News GoCritic! to launch with pilot edition at Karlovy Vary

Published: May 03, 2018| 01:55 PM

New training programme for emerging film journalists and critics is organized by Cineuropa in partnership with various European film festivals.

Cineuropa is proud to announce that GoCritic!, the new training programme for emerging film journalists and critics, organized by Cineuropa in partnership with various European film festivals, will have its pilot edition workshop at the upcoming 53rd Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (29 June - 7 July), the largest film event in Central and Eastern Europe and one of the oldest A-list festivals. For details about the workshop and the call for participants, please scroll down.

GoCritic! is the first pan-European programme of its kind. It is conducted in English language. At workshops led by acclaimed film journalists and critics at seven festivals in the first year, and through later online tutoring, GoCritic! will train up to 50 aspiring writers. The main objective is to improve their skills of writing about cinema through practical work in producing such content. The extended online tutoring will enable much needed continuity in the participants' work. Their articles will be published on Cineuropa’s webpage dedicated to the project.

After the Karlovy Vary 2018 pilot edition, GoCritic! will have its workshops in 2019 at: Trieste Film Festival, Göteborg Film Festival, Vilnius International Film Festival, Transilvania International Film Festival, World Festival of Animated Film - Animafest Zagreb, Karlovy Vary, and San Sebastian International Film Festival.

The GoCritic! team of tutors includes Boyd van Hoeij, Neil Young, Dana Linssen, Carmen Gray, Michael Pattison, Tristan Priimagi,  and Vladan Petkovic, who is also the Head of Studies of the programme.

GoCritic! aims to empower aspiring journalists and critics beyond writing skills, providing them with a deep insight into the film industry and its developments, and thus contribute to European cinema in general. Tutors will guide the participants through the festival experience, and organize guest lectures by experts from all fields of film industry. GoCritic! will also help them in their professional orientation, in collaboration with other training programmes. The visibility of the participants' work will be high thanks to being published on Cineuropa, and their profiles and examples of work will be suggested to other companies that might need their expertise. The best participants will get the chance to publish stories as part of Cineuropa's professional coverage, for which they will get paid.  

GoCritic! will create a new journalistic community which will freshen up the existing circles with new ideas, through perspective of younger generations, and move the debate film industry developments to a new level.

We are opening the call for participants for GoCritic!@KVIFF, with deadline on May 25 by midnight Central European Time. Four selected applicants will be working intensively at the festival with tutor Michael Pattison and GoCritic! Head of Studies Vladan Petkovic on reviews, interviews and industry stories, which will be published on Cineuropa. The festival workshop will be followed by a period of online tutoring.

The programme is open to European applicants over the age of 18 who have published at least one text about cinema in print or online.

For details and application form, go to:   

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