Applications for Critics Campus 2023 are now closed.
The Melbourne International Film Festival Critics Campus is an intensive, week-long program of panels, workshops and mentoring designed to provide emerging Australian screen critics with a unique platform to nurture their talents in a live festival setting. Following nine highly successful editions, Critics Campus returns in 2023, taking place from Monday 7 to Friday 11 August as part of the festival’s 71st edition.
Established in 2014, Critics Campus has proved an invaluable incubator of emerging talent across the past decade, discovering and developing new voices in Australian screen criticism. As the media landscape continues to change and evolve, Critics Campus has responded in turn, driven by the idea that informed screen criticism is vital to a healthy screen culture and industry. In developing new and underrepresented voices, Critics Campus builds on its commitment to refreshing and growing the country’s critical landscape, to redefining the ways our writers consider the culture, and to preparing participants for successful careers in screen criticism and the arts.
Since its first edition nearly a decade ago, the program has grown in reputation and global reach, attracting A-list international critics, programmers and guests, and establishing a name for itself as one of the most well-regarded young critic workshops in the world. In 2023, eight selected participants will:
- take part in mentoring sessions with eight leading Australian and international film critics
- join a range of panels, workshops and live-editing sessions with some of the best critics – both in person and online – from around the world
- have access to festival films, publicity materials, guests and networking opportunities at MIFF
- be invited to attend screenings, social functions, galas and other festival events.