Call for applications: the first Verzió Young Documentary Film Critics Workshop, Budapest


If you like watching and writing about documentaries, we invite you to apply for the inaugural Verzió Young Documentary Film Critics Workshop, which will take place within the framework of the 19th Verzió International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival in Budapest, Hungary. The workshop will focus on methods and approaches to writing about non-fiction films. A team of international and Hungarian tutors will guide participants through the intricacies of structuring and publishing reviews, polish their writing and editing skills; and introduce participants to the existing platforms and publications that feature critiques on nonfiction film. The workshop is open to aspiring and early-career film critics. The working language of the workshop will be in English. Participants will be selected based on merit. Preliminary introductions with the tutors will take place online in October.  

Tutors: Pamela Cohn, Daniella Shreir, Zsolt Gyenge.

The 19th Verzió International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival takes place 8–20 November 2022, in-person and online, in Budapest and several cities across Hungary. 

What to expect?

  • Writing-intensive workshop on 8–12 November 
  • Preliminary online sessions in October via Zoom (dates TBA)
  • Free accreditation at the 19th Verzió FF
  • Access to Verzió industry events
  • Hands-on learning from international tutors 
  • Networking with the international documentary community
  • Meeting other young film critics, directors, and producers of documentary films

What do we expect from you?

  • A passion in documentary cinema
  • High-level oral and written English skills
  • Some experience writing film reviews 
  • Full attendance of the workshop’s tutoring sessions and masterclasses (in-person and online) 

The workshop is free of charge, however, the organizers cannot offer reimbursement for travel and accommodation to participants. 

How to apply?
Please fill out this form and upload one film review or a short essay, maximum 2 pages in length. If your piece was originally not written in English, please translate it and indicate that it is a translation. 

Deadline: 16 September 2022

Applicants will be notified about the selection results by email by 30 September 2022. 

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