Critics Academy,
5 – 15 August 2015

© Festival del film Locarno
Round table discussion
Round table discussion "The Locarno Critics Academy Presents: Do Film Critics Still Matter?"

The Locarno Critics Academy is a Festival del film Locarno initiative open to 10 aspiring young film critics. The selected critics (4 from Switzerland and 6 from worldwide) will be covering the Festival with 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. All the participants’ reviews and articles will have the possibility of being published on Pardolive (the Festival’s website and daily newspaper), Indiewire, Criticwire, and the Swiss website

The program for participants will be organized on a daily basis by Indiewire’s Deputy Editor and Chief Film Critic Eric Kohn and Eugene Hernandez (Deputy Director of the Film Society of Lincoln Center).

The Swiss participants will work under the editorial guidance of the Association of Swiss Film Journalists (ASFJ), the Centre for Publishing in the Arts of the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) and

The program also provides for round tables with Festival guests, and meetings with film journalists and other professionals attending Locarno, designed to introduce future film critics to the international film industry.

The Critics Academy is organized in collaboration with Indiewire, the Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York, the Swiss Federal Office of Culture (FOC), the Swiss Association of Film Journalists (SVFJ), the Centre for Publishing in the Arts of the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) and

The working language is English.



Applicants must have a proven interest in film criticism as well as the ability to speak and write fluently in English.

Swiss participants must be fluent in English, but will write articles in their own language (German, French or Italian).


Applications to the Locarno Critics Academy can be submitted from 2 March through 22 May 2015 using the form downloaded from the box at the side of this page, together with the following documentation:

  • Motivational letter (300 words or less)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • 3 articles/film reviews in English (for Swiss participants 3 articles in German, French or Italian)
  • Photograph of the candidate


The Locarno Critics Academy entitles young participants to:

  • Accommodation and buffet breakfast at the Youth Hostel (semi-private) in Locarno from Tuesday, 4 August to Sunday, 16 August (12 nights);
  • Follow the Festival with full press accreditation;
  • Review Festival films and events according to the editorial line set by the coordinator;
  • Participate in some of the Locarno Summer Academy's meetings;
  • Enjoy the group dinner of the Locarno Summer Academy with the Festival’s guests.


Practical information:

Travel expenses as well as noon and evening meals will be at the participant's expense.
Indiewire may assist with a share of the travel expenses depending on the participant’s country of origin.
The selected candidates will be informed by e-mail by Monday, 8 June 2015.


Applications and enquiries to:

Giulia Fazioli
Project Manager – Critics Academy
Festival del film Locarno
ph: +41 91 756 21 21, f: +41 91 756 21 49



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