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.


Applications for the 2023-2024 edition were closed.

Read the Regulations carefully.


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.

Eligible applicants

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.

Workshop Tutor

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.


Korée Wilrycx Born in Antwerp, 1993. Studied Audiovisual Arts at Luca School of Arts in Brussels, where she made films with diverse themes, but always with an inquisitive eye, a focus on intimacy and a drive to break through the heteronormative, patriarchal framework. After graduating with distinction, she went on to do a master’s degree in Film Studies and Visual Culture at the University of Antwerp, where her love for film developed further; not only as a maker, but also as a viewer, critic and researcher. Her thesis focused on the portrayal of bisexuality in film, thus deepening her research on gender and sexuality in the seventh art. On this fervour she continued in Eye Filmmuseum, during her time as a participant in the talent development trajectory Programmers of the Future, with a project called ‘Women Looking at Men’, which culminated in an extensive and varied film program with screenings, performances, an exhibition and an online component. Today, she works as a freelance film programmer, while also working on her first professional short film.


Emel Elizabeth Tuulik is an Estonian-Kurdish culture critic and curator currently residing in Berlin, Germany. In 2022, they graduated from Tartu University with a degree in Art History, along with a minor in Semiotics and Culture Theory, specializing in personal mythology and structuralism. Emel has versatile experience serving as a jury member at various international film festivals, such as Giornate degli Autori (2020) and The Black Nights Film Festival, Just Film (2015). In 2022 they were chosen to participate in the Baltic Women in Film and Television Mentorship program focusing on strengthening the connections between female film professionals. Amongst that, they’ve worked as a script supervisor, editor, and freelance journalist, mostly focusing on intersectionality, children’s rights and narrative disruption caused by male gaze. Their works have been published on BerlinLovesYou, ERR, Sirp, etc.


Based in Berlin, Olivia Popp is a Taiwanese American film writer and graduate student with an interest in transnationalism, critical theory, and queer imagination. She is a contributor for Cineuropa, Asian Movie Pulse, Vague Visages, Unwinnable, and others. Participation: Five Flavours Asian Film Festival International People’s Jury (2023), Cineuropa GoCritic! Workshop (2023), Vancouver Island Short Film Festival Selection Committee (2024), Berlinale Talents (2024).


Marina Zigneli is a graduate of the Department of English Language and Literature and holder of a Master’s degree from the Film and Television Studies program at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Since 2021, she has been working on the first doctoral thesis on Maria Plyta, the first female Greek director, and her oeuvre. In early 2023, she was appointed as a Visiting Researcher at CHS, Harvard University. Meanwhile, she has participated as a volunteer film selector at the Women Over 50 Film Festival, and she is currently an editor and film critic for various media outlets in Greece.


Jan Tracz’s bylines include Collider, The Upcoming, WhyNow, FIPRESCI, Eye For Film and various Polish outlets in his native language. Interviewed the most famous talents (Alejandro González Iñárritu, Lasse Hallström, Michel Franco, Matthew Lewis, Tom Wlaschicha and many more). Jan is currently a Film Studies PhD Candidate at King’s College London.


Monika Navickaitė is a Lithuanian film writer-director and film critic, currently also working in the Curatorial, Media and Communication sectors within the creative industries in Scotland.