Now in its seventh year, the EIFF Student Critics Programme supports the next generation of film journalists, offering experience, skills and networking to students with a passion for cinema.
We were delighted to welcome ten student critics to attend the festival from 19-25 June. Our student critics were given full access to a range of screenings, receptions and events and received mentoring from professional film journalists, writing reviews and articles throughout their time at the festival.
This year we were joined by students studying at institutions across Scotland and the rest of the UK, as well as two from Poland.
The 2019 EIFF Student Critics were:
Dalia Al-Dujaili, 20, University of Edinburgh
Daniel Mohr, 21, University of Aberdeen
Elizabeth Bowie, 19, University of St Andrews
Finegus Stockting, 21, University of Cardiff
Maeve Allen, 22, University College London
Maria Kamińska, 20, University of Warsaw
Oliver Thomas, 20, King’s College London
Rachel Baker, 22, University of Glasgow
Rory Doherty, 21, University of Glasgow
Sara Kotwicki, 18, Warsaw Film School
Additionally, this year we were thrilled to partner with The Skinny and publish a selection of the student critics' writing in the August edition of the magazine. Read our student critics reviews here.
Our aspiring film writers received daily mentor sessions from established industry professionals, who provided them with feedback on their writing and offered advice on how to develop their work and build a career in film criticism.
Our 2019 Student Critic Mentors were:
Amber Wilkinson is a journalist with more than 20 years experience. She is the co-founder and editorial director of UK-based website Eye For Film. Her byline has appeared in The Times, Daily Telegraph, Sydney Morning Herald and Filmmaker Magazine among others. She has run several FIPRESCI young critics' workshops and mentored young critics at EIFF in 2018.
Fionnuala Halligan is the reviews editor and Chief Film Critic for Screen International/Screendaily.com, where she also compiles the annual Stars of Tomorrow new talent issue, highlighting young UK and Irish actors, directors, writers and producers. She also programmes European cinema for the International Film Festival and Awards, Macao.
Nicholas Barber (@NicholasLBarber)
Nicholas Barber is a film critic for BBC Culture and The Economist. He also writes about the arts for The Guardian, Metro, The New York Times and The Wrap, among other publications, and he used to be one of The Independent on Sunday’s two film critics.
Supported by James and Morag Anderson