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CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS Kaunas IFF Film Journalism Workshop

As an observatory member of the NISI MASA network, Kaunas International
Film Festival has a big pleasure to present it‘s first upcoming film
journalism workshop, which will take place from 28th of September to the
3rd of October, during Kaunas IFF.

We are looking for ten young film critics from Europe countries between
age of 18 and 25 to participate in this film criticism workshop lead by
Boyd van Hoeij, freelance film critic, well known for his articles in
Variety, Winq, Mate and etc. Participants will get free tickets to all
festival screenings, additional events and attend intensive workshop
after which as a final result each of them will have to present three
reviews analysing films of the Kaunas IFF 2011 programme. This workshop
will be a preperation for the first Nisimazine workshop to be held at
the Kaunus International Film Festival in 2012.

All reviews will be published online on the official Nisimazine website
on a special Kaunas IFF Nisimazine blog. Also some of the articles  will
be translated into Lithuanian for local cultural press. This is a great
opportunity to improve your skills in film journalism, to be advised by
a profesional film critic and spend a pleasant time with people from
around Europe with the same interest during Kaunas International Film

About the tutor Boyd van Hoeij:

Boyd van Hoeij is a freelance film writer. He contributing critic to
U.S. trade paper Variety, the film editor of Winq (Netherlands) and Mate
(U.S./U.K.) and a regular contributor to International Film Guide
(U.K.), Filmkrant (Netherlands) and indieWIRE (U.S.). His work has been
published in ten languages including Estonian, Romanian and Chinese .
His book 10/10, about ten contemporary Francophone Belgian directors,
came out in September 2010.

About Kaunas IFF film journalism workshop:

The workshop will open with an introductionary lecture to film reviewing and exemplary film reviews.

Later, in five sessions workshop will cover topics of:
-How to read reviews
-Analytical skills / How to talk about films
-Writing for different audiences (blog/newspaper/academic/trade)
-Practical part: Boyd van Hoeij will help with reviewing films. He will
bring some shorts and you will watch a couple of films from the festival
programme, afterwards you will write reviews for it.

Also there will be one long session going through one entire film brought by Boyd van Hoeij and discussing it scene by scene. 

About Kaunas International Film Festival:

Today, Kaunas IFF is one of Lithuania’s most appreciated film festivals
and the main film event in Kaunas. It presents films which have been
acclaimed worldwide and also looks for new discoveries. The main
priority of Kaunas IFF is a combination of the artistic and social
statements in film. The festival continues its strategy to present
exclusively Lithuanian or Baltic premiers. 5th edition, September 27 -
October 9, 2011 includes:
 feature films in the Wide Angle, Identity
 Mainly documentaries in “Music Moves the world”, “All the
Muses” sections, and selection of 
short films, animations and
retrospectives in side-bars
. Kaunas IFF is the official festival and
distribution partner of the innovative network „Eye on Films“, supported
by MEDIA Mundus, a member of the CICAE network, and the Lithuanian
representative organisation in the European Network of Young Cinema –

Travel & accomodation

Participants will share a flat in the centre of Kaunas. Symbolic cost
per one night is around 10 euros each person, travels and food is on
participant's expenses. There is also a possibility to stay for free in a
couchsurfing-like way if participants accept. All of them will have
free entrance to all the screenings and festival's events.


It must be sent until the 22 of August via email to It should consist of brief CV in English and
two short reviews of resent films as well in English. Participants are
kindly asked to bring their own laptops if possible.


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