International Film Festival Rotterdam Trainee Project for Young Film Critics

Deadline:  1 November 2014
Open to: Journalists ages 30 and younger around the world
Venue: 22 – 29 January 2015 in Rotterdam, The Netherlands


The International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) seeks applicants for its 2015 training program. The IFFR Trainee Project for Young Film Critics offers motivated and talented journalists a chance to cover a major international film festival.

The program includes reporting on the festival for the Daily Tiger, publishing a blog on IFFR’s website, meeting with experienced film critics and reporting for participants’ home media outlets.

International Film Festival Rotterdam welcomes applications for the 17th Trainee Project for Young Film Critics taking place during its 44th festival edition (21 January – 1 February 2015).

International Film Festival Rotterdam supports film making, film producing and journalistic talent on several levels: the main festival section Bright Future (including competitions for both features and shorts) presents recent works by first and second time filmmakers; Rotterdam’s Hubert Bals Fund contributes to film projects in developing countries and co-production market CineMart organizes a trainee project for young film producers (Rotterdam Lab) in close collaboration with its partner organizations. Recognizing the important role of film criticism to the perception of independent cinema, IFFR organizes a trainee project for young film critics.


In order to be considered eligible to apply, you must fulfill all of the following criteria:

  • Age under 30 years
  • Fluent command of the English language (written and spoken)
  • Demonstrable experience in film criticism (print or online media)
  • Not yet established enough to profit from facilities as attending international film festivals outside your country
  • Have agreement(s) with relevant print and/or online media to publish reports on International Film Festival Rotterdam 2015


The organizers will cover hotel accommodations from Jan. 22 to 29 and partial refunds of travel costs when participants are traveling from outside Europe.


Your application should include digital versions (Word, jpg or pdf) of the following documents and information:

  • A motivation letter to support your application: explain why this project and the Rotterdam festival appeals to you and what you can offer the festival
  • Your resume (CV) including your contact details and date of birth.
  • Up to three proofs of recent work you published on (independent) film or film festivals. If not in English, provide the original articles with English translations to demonstrate your command of this language
  • Information about your affiliation(s): title, name of chief editor, postal address, phone number, email account, periodicity, circulation, web address, estimated unique page views per month.
  • A recommendation letter (on company letterhead) of your principal affiliation’s chief editor assigning you to cover IFFR 2015 and confirming that your report will be published.

Please send in your application by e-mail to or by land mail to IFFR Press Office, PO Box 21696, 3001 AR Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

The deadline is Friday 1 November 2014.


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