The following three trainees were chosen to represent our IFFR 2014 group of Young Film Critics. They will take part in a talent development programme during IFFR 2014.
Irina Trocan is a Romania-based film critic, longtime contributing editor for the print journal Film Menu and a co-programmer of the NexT International Film Festival in Bucharest. She has also written on film for several Romanian publications (Decât o Revista, Film Reporter, Close Up), ranging from mainstream to academic. Currently enrolled for a Master's Degree in Film Studies at the National University of Theatre and Film "I.L. Caragiale", she assists in teaching courses on film theory and film history. She has participated at the Talent Campus for young critics in the Sarajevo (2012) and Berlin (2013) film festivals.
Laya Maheshwari grew up in a small town in central India but moved to Mumbai to study media and pursue his passion for film. He is fascinated by the idea of observing films in their sociological and political context to infer what they reveal about the life, society and world itself. His writing has appeared in publications like Indiewire, Film.com and Film Society of Lincoln Center. "Right now, my biggest worry in life is how cold Rotterdam will be in January."
Michael Pattison is a freelance film journalist and programming consultant based in Gateshead, England. His writing has been published by Sight & Sound, MUBI, Senses of Cinema and others. He has a bachelor's degree in Film and English Studies from the University of East Anglia and a master's degree in Film from Newcastle University. A participant in the Critics Academy at the 2013 Festival del film Locarno, he is also a member of both FIPRESCI and the Online Film Critics Society, and was on the jury of the International Competition at the 2013 Curto Circuíto in Santiago de Compostela.