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The participants in the Young Critics Workshop 2018

Young Critics 2019

9 > 18 OCTOBER 2019

Film Fest Gent

Leeuwstraat 40/B, Gent
Toon op kaart

Contacteer Cinea

The participants in the Young Critics Workshop 2018 (left to right: Patrick Preziosi, Souky De Wolf, NJ Nuñez, Savina Petkova and Ruairí McCann).

Cinea and Film Fest Gent proudly present the sixth Young Critics Workshop (October 9 – 18, 2019) by photogénie, heralded by The Criterion Collection’s The Daily as the critics workshop that holds out the most hope for the future of film criticism. Open to aspiring film critics (aged 18-26) from Belgium and abroad, the Workshop offers participants the opportunity to cover the 46th edition of this major international event, ranked among the top European film festivals.

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 8 – 19
  • 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 8, 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)