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 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. 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