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Call for applications

Young Critics Workshop 2022

11 > 22 October 2022
Film Fest Gent

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Young Critics 2021 (left to right: Hanne Schelstraete, Luise Mörke, Nazeeh Alghazawneh, Jack Seibert, Jovana Gjorgjiovska) © Jeroen Willems

photogénie and Film Fest Gent proudly present the ninth Young Critics Workshop (October 11 – 22, 2022), open to aspiring film critics (aged 18-26) from Belgium and abroad, offering them the opportunity to cover the 49th edition of this major international event, ranked among the top European film festivals.

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The selected participants will be invited to cover the festival by writing both reviews and one in-depth piece. The participants will be guided by film critic Nick Pinkerton and the photogénie team.

The reviews and articles of the participants may be published on photogénie and on the Festival’s website.

The working language is English. At photogénie, we particularly value attention to style, film historical awareness and lucid argumentation.

Applicants must be fluent in English, both spoken and written. The Workshop is open to writers between the ages of 18 and 26, who haven’t made criticism their (main) profession (yet).

Previous participants in the Young Critics Workshop have gone on to participate in similar workshops at Rotterdam, Locarno and Berlin, and are currently building a career in criticism and/or curating.

The Young Critics Workshop offers participants:

  • accommodation and breakfast in the historic city of Ghent, October 11 – 22;
  • lunch catered by the festival;
  • a full accreditation for the festival;
  • daily meetings with Nick Pinkerton and the photogénie team;
  • a chance to join the photogénie editorial board after the workshop.

Participants will be responsible for their own travel arrangements, most evening meals and all other expenses. Participants will also be required to provide their own laptop computer.

Applications must be submitted by September 1, containing the following:

  • a motivation letter (500 words or less), including mention of relevant experience (if any);
  • 3 writing samples of articles or film reviews in English (If the original texts are not in English, provide translations as a proof of your English writing skills);
  • a recent passport style photograph.

The selected young critics will be informed by email on September 8.

Send your applications and inquiries to:

Bart Versteirt
editor-in-chief
editor@photogenie.be

Previous Young Critics Workshop

Young Critics Workshop 2021

12 > 23 october 2021
Film Fest Gent

From October 12 until 23, 2021, photogénie and Film Fest Gent organized the eighth Young Critics Workshop, welcoming five aspiring film critics (aged 18-26) to Belgium and and guiding them in covering the 48th edition of this major international event.

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The selected participants covered the festival by writing three reviews and one in-depth piece, guided by film critic Nick Pinkerton (Film CommentSight & SoundReverse Shot, …) and the photogénie team.

Their reviews and essays can be found below.