Call For Applications Open: Renowned Arthouse Cinema Training returns to Berlin for its 21st edition

    After the success of its 2023 edition, the Arthouse Cinema Training (ACT) will return to Berlin from 19 to 25 August 2024. The only programme of its kind worldwide, the ACT gathers independent arthouse cinema professionals from across the globe for a week-long intensive workshop on running an arthouse movie theatre and advancing film culture. In 2023, cinema professionals from over two dozen countries and four continents, for one week, turned the German capital into the centre of the arthouse movement. For its 21st edition, the Training will return to Holzmarkt, an event campus in the heart of the German capital. In its 21-year history, over 1,000 independent cinema operators and industry representatives from 60 countries have participated in the programme.

    Applications are now open: www.cicae.org

    The Training is generously supported by Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, the Berlin Senate Chancellery, and FFA. 

    The Arthouse Cinema Training provides a diverse lineup of workshops, lectures, masterclasses, and exclusive industry visits in which participants get to trade secrets with top industry professionals, exchange experiences, network, and discover new opportunities, trends, and developments within their industry. 

    “We are pleased that, after the unprecedented success of last year, the Arthouse Cinema Training will, once again, find a home in the centre of Berlin, one of the most vibrant cities worldwide”, says Dr Christian Bräuer, president of the International Confederation of Arthouse Cinemas (CICAE), which runs the training together with the German cinema association AG Kino.

    Bräuer: “Arthouse theatres are vital to preserving the diversity of local cultures and the health of the entire film industry. Professionalization, innovation, and cooperation are the keys to preserving mission-driven arthouse cinemas within their local communities and as the beating heart of independent film. In close cooperation with global film professionals and our international partner networks, the Arthouse Cinema Training has, for decades, played a crucial role in advancing cinema and those who create it”.

    Bräuer, likewise, emphasizes the ideal position of Berlin as the ACT’s new home: “Film, cinema, and arthouse are part of Berlin’s DNA with no other place in the world boasting a greater number of independent movie theatres. The city’s uniquely diverse culture and extraordinary film and cinema landscape have made it an ideal location for the Arthouse Cinema Training. We thank Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, the Berlin Senate Chancellery, and FFA as well as our partners and friends for helping us to give this crucial pillar of the cinema world a home in Germany.”

    The programme’s primary language of instruction is English. 

    The Training’s participation fee of 1785,00 Euro (including VAT) covers the following: 

    • The classes in Berlin and training materials
    • Hotel accommodation close to the seminar venue for the duration of the training
    • Breakfast and Lunches

    The training aims at: 

    • Employees, programme designers, and operators of arthouse cinemas who want to deepen their knowledge and skills
    • Cinema operators who wish to open an arthouse cinema or transform their cinema into an arthouse cinema
    • Employees of festivals, distributors and institutions who want to know more about the arthouse industry

    For more information and interview requests, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
    Tel: +49 (0)30 439710151