Film Critics programme 2018 at 20th century Flicks, picture by Lorena Pino

Film Critics programme 2018, 20th Century Flicks, picture by Lorena Pino

Cinema Rediscovered Film Critics' Workshop - Online edition

Cinema Rediscovered (Watershed's film festival celebrating great films back on the big screen) is offering ten aspiring and early career film critics the opportunity to develop their practice at the inaugural online edition of the Film Critics’ Workshop (July – Sept 2021).

Expect practice-based insights, space to develop your voice and experiment with form as well as opportunities to interact with other creatives involved.

"I learned so much and came away feeling really empowered. I was really in awe of how generous you were with your insight and honesty, it was invaluable.” 2019 Participant

There will be five sessions all taking place entirely online across July, August and September 2021, using two online platforms: Zoom and Slack (if access is an issue, get in touch and we’ll do our best to find a solution).

The workshop will be led by critic and improvisor Tara Judah, with guest speakers including filmmaker and editor Gina Telaroli (MUBI Notebook) and film historian, programmer and video editor Jonathan Bygraves.

In addition, participants will get a pass to attend the 5th edition of Cinema Rediscovered (Wed 28 July – Sun 1 Aug 2021, Bristol, UK) including online events on Film TikTok curated by Megan Mitchell, the Philip French Memorial Lecture by Pamela Hutchinson and a panel on Rewriting Film History (with the Women in it) by Invisible Women.

Participants will be commissioned to produce at least one piece of film criticism for feedback and publication related to the programming or themes of Cinema Rediscovered.

There are ten places on this workshop. It is free to attend and there will be a £50 commissioning fee towards each participant’s piece.

Practical information:

Workshop Session dates:

  • Fri 16 July afternoon
  • Fri 23 July afternoon
  • Thu 5 Aug lunchtime
  • Festival Dates: Wed 28 July - Sun 1 August
  • Thu 24 Sept lunchtime

“This is giving me the confidence to push forward in this career path.” 2019 Participant

We welcome applications from creatives that are over 18 and based in the UK. We encourage applications from those that are underrepresented in the arts and culture sector (for example you are from a community that experiences racism, you did not go to University, you had free school meals as a child or you are a disabled person (as defined by the Equality Act 2010).

“I loved the clarity. We all knew exactly what to do and when to do it. I felt very welcomed by the critics and was absolutely not afraid to ask questions. As an introvert, I felt accepted for who I am. I made some amazing friends. The energy of the group was amazing.” 2019 Participant

How to apply:

To apply, please fill in this form. You can download a preview of the form at the bottom of this page.

Applications are open until Fri 25 June 2021 and successful participants will be notified by Fri 2 July 2021.

All participants will be notified by Mon 5 July but we are unable to offer individual feedback on applications.

Please contact Tara Judah ( if you have any questions about the programme or the application process including any specific access requirements.

The Film Critics programme is part of Cinema Rediscovered (Wed 28 July - Sun 1 Aug 2021), Watershed’s annual festival showcasing the best in digital restorations, contemporary classics and film print rarities in and around Bristol UNESCO City of Film at cinemas including Watershed and Clevedon’s Curzon Cinema & Arts. It is presented with partners South West Silents and 20th Century Flicks and support from BFI awarding funds from National Lottery and MUBI. Save the dates and register your interest for the latest updates at

Closing Date: Friday, 25 June 2021 - 17:00