Critics Academy

Locarno Academy masterclass with director Wang Bing, interviewed by a participant.


Critics Academy, 2012


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Applications to the Critics Academy are to be uploaded on this platform.

Deadline: Friday, May 3rd 2019


  • 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, though articles will primarily be written in their own language (German, French, or Italian).
  • The age limit is 35 years old.

Applications to the Critics Academy are to be uploaded on this platform with the following documentation:

  • Motivational letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • 3 articles or film reviews written in English (for Swiss participants: 3 articles in German, French or Italian)
  •  One photograph of the candidate


Applicants will be informed by e-mail by Monday, 3rd June 2019.


The Critics Academy offers to its attendees, free of charge:

  • Bed and breakfast at the Locarno Youth Hostel, in twin-bedded accommodation from Tuesday, August 6th to Saturday, August 17th.
  • A voucher for one meal per day
  • The Locarno Film Festival press accreditation
  • Invitation to parties and events of the Locarno Film Festival
  • The Locarno Academy does not undertake to pay participants’ travel expenses. Should an applicant be selected, he/she will be responsible for all travel and transportation costs incurred.


Project Manager:
Christopher Small 


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