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About GoCritic!

About GoCritic!

GoCritic! is a training programme for emerging film journalists and critics. It is organized by Cineuropa together with various European film festivals and it is the first pan-European training programme of its kind, conducted in English. Through workshops led by acclaimed film journalists and critics at seven festivals in the first year, and online tutoring after the festivals, GoCritic! will train new European film journalists and critics. The main objective is to improve their skills of writing about cinema through practical work in producing such content. The extended online tutoring will ensure continuity in the participants' work.

GoCritic! will empower aspiring journalists and critics beyond writing skills, providing them with a deep insight into the film industry and thus contributing to European cinema in general. Tutors will guide the participants through the festival experience, and organize guest lectures by experts from the industry, ensuring that the participants get the big picture. GoCritic! will also help them in their professional orientation, in collaboration with other training programmes. The visibility of the participants' work will be high thanks to publishing on Cineuropa, and their profiles and examples of work will be suggested to other companies that might need their expertise. The best of the participants will get the chance to publish stories professionally as part of Cineuropa's regular coverage.

GoCritic! will create a new journalistic community which will freshen up the existing circles with new ideas, through perspective of younger generations, and move the dialogue on developments in film industry on to a new level.

The GoCritic! team and tutors include Boyd van Hoeij, Neil Young, Dana Linssen, Carmen Gray, Michael Pattison, Tristan Priimagi, Vladan Petković, who is also the Head of Studies of the programme, and Marina Burić, project coordinator.

After the Covid-induced break, in 2022, GoCritic! has established a two-year partnership with the Animation Festival Network which comprises Animest International Animation Film Festival (Bucharest, Romania), Animateka International Animated Film Festival (Ljubljana, Slovenia), Anifilm International Festival of Animated Films (Liberec, Czech Republic), World Festival of Animated Film Animafest Zagreb (Croatia) and Fest Anča International Animation Festival (Žilina, Slovakia). Different tutors are conducting workshops at these festivals and the articles are also being published on Zippy Frames.

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