The Sundance Film Festival wants to honor the spirit and legacy of the late Roger Ebert by funding a scholarship for six to eight college-age film critics that will enable them to attend Indiewire's Critic Academy at the 2014 festival. The Critic Academy is a pretty spectacular new program that sends young, emerging critical voices to festivals around the world and partnering them up with mentors to continue their work. Ebert was always a strong supporter of young critics, and creating this scholarship in his name is totally fitting.
Going to Sundance is a dream for many film lovers, and these critics will get to live it. Not only will they have a chance to see great films in a wonderful environment, the Critic Academy will surely be a vital way for them to network and meet others in their field.
Here's what Sundance has to say about the scholarships:
We want to enable and inspire next generations of film critics and thinkers to learn from, and experience, the Sundance Film Festival Roger Ebert loved so much. This program will make grants to 6 to 8 emerging critics to enable them to participate in the Indiewire Critics Academy program at 2014 Sundance Film Festival. Further, the program will seek to match Indiewire Critics Academy participants with a working film critic as a mentor for the year following Sundance Film Festival. Any additional support we may raise will carry over to the following year's fund. We are putting emerging critics on the ground in Roger's memory.
The Indiewire Critics Academy, managed by Eric Kohn, chief film critic and senior editor, Indiewire, will select candidates based on an open submission process. The program is a workshop for aspiring critics who have demonstrated writing skills and a love of cinema, in a festival setting allowing them to become immersed in a deadline-driven environment as they navigate and cover Sundance Film Festival. Fellows will emerge with a deeper awareness of the practical challenges involved in gaining a foothold in entertainment journalism specifically film criticism while navigating the demands of the film world.
The Indiewire Critics Academy initiative was launched by Indiewire in 2012 at the Locarno International Film Festival and the New York Film Festival. Applications are FREE and will be reviewed by Indiewire. Our goal is $25,000 per year for eight scholars.
Sundance itself is a non-profit that doesn't run on a lot of money, so they're hoping you can help raise the funds to send six to eight young critics to the fest. Click here to donate and help out.
And if you're interested in applying for any of Indiewire's Critic Academies (they just closed entries for this year's Locarno Film Fest), visit their site.