In partnership with Film Comment, the 2024 FLC Critics Academy supports the next generation of film writers by offering invaluable experience in both the craft and business of film criticism, with an emphasis on creating opportunities for people from underrepresented communities.

Early-career critics with a minimum of two years of experience creating original film criticism or journalism in online, print, and/or audiovisual formats are welcome to apply. 

Participants will join a two-day intensive workshop taking place in-person September 16–17, 2024, where established members of the industry—including working critics, editors, filmmakers, distributors, and publicists—will cover topics including pitching and freelancing, the editorial process, covering festivals, podcasting practices, social media for critics, and more. 

Under the guidance of Film Comment editors, participants will receive assignments to attend press screenings, write reviews of NYFF films, and will have the opportunity to be published on the Film Comment website. Participants will also have the opportunity to pitch story ideas to other outlets. They will receive a New York Film Festival press badge and invitations to attend select industry events during the festival (September 27 – October 13, 2024). 

Past Critics Academy participants have gone on to write for publications such as The Atlantic, Brooklyn Magazine, The Guardian, Huffington Post, L.A. Weekly, The Los Angeles Times, National Review, New Republic, New York Review of Books, Paper, The Paris Review, Remezcla, Reverse Shot, Vice, The Village Voice, Vulture, and more.

Applications for 2024 Academies are closed. Notifications will be made by July 15.

Meet our past participants!

2023 Participants

2019 Participants

2018 Participants

2017 Participants

2016 Participants

2015 Participants

2014 Participants

2013 Participants