CICAE Art Cinema - July 2020


    CICAE General Assembly – 10 September 2020 via zoom 

    Considering the context of the pandemic, CICAE will organize its annual General Assembly via Zoom on September 10, 2020, starting at 15:00 (GMT+2).
    All members of the association are invited to participate. A French-English translation will be provided.
    We will send all members the agenda of the meeting and the registration form in the first half of August


    Background talks in Brussels

    CICAE is in continuous contact with representatives of the audiovisual sector and the European Parliament to discuss measures to be taken in support of cinemas, especially in these times of crisis.

    Last Thursday, July 9, Christian Bräuer had a meeting with Niklas Nienaß, representative of the Green Group in the European Parliament, to discuss initiatives in favour of the cultural sector.

    Moreover, CICAE is in constant dialogue with Europa Cinemas on the actions to be taken at political level so that cinemas remain at the centre of the discussion and so that European funds to be allocated to cinema exhibition are not reduced.

    CICAE signs joint statement on „Investing in Europe’s Next generation by investing in culture“

    As the European economy is slowly restarting, it is far from business as usual. Cultural actors are gradually resuming their activities, but all have to implement strict safety rules which means they won’t be operating at full capacity for the foreseeable future and are therefore facing challenging economic decisions. From individual creators and creative workers all the way to big production and media companies, the whole value chain is impacted.

    CICAE is one of the 99 European cultural and creative industry organisations to have signed a Joint Declaration calling on Member States and the European Parliament to bring EU support for the sector to a level commensurate with its contribution to the EU economy and the well-being of its citizens.

    In particular, the requests aim at this objective:
    - To push for a substantial increase in the budget of Creative Europe, following the European Parliament's proposal for a budget of €2.8 billion.
    - To ensure that the whole sector can adequately benefit from the various instruments of the Recovery Plan.

    You can read the full statement here: http://cicae.org/actualites/joint-statement-investing-in-europes-next-generation-by-investing-in-culture

    German federal president Steinmeier at the German cinema’s reopening on July 2

    After 109 days of closure and intensive preparation, Berlin's cinemas opened on July 2, and with them most of the movie theaters throughout the country. German Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and his wife Elke Büdenbender were guests at the Delphi Filmpalast, where Christian Petzold's UNDINE was shown on the long-awaited (unofficial) launch day for the entire industry.

    A few weeks ago, Steinmeier and his wife had announced that they would also support the reopening of the cinemas. They implemented this plan on the very day of the reopening and took a seat in the Delphi Filmpalast together with Christian Bräuer (CICAE president and CEO of Yorck Kinogruppe), Hans-Christian Boese (Piffl Medien), actress Paula Beer and director Christian Petzold.

    Christian Bräuer took the opportunity to thank the audience for all the expressions of solidarity during the last weeks and the Berlin Senate, the Medienboard and the Minister of State for Culture for the fast and unbureaucratic help. Above all he thanked the Federal President for his strong voice for culture.

    The screening made it clear what the cinemas will have to deal with in the coming weeks. Of the regular 673 seats, 150 were occupied that evening. Against this background, Arne Höhne (Piffl Medien) stressed that the crisis would be sustainable, and that cinema operators and distributors would have to be very 'careful' with each other in the coming weeks and months. It is elementary to come to more economic conditions, as they also apply in other countries.

    From left to right: Elke Büdenbender, Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Christian Bräuer at the screening of Undine by Christian Petzold on July 2


    CICAE round table at Venice Production Bridge – “Challenges and Opportunities for Arthouse Cinemas after the pandemic” on September 5th

    CICAE is pleased to announce its presence at the next Venice Production Bridge with a public conference on "Challenges and opportunities for arthouse cinemas after the pandemic", to be held on September 5th, from 4pm to 6pm (CET time) at the Spazio Incontri, inside the Hotel Excelsior (Lido di Venezia, Italy).

    Due to the limited number of seats available, the conference will also be streamed live on the platform of Venice Production Bridge.

    17th "Art Cinema = Action + Management" will take place from August 31 to September 6

    Despite the difficulties of recent months, we are pleased to announce that the preparations for the 17th edition of the training course for cinema exhibitors and professionals "Art Cinema = Action + Management" go ahead as planned to put in place an in situ course on the island of San Servolo, Venice from 31 August to 6 September.

    More than in previous years, this year the focus will be on how to restart a cinema and what possible business models can be followed to face and get out of a crisis. In addition, attention will be given to rebranding (moving from architectural solutions to business models), digital marketing strategies, the development of young audiences and emerging alternative models for cinema exhibition.

    New in this edition, there will also be additional resources and content in digital format, which will expand participants' knowledge with blueprints, case studies,sector research and useful resources.

    5th European Arthouse Cinema Day: let's go back to cinemas and celebrate them

    The fifth edition of the European Arthouse Cinema Day, which will be held on November 8th, will open registrations soons.  

    The event aims to celebrate in a single world day European cinema and movie theatres, important places of social and cultural aggregation, and is open to arthouse cinemas around the world who want to celebrate with their audience by offering a program that enhances the variety and beauty of European films.

    The cinemas interested in participating can follow all the news on the website: artcinemaday.org and follow our social channels: facebookinstagramtwitter.

    For further information please contact: Olimpia Pont Cháfer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


    Reopening of cinemas: new cinemas' feedbacks

    Cinemas across the world have slowly started reopening. Curious to know what it feels like to go back to the cinema after months of closure, we have asked some of our members to give us their feedback on the reopening experience.

    New this month are: Kino Tapiola in Espoo, in Finland; LantarenVenster in Rotterdam and Chassé Cinema in Breda, in the Netherlands; Cinema Rosebud in Reggio Emilia and Beltrade Cinema in Milano, in Italy.

    Check this link http://cicae.org/category/reopening to discover new articles every week.


    Few weeks left to apply for "Cinemas as Innovation Hubs for Local Communities"

    The European Commission has published a second call for proposals for "Cinemas as Innovation Hubs for Local Communities" with a deadline on August 7: https://ec.europa.eu/digital-single-market/en/news/preparatory-action-cinemas-innovation-hubs-local-communities

    This pilot action is a precursor of developments planned for the next Creative Europe 2021-2027 program, which is currently under negotiation.

    Compared to last year, this second call considers the post-COVID-19 impact and reinforces in particular the European cooperation dimensions of cinemas not only towards cultural organizations, but also towards VOD platforms and new technologies.

    Last modified on 16-07-2020