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Workshop: Film Criticism with Valerie Complex and Becca Harrison

October 7 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Free - £8
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Film critics Valerie Complex (Variety, AwardsWatch, Pride.com) and Becca Harrison (Sight & Sound, The Mary Sue, BBC Scotland) will hold a workshop for emerging critics that introduces different forms, styles, and practices of writing for the press. Drawing on their experience as freelancers for a wide range of outlets, including work on Portrait of a Lady on Fire and queer desire in Star Wars, they’ll open with a conversation about the usefulness of film criticism in today’s online culture, and offer tips and advice on developing a portfolio. The session will cover issues such as research, pitching, PR communications, writing in a house style, and – importantly – getting paid. They’ll also encourage attendees to discuss their work and aspirations as critics, and ask any questions about the industry.

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This workshop has an age recommendation of 18+.

BSL interpretation and live captioning are provided for the workshop.

The workshop is 90 minutes long with a comfort break in the middle.

We have a limited access fund to assist people with no or limited internet access to attend the Festival. If you would like to take this up, please contact info[at]sqiff.org.

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October 7
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Free - £8
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