I’m sitting third from the right in the middle row!
This year I was chosen to be a student critic for the Edinburgh International Film Festival 2017. I joined 10 other students from across the UK and Poland (the country of focus for the festival) and we were given press & industry passes and attended screenings, receptions and events over the week. Each screening was followed by a review which was marked by our mentors: Nick James (Sight and Sound), Simran Hans (The Observor, The Guardian, Little White Lies), and Mariola Wiktor (Dzennik.pl, Film&TV Kamera) who gave us feedback and advice at daily meetings.
The point of the competition was to give aspiring writers and critics the opportunity to not only learn new skills and hone existing ones but to give students the chance to be part of a festival and meet like-minded people.
I have to say that the week was one of the best and most interesting weeks of my life and the programme was such a success! EIFF said that it is likely to run the competition again next year and if you are a student and an aspiring writer then I suggest you read more about the Youth Hub and Student Critics here.