Is the digital era killing film criticism? How critics survive or thrive in the age of social media
In recent years there has been constant discussion regarding the future of film criticism. And in Finland the space for film criticism has been severely cut in many major media outlets.
In the age of the internet, when it’s said everybody can be a critic, professional writers must find new ways to prove their relevance, and to produce meaningful work under the increasing pressures of capitalism and clickbait culture.
But despite the prevalence of crisis mode thinking, the internet has also opened up possibilities that can also be utilised by savvy critics to redefine their profession.
In collaboration with Docpoint, the Finnish Critics’ Association’s (SARV) film section has organised a discussion event concerning how film criticism can embrace the challenges and freedoms of the digital age.
An introduction to being a successful critic in the new media environment is given by Carmen Gray. She is a freelance film critic from New Zealand who is based in Berlin, who has written for publications including The Guardian, The Observer, The New York Times, Sight & Sound, Screen International and The Village Voice, and she is the former Film Editor of Dazed & Confused magazine in London. She regularly teaches workshops for early-career film writers around Europe.
The event is for everyone interested in film or film writing.
Thursday 31 January 4.00-6.00pm, Dubrovnik (Eerikinkatu 11),free entry
Seminar is organised in collaboration with the Finnish Critics’ Association’s (SARV)