The Locarno Critics Academy is the Locarno Festival initiative open to 10 aspiring young film critics. The selected participants (4 from Switzerland and 6 from all over the world) will be covering the Festival with reviews of films in the official selection, articles on sidebar events, in-depth reflection on the various program sections or interviews with the Festival’s guests.
The participants’ reviews and articles will have the possibility of being published on LocarnoDaily (Locarno Festival’s daily newspaper), IndieWire, Film Comment, MUBI, Swissinfo, and Filmexplorer.
The Swiss participants will work under the editorial guidance of the Association of Swiss Film Journalists (ASFJ), the Centre for Publishing in the Arts of the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) and Cineman.ch. The program will also provides round tables with Festival guests and workshops with film journalists, editors, publicists, and other professionals attending Locarno, designed to introduce future film critics to the international film industry.
The Critics Academy is organized in collaboration with the Swiss Federal Office of Culture (FOC), the Swiss Association of Film Journalists (SVFJ), the Centre for Publishing in the Arts of the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK).