” of the association A Bao A Qu, from 22 to 24 April 2022.
  • Be Green: the strand of the programme focusing on supporting participants in reviewing their operations and activities in view of developing green practices and improve the sustainability of their venues; the meeting of the group will take place in Sofia at the Sofia Meetings between 10-12 of June 2022.
  • Be Innovative: the strand of the programme focusing on the development of new business models adapted to the changes of the market and the audience behaviour, supporting the participants in reviewing their operations and business models to improve their results; the meeting of the group will take place in Sarajevo in the framework of the CineLink Industry Days of the Sarajevo Film Festival, between 13-15 August 2022.
  • During the registration process, the candidates will have to choose the topic they want to explore and will work on it with other colleagues, accompanied by a mentor. Each group will consist of a maximum of 5 people.
  • Presentation of developments and exchange between the groups and of the participants of the residential training programme in Venice between 1-4 September 2022.
  • Hybrid format: mentoring sessions online, two in-person sessions according to the selected focus.

For those who might be affected by Covid-19 related travel restrictions, an online live participation will be possible.

How: Application will open on 7 February. You will find the application form at this link.
Application deadline is extended until 31 March at 5pm CET.

The first in-person meetings will take place in Sevilla in collaboration with the “Young Programmers – Moving Cinema” programme of the Seville European Film Festival.

ASSESSMENT METHODS & CERTIFICATE

The programme is structured taking into account that a combination of different learning styles can offer the best learning experience. It aims to combine through the week acquiring (lectures and presentations), inquiring (participants looking up information for their projects), producing (groups of participants produce a 5-year restart plan of a cinema), discussing (workshop activities during the sessions), practicing (putting together programmes for special events and screenings series) and collaborating (working together in groups to establish their 5-year cinema plans) as learning styles.

The participants of the training programme are asked to work in groups of 5-6 people on a very articulate excercise which is part of the week workshop “(Re)Start you cinema”. They have to implement everything learnt throughout the week and pitch it on the last day to a professional jury – as if applying for funding for the opening of a cinema. To prepare the task, each group is accompanied by a tutor (former participant and cinema professional) throughout the whole week and advised by 3 workshop leaders/mentors.

To assess what the participants have learned throughout the week, the workshop leaders, formed by long-time experienced film professionals, evaluate the projects at the end of the week after the pitching, analysing that the participants have followed the guidelines given at the beginning of the week, and that the budget plan presented is consistent and realistic.

Participants who attend at least 80% of the lectures and panels, and take part actively in the (Re)Start your cinema workshop get a certificate of attendance to the training programme.

In all the edition of the training, the success rate is of 100%.

LANGUAGE

The working language is English (intermediate skills): it is necessary for the workshops, group work and for taking advantage of the networking opportunities.

ACCESSIBILITY

To facilitate access for people with mobility impairments, the island of San Servolo that hosts the training is equipped with lifts and ramps to facilitate wheelchair access.
We also pay attention to the needs of those with health conditions or other disabilities, trying to facilitate their participation in the course, by adapting the programme, or inserting support systems (sign language translators)

ENROLLMENT FEE for 2022

Residential Training: €1,950

The participation fee includes:

  • Training material, online resources, and pedagogical costs
  • Online training kit
  • Accommodation on the campus island of San Servolo
  • Breakfasts and lunches
  • Industry Professional accreditation to the Venice IFF

Mentoring Programme: €1,950

The participation fee includes:

  • Training material, online resources, and pedagogical costs
  • Online 1-to-1 and group mentoring sessions
  • Thematic meetings at one of the partner festivals (according to the selected focus)
  • Accommodation at the partner festival for the on-site meetings
  • Accommodation in Venice for the closing event of the mentoring programme
  • Breakfasts and lunches
  • Industry Professional accreditations to the involved industry programmes/festivals

Travel costs to and from Venice and the mentoring locations are not included in the fee.

Venezia

SCHOLARSHIPS

According to the Europe Creative MEDIA Programme guidelines, the CICAE allocates a part of its overall budget to scholarships.

STRONG SCHOLARSHIPS

It is a reduction of the participation fee. It is granted among participants who satisfy all these conditions:

  • previously asked for it in the application process
  • are working in an AV Low Capacity Country (LCC), and for a company in a difficult economic situation (small/strong debt)
  • cannot benefit from other scholarships

MEDIUM SCHOLARSHIPS

It is a reduction of the participation fee. It is granted among participants who satisfy all these conditions:

  • previously asked for it in the application process
  • are working in all the other countries than AV LCC for a company in a difficult economic situation (small/strong debt), or are working in a LCC, and with a small profit/balance economic situation
  • cannot benefit from other scholarships

TRAVEL GRANT

It is granted in the form of a additional rebate on the participation fee to whom satisfy all these conditions:

  • comes from countries with high travel costs (by proof of the tickets available)
  • choses environmental-friendly means of transport or with a lower emission impact
  • is not eligible for a strong or medium scholarship, but has high travel cost or cannot benefit from another scholarship for travel costs

OTHER SCHOLARSHIPS

Participants are encouraged to apply for financial support with their national or regional funding bodies first. Please ask the MEDIA Desk in your country if there are any funding opportunities available. Kindly inform us if you apply to a national or regional fund.

This list is not exhaustive!

> Apply now the TRAINING in Venice <

Apply now for the MENTORING PROGRAMME

RESOURCES
  • Programme: To have an idea of the main structure of the programme, download it at the following link: PROGRAMME ACAM 2021
  • Restart your cinemaguidelines 2021
  • Impact Research: in 2021 we have conducted a study to understand the impact that the training has had since its first edition in 2004 on the professional career of the alumni. You can download the impact research here.
CONTACTS

Head of Studies – Boglárka Nagy – boglarka.nagy@cicae.org

Training coordinator – Katriina Miola – katriina.miola@cicae.org

Tel.: +49 30 439 7101 50

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