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The participants in the Young Critics Workshop 2018

Young Critics Workshop 2018

10 > 19 October 2018
Film Fest Gent

Young Critics 2018 (left to right: Patrick Preziosi, Souky De Wolf, NJ Nuñez, Savina Petkova and Ruairí McCann) © Bibi Euse

Cinea and Film Fest Gent proudly present the fifth Young Critics Workshop (October 10 – 19, 2018) by photogénie, open to aspiring film critics (aged 18-26) from Belgium and abroad, offering them the opportunity to cover the 45th edition of this major international event, ranked among the top European film festivals.

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Scroll down to find all the reviews and essays written by the Young Critics during the 2018 Workshop.

Curious about how the Young Critics felt about the whole experience? Check out the interviews we did with them at the end of the workshop:

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 (Film CommentSight & SoundReverse Shot, …) 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 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 9 – 20
  • lunch catered by the festival
  • a full accreditation for the festival
  • daily meetings with Nick Pinkerton and the photogénie team

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 2, 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 9.

Send your applications and inquiries to:
Bart Versteirt & Ruben Demasure (editors)

The Young Critics

NJ Nuñez


I graduated with a degree in Film and work as a freelance writer. I also dabble in various production jobs in film. In the past I worked as a video editor and production design assistant. Outside of film, I’m into yoga, fresh memes, and watching too much Youtube.

In film school, I’ve had the opportunity to watch a gamut of films from different genres. It was there I realized that I like writing about film almost as much or more than I liked making them. Previously, I was also a finalist for The Far East Film Festival Campus program for young film journalists. It was a great experience and my first time ever in Europe.

Patrick Preziosi

(United States)

My name is Patrick Preziosi, I am 21 years old, and I’m from Brooklyn, New York. I am currently in my senior year at SUNY Purchase, where I study literature with a minor in French language. I’ve been an avid fan of film all my life, but within the past few years, I’ve begun to pursue writing more professionally, contributing both film and music criticism to Irish Film CriticToy Records, and the Purchase Phoenix. Aside from writing criticism, I write short fiction as well, and am also a musician.

Savina Petkova


I’m a fearless academic by heart, upgraded from a Philosophy B.A. to Film Studies at University College London. My reading and writing interests intertwine philosophy as phenomenology and political studies, to reflect on film’s significance as a historical and cultural epiphenomenon. Aesthetics and metaphysics of cinema summarize my research fields and I’m still unlearning to intellectualize films. As a film critic driven by spectatorship studies, I do not discriminate ‘high’ from ‘low’, and my analysis is always issue-driven. I do believe film is the highest art and I do my best to serve at its altar.

Ruairí McCann


I’m twenty three years old and hail from a little county in the northwest of Ireland called Sligo. I am a graduate from University College Dublin where I studied literature and film and have just recently completed an MA in film at Queen’s University Belfast. Outside of academia, I have written criticism for various small university-bound publications and have programmed for the Sligo Film Society. I’ve also made a couple of short films and hope to make a few more.

Souky De Wolf


I’m a 22 year old cinephile and sporadic writer/journalist. I’m currently both finishing my masters in Theatre and Film Studies and starting a masters in Culture Management. I’m a sucker for musicals and anything featuring deadpan humor. I love almost anything that floats between minimalism and trashy baroque, as long as it (re)uses the cinematic medium in an interesting and refreshing way.