Rotterdam & Berlinale Press Talent Campus

39th International Film Festival Rotterdam
January 27 – February 7, 2010

IFFR Trainee Project for Young Film Critics

The International Film Festival Rotterdam welcomes applications for the 12th edition of its IFFR Trainee Project for Young Film Critics taking place during the 39th festival edition (
January 27 – February 7, 2010)

Deadline for applications: Friday November 6, 2009.
Information / applications: IFFR Press Office, press@filmfestivalrotterdam

The International Film Festival Rotterdam supports film making, film producing and journalistic talent on several levels: the main festival section 'Bright Future' (including competitions for feature length and short films) presents recent works by first and second time filmmakers; Rotterdam's Hubert Bals Fund contributes to film projects in developing countries and CineMart organizes a trainee project for young film producers (Rotterdam Lab) in close collaboration with its partner organizations. Recognizing the important role of film criticism to the perception of independent cinema, the Rotterdam film festival organizes a trainee project for young film critics.

The IFFR Trainee Project for Young Film Critics is a talent development program that offers up to six young (under 30 years), motivated and talented professional film critics from outside The Netherlands a chance to travel abroad for covering a major international film festival, to get acquainted with the Rotterdam film festival in particular and the broad range of independent cinema it offers.

The project was created in 1998 motivated by the fact that young and upcoming film critics get less opportunities to explore and sharpen their knowledge and views on independent and experimental cinema - and the festivals, like the International Film Festival Rotterdam, that present it.

The program of the Trainee Project consists a.o. of taking part in the Rotterdam FIPRESCI Jury meetings; exploring an assigned part of the festival; publishing about the festival on the IFFR website and in the festival's newspaper Daily Tiger; expert meetings; reporting about the festival for own affiliation(s). Trainees are offered a IFFR press badge, budget hotel accommodation during the festival period; part of travel expenses.

The past editions the Rotterdam film festival welcomed trainee film critics from:
Argentina, Australia, Austria, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Croatia, France, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Italy, Lithuania, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Russia, Slovak Republic, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Turkey, UK and USA.

• IFFR 2010 press accreditation
• budget hotel accommodation from January 28 - February 6, 2010

• (part of) travel costs according to country of origin.
• The IFFR wants its trainee film critics to really participate in the festival. Each trainee will take part in a programme of meetings and will be assigned tasks ranging from attending the FIPRESCI Jury-meetings, covering a festival sidebar and contributing to the IFFR Daily Tiger. Each trainee will also be asked to report on their assignments and experiences in articles, interviews or essays on the IFFR website. There will be time to explore all aspects of the festival - films, art exhibitions, panel discussions, Q&A sessions and debates.
• In addition, the trainees should work on articles to be published in their home country. The trainees will form a team, supported by the IFFR Press Office and Daily Tiger Editorial Staff.


· Age under 30 years
· Fluent command of the English language (written and spoken)
· Demonstrable experience in film criticism (printed media, radio/television, online)
· Not yet established enough to profit from facilities as attending international film festivals outside your country.
· Have agreement(s) with printed and/or online media to publish a report or reports on the International Film Festival Rotterdam 2010.

Your application will only be taken in consideration if you match all the above criteria.

Your application should include all of the following documents and information:
• a motivation letter to support your application: explain why this project and the Rotterdam festival appeals to you.
• your resume (CV) including your contact details and date of birth.
• up to three proofs of recent work you published on (independent) film or film festivals. If not in English, provide English translations to demonstrate your command of this language. If you work for a print medium, send in complete copies of your affiliation with your articles or reviews.
• information about your affiliation(s): title, name of chief editor, postal address, phone number, email account, periodicity, circulation, web address, estimated unique page views per month.
• a recommendation letter (on company letterhead) of your principal affiliation’s editor assigning you to cover IFFR 2010 and confirming that your IFFR 2010 report will be published.

You may send in your application:
• by mail to press@filmfestivalrotterdam.com
• or by land mail to IFFR Press Office, PO Box 21696, 3001 AR Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Deadline for applications: Friday November 6, 2009.
Applications received after this date risk not to be proceeded. Notification before Dec 5, 2009.

