Student Critics and Mentors at EIFF 2017

Our aspiring film writers received daily mentor sessions from established industry professionals, who provided them with one on one and group feedback on their writing and offered advice on how to develop their work and build a career in film criticism. Our mentors for EIFF 2017 were Simran Hans (The Observer, Buzz Feed, Little White Lies), Nick James (Sight and Sound) and Mariola Wiktor (, Film&TV Kamera).

This year we were joined by students from across Scotland and the rest of the UK, as well as two Polish students in recognition of EIFF 2017's focus on Poland. Our Student Critics for EIFF 2017 were:

Adrianna Smyk, 21, University of Warsaw

Dominic Bannister, 18, Oaklands College, St Albans

Elizabeth Dexter, 21, King's College London

Grace Hall, 22, Queen Margaret University

Joanna Krygier, 20, Jagiellonian Univeristy

Patrick Dalziel, 20, Edinburgh Napier

Ross Gallacher, 21, University of Strathclyde

Theo Rollason, 20, University of Edinburgh

Laura Hancock, 22, University of York

Lewis Johnston-Watt, 22, University of St Andrews