MIFF’s Critics Campus now open for applications

06 April, 2017 by Staff Writer

Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) has opened applications for its fourth Critics Campus, an intensive five-day lab designed to enable emerging Aussie film critics to develop their skills in a live festival setting. 


In a statement, MIFF said the Campus’ ethos is a belief that “in a swiftly changing media environment, informed writing on cinema is vital to a strong film culture and industry. Digital media allows for a diversity of voices yet poses challenges for writers seeking employment in the field.”

Aimee Knight, who participated in last year’s lab, said her experience was transformative.

“My mentor made me feel valued, challenged, positive and proud  especially when she offered me work on the third day. The hot-house environment made me a faster, stronger, more ruthless writer. I wouldn't have achieved such progress without the support of our mentors, the guest speakers and generous MIFF staff.”

Since participating in the lab, alumni have gone on to write for publications such as The Age, Senses of Cinema, The Monthly, 4:3, The Saturday Paper, Junkee, Little White LiesThe Hollywood Reporter and Guardian Australia.

The eight participants will take part in mentoring sessions and panels with key Aussie industry and media and produce daily coverage for a variety of outlets.

They will have access to festival films, publicity materials, guests and networking opportunities. Meals and accommodation will be provided.

MIFF has also said that three prominent international critics will visit the fest to participate in the campus as mentors.

Applications are open to Australian writers in the beginning stages of their career, with no more than two years of experience in film writing. They should prepare to be available in Melbourne August 6-12 inclusive.

Deadline for applications is 9am May 2, with successful applicants notified May 5.