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Young Critics Workshop 2016

13 > 21 oktober 2016
Film Fest Gent

Young Critics 2016 (left to right: Michaël Van Remoortere, Bart Versteirt [mentor], Carlos Kong, Sofie Steenhaut, Zosha Millman, Jonah Simanjuntak, Nick Pinkerton [mentor], Ruben Demasure [mentor]) © Bibi Euse

photogénie and Film Fest Gent proudly present the third Young Critics workshop, open to aspiring film critics (aged 18-26) from Belgium and abroad, offering them the opportunity to cover the 43rd edition of this major international event, ranked among the top European film festivals by The Wall Street Journal and Variety.

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The selected participants will be invited to cover the festival by writing both short reviews and an in-depth piece. They will also take part in Q&A sessions as well as conduct one-on-one interviews. The participants will be guided by film critic Nick Pinkerton (Film Comment, Sight & Sound, Reverse Shot, …) and the Photogénie team. After completing the workshop, the participants are expected to produce two or more extra articles over the course of the following year, on topics of their own choosing.

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

The working language is English.

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).

The Young Critics workshop offers participants:

  • accommodation and breakfast in the historic city of Ghent, October 13 – 22
  • lunch catered by the festival
  • a full accreditation for the festival
  • the chance to review films and events at the festival, under the guidance of an experienced critic

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 before September 15, containing the following:

  • A motivation letter (500 words or less)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • 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 e-mail on September 22.

Send your applications and inquiries to:
Bart Versteirt, Sam De Wilde & Ruben Demasure (editors)

The Young Critics

Carlos Kong

(United States)

Carlos Kong is a writer and researcher based in London and Berlin. He is currently the Michael G. Wilson postgraduate scholar at The Courtauld Institute of Art, specializing in photography and film. Carlos holds a BA in Comparative Literature and History of Art from Cornell University, and was previously a Baden-Württemberg-Stiftung Fellow at Universität Heidelberg. He researches questions of sexuality and desire, historical memory, intercultural encounter, and testimonial genre across contemporary European and American literature and visual culture. He has published academic texts and art criticism internationally, and was recently commended by the Art & Culture Art Criticism Prize.

Zosha Millman

(United States)

Zosha Millman is the editor of legal news publication LXBN by day, and writer of pop culture things by night and other times around day. You can always find her in Seattle, and you can frequently find her on the internet, including Pulp Diction and Bright Wall/Dark Room (where she also copy edits).

Jonah Simanjuntak


My name is Jonah Simanjuntak. I am a 24-year-old Belgian, born and raised in the city of Antwerp. At a very early age, I became intrigued by the medium of cinema through my older brother, which later resulted in me deciding to study English and Theatre, Film and Literature at the University of Antwerp. For obvious reasons, my favorite pastime is going to the cinema and I also volunteer for a lovely movie house in my hometown. To top it all off, I have a blog, for which my girlfriend and I write all kinds of articles about film.

Sofie Steenhaut


I am a 21-year-old master student in New Media. From Broadway to Broad City, I love everything cultural. If I haven’t seen a movie already, I probably did read two reviews about it. On my first day of class, I joined the university magazine where I became Chief of Culture last year. To explore the cultural scene even more, I joined the Subbacultcha Belgium-team – a cultural membership and magazine – as an online editor and contributor. I am currently looking for an internship in London, the Valhalla of independent cultural magazines.

Michaël Van Remoortere


A young artist on the verge of a nervous breakthrough who believes realism is a refuge for those who lack imagination. I’m a rich man because I have seen the sunrise in more countries than I ever could imagine and met some of the most interesting people alive and dead today. I am currently working on the following theatre projects; OEAAEAA (ode aan de aars)Paradise Now, Welcome to Belgium! and WIR SIND AUSCHWITZ (#1 das Hohelied). In springtime 2017 my first poetry collection will be published under the title Hooglied voor een Hoer (Song of Songs for a Whore).