05.11.2018

International Film Festival of Rotterdam (IFFR) > Trainee Programme for Young Film Critics

IFFR recognises the vital importance of film analysis and criticism. That’s why, in 1998, they launched the Young Film Critics trainee programme to support a new generation of young and upcoming film critics.

A group of young and motivated professional film critics from outside the Netherlands are invited to come to Rotterdam to cover the festival. The organisers provide them with the means to sharpen their journalistic practice and explore the wide landscape of independent cinema on offer at IFFR, one of the major international film festivals for press, industry members and audiences.

The programme provides a unique insight into a broad range of programmes on offer at the festival, ranging from films by well-known arthouse auteurs to more experimental and obscure cinematic gems and from art installations and performances to talks and film industry conferences.

In the past editions, IFFR welcomed Young Film Critics from all regions of the world. Last year, at IFFR 2018, they had participants from Singapore, Romania, Nigeria, Chile and Bangladesh.

What you can expect:

  • Complimentary IFFR 2019 press accreditation

  • Budget hotel accommodation in Rotterdam

  • A partial refund of travel costs when traveling from outside Europe

  • A full schedule. IFFR aims at making trainees fully integral to the festival and lets them participate in the delivery of daily festival outlets. The trainees will form a team, hosted by the IFFR Press Office and the festival editorial staff. You get to explore all aspects of IFFR (screenings, exhibitions, Q&A sessions, masterclasses and talks, debates, film industry conferences) as part of the programme and to cover for your own media.

  • If your participation is successful and you have published reports that meet IFFR’s standards (both in quality and quantity), you get the opportunity to visit the next edition of the festival as an accredited journalist.

Deadline (extended): 15 November 2018

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