If you’re currently enrolled in college or recently completed your studies and interested in a career as a film critic or journalist, we hope by now you’ve heard about the Indiewire | Sundance Institute Fellowship For Film Criticism, our new initiative that will send six aspiring critics to the Sundance Film Festival to cover the Park City event in January. Like our Critics Academy initiatives during the New York and Locarno film festivals later in the year, this program will allow young writers to immerse themselves in a deadline-driven environment filled with dozens of new movies, providing countless networking opportunities and the ideal platform to embolden their professional inclinations.
Since the initial call for applications at the beginning of this month, several would-applicants have written us with questions about their qualifications. Here are a few important pointers:
• You must be based in North America to apply. The scholarship will assist with travel costs but does not take into account long-distance travel, so we’ve decided to restrict applications to North America for this first edition.
• You may submit audio or video samples of your work. We’d prefer if the bulk of your samples demonstrated your writing abilities, but realize that some applicants may work in other media and we’re happy to take video essays, podcasts or other forms of criticism into consideration.
• Your personal statement should not run longer than 300 words. I know it’s not a lot of space to explain why you’re passionate about this opportunity, so use it wisely. Please don’t write us asking if you can push beyond this limitation; we have it there for a reason.
• Any applications submitted after midnight on October 31 will not be considered. Due to the high volume of interest in this workshop, we simply have to draw the line when the deadline hits. So if you’re serious about applying, don’t be late.
Once again, 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.
Applications must be sent either as attachments or in the body of the email to FilmCriticFellowship@gmail.com by October 31.
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