Film at Lincoln Center Critics Academy

In collaboration with Film Comment, the Film at Lincoln Center (FLC) Critics Academy offers a workshop intensive during the New York Film Festival (September 27 – October 13, 2024) that gives up to eight emerging critics the opportunity to connect with experienced professionals, gain insights into the creative and editorial process, and learn the practical realities of being a working critic.

The 2024 FLC Critics Academy includes:

  • A two-day workshop intensive taking place in-person September 16 and 17. Subjects covered during the workshops will include:
    • Pitching and freelancing
    • Editorial process
    • Covering film festivals
    • Podcasting and interviewing best practices
    • Social media for critics
    • And more! 
  • NYFF62 press badge granting access to press and industry screenings during the festival
  • Opportunities to attend press screenings, write reviews of NYFF films, and be published on the Film Comment website and other established publications under the guidance of experienced editors
  • Support in career development and expanding the participants’ professional network
  • Invitations to select industry events during the festival

Please note: This workshop is aimed at New York City–based emerging critics. Participants’ travel and accommodations expenses will not be provided or reimbursed.


FLC Critics Academy applicant requirements:

  • A minimum of two years of experience producing original film criticism in online, print, and/or audiovisual formats
  • Familiarity with Film Comment’s publication history and style
  • A solid understanding of film history, criticism, and culture
  • At least two years of post-high school education (may include traditional college, apprenticeships, professional certifications, participation in other industry labs, etc.) 
  • Must be available on-site in New York City for the workshops and during the New York Film Festival 

Critics from underrepresented communities (women and BIPOC persons in particular) are strongly encouraged to apply as part of our commitment to increasing their representation in the film journalism and criticism space.  

Key Dates 

  • May 13: Applications open 
  • June 14: Applications close 
  • July 15: Participants notified of selection 
  • September 16–17: FLC Critics Academy two-day workshop
  • September 18: NYFF62 press and industry screenings begin
  • September 27 – October 13: NYFF62 festival dates