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Indiewire and Sundance Institute Announce Fellowship for Six Aspiring Film Critics to Cover the 2014 Sundance Film Festival

by Beth Hanna
October 16, 2013 2:32 PM
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Aspiring film critics, take note! The Sundance Institute and Indiewire are now accepting entries through October 31 for their first partnered Fellowship for Film Criticism. Six fellows will receive a grant for expenses and other support to attend and cover the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, running January 16-26 in Park City. 

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Funds will come from Sundance Institute’s Roger Ebert Scholarship for Film Criticism, in memory of the late beloved and renowned film critic.

Here's more info:

The Fellowship allows aspiring critics the opportunity to navigate the fast-paced, deadline-driven environment of film festivals. In addition to attending screenings, pitching stories, and writing coverage to be published on Indiewire's Criticwire blog and other outlets they arrange on their own, they will participate in a series of workshops to meet with professional film critics and other members of the industry including distributors, agents, publicists and festival programmers. Fellows will emerge with a deeper awareness of the practical challenges involved in gaining a foothold in entertainment journalism while navigating the specific demands of the film world.

Applicants must have completed a minimum of three years of undergraduate study or no more than two years of experience creating critical and/or journalistic content about movies. They must showcase a demonstrable interest in film criticism and/or film journalism as well as the ability to speak and write fluently in English. Emphasis will be placed on a diversity of voices, backgrounds and cinematic interests.


Applications must include:

• A one-page resume

• Three writing samples about film, including film reviews, blog posts, college newspaper clips, podcasts or any other work that demonstrates the applicant’s skills. Academic papers are allowed but not encouraged.

• A 300-word statement of intent, explaining the applicant’s background and why they would make an ideal candidate for the Fellowship. Applicants should note any particular interests (genres, national cinemas, etc.). Passion, strong writing skills and a deep knowledge of film history matter more than overall professional experience.

Please send applications to no later than October 31.


  • Noah Lee | October 29, 2013 9:56 PMReply

    Is the 300-word statement of intent a cover letter? Please reply ASAP

  • Beth Hanna | October 28, 2013 1:28 PMReply

    Hi all! For answers to your various questions about applying for the Fellowship for Film Criticism, please visit this link (copy and paste into browser):

  • Tony | October 26, 2013 6:07 PMReply

    Deadline October there a time, or should I assume 11:59 PM, Oct. 31?

  • Mike Crowley | October 23, 2013 2:17 AMReply

    I actually have the same question Emma has. Does Podcasts or videos count for writing samples or is it three written samples including something like a podcast.
    Thank you.

  • Juan | October 21, 2013 1:08 PMReply

    I am from Spain, am I allowed to send an application? Would the grant cover the flight expenses? Thank you.

  • Emma Vigand | October 16, 2013 3:56 PMReply

    Hi! I just have a question about the samples you ask to put in the application. It says three writing samples but then you include podcasts in it. Could it be a video as well? Thanks for your consideration! Best wishes!

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