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Hey, young film critics: Apply for a chance to cover Sundance

First Published      Last Updated Oct 15 2013 10:30 am

If you're a young, eager movie critic — not a jaded old cuss, like The Cricket — you probably can't afford a trip to the Sundance Film Festival.

OK, kids, here's your chance.

The Sundance Institute and the movie-criticism website Indiewire have teamed up to launch the Indiewire | Sundance Institute Fellowship for Film Criticism — which will help send six up-and-coming critics to the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.

The fellowship offers grant money for expenses and other support to attend and cover Sundance '14, which is set for Jan. 16-26 in Park City and venues in Salt Lake City, Ogden and the Sundance resort.

Funds for the new fellowship are coming from Sundance Institute's Roger Ebert Scholarship for Film Criticism, which was established earlier this year.

Critics chosen for the fellowship will attend screenings, pitch stories, and write items for Indiewire's Criticwire blog — as well as other outlets they arrange on their own. The critics also will take part in workshops with professional film critics and industry members (distributors, agents, publicists and festival programmers).

Applicants must have completed at least three years of undergraduate study, or no more than two years' experience writing about movies (or, as the press release terms it, "creating critical and/or journalistic content" about movies). They must showcase a solid interest in film criticism and/or film journalism, and be able to speak and write fluently in English. There will be an emphasis on a diversity of voices, backgrounds and cinematic interests.

Applicants must submit a one-page resume, three writing samples, and a 300-word statement of intent. (Check out the Sundance website for details of the requirements, and where to sent applications.)

Deadline for applications is Halloween, Oct. 31.