Critics Academy Coming to 50th NYFF: Applications Now Open!

Posted by Eugene Hernandez on 8.17.2012

Building on the success of the recent Critics Academy at the Locarno Film Festival, the Film Society of Lincoln Center is partnering with Indiewire and, with the support of Film Comment Magazine, will launch Critics Academy NYFF at this year's New York Film Festival.

The deadline for applications is Tuesday, September 4th. See details below.

As we did in Locarno, this partnership will nurture emerging critics and journalists as they attend and cover screenings and events at the 50th New York Film Festival (September 28 - October 14, 2012). Throughout the event the writers will participate in workshops and mentor sessions that include candid discussions with noted critics, working journalists, filmmakers and members of the film industry, including writers and editors from Film Comment Magazine. Coverage will be published on FilmLinc.com, as well as Indiewire's Criticwire blog and other outlets.

"Film festivals provide a lively, complex environment for critics to discover new films, work on deadline and track down new opportunities to forward their careers," noted Indiewire lead critic Eric Kohn in an Indiewire announcement about the program, "So we've decided to host another workshop as soon as possible with the first edition of the NYFF Critics Academy, which will consist of six aspiring critics. We want a diverse group with a varied set of cinematic interests."

The application process begins today; the deadline is Tuesday, September 4th.

Applicants must have completed a minimum of three years of undergraduate study or no more than two years of experience creating critical and/or journalistic content about movies. Must showcase a demonstrable interest in film criticism and/or film journalism as well as the ability to speak and write fluently in English.


Accepted critics will be notified by Friday, September 7.

• 6 critics or journalists will be selected from the New York City area with an emphasis on a diversity of voices, backgrounds and cinematic interests.


Applications must include the following:

• CV: A basic one-page resume
• 5 writing samples about film. These can take the form of film reviews, scholarly papers, blog posts, college newspaper clips, podcasts or any other work that you think demonstrates your skills.
• A 500-word statement of intent. Tell us about your background and why you would make an ideal candidate for the Critics Academy. Make sure to note any particular interests (genres, national cinemas, etc.). Passion, strong writing skills and a deep knowledge of film history matter more than overall professional experience.

Please send applications and any questions to: CRITICSACADEMY@FILMLINC.COM

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