Morning sessions will take place at 1pm/13:00 in the press conference area. (On some days we may need to meet at the press lounge adjacent to the Piazza. You will be notified at least a day in advance if this change needs to take place.) Our sessions will last between 60–90 minutes. Please budget your schedule accordingly.
Guest visits will last roughly 30–45 minutes followed by a very short break. We will then spend the remainder of each session talking amongst ourselves about the topic of the day and other issues. (The exception is Sunday August 5, when our entire session will be composed of two sets of guests.)
We will also meet informally once a day at a bar adjacent to the Piazza prior to the Piazza screenings. This will be an informal gathering and attendance is optional.
WELCOME TO LOCARNO! MAKE YOURSELF AT HOME
Critics Academy participants meet at the hostel in late afternoon/early evening (specific time pending depending on when they expect to arrive in Locarno). With myself and a representative from the festival, we take a brief tour of Locarno’s venues. We will conclude the evening with dinner and drinks near the hostel followed by an outdoor screening at the Piazza.
MEETING WITH LOCARNO ARTISTIC DIRECTOR OLIVIER PÈRE
CRITICS VS. READERS: FINDING THE MOVIES THAT NEED YOU
Dennis Lim (Moving Image Source, New York Times)/Mark Peranson (Cinema Scope)/Robert Koehler (Film Society of Lincoln Center/Variety/Cinema Scope)
RED TAPE AND DEADLINES: HOW CRITICS WORK
Boyd van Hoeij (Variety/Indiewire), Jay Weissberg (Variety), Dana Linssen (De Filmkrant/NRC Handelsblad)
CRITICS AND PUBLICISTS: WHY CAN’T WE ALL JUST GET ALONG?
Courtney Ott (Film Society of Lincoln Center), Frauke Greiner (Berlin International Film Festival), Giulia Fazioli (Locarno Film Festival), Lucius Barre (Locarno)
WHY THE INDUSTRY NEEDS YOU: A DISCUSSION WITH FILM DISTRIBUTORS
Jeff Deutchman (IFC Films) and other guests TBD
11pm Industry Party
@ Spazio Cinema
THE LOCARNO CRITICS ACADEMY PRESENTS: DO FILM CRITICS STILL MATTER?
Outdoor Panel Area
Benoit Mely (Fox marketing in France), Rose Kuo (Film Society of Lincoln Center), Christian Jungen (Swiss film critic), Mark Adams (Screen), Leo Goldsmith (Not Coming, NYU, Brooklyn Rail). Moderated by Eric Kohn.
2pm – 2:30/14:00 – 14:30
@ Spazio Cinema
CODA: YES, FILM CRITICS STILL MATTER!
Informal Discussion Between Panelists and Critics Academy Participants. Attendance is optional but encouraged.
1pm – 1:30/13:00 – 13:30
A LIFETIME OF CINEMA: PIERRE RISSIENT
Pierre Rissient will meet with participants to discuss his life as an advocate of cinema and how the professional climate has changed since he started out.
1:30pm – 2/13:30 – 14:00
FILMMAKERS LET LOOSE: CRITICS MEET THEIR TARGETS
Potential Guests: Craig Zobel, Alex Ross Perry, Kleber Mendonca Filho, Sean Baker, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Verena Paravel
Locarno Summer Academy Aperitivo (Aperitif with the Summer Academy)
8/6 – 8/9 (Monday to Thursday)
No afternoon meetings. At this point, everyone should have a sufficient amount of deadlines and will be spending most of their daytime hours either at screenings, events or writing. Will will see each other at various events, parties, dinners when such occasions arise, and wil aim to gather for evening drinks at a bar adjacent to the Piazza prior to each night’s Piazza screening for informal discussion. Attendance is optional.
Additionally, all Critics Academy participants are invited to attend various meetings and lectures with festival guests hosted by the Summer Academy (provided in a separate schedule).
6:20pm – 7/18:25 – 19:00
@ La Magistrale SUPSI, Piazza San Francesco
Meeting with Locarno artistic director Olivier Pere (joined by the rest of the Summer Academy)
Several days later...
1pm – 1:30/13:00 – 14:00
GREAT FESTIVAL! NOW WHAT?
A discussion of how to apply the films and experiences you’ve had at the festival to your future experiences as a critic. Special guests may attend (schedule permitting). If you’re lucky, you may get a sneak peek at Indiewire’s newly designed (but not yet publicized) Criticwire Network.
7pm – 9:30/19:00 – 21:30
@ Ristorante Vallemaggia, Via Varenna 1, Locarno
Final Dinner Hosted By Summer Academy
@ Rialto 3
Screenings of Short Films by Summer Academy Participants
LOCARNO IN REWIND
A special edition of Indiewire’s Critical Consensus column will be recorded with each of the participants discussing the films they have seen at the festival. Special guests may attend (schedule permitting).
The final night in the Piazza should be a fun one.
Info: Eric Kohn, Head Tutor of the Critics Academy, <firstname.lastname@example.org>
or: <email@example.com>, +41(0)91 756 2135