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Roger Ebert Fellowship for Aspiring Film Critics Now Accepting Submissions

Roger Ebert Fellowship for Aspiring Film Critics Now Accepting Submissions

So you’re an aspiring film critic and your dream has been to go to the Sundance Film Festival held every January in Utah; the first major film festival of the year, and the place where the most anticipated and soon-to-be talked about independent films of the upcoming year are discovered. Wouldn’t you like to be there?

Well, you now have your chance now that RogerEbert.com and Indiewire.com are coming together again to establish the Roger Ebert Fellowship for Film Criticism, in which “four aspiring critics will be selected from North America to attend and cover the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.”

The Sundance Institute created the fellowship two years ago to honor the memory of the late legendary film critic Roger Ebert. The result was RogerEbert.com joining up with Indiewire’s Criticwire to form the internship for aspiring film writers. 

The program was established by Sundance with generous support from Chaz Ebert and The Ebert Foundation.

According to the official description of the program: “The initiative offers promising newcomers the opportunity to attend Sundance and produce work in a deadline-driven environment for both Indiewire and RogerEbert.com. While it’s more challenging than ever to make a living as a film critic, film criticism continues to stimulate conversations across the media landscape, and festivals provide a key focal point for starting those discussions. Participants in this workshop will not only experience this process first-hand; they will come out of the experience with the connections and clips vital to their next steps in the profession.” 

Though, fortunately, there is no age limit to apply for the program (so there’s still hope for you baby boomers out there), the ideal candidates should have completed at least two years of college or should be no more than three years out of college. 

Needless to say, anyone applying for the program must demonstrate a genuine interest and knowledge of films and film history, as well as in film criticism and journalism as a career goal.

The deadline for applications is on Friday Dec. 4.

For details on applying go here.

And I don’t need to tell you that we could certainly use more serious black film critics in the business…

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