Youth Jury & Critics Programme

Call for Entry 2020: Youth Jury & Critics Programme

Launched in 2014, the Youth Jury & Critics Programme aims to nurture and guide a generation of young writers on cinema from the region. In its lead-up and during the Festival, the young critics’ articles and video essays will be published in the festival’s film journal, Stories

The programme will conclude with the young jurors awarding the Youth Jury Prize to one of the films competing in the Southeast Asian Short Film Competition during the Silver Screen Awards. One of the participants will also receive the Young Critic Award, awarded for originality of writing and for their contribution to cinematic discussions in the region.

2020 Mentor: Chris Fujiwara 
Chris Fujiwara has written and edited several books on cinema, including ​
Jacques Tourneur: The Cinema of Nightfall​; ​The World and Its Double: The Life and Work of Otto Preminger​; and ​Jerry Lewis​. He was the editor of ​Undercurrent​, the film-criticism magazine of FIPRESCI (International Federation of Film Critics) and a film critic for the ​Boston​ ​Phoenix​, and he has contributed to numerous magazines, journals, and newspapers. He has lectured on film at Tokyo University, Yale University, Edinburgh Napier University, Temple University, and elsewhere. Formerly Artistic Director of Edinburgh International Film Festival, he has also developed film programs for other institutions and has organized and served as a mentor for numerous workshops on film criticism and film programming.

Previous Mentors include Kong Rithdee (Thailand), Victor Fan (UK), May Adadol Ingawanij (UK, Thailand), and Kevin B. Lee (USA).

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