(So, I just received an email from a publicist with the topic line “Power tools in horror flicks.” No, I am not going to read it. Ouch.)
I hear a lot, in my line of work, from college students who want to be film critics and want to know how to get started. Mostly I just have general advice for them: take writing and literature classes, immerse yourself in movies, write constantly, develop a portfolio of work you’re proud of and then try to interest an outlet, somewhere, in running your stuff. (And have a backup plan.) Now I’ve got another bit of advice, something more specific: Apply for the just-announced Indiewire/Sundance Fellowship for Film Criticism, through which six writers will receive funds to attend and cover the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. Fellows will also be able to attend workshops with “professional critics and other members of the industry.” The funds will come from Sundance’s Roger Ebert Scholarship for Film Criticism, in memory of the beloved writer who died earlier this year.
Applicants must have completed at least three years of undergraduate study, and must have no more than two years of experience “creating critical and/or journalistic content about movies.” For more information about how to apply, go here. Applications are due by October 31. Good luck!