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Current Young Critics Workshop

Young Critics Workshop 2023

10 > 20 October 2023
Film Fest Gent

From October 10 until 20, 2023, photogénie and Film Fest Gent hold the tenth Young Critics Workshop, welcoming five aspiring film critics (aged 18-26) to Belgium and and guiding them in covering the 49th edition of this major international event.

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The selected participants will be covering the festival by writing three reviews and one in-depth piece, guided by film critic Nick Pinkerton (Film CommentSight & SoundReverse Shot, …) and the photogénie team.

Their reviews and essays can be found below.

The film critics

Liska Brams


I completed a master in Contemporary Art History at the Vrije Universiteit of Amsterdam earlier this year. I write about visual art, film, and literature and work as an assistant curator.

José Emilio González


I’m a Mexican cinephile. My texts are published in outlets like El cine probablemente, Correspondencias, Butaca Ancha and photogénie. I majored in English Literature; my thesis degree was about Matías Piñeiro and Shakespeare. In 2021, I was a part of the Young Jury at Black Canvas, and, last year, I participated in the Guadalajara Talents Press. I’m the Programming Coordinator at Bogota International Shorts Film Festival (BOGOSHORTS).

Vedant Srinivas


I graduated with a distinction in Philosophy and went on to do a short course in Filmmaking. Apart from regular film writing for reputed publications, I have collaborated with leading critics/theorists in India, contributed a book chapter to an upcoming anthology on contemporary Indian cinema, and also attempted a translation of a book on the filmmaker Kumar Shahani. Over the years, I have dabbled in diverse disciplines, ranging from literature and cinema studies to art-history and anthropology (I got into Oxford for Visual Anthro but unfortunately couldn’t secure funding). What has remained constant throughout is my abiding love for and devotion to the seventh art.

Christy Tan


I write poems, reviews and essays for various Australian publications. I was a recent alumna of Melbourne International Film Festival’s 2023 Critics Campus and currently live in Melbourne on unceded Wurundjeri land.

Sam Warren Miell

(United Kingdom)

I’m from Lewisham in South East London, and I write about film and art when I’m not doing my day job in the charity sector. My academic background is in English literature, where I worked on the Romantics and recent British avant-garde poetry. This dual interest in the canonical and the experimental also maps fairly well onto my cinematic proclivities, which span from Ford and Hawks to Benning and Rousseau.