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Edinburgh invites ‘next generation of film critics’

Students at higher or further education institutions in Scotland are invited to join the Student Critics Jury, which returns to the Edinburgh International Film Festival for the third time this year.

Seven student critics will be selected to join the Student Critics Jury, which gives “the next generation of film critics” an opportunity to expand their knowledge of contemporary cinema and develop key kills in evaluating and writing about films – as well as give a prestigious award.

They’ll be brought to Edinburgh for the duration of the six-day festival, which runs between 18-29 June, with accommodation and travel fully covered. Then they’ll view films from various strands of the festival programme and complete reading and review assignments, before eventually determining who receives the Student Critics Jury Award at the festival’s closing Awards Ceremony.

The students will be mentored throughout by established professional critics. Last year, the student jury was mentored by Nick James, editor of Sight & Sound; Kate Taylor, from the Independent Cinema Office; and writer, film programmer, and filmmaker Gabe Klinger.

Chris Fujiwara, artistic director of the festival, said: “At a time when the role of the film critic and the nature of film criticism are in flux, it’s essential that film festivals affirm the value of informed and intelligent appreciation of films.”

He also thanked James and Morag Anderson, whose “generous” support facilitated the Student Critics Jury’s return.

The application period opens on 14 April. To be considered for a position on the jury, eligible students must submit a 500-word essay demonstrating their “writing skills and passion for and knowledge of cinema” before applications close on 12 May.

More information is available on the Edinburgh International Film Festival website here.

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