Critics workshop 2018

Critics workshop 2018

Cinema Rediscovered Film Critics' Workshop

Cinema Rediscovered (Watershed's film festival celebrating great films back on the big screen) are offering ten aspiring and early career film critics the opportunity to take part in a FREE two-day talent development workshop.

What to expect:

Join critics including Michael Pattison (Sight & Sound, MUBI Notebook, RogerEbert.com), writer, critic and film historian Pamela Hutchinson (Sight & Sound, Guardian, author of BFI Film Classic Pandora’s Box and editor of 30-Second Cinema), author and activist So Mayer (Political Animals: The New Feminist Cinema, columnist at Literal, working with Raising Films and Club des Femmes) and writer and film critic for the Observer, Simran Hans (Sight & Sound, MUBI, 2015-2018 co-programmer for feminist screening series Bechdel Test Fest) for practical insights and a reflection on what it means to be a film critic today.  

This FREE two-and-a-half-day talent development workshop is a unique opportunity for 10 writers, bloggers, video essayists/vloggers/podcasters in the early stages of their career to meet and discuss the future of film criticism while engaging directly with film culture and audiences during Cinema Rediscovered. 

The film programme will focus on classic, repertory and archive film in a collective cinema setting. Successful participants will have the opportunity to submit written, aural or audio-visual works of a critical nature on films screened during the festival, for publication on a dedicated blog. Participants will also receive a full weekend Festival pass to attend film events at Cinema Rediscovered as well as annual membership to MUBI's online viewing platform.

Who can apply:

This workshop is suitable for aspiring and early career film critics with unique and creative approaches to a changing craft. Participants must be aged 18 or over. We are committed to inclusion and maintain an equal opportunities policy. We welcome applications from people of all backgrounds, particularly encouraging applications from candidates from BAME backgrounds who are currently under-represented within the sector. PLEASE NOTE: only successful applicants or those shortlisted will be notified.

If you have any questions about the workshop or would like to have an informal conversation before applying, or if you would like to apply in a different way, please contact Tara Judah: tara.j@watershed.co.uk

Practical information:

The programme will take place on Thu 25 to Sat 27 July. Successful participants will be expected to attend all scheduled sessions: 1pm – 7.30pm Thu, 10am – 2pm Fri and 10am-12pm Sat. Refreshments and a light lunch will be provided on Thursday and Friday. 

There will be further opportunities to network and attend screenings at Cinema Rediscovered across the whole weekend; Thu 25 - Sun 28 July 2019. Participants are encouraged to attend the full festival. 

The workshop is free and small bursaries of up to £50 are available to put towards travel/accommodation costs upon presentation of valid VAT receipts. 

How to apply:

For more information and to apply please complete the online application form by 17:00 on Fri 15 March.

Closing Date: Friday, 15 March, 2019 - 17:00