Film Criticism Workshop

Due to the changing landscape of film going, film consumption and everybody’s ability to be a critic in the digital age, “what qualities are necessary to be a film critic?” seems to be a more relevant question now than ever towards such diverse voices that wanders around narratives about film.

Setting forth that notion, FFD initiated Film Criticism Workshop. A workshop that provides training in the critical framework and the practice of incisive writing about documentary cinema and making it part of a cultural conversation and discourse. In its third edition in 2019 in collaboration with Cinema Poetica, FFD Film Criticism Workshop has enlisted seven applicants to join the workshop from December 2nd – 6th 2019.

Participants

  • Ahmad Fauzi (Bandung)
  • Ageng Indra (Banjarnegara)
  • Bram Adimas Wasito (Surabaya)
  • Reza Mardian (Jakarta)
  • Sirojul Khafid (Yogyakarta)
  • Rheisnayu Cyntara (Yogyakarta)
  • Zakiyya Danaparamitha (Semarang)

Mentor

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Adrian Jonathan Pasaribu

Adrian Jonathan Pasaribu is the co-founder of Cinema Poetica. A film critic, writer, film programmer, journalist, and also Berlinale Talents 2013 alumni. 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.

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Raksa Santana

Raksa Santana wrote for Cinema Poetica since 2013. He had been an editor of the film column in Jurnal Ruang and also developed film programs for Bentara Budaya Jakarta screening program. Currently, he is working at Kepustakaan Populer Gramedia as a book editor.

About Workshop

More than one hundred years since the very first films were shown, the works of film criticism has changed enormously and been deeply affected the industry as well. Since emerging as a profession in the 1960s, film criticism has grown with the film industry while still retaining its essential function. Regardless of what interests us in cinema and film particularly, we can’t let aside that film criticism has helped to shape the ecosystem of knowledge by enlightening and enriching one’s experiences by revealing new facets of a film and cause our thinking to depart on a new track. Without criticism, films are devalued and the cultural importance of films and documentaries wanes. Although the discrepancies between critical consensus and public opinion still – and will continue to – exists.

Nowadays, the rise of the internet has allowed several unique and critical voices from a diverse group of people to emerge. Perhaps, the best option for film goers who now have so many options at their disposal in order to form an impression of a film’s quality is social media. It often fulfills the function as a rejoinder or corrective to what is seen as the critical viewpoint. This has allowed ones to view certain films through the critical lens of other groups of people while offering a number of critical voices with different perspective. Due to the changing landscape of film going, film consumption and everybody’s ability to be a critic in the digital age, “what qualities are necessary to be a film critic?” seems to be a more relevant question now than ever towards such diverse voices that wanders around narratives about film.

Setting forth that notion, Festival Film Dokumenter (FFD) initiated Film Criticism Workshop. A workshop that provides training in the critical framework and the practice of incisive writing about documentary cinema and making it part of a cultural conversation and discourse.

In its third edition in 2019 in collaboration with Cinema Poetica, FFD Film Criticism Workshop opened its registration for Indonesian citizens. Participants will attend film screenings during the festival to write about the films and discuss them 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 Southeast Asia or around the globe.

This workshop aims to provide a learning platform for young Indonesian film critics who sought to improve their film criticism knowledge while empowering them to share and learn from others in order to understand the world better through film criticism. We seek to engage with and promote the most original and important works of independent world cinema and acknowledges the special significance of documentaries as a site of contemporary cinematic production and thought, while also pointing out the necessity for critics to reach beyond national boundaries and existing cultural definitions.

During a two-week application period, we received 32 applications representing various types of writings from diverse insights and backgrounds. We found several applicants already had developed set of skills in film criticism writing. However, primarily to our objective to provide a learning spaces for further development of those who are committed to the field of writing and in need to sharpen their writing technique and film knowledge. We came to a decision to choose the workshop participants based solely on those who meet those criteria. We hope that this will not lessen ones’ eagerness especially those who has interest in film criticism to participate and enlivening the film ecosystem, especially the documentary form, through writing.

Based on said criteria, we enlisted seven applicants to join the workshop from December 2nd – 6th 2019. The final assignments of the participants will be published in a digital book designed by FFD.

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