MIFF welcomes back Critics Campus

If you're a budding film critic, don't miss your chance to enter the MIFF Critics Campus mentorship program.

Entries for the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) Critics Campus are now open. Applications are being sought from emerging and early-career Australian critics who have some experience writing about film.

Eight participants will take part in mentoring sessions with leading Australian and international film critics, and will have the opportunity to join a range of panels, workshops and live-editing sessions. Participants will also have access to festival films, publicity materials, guests and networking opportunities at MIFF, and will be invited to attend screenings, galas and other festival events.

Past Critics Campus mentors have included Simran Hans (The Observer), Guy Lodge (Variety), Jessica Kiang (Variety), K. Austin Collins (Rolling Stone), Craig Mathieson (The Age, Sydney Morning Herald), and Dan Golding (ABC).

‘For almost ten years now, MIFF’s Critics Campus has been the primary national forum to nurture the next generation of Australia’s screen criticism culture, and the future looks very bright indeed,’ said Alexandra Heller-Nicholas, 2021 Critics Campus mentor.

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Now in its ninth year, the MIFF Critics Campus is an intensive, week-long program designed to provide emerging Australian screen critics with a ‘unique platform’ to nurture their talents in a live setting. This year it will take place from Monday 8 to Friday 12 August, at MIFF’s 70th iteration of the festival.

Critics Campus is committed to the idea that informed screen criticism is vital to a healthy screen culture and industry.

‘This was a fantastic opportunity for me,’ said Shaheen Ahmed, 2020 Critics Campus alumna. ‘It felt a little overwhelming, because there were so many different writers and thinkers coming from different perspectives, but it got me connected with so many people from the culture. It was a fantastic experience’.

Applications for the Critics Campus close at 5pm on Monday 16 May 2022. Find out more on the MIFF website.

Silvi Vann-Wall is a journalist, podcaster, and filmmaker. They joined ScreenHub as Film Content Lead in 2022. Twitter: @SilviReports