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The Locarno Critics Academy is the Festival's initiative open to ten young aspiring film critics, four from Switzerland and six from other countries around the world.
The program, which includes panel discussions with Festival guests and workshops with film journalists, editors, publicists and other professionals present in Locarno, is designed to introduce future film critics to the international film industry.
Given the current situation, the Critics Academy has decided that there will not be an open call for the 2021 edition. The Critics Academy 2021 will take place but will select its participants based on ongoing collaborations with various partners. We hope to welcome your applications again in 2022.
In addition to this workshop dimension, participants have the opportunity of publishing articles about the Festival program in important international magazines. Participants can thus broaden their skills by trying their hand at a journalistic coverage of the ongoing edition of the Festival, writing reviews of films in the official selection, articles on side events, in-depth reflections on the various sections of the program, and interviews with Festival guests.
The Swiss participants work under the editorial guidance of the Association of Swiss Film Journalists (ASFJ) and the Center for Publishing in the Arts at the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK).
The Critics Academy is organized in cooperation with the Federal Office of Culture (FOC), the Swiss Association of Film Journalists (SVFJ) and the Center for Publishing in the Arts of the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK).