A scheme to introduce to young critics and film journalists to the workings of the international film industry has been unveiled by the Berlin International Film Festival.
Called The Talent Press, it will see 10 young film critics and film journalists from five different continents invited to Berlin to report on the films at the Berlin International Film Festival and on the events of the Berlinale Talent Campus (7-12 February 2004).
The project is supported by the Berlinale Talent Campus, Goethe Institute, European Film Academy and FIPRESCI (International Federation of Film Critics).
Applicants must be under 30, be fluent in English and will have had articles published in newspapers, film magazines, on websites or in universities.
The participants will be offered a share of their travel expenses, free accommodation in youth hostels in Berlin from 6 to 13 February 2004 and the opportunity to meet and to be with 500 young talented filmmakers from all over the world and to experience the day-to-day buzz of a prestigious A-Festival.
Young film critics will be guided through the Berlin International Film Festival by Ronald Bergan and Screen International and The Guardian critic Derek Malcolm and other renowned film critics. Every day, the film critics will write a critique about a film from the festival programme, discuss and review it with their fellow participants and film critics.
Young film journalists will be accompanied by Peter Cowie (former editor-in-chief of Variety and author of many books on film) and Oliver Baumgarten (Schnitt - Das Filmmagazin) in the Berlinale Talent Campus.
Every day, the film journalists will write short reviews of the Campus events and conduct interviews with well-known experts and talent from all over the world.
Applications must be in by November 14, 2003. Full details can be found online at http://www.berlinale-talentcampus.de.