Young film critics – EIFF needs you!

Edinburgh International Film Festival is looking for emerging film writers to be part of its annual Student Critics Programme

Article by Jamie Dunn | 24 Apr 2019
  • EIFF Student Film Critics 2017

Everyone's a critic nowadays, right? But if you're interested in more than just firing off hot takes into the abyss of Twitter, Edinburgh International Film Festival's Student Critics Programme is a fantastic opportunity for new and emerging critics to learn from some of the best in the film critic business.

The programme is open to all UK based students aged 18 to 25; all you require is a passion for cinema. The best part: all those who are accepted will have travel and accommodation paid for. There is also funding available to support two students from Polish institutions.

During the programme you'll be schooled in the art of film criticism by some of the sharpest critics in the UK: Jonathan Romney, Simran Hans and Sight & Sound editor Nick James have been among the mentors in recent editions. Your pass will also get you into screenings, events and some of EIFF's legendary parties.

To apply, send a 500-word review of a recent or classic film to by 24 May 2019. If you prefer to do your reviews in audio or audio-visual form, you can apply using a three-minute video or audio review instead.

For full details of what to include in your application, head to