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Locarno Critics Academy

Selection 2019

Locarno Critics Academy


The 12 exceptional young writers picked for the Critics Academy will take an active part in the Locarno Festival, attending film screenings and academy workshops, writing reviews of titles in the program and articles on ancillary events, and interviewing prominent guests.

This year’s participants come from backgrounds as varied as Pakistan, Mexico, Netherlands, and Nigeria. As well as taking an active part in workshops about the practice of film criticism, their reflections and long-form essays on Locarno72 will be published by Film Comment, IndieWire, Locarno Live, MUBI Notebook, Variety, and in Swiss media such as Filmbulletin,, and

Project manager: Christopher Small



See the full list of 2019 participants here.

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