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Young Critics Workshop 2017

12 > 20 OCTOBER 2017
Film Fest Gent

Young Critics 2017 (left to right: Charlotte Wynant, Susana Bessa, Cláudio Alves, Joseph Pomp, Debbie Onuoha) © Bibi Euse

photogénie and Film Fest Gent proudly present the 4th Young Critics Workshop (October 12 – 20, 2017), open to aspiring film critics (aged 18-26) from Belgium and abroad, offering them the opportunity to cover the 44th edition of this major international event (October 10 – 20), 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. The participants will be guided by film critic Nick Pinkerton (Film CommentSight & SoundReverse 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. At Photogénie, we particularly value attention to film 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 Locarno and Pordenone, 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 12 – 21;
  • lunch catered by the festival;
  • a full accreditation for the festival;
  • the chance to review films and events at the festival;
  • daily meetings with Nick Pinkerton and the Photogénie team, offering feedback and career advice.

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 5, 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 12.

Send your applications and inquiries to:

Bart Versteirt & Ruben Demasure


The Young Critics

Cláudio Alves


I’m a 23-year-old Portuguese cinephile and a graduate from Lisbon’s School of Theatre and Cinema, where I studied set and costume design. Currently, I write about cinema for two online publications, Magazine HD and Filmin PT, while working in small theatre productions. Partially influenced by what I’ve read and seen over the years, cinema is, to me, an audio-visual art form, above all else, so I try to write about it as such. I personally believe film criticism can constitute a way of helping people understand cinema, giving them tools to appreciate it in wonderful new ways.

Charlotte Wynant


I am a young academic and writer, continuously looking to understand and express things in new and unexpected ways. My favorite film, book or poem rarely remains the same for more than two weeks in a row, yet I am convinced that the greatest masterpieces can be watched or read time and time again, successfully telling a thousand stories. Translating fragments of those filmic stories into the written word is a delightful challenge I’d take on any day.

Debbie Onuoha


I am a Ghanaian-Nigerian with a passion for words and moving images. I am currently a student at DocNomads – the Erasmus Mundus MA in Documentary Film Directing. Alongside cinema, I have a keen interest in history, literature and anthropology, and hold BA and MPhil degrees in these fields from Harvard University (2015) and the University of Cambridge (2016) respectively.

Joseph Pomp

(United States)

I am a PhD candidate in Comparative Literature with a secondary field in Critical Media Practice at Harvard University. My film criticism has appeared in The Brooklyn Rail, Film Quarterly, Little White Lies, Senses of Cinema, and other publications. I have also contributed chapters to books on Delmer Daves and the global road movie. Current projects include a dissertation on France’s culture of cinematic authorship, from the multidisciplinary avant-garde of the 1910s and 20s to the emergence of transnational production in and out of the former African colonies, and a translation of a novel by Sembene Ousmane.

Susana Bessa


I was a lit geek first, a film school goer second, and I am now finishing an MA degree at Goldsmiths College in Film and Screen Studies after spending a whole year doing research and writing extensively on the topic of ‘saudade’ in cinema. In truth, I’ve been mostly stealing as much as I can from the talented souls the city of London is garnished with. My favorite place on earth is still the tiny theatre in my hometown of Porto where I first saw Bicycle Thieves from the projectionist’s booth. Since I was first published in Premiere Portugal at fourteen, I’ve written for Mubi Notebook and The Rumpus, among many other publications.