Indiewire and Sundance Institute Announce Fellowship for Six Aspiring Film Critics to Cover the 2014 Sundance Film Festival

Indiewire and Sundance Institute Announce Fellowship for Six Aspiring Film Critics to Cover the 2014 Sundance Film Festival

Aspiring film critics, take note! The Sundance Institute and Indiewire are now accepting entries
through October 31 for their first partnered Fellowship for Film Criticism. Six fellows will receive a
grant for expenses and other support to attend and cover the 2014 Sundance Film
Festival, running January 16-26 in Park City. 

will come from Sundance Institute’s Roger Ebert Scholarship for Film Criticism,
in memory of the late beloved and renowned film critic.

Here’s more info:

The Fellowship allows aspiring critics the opportunity to
navigate the fast-paced, deadline-driven environment of film festivals. In
addition to attending screenings, pitching stories, and writing coverage to be
published on Indiewire’s Criticwire blog and other outlets they arrange on
their own, they will participate in a series of workshops to meet with
professional film critics and other members of the industry including
distributors, agents, publicists and festival programmers. Fellows will emerge
with a deeper awareness of the practical challenges involved in gaining a
foothold in entertainment journalism while navigating the specific demands of
the film world.

Applicants must have completed a minimum of three years of
undergraduate study or no more than two years of experience creating critical
and/or journalistic content about movies. They must showcase a demonstrable
interest in film criticism and/or film journalism as well as the ability to
speak and write fluently in English. Emphasis will be placed on a diversity of
voices, backgrounds and cinematic interests.

Applications must include:

• A one-page resume

• Three writing samples about film, including film reviews,
blog posts, college newspaper clips, podcasts or any other work that demonstrates
the applicant’s skills. Academic papers are allowed but not encouraged.

• A 300-word statement of intent, explaining the applicant’s
background and why they would make an ideal candidate for the Fellowship.
Applicants should note any particular interests (genres, national cinemas,
etc.). Passion, strong writing skills and a deep knowledge of film history
matter more than overall professional experience.

Please send applications to no later than October 31.

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Where’s the 2015 edition?

Noah Lee

Is the 300-word statement of intent a cover letter? Please reply ASAP

Beth Hanna

Hi all! For answers to your various questions about applying for the Fellowship for Film Criticism, please visit this link (copy and paste into browser):


Deadline October 31st…is there a time, or should I assume 11:59 PM, Oct. 31?

Mike Crowley

I actually have the same question Emma has. Does Podcasts or videos count for writing samples or is it three written samples including something like a podcast.
Thank you.


I am from Spain, am I allowed to send an application? Would the grant cover the flight expenses? Thank you.

Emma Vigand

Hi! I just have a question about the samples you ask to put in the application. It says three writing samples but then you include podcasts in it. Could it be a video as well? Thanks for your consideration! Best wishes!

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