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Indiewire and Film Comment Announce Finalists for 2014 NYFF Critics Academy

Indiewire and Film Comment Announce Finalists for 2014 NYFF Critics Academy

Indiewire and Film Comment have announced the finalists for the third annual New York Film Festival Critics Academy, a workshop for aspiring film critics that takes place during the 52nd edition of the festival, which begins next week.

Writers will participate in workshops and mentor sessions with noted critics, working journalists, filmmakers, and members of the film industry, including writers and editors from Indiewire and Film Comment magazine, with their coverage to be published on Indiewire’s Criticwire blog and FilmComment.com. As with previous years, the workshop aims to both demystify the role of film criticism in contemporary film culture and allow participants the opportunity to produce new work.

Eight finalists were selected from over 100 applicants. Their names are listed below:

Jackson Marshall Arn
Michael Blum
Freja Dam
Eric Fuchs
Bruno C Guarana
Tanner Jordan Tafelski
Tim Wainwright
Amanda Yam

First launched as an initiative during the 2012 Locarno Film Festival, with a local version produced during the 2012 New York Film Festival, the combination of candid discussions with working critics and other members of the industry—paired with experience covering cinema in a deadline-driven environment—has proven to be the right kind of fuel for the professionally minded critic to begin sketching out a career plan. Since its inception, 40 aspiring critics have participated in the Critics Academy, and many of them continue to pursue the career path with results that speak for themselves.
The Critics Academy is one of two educational initiatives set to take place during NYFF, the other being the Artists Academy for young filmmakers. Just as that program guides filmmakers who show tremendous promise, the Critics Academy aims to provide context and pointers for critics who are already showing great potential in their writing, sensibilities, and professional motivation.

Stay tuned to the Criticwire blog in the coming weeks for more details about this year’s participants.

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