The 19th edition of the IFFR Trainee Project for Young Film Critics is about to start.
The following trainees were chosen to represent our IFFR 2017 group. They will take part in a talent development programme during IFFR 2017. As a Trainee they are part of the editorial staff, will have 2-3 expert meetings with experienced film critics, will cover the festival for their own affiliation, take part in the FIPRESCI jury and of course enjoy the full pleasure of being at International Film Festival Rotterdam. This year the trainee project has a co-operation with the online playform for independent film / art criticism, festivalists.com.
Our trainees at IFFR 2017:
Aswathy Gopalakrishnan is a journalist and film critic from Chennai, India. After working as a politics reporter and sub-editor with leading Indian dailies like Mint and Times Of India, her love for cinema motivated her to join Silverscreen, a web magazine that covers Indian cinema extensively. She writes long-form features on the country's regional and independent cinema, and reviews films and documentaries for the magazine. She has interviewed several Indian filmmakers and technicians, and has covered International Film Festival Of Kerala and Chennai International Film Festival for the past two years. A graduate of the country's prestigious Asian College Of Journalism, Aswathy's writings focus on how Indian cinema has been evolving in terms of style and art as well as how it portrays its women, Dalits and minorities.
Nick M (Ngoc Mai)
Nick M (Ngoc Mai) is a journalist, film critic and photojournalist based in Hanoi, Vietnam. Since 2010, he has worked as the columnist and correspondent in Film section of the most read Vietnamese online newspaper VnExpress.net. His writings focus on independent cinema and film festivals. Nick attended continuously as a film critic at Tokyo International Film Festival in 2014, 2015 and 2016. For nearly a decade, he has been widening his film experience in local productions through various positions including assisstant director, producer and main actor for several Vietnamese short films. In 2010, he co-produced the short film “Once Again” winning 3 awards at Vietnam’s first 48 hours film contest. As a publicist, Nick also supported Asian young filmmakers enthusiastically at "Autumn Meeting" which is a non-profit annual international film event taking place every autumn in Da Nang and Hoi An, Vietnam.
Petra Meterc is a freelance journalist and film critic, based in Slovenia. She has been writing and reporting on film and literature for one of the oldest independent non-commercial urban radio stations in Europe, Radio Študent, where she is also the editor of a biweekly radio drama show. She also publishes in Ekran magazine for film and television, mostly focusing on independent cinema, and has been contributing to two film festival blogs, Ljubljana film festival Liffe and Animateka film festival. Petra is also working as a film education mentor at Vizo Institute for Visual Culture, carrying out film education for schools in cinemas, working as the editor of Mad About Film web platform for young film criticism, as well as coordinating the film education for the Vizo's International Eye on Film Festival for Children and Youth.
Adham Youssef is a journalist and film critic based in Cairo. He is interest Egyptian cinema, its history, artistic heritage, and effect of popular culture. He believes cinema can be used as tool to historicize the past and understand the present. His work includes sociopolitical analysis of commercial and independent films, propaganda, and visual art. He writes reviews form Ahram Online, and is the deputy politics editor, and editor of the film page at Daily News Egypt. When he is not watching films, he covers local Egyptian politics, with a deep focus on extra-judicial violations, workers’ rights, political Islam, and torture. As a student, he studied modern history and political science at the American University in Cairo.