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Young Critics 2016

13 > 21 oktober 2016

Film Fest Gent

Leeuwstraat 40/B, Gent
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His Girl Friday (Howard Hawks, 1940)


Photogénie and Film Fest Gent proudly present the third Young Critics workshop, open to aspiring film critics (aged 18-26) from Belgium and abroad, offering them the opportunity to cover the 43rd edition of this major international event, ranked among the top European film festivals by The Wall Street Journal and Variety.

The selected participants will be invited to cover the festival by writing both short reviews and an in-depth piece. They will also take part in Q&A sessions as well as conduct one-on-one interviews. 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.

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).

The Young Critics workshop offers participants:

  • accommodation and breakfast in the historic city of Ghent, October 13 – 22
  • lunch catered by the festival
  • a full accreditation for the festival
  • the chance to review films and events at the festival, under the guidance of an experienced critic
Arsenic and Old Lace (Frank Capra, 1944)
Arsenic and Old Lace (Frank Capra, 1944)

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 15, 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 22.

Send your applications and inquiries to:
Bart Versteirt, Sam De Wilde & Ruben Demasure (editors)