Yamagata Film Criticism Workshop

Join the Yamagata Film Criticism Workshop!

Calls are open for applications to this year’s Yamagata Film Criticism Workshop, which will take place during YIDFF 2019. This project will provide training in writing about documentary cinema, while offering immersion in the lively atmosphere of an international film festival.

Participants will attend screenings of films in the YIDFF program and will write short texts about the films under the guidance of their mentor, a well-known film critic and programmer. Participants will also take part in discussions about documentary cinema and film criticism.

Two applicants from ASEAN countries and one applicant from Japan will be chosen to receive funding to participate in the workshop. This funding will cover round-trip transportation and accommodation in Yamagata for the period of the workshop.

Yamagata Film Criticism Workshop overview

[Dates] October 10th (Thu) –15th (Tue)
[Place] Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival (Yamagata City)
[To apply for the workshop, you]
  1. Must be able to attend YIDFF 2019 from October 10 to 15
  2. Must be able to write and engage in discussions in English
  3. Must commit to writing five short texts to be published by YIDFF:
    • four texts (approximately 500 words) during the workshop and one longer text (approximately 1,000 words) after the workshop
[To apply]
Send an email including the information and materials requested below to <fcworkshop2019@gmail.com> no later than Friday, September 6.
  1. Name
  2. Age
  3. Address
  4. Phone number
  5. E-mail address
  6. Self-introduction (education and employment history, with emphasis on your writing experience and your involvement with cinema)
  7. Sample of previous writing
  8. Essay on the theme “Why I Want to Write about Documentary” (approximately 500 words)
[Result Notification]
Applicants will be notified of the result of their application by mid-September.
Mentor: Chris Fujiwara
Chris Fujiwara is an American film critic and programmer, based in Japan. He has written and edited several books on cinema, has contributed to many anthologies and journals, and has lectured widely on films and film programming. Formerly Artistic Director of Edinburgh International Film Festival, he has also developed film programs for many other institutions. He is a founder of the Film Criticism Collective, in collaboration with the Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, and has organized or served as a mentor for film criticism and film programming workshops at the Berlinale, Melbourne International Film Festival, the International Film Festival of Kerala, Salamindanaw Asian Film Festival, the Japan Foundation Asia Center, and elsewhere.
Send an email to <fcworkshop2019@gmail.com>