Critics Academy
1 – 11 August 2018

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Locarno Critics Academy

1-11 August 2018


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.

All the participants’ reviews and articles will have the possibility of being published on LocarnoDaily, on the official website of the Festival newsroom, on Indiewire,, VarietyMUBIFilmbulletin, and

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 and the University of the Arts (ZHdK).

The program also provides round tables with Festival guests, and meetings with film journalists 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) and The working language is English.

The sixth edition of the Locarno Industry Academy will be held from August 1st to 11th in the frame of the 71st edition of the Locarno Festival.

Enquiries to:
Critics Academy
Locarno Festival
t: +41 91 756 21 21, f: +41 91 756 21 49


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