European Workshop for Film Criticism #3


The European Network for Film Discourse (The END) and short film magazine Talking Shorts are organizing the third edition of The European Workshop for Film Criticism: two multi-day workshop sessions for aspiring film critics, this time set during the short film festivals in Leuven (November 2023) and Vilnius (January 2024).

Under the guidance of established critics and film scholars, the participants will gain insight into journalistic practices and learn the essential craft of film criticism through short films and curated short film programmes. The writing process will be supervised editorially during the festivals, and a selection of the texts will finally be published on Talking Shorts.


The European Workshop for Film Criticism is an intensive tandem workshop in the context of two short film festivals. Both workshop units will explore short film criticism and its possibilities. In Leuven, the “basics” of film criticism and the converging contexts of programming and festivals will be taught, while in Vilnius, the focus will be on essayistic criticism.

The lectures will be held in English.

28 November — 3 December, 2023
Workshop at Leuven International Short Film Festival (Belgium)

17 — 21 January, 2024
Workshop at Vilnius International Short Film Festival (Lithuania)

There will be tasks before each workshop and additional editing in between or after the workshop tandem.
Arrival and departure dates may vary depending on your place of residence.


The tutor of this tandem workshop will be Savina Petkova.

Savina Petkova is a Bulgarian film critic and programmer based in London. Her bylines include MUBI Notebook, Little White Lies, Film Comment, Senses of Cinema, Variety, among others. She’s part of the editorial board of Talking Shorts and currently finishing a doctorate at King’s College London on animal metaphors and metamorphoses. Savina is also a feature programmer for Sofia International Film Festival and Cambridge Film Festival. Member of the Critics Circle, European Film Academy, BIFA, and FIPRESCI.

Participation & Offer

The workshop is aimed at anyone over the age of 18 interested in critical and discursive work about (short) films and can participate in both units of the tandem workshop.

The application is available for European citizens who:
• are over the age of 18;
• have a strong interest and motivation to gain insight into journalistic and criticism practices;
• are eager to learn/be mentored by industry professionals;
• are proficient in English (speaking and writing);
• can attend the program fully – participate in both units of the tandem workshop in Leuven and Vilnius.

How to apply

Applications close on October 15, 2023 12:00 AM CET.

Read the Regulations carefully.
Application language: English.
Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Please note that during the application process additional materials will be required to attach, like curriculum vitae (CV) in English. A writing sample is not obligatory, but highly recommended.