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Previous Young Critics Workshop

Young Critics Workshop 2021

12 > 23 october 2021
Film Fest Gent

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

Cinea and Film Fest Gent proudly present the eighth Young Critics Workshop (October 12 – 23, 2021) by photogénie, open to aspiring film critics (aged 18-26) from Belgium and abroad, offering them the opportunity to cover the 48th 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 (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 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 12 – 24;
  • 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

The Young Critics

Hanne Schelstraete


I recently graduated in theatre and film studies at the University of Antwerp and am currently preparing a PhD-proposal on morality in the film theory of the École Schérer. In the meantime, I am finishing my Bachelor’s in philosophy, always seeking those precious points where philosophy and cinema approach each other. Encouraged by a previous Young Critics Workshop I attended (at the MOOOV Film Festival in 2019), I now work as a freelance film critic for Belgian film magazines such as Fantômas and Humbug.

Jovana Gjorgjiovska

(North Macedonia)

As a psychologist and researcher by day, a film and theatre critic by night, I’m infinitely curious about the human psyche and continuously drawn toward critical thinking for a simple reason: just like a kaleidoscope, everything in life (and in art) depends on your perspective.

I started publishing my film and theatre reviews in 2012 and promptly became aware of the lack of mentorship opportunities in North Macedonia. This led me to co-found, the only online platform devoted to film and theatre criticism in the country, focused on mentoring young writers.

Jack Seibert

(United States)

I’m Jack, I grew up in New York City, and I live in Los Angeles now. Movies didn’t play a huge role in my life until a few years ago. Instead I bounced around a bunch of interests, studying literature in college and currently working at a video game studio. Writing seemed like a natural way to sort through my feelings once movies did begin to consume my life—recent favorites include Nick Ray, Tsui Hark—and now I hope to do it as much as I can.

Luise Mörke


I’m a writer and graduate student of art history, currently based in Berlin.

Nazeeh Alghazawneh

(United States)

My name is Nazeeh. I’m Palestinian. I drink my coffee black, just like my dear mother. Everything I write and do is for her. She is the only reason you’re reading these words. And any subsequent writing you may read from me is firmly rooted in the love she has for me. The people in your life that care about you are the only reason for doing anything.