The Filmhaus Köln Open Call for NEW CURATORS

The Filmhaus Köln, in cooperation with the Academy of the Arts of the World and its members, invites you to the pilot project NEW CURATORS . This initiative offers aspiring curators, who have not yet had the opportunity to gain experience in film culture, an entry into the world of film curation .

Throughout the program, participants will have the opportunity to develop a curatorial project . They will be supported by international curators and mentors who provide practical experience and deep insights into program design. The program is complemented by intensive workshops covering various aspects of film curation.


Ala Younis 

Madhusree Dutta 

Mohamed A. Gawad


• 3 public film programs by mentors

• Workshops on curatorial methods

• Curating one’s own film program

• Archive visits and research techniques

• Development of an individual curatorial approach

• Collection and contextualization of themes for film programs

• Networking with actors from the film culture in NRW


The aim of the program is to establish a more diverse film cultural community and to create a young, transnational network for NRW. In addition to the practical aspects of film curation, general elements will also be discussed, including questions such as:

• How are short film programs selected and compiled?

• What practical considerations are necessary, such as research, clarification of screening rights, and financial aspects?

• How is a single work dramaturgically integrated into a program and how does it enter into dialogue with other films?


Interested aspiring curators are invited to apply. Participating in the project offers a unique opportunity to gain practical experience and network with internationally established curators and the film culture in NRW.


Young people between 20 and 35 years old from Cologne and the surrounding area with diverse backgrounds can apply. The project is particularly aimed at individuals who have not yet gained experience or entry into film curation. Previous experience is not required. However, a strong affinity for film and a willingness to experiment are essential. Reliable and responsible participation in the program is expected.


• Application deadline: August 15, 2024

• Introductory workshop and film programs by mentors: September 26-28, 2024  

• In-depth workshop during the development and research phase: October 17-19, 2024

• Finalization of programs: Until December 15, 2024

• Presentation of film programs at Filmhaus Kino: February 7-9, 2025  


• Location: Filmhaus Cologne, Maybachstrasse 111, 50670 Cologne

• Cost for participants: None

• Other: The NEW CURATOR program is limited to 9 participants.

• Application: Please send a short letter of motivation (in German or English), including a description of a curatorial idea, along with a resume.

• Telephone consultation: 0221 3377 0511, contacts: Cate Lartey & Vera Schöpfer

• The program will be conducted mainly in English.

•   Please send your detailed application without a photo to: . The application deadline is August 15, 2024.

•   If you have any questions, please contact: Cate Lartey at 0221 33770511 or by email.

 Filmhaus Köln is committed to equal opportunities and diversity. Therefore, we explicitly invite people of any background/social positioning and identity (e.g. people positioned as Black/as POC but who define Germany as their country of origin) to apply. Applications from people with severe disabilities and those with equivalent status are also explicitly welcome. Members of underrepresented groups in the cultural sector will be given preference if equally qualified, capable, and professionally competent.

A project in cooperation with the Academy of the Arts of the Word . Funded by the Ministry of Culture and Science NRW .

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