18.04. ‐ 23.04.2023

Workshop of Film Criticism 2022

The Workshop of Film Criticism will take place from May 10th - May 14th 2022

A festival like LICHTER is a special challenge for film critics: Here, films are shown in close succession, one can compare better than usual and reflect on the situation of cinema as a whole. Often there is little time to reflect on what has been seen between screenings - or even to write a text.

The workshop Film Criticism enables first steps on this path. Together with film critics Bert Rebhandl and Carolin Weidner, participants learn the basic craft of film criticism and try it out with their own texts, which will appear daily on the LICHTER Filmfest critics' blog.

The Film Criticism Workshop takes the film visit at the 15th LICHTER Filmfest as a basis for joint reflections:
What can film criticism be today? What is a good text? How do you write professionally and originally - and under time pressure? In a practical and in-depth way, this will also be about the craft and the intellectual foundations of film criticism. And also about the question of whether other forms of publication, for example via podcasts, can be an adequate complement to traditional media.

The 9th Film Criticism Workshop will be held May 10-14, 2022, as a face-to-face event. If the requirements of the state government do not allow for a face-to-face event during this period, the workshop will be held as an online seminar.
The project takes place in cooperation with the Institute for Theater, Film and Media Studies (TFM) of the Goethe University, the Hessian Film and Media Academy (hFMA) and the LICHTER Film Festival.

An impression of the reviews from the last years can be found on the critics blog and on Letterboxd.

Participants of the workshop will receive festival passes and thus free entry to almost all LICHTER events.

© Alexander Samu

Conditions of participation and application documents

The workshop is a free offer for students and (relatively fresh) alumni from the hFMA network. An overview of all 13 participating universities can be found here. We are happy to extend the workshop to interested parties from outside the network! You can participate with a fee of 150,- €, if there are places available.

Students of the TFM of the Goethe-University will receive 2 CPs for the participation.

Deadline for registration is April 22, 2022.

Questions can be answered by Lara Nahrwold (nahrwold@hfmakademie.de) on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Application materials

Film review of a film of your choice that was screened in 2021 or 2022 (1200 characters incl. spaces!) Please apply (including documents) via Jotform: https://form.jotform.com/22053...

    Workshop Directors

    © Harry Schnitger

    Bert Rebhandl

    The Austrian journalist has made a name for himself as a film critic. He sees cinema as an observational space: "The film I've seen is a unit and an excerpt. That's how the interest starts in writing. I look for films that produce a surplus in which I can inscribe myself." He writes for the FAZ, the taz and Cargo, among others, and teaches part-time at the FU Berlin.

    Carolin Weidner

    Carolin Weidner (*1989) studied film studies and journalism and communication science in Berlin. Parallel to her studies, she began writing film texts for magazines such as tip Berlin and kulturSPIEGEL as well as for the daily newspapers taz and FAZ. She currently works as a freelance writer for taz and SPIEGEL Online. For several years, she has also volunteered on the board of the Association of German Film Critics. She teaches film journalism at the University of Hildesheim.