Open City Documentary Festival

Applications open for Critics Workshop with Another Gaze

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Together with Another Gaze – A Feminist Film Journal, we are looking for participants for our first collaborative Critics Workshop, which will take place during the festival.

We are committed to fostering a discursive space that brings together the next generation of filmmakers, critics and other professionals working in the field of non-fiction cinema. The Critics Workshop is an immersive five-day programme we developed with the Another Gaze editorial team to introduce the ethics and methodologies of feminist film criticism. It will look at questions such as: should the role of a feminist publication be wholly celebratory? How useful are terms such as “intersectional” and the “female gaze”? What duties do we have to others in critical writing? How should we write about works by “neglected” women filmmakers, who are older or no longer alive?

Another Gaze was founded in January 2016 to provide nuanced criticism about women and queers as filmmakers, protagonists and spectators. They have recently launched Another Screen – an irregular streaming platform, streaming short-term programmes of films by women across modes of production and geographies, with new writing and translations about these works.

The workshop sessions will take place in-person at the Festival Hub in central London. The 12 selected participants will receive a complimentary accreditation to the festival. They will have the opportunity to attend press & industry screenings at the festival as well as talks and workshops. Though the workshop is open to applicants outside London, we cannot provide travel or accommodation support. Please check with your local FilmHub and ScreenSkills for bursary opportunities.

Requirements:
Applicants need to demonstrate an interest in film criticism and/or film journalism as well as the ability to speak and write fluently in English. No previous professional experience is necessary.

Applications must include the following:

  • CV: A basic, one-page resume
  • One article or film review written in English (published or unpublished).
  • A piece of critical writing (can be about any art form, not just film) that you find particularly compelling, with a short paragraph explaining why.
  • An approximately 500-word statement about why you’d like to take part.

Please note that all the workshop participants will be expected to take part in sessions scheduled 10h to 12h on Thursday 9th, Friday 10th, Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th as well as a full-day event on Monday 13th. In addition, press screenings and events will be scheduled before and throughout this time.

Please send your applications to : info@opencitylondon.com with the subject line ANOTHER GAZE CRITICS WORKSHOP by July 15th at 11.59PM (UK time). Successful applicants will be notified by 11th August.