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This summer, a selection of former Critics Academy participants will write articles and essays on films by directors participating in The Films After Tomorrow.
The Locarno Critics Academy is an initiative of the Locarno Film Festival dedicated to young film critics. The selected critics will be invited to cover the Locarno Film Festival, writing reviews on the films in the program, articles on events, in-depth texts on the sections, or interviews with the guests. The reviews and articles of all participants may be published in LocarnoDaily, on Indiewire, FilmComment.com, MUBI, Filmbulletin, swissinfo.ch and Filmexplorer. Swiss participants will work under the editorial guidance of the Swiss Association of film journalists (ASGC) and of the cultural publicist of the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK). The Locarno Critics Academy is supported by the Federal Office of Culture (UFC).
Since it could not take place in its usual form in Locarno, the Critics Academy has been rethought in a digital form within the edition of Locarno 2020 - For the Future of Films. This summer, a selection of former Critics Academy participants will write articles and essays on films by directors participating in The Films After Tomorrow.
An online masterclass with one of the filmmakers participating in The Films After Tomorrow, also hosted by alumni of the Critics Academy, will be announced at a later date.
The 2020 selection is composed by: Salvador Amores (Mexico, Critics Academy 2019), Laurine Chiarini (Switzerland, Critics Academy 2019) Giovanni Vimercati (Italy, Critics Academy 2012), Sadia Khatri (Pakistan, Critics Academy 2019) Justine Smith (Canada, Critics Academy 2015) Flavia Dima (Romania, Critics Academy 2018) Pedro Emilio Segura Bernal (Mexico,Critics Academy 2018), Linda Keršnerová (Czech Republic, Critics Academy 2019), Andreea Patru (Romania, Critics Academy 2015), Laura Davis (UK, Critics Academy 2019).
Nine past participants of the Critics Academy — writers from across the world and from diverse critical backgrounds — reflect on the films of the Films After Tomorrow directors and on their experiences in Locarno. To reproduce the cosmopolitan flavor of the texts and ensure their global reach, we share them here in English
By Laura Davis
By Flavia Dima and Pedro Segura
By Laurine Chiarini
By Giovanni Vimercati
By Sadia Khatri
By Salvador Amores
By Justine Smith
By Linda Keršnerová