News from the Locarno Festival

The Festival and the Film Society of Lincoln Centre announces the participants for the Critics Academy


The Festival is pleased to announce the ten young writers who have been selected for the fifth Critics Academy, the workshop for aspiring film critics, a joint initiative with IndieWire and with the support of Film Comment magazine, the Association of Swiss film journalists, the Swiss Federal Office of Culture and Penske Media Corporation. The program is designed to nurture promising critics and journalists through coverage opportunities at festival screenings and events.

More than 100 applications were submitted by aspiring writers from around the world, and 10 finalists were selected. The Critics Academy will work under the guidance of IndieWire editors in collaboration with the Centre for Publishing in the Arts of the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) and participants will cover the Festival with film reviews, articles on sidebar events and interviews with festival guests for potential publication in IndieWire, Film Comment, Filmbulletin, Cineman and PardoLive.

The Critics Academy is part of the Locarno Summer Academy, the Festival del film Locarno’s training program for young film professionals and students. A U.S. version of the Critics Academy takes place in New York during the New York Film Festival.

Selected participants for the 2016 Locarno Critics Academy:

Mariama Baldé – Switzerland
Annabel Brady Brown – Australia
Kelley Dong – USA, Korea    
Lili Hering – Switzerland
Franziska Meierhofer – Switzerland
Elia Molo – Switzerland
Raquel Morais – Portugal       
Ingrid Oliveira – Brazil
Andrew Rogers – USA
Fanta Sylla – France                                


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