Please note: if you are selected and participate in the IFFR Trainee Project for Young Film Critics, you agree that your work produced as part the project may be published by IFFR in print or online in the festival's publications and on the FIPRESCI website.

For further information, please contact:
IFFR Press Office
Bert-Jan Zoet, Head of Media Relations
phone +31 10 8909090
e-mail press@filmfestivalrotterdam.com

FIPRESCI informs

Berlinale Talent Campus #8 — The Talent Press
Call for Applications

Berlinale Talent Campus, Goethe-Institut and FIPRESCI invite young film critics to Berlin.

Dear friends of film,

We'd like to invite you and/or your colleagues to apply for The Talent Press, a project of the Berlinale Talent Campus, of Goethe-Institut and FIPRESCI (the International Federation of Film Critics). Young film critics and film journalists will be invited to Berlin to report on the films at the 60th Berlin International Film Festival (February 11–21, 2010) and on the events of the Berlinale Talent Campus (February 13–18, 2010).

The call for applications for the Talent Press is now open. Please read the following application regulations carefully (they can also be found online at www.berlinale-talentcampus.de and www.fipresci.org)

Eligible are:

Young film critics or journalists
— fluent in English (in writing and speaking);
— under 30 years;
— eager to report on films screened at the Berlin International Film Festival and on events held during the Berlinale Talent Campus 2010;
having published articles in newspapers, film magazines, on websites or at universities.

What we expect from you:

— To be willing to cover a broad range of journalistic work: you will write interviews, reviews, reports, articles and features on the Berlinale Talent Campus and the Berlin International Film Festival;
— To attend daily editorial meetings with a personal mentor (see below).

The work you write may be published on www.berlinale-talentcampus.de and www.fipresci.org. Participants will grant unlimited use and exploitation rights in and to all articles and reviews done in the framework of the Berlinale Talent Campus and the Berlin International Film Festival.

What we will offer you:

The once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet and to be with 350 young talented filmmakers from all over the world and to experience the day-to-day buzz of a prestigious A-Festival.
— You will be guided through the Berlin International Film Festival by Peter Cowie (former International Publishing Director of "Variety" and author of many books on film), Oliver Baumgarten (Chief Editor "Schnitt") and other renowned film critics. Rubaica Jaliwala is your contact person from the Berlinale Talent Campus team.
— Every day, you have the opportunity to write a critique about a film from the festival program or short reviews of an event at the Campus program, and will discuss and review it with your fellow participants and film critics.
— Free accommodation in youth hostels in Berlin from February 12–19, 2010.
— A share of the travel expenses depending on your country of origin.

Your online application should include:

— curriculum vitae and personal data (address, email etc.)
— up to three original copies of articles that you have published in the last two years (if these articles are not in English you should supply us with a decent translation as a proof of your English writing skills for each article).

How to proceed completing an online application:

You can only apply on the Berlinale Talent Campus website:
(All relevant information and the application form can be found by clicking on "apply now" on the homepage of the Berlinale Talent Campus site. Make sure you choose the "Talent Press Application" when you have to choose an application)
— Get an application number on the website;
— Log in and fill out the complete online application form;
— Please ensure that you have filled out the online application completely.
If you are unable to upload your articles you can send them by regular mail;
— Your work must be at the Berlinale Talent Campus offices by October 7, 2009;
Please make sure your name and application number are clearly displayed on the articles you send.

If you have any queries please contact info@berlinale-talentcampus.de

The application deadline is October 7, 2009. Successful candidates will be notified by the end of December.

Kind regards,

The Berlinale Talent Campus Team
Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin
Potsdamer Strasse 5
D-10785 Berlin
T +49 (30) 259 20 515
F +49 (30) 259 20 519

The Berlinale Talent Campus is an initiative of the Berlin International Film Festival. The Talent Press is organized in co-operation with FIPRESCI, Goethe Institute and Goethe Forum.

FIPRESCI – International Federation of Film Critics
Schleissheimer Str. 83, D-80797 Munich, Germany
T +49 (89) 18 23 03, F +49 (89) 18 47 66
info@fipresci.org, www.fipresci.org

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