Art and Experience: This summer, Indiewire will continue its efforts to support the next generation of film criticism with the fifth edition of the Critics Academy at the Locarno Film Festival. Applications will be accepted between now and May 9, with selected candidates notified by May 27. Produced in partnership with the Film Society of Lincoln Center with support from Film Comment and the Swiss Alliance for Film Journalists, the Critics Academy provides 10 aspiring college-age film critics the opportunity to attend one of the oldest film festivals in the world and write about its program while networking with the international film community.

The job market for film criticism was never an easy one to crack. But with more films screening at festivals around the world than ever before, the demand for savvy viewers able to champion great cinema and conversations surrounding the art form has never been higher. Enter the Critics Academy, which has quickly emerged as one of the critical stepping stones for enterprising film journalists in the 21st century.

Since 2013, over 50 writers have participated in the Critics Academy workshop, many of whom have gone on to write for major publications around the world. Others have pursued related careers in distribution, programming and other areas of film industry. The Critics Academy provides a unique opportunity to engage with global film culture and explore the many ways in which passionate, critically-minded viewers can find their roles in it. Participants will engage in five days of roundtable discussions with working professionals before spending the rest of the festival writing for several publications, guaranteeing that they emerge from the experience with a healthy volume of clips, plenty of contacts and a deeper understanding of the work at hand.