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European Workshop for Film Criticism #1



The European Network for Film Discourse (The END) and short film magazine Talking Shorts are organizing two multi-day workshop sessions for aspiring film critics during the short film festivals in Dresden (April) and Vienna (June).

Under the guidance of established journalists and film scholars, you will gain insight into journalistic practices and learn the basic craft of film criticism through short films and curated short film programmes. The writing of your texts will be supervised editorially during the festivals, and a selection of the texts will finally be published on Talking Shorts.


Intensive tandem workshop for film criticism in the context of two film festivals. The workshop units build on each other, but will be thematically different. The lectures will be held in English, your own texts can be written in both English and German.

FILMFEST DRESDEN (April 16 – 22, 2023)
VIENNA SHORTS (June 1 – 6, 2023)

Arrival and departure dates may vary depending on your place of residence.


The workshop coordinator is Ricardo Brunn (chief editor filmgazette.de, critic Talking Shorts, coordination German Film Heritage Stiftung Deutsche Kinemathek)

Participation & Offer

The workshop is aimed at anyone over the age of 18 who has a serious interest in critical and discursive work with film, and can participate in both units of the tandem workshop. The participation fee is 150 Euros in total. (We don't want to exclude anyone. If the participation fee is too high for you, please contact us.)

Both festivals offer: accommodation, travel expenses covered (up to 150 Euros in total), meals during the workshop units (breakfast and lunch), and a full accreditation that grants access to all screenings and other festival events.

How to apply

To apply, please send a short letter of motivation (max 1⁄2 page) and CV to workshop@talkingshorts.com by March 7, 2023. Maximum group size: 6 people.