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FAQ – ACAM 2018

Frequently Asked Questions

When is the next ACAM taking place and where?

The 2018 training will take place from 27th August to 2nd September.

Venue: San Servolo, Venice (Italy)

When can I apply?

There will be two application rounds for the 2018 training:

  • The 1st session will be open from January 15th to March 16th 2018. This is the occasion for the candidates living far away to apply so that the travel costs are not too high. Attention: the candidates asking for a scholarship from the CNC (only for candidates coming from countries which do not participate in the MEDIAprogramme) have to apply to this session.
  • The 2nd session will be open from March 19th until May 15th 2018.
  • You will find the application form at the following page.
  • Be sure to have your valid ID/Passport with you, and a photo of you to upload, while filling out the form.

Do I need a VISA?

Check with the Italian embassy in your Country, or with your Country’s embassy in Italy, if a VISA is required to travel and stay in Italy. Ask also what kind of documents you will need in order to get the VISA.

I discovered I need a VISA. What should I do now?

All candidates needing a visa have to apply for it as soon as possible! Do not wait the second round of submissions. If you have problems obtaining it, contact us.

Application form

Choose a good photo of yourself on which one can clearly see your face (jpg format, max 1MB)! This photo will be used for the booklet distributed to all participants and for your accreditation to the Venice film festival.

Fill out carefully the part about your motivations. It is a decisive element for the selection.

What does the tuition fee cover?

The tuition fee covers:

  • your stay on the island of San Servolo. 7 nights for Junior participants and 6 nights for Executive participants
  • breakfasts and lunches for the entire period of the training course (Juniors – 27/08 to 02/09; Executives – 27/08 to 01/09)
  • Training material, training results and presentations, pictures and video.
  • Local ground transportation between Venice airport or train station and San Servolo Island
  • Industry Professional Accreditation to the Venice International Film Festival

The tuition does NOT cover:

  • Your flight/train to and from Venice
  • Dinners
  • Any extra nights spent on San Servolo or in Venice

Tuition fee for 2018:

  • €1,950 for Junior Session
  • €1,450 for Executive Session

Can I get any scholarship?

There are several options available:

  • CICAE is offering 2 type of scholarships. A Medium and a Strong scholarship according to the MEDIA programmes guidelines. Depending on your Country of origin and on the lack of further funds, you can get a rebate.
  • National or Regional funding bodies: you can contact the MEDIA Desk in your country and ask if there are any funding opportunities available. List available also here.
  • CNC scholarship: this is offered only to participants who applied in the first round of submissions (from January 16 to March 16) and come from non-MEDIA countries.
  • Travel Grant: it is a rebate applied on the tuition fee for those coming from countries with high travel costs, and who cannot benefit from a strong scholarship or another scholarship for travel costs
  • Room Rebate: for those who will share a room (double/triple bedroom) with other participants, will get a rebate on the total tuition fee.

More detailed info can be found at the “The training” page.

When will I know if I have been selected?

We will try to inform you as soon as each submission session is closed. Considera at least one week from the application deadline.

Due to administrative setback, the selection process has been delayed. We apologise for the inconvenience.

I have been selected. What do I have to do now?

Selected participants will receive an email with a training convention (TC), which is an official agreements to be signed and send back to us.

Once signed the TC, you will be asked to book your flight/train tickets. Do it soon, before the ticket prices become too expensive.

We recommend you to get a flight/train arriving before 2pm in order not to miss the opening session. San Servolo island is about 1,5-2hr from Venice Marco Polo airport and 2,5hr from Venice/Treviso airport.

When should I arrive and depart to/from San Senvolo?

The arrival day is August 27. Make sure you arrive in the morning or early afternoon, to not miss the opening session.

Departure day for Juniors is September 3 (Monday) and for Executives September 2 (Sunday).

I have booked my flight/train to Venice. Do you need any information?

When you have booked your trip to Venice, please give us your travel information so we can plan ahead (time of arrival and departure, train or flight number etc.).

Can I arrive earlier or stay longer in Venice?

Yes, you can. But at your own cost.

You can also stay on San Servolo island, if rooms are still available for those extra nights. The CICAE will not be responsible of booking any extra night for you. You can book the extra nights directly contacting the reception of the island, after being selected:

If you want to book an accomodation elsewhere, we suggest you to look for rooms in Venice (San Marco, Castello, Rialto) and to avoid hotels at Lido which might be expensive, during the Venice Film Festival period.

What happens if I cannot come to the course any longer?

If you cancel after June 30, all nights booked are due (no reimbursment!). This because, the island of San Servolo is highly requested in that period and we have to respect their cancelation and deadline policy.

What does San Servolo campus offer?

San Servolo island is a small campus island in the Venice lagoon, with a congress centre, accomodation divided into 5 buildings, a cafeteria, a canteen (Mensa) and lots of green.
The rooms available for the CICAE participants are few single rooms, double rooms, triple rooms and few 4-beds rooms. We cannot guarantee a single room for every participant.

The whole island is served with free WIFI.

The rooms are provided with linings and towels, a TV, private bathroom.

Don’t forget to bring a plug adapter for Italian sockets.

What is the programme of the training?

The official programme is not available yet.

The week will be structured as following:
August 27th: arrivals of all Trainees. Beginning of the training around 5pm
August 27th – September 2nd: Junior session
August 27th – August 31st: Executive session
September 2nd: departure of Executive trainees
September 3rd: departure of Junior trainees

What do I need to bring with me to Venice?

You might need:

  • A laptop to work with your team mates, during the workshops
  • Mosquito repellant, as the island is surrounded by trees and grass
  • A cardigan/jacket in case it rains and in case you go to see any films at the Venice Film Festival (the air-conditioning is often on and screens get cold).
  • A plug adapter
  • Euros, as Italy is part of the EU-Countries
  • Lots of energy, positive vibe and passion to share with the other participants!

What are the important deadlines to respect?

  • March 16 – deadline of 1st round of submissions (suggested for applicants of non-EU and non-MEDIA countries, applying also for the CNC scholarship)
  • May 15 – deadline of 2nd round of submissions
  • June 15 – deadline for cancellation, due to health/work/serious personal reasons
  • June 30 – deadline for sending us your travel details.
  • July 30 – homework deadline


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