Film Criticism Workshop

Call For Applications

The application is now open to this year’s Film Criticism Collective Workshop organized by Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival (YIDFF) in collaboration with Festival Film Dokumenter (FFD). The workshop will take place during FFD 2018 on December 6th-11th in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

Deadline: CLOSED

Film production and distribution are two elements that keep the climate of cinema warm – yet a lot more is required. An element that today’s cinema precisely needs is film literacy – specifically in the development of its film appreciation capacity. The increasing number of people observing and learning the audio visual presentation they consume daily is necessary.

Film Criticism Collective Workshop will provide training in critical framework and incisive writing about documentary cinema, while offering immersion in the lively atmosphere of an international film festival. Participants will also attend film screenings during the festival to later; write about them for regular tasks and discussions with mentors and fellow participants. Moreover, participants will have the opportunity to attend the public lectures organized by FFD, which mainly focus on contemporary issues regarding documentary developments and film festivals in South East Asia and even Asia.


About Film Criticism Collective

Founded in Japan in 2015, the Film Criticism Collective is intended to develop and encourage film criticism, to facilitate interaction among critics of different countries, and to make the writing of East Asian critics more accessible in English. The main activity of FCC is the Film Criticism Workshop, which is held every two years at the Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, with the support of the Japan Foundation Asia Center. FCC also held a Film Criticism Workshop at Salamindanaw Asian Film Festival in General Santos, Philippines, in 2016.

Forum Film Dokumenter
Festival Film Dokumenter
Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival
Cinema Poetica
Asia Center Japan Foundation
How to apply
  • The submission is open for participants from Japan and South East Asian Countries.
  • Participants must be able to attend the workshop during FFD 2018 from December 6th – December 11th 
  • Participants must be capable to write and engage in discussions in English
  • Send an email including the details requested below :
    • Name
    • Age
    • Address
    • Phone number
    • Email address
    • Self-introduction (education and employment history, with emphasis on your writing experience and your involvement with cinema)
    • 2 samples of previous writings in English
    • Essay on the theme “Why I Want to Write about Documentary” (approximately 500 words)

to [email protected] with subject : Film Criticism_Name_Country no later than October 22nd 2018.

Result notification

Applicants will be notified of the result of their application by early November. The flight (round trip) and accommodation during the workshop will be covered by the organizer.


Chris Fujiwara, a film critic and programmer. Chris has written and edited several books on cinema and has contributed to numerous anthologies and journals. He was formerly Artistic Director of Edinburgh International Film Festival, and he has also developed film programs for Athénée Français Cultural Center (Tokyo), Jeonju International Film Festival, Sydney Film Festival, Mar del Plata Film Festival, and other institutions. He has lectured on film aesthetics and film history at Tokyo University, Yale University, Temple University, Emerson College, Rhode Island School of Design, and elsewhere. He has organized or served as a mentor for film criticism workshops at YIDFF, the Berlinale, Melbourne International Film Festival, the International Film Festival of Kerala, and Salamindanaw Asian Film Festival.

Adrian Jonathan Pasaribu, born in Pasuruan in 1988, is the co-founder of Cinema Poetica — a collective of film critics, journalists and activists in Indonesia. Established in 2010, Cinema Poetica focuses on knowledge production and distribution as a response to the lack of film literature in Indonesia. The collective publishes their works in, and regularly organizes film criticism workshops for students. Adrian has developed film programs for several film festivals and screening spaces in Indonesia. From 2007 to 2010, he worked as the program manager of Kinoki, an alternative screening space in Yogyakarta. Since then Adrian has developed film programs for several screening spaces and film festivals, namely Festival Film Dokumenter, Jogja-NETPAC Asian Film Festival, ARKIPEL International Documentary & Experimental Film Festival, and Singapore International Film Festival. Currently, he is researching about the historical unknowns of Indonesian cinema.

For further information or questions please email to [email protected].

This workshop is organized by: Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival and Festival Film Dokumenter in collaboration with Cinema Poetica, and grant from The Japan Foundation Asia Center Grant Program for Promotion of Cultural Collaboration.

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