The Critics Academy – OPPORTUNITY

The Critics Academy is a Festival del film Locarno initiative open to 10 aspiring young film critics from Switzerland and abroad. The Critics Academy is organized in collaboration with the website Indiewire, the Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York, the Swiss Federal Office of Culture (FOC), the Swiss Association of Film Journalists (SVFJ) and

The selected film critics will be invited to Locarno to cover the Festival by filing reviews of films in the selection, articles on sidebar events, in-depth reflection on the various program sections or interviews with the Festival’s guests.

The program for participants will be organized on a daily basis by Indiewire’s Chief Film Critic and Senior Editor Eric Kohn and Eugene Hernandez (Deputy Director of the Film Society of Lincoln Center). Starting this year, the Critics Academy will dedicate an additional program to swiss participants, thanks to the collaboration with the Federal Office of Culture (FOC), the Association of Swiss Film Journalists (SVFJ) and the website The swiss participants will follow the general Critics Academy’s program and they will work under the editorial guidance of SVFJ and

The reviews and articles of the 10 participants may be published on Pardolive (the Festival’s website and daily newspaper), on Indiewire’s blog Criticwire, on Film Society of Lincoln Center’s filmlinc website and on the swiss website

Furthermore the program includes conversations with critics in Locarno, roundtables with guests and discussions with professionals, to connect the young critics to the workings of the industry.

The working language is English.




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