Applications now open for the BFI London Film Festival 2022 critics mentorship programme

The BFI is looking for six emerging film critics to take part in their fifth annual LFF critics mentorship programme.

Do you want be a film critic or journalist? Are you writing film reviews for blogs or social media but have not been able to break through to more established publications or platforms? Apply now to the BFI London Film Festival 2022 critics mentorship programme for your chance to be mentored by industry media professionals and have your work published by LFF media partners and the BFI.

We continue to look at how we can better serve writers from underrepresented communities by offering mentorship that can pave the way to future opportunities for paid work in the media. As in previous years, we will be offering the 2022 critics mentorship to six mentees from underrepresented voices in film criticism.

For this year applicants should self-identify from the following underrepresented groups:

  • Black, MENA (Middle East and North African), South Asian, South East Asian, East Asian or GRT (Gypsies, Roma and Travellers) background, including mixed ethnicity applicants
  • D/deaf and disabled applicants, including those who are neurodivergent or have a long term health condition
  • The BFI welcomes intersectionality across a number of areas. These include gender, sexuality, age, religion, geographical location (nations and regions) and socioeconomic circumstances.
About the mentorship programme

Successful applicants will be invited to experience the 66th BFI London Film Festival (5 to 16 October 2022) as an accredited press delegate plus participate in an induction day in early September, where they will meet the BFI LFF teams, their mentors, fellow mentees and be taken through the mentorship programme.

The programme was launched in 2018, and lead mentors have previously included Kate Muir, author, filmmaker and ex chief film critic for The Times; Akua Gyamfi, journalist, commentator and founder of The British Blacklist; and Terri White, journalist, Empire Magazine ex editor-in-chief and author. In addition each of the participants will also individually be paired with a mentor from each LFF media partner who will support them to produce up to three pieces of film journalism (reviews, interviews, articles) for publication on their websites and

The mentorship will be intensive, running for four days during the festival, from 5 to 8 October 2022, with full access to press screenings and events, writing reviews and features plus additional interview opportunities and an array of networking opportunities and guest speakers.

Mentees will be paid the London living wage for work produced during the LFF and will have full press accreditation for the 12-day duration of the LFF (5 to 16 October) and will be encouraged to and pitch editorial ideas to Mentees from outside London will be eligible for accommodation and travel to participate in the programme.

By the end of the programme, participants will have improved their film journalism skills and understanding of the industry and will have gained professional work experience, new work for their portfolio, industry contacts and a document of confirmation of having completed the placement.

About you
  • Applicants must be 18 and over with the right to work in the UK
  • To be eligible you will have not had any written work published in/on a national print publication/platform before.
  • An interest in film with excellent writing skills
  • The ability to develop and maintain good working relationships with BFI colleagues, partners and stakeholders.
  • You will self-identify from one or more of the underrepresented groups as detailed above
  • Due to the demands of the programme and the availability of lead mentors, applicants must be able to commit to the full schedule of activity, in particular being available full time from 5 to 8 October 2022. Please do not apply if you are unavailable on these specific dates.

The closing date for applications is Friday 12 August 2022. Find out more and apply here.


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