The Melbourne International Film Festival is proud to launch its inaugural Critics Campus, an intensive five-day lab that enables emerging Australian film critics to develop their skills in a live festival setting. The first iteration of the Critics Campus will take place during the festival’s 63rd edition, 31 July–17 August 2014.
Underlying the campus’ ethos is a belief that in a swiftly changing media environment, informed writing and criticism on cinema is vital to a strong film culture and industry. Digital media allows for a diversity of voices yet poses challenges for writers seeking employment in the field. The campus will address these issues and better prepare participants for a successful career in film writing. It will also offer them a platform to be heard in the competitive festival environment.
Eight participants will take part in mentoring sessions and panels with key Australian industry and media players, as well as producing their own daily coverage. They will have access to festival films, publicity materials, guests and networking opportunities. In return, meals and accommodation will be provided, as well as the invaluable experience of producing a range of pieces daily for publication across a variety of outlets.
Along with several select Australian critics, three prominent international critics will also visit the festival to participate in the campus, variously assisting with mentoring, sitting on panels, and as a resource for the participants.
After a rigorous selection process MIFF is excited to welcome the following participants to its inaugural Critics Campus!