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Edinburgh International Film Festival

88 Lothian Road

Edinburgh, East lothian EH3 9BZ

United Kingdom

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Established in 1947, the Edinburgh International Film Festival is renowned around the world for discovering and promoting the very best in international cinema - and for heralding and debating changes in global filmmaking. Intimate in its scale, ambitious ... more

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Chris Fujiwara is an American film critic and writer whose work has been published in numerous periodicals and anthologies in English, French, and Japanese. He is the editor of Undercurrent, FIPRESCI's magazine of film criticism. He is the author of The World and Its Double: The Life and Work of Otto Preminger(Faber & Faber), Jacques Tourneur: The Cinema of Nightfall (Johns Hopkins University Press), and the forthcoming Jerry Lewis (University of Illinois Press). He is also the general editor of Defining Moments in Movies (Cassell Illustrated), aka The Little Black Book: Movies.

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Chris Fujiwara is the Artistic Director of the Edinburgh International Film Festival.

Fujiwara is also the author of Jacques Tourneur: The Cinema of Nightfall (Johns Hopkins University Press; foreword by Martin Scorsese), and the general editor of the anthology Defining Moments in Movies - known in some parts of the world as Movies (Little Black Book) (Cassell Illustrated).
Fujiwara is the editor of Undercurrent, which was named one of the top film-criticism sites by Film Comment. former contributing editor of Hermenaut, Fujiwara has also written for Film Comment, Film Quarterly, Cineaste, Sight & Sound, InterCommunication, Osian's Cinemaya, CinémAction, The Asahi Shimbun, The Boston Phoenix, The Boston Globe, The Village Voice, The Chicago Reader, Film International, Moving Image Source, Senses of Cinema, and many other publications.
He has contributed to numerous anthologies, including cem mil cigarros: Os Filmes de Pedro Costa (Orfeu Negro), Taking Things Seriously (Princeton Architectural Press), Sleaze Artists: Cinema at the Margins of Taste, Style, and Politics (Duke University Press), Sergei Paradjanov (Magic Cinema), The 1,001 Films You Must See Before You Die (Quintet Publishing/Barron's), Ozu 2003 (Asahi Shimbun Press), The B List: The National Society of Film Critics on the Low-Budget Beauties, Genre-Bending Mavericks, and Cult Classics We Love (Da Capo Press), The X List: The National Society of Film Critics' Guide to the Movies that Turn Us On (Da Capo Press), The Film Comedy Reader (Limelight Editions), and The Science Fiction Reader (Limelight Editions). He edited the catalog for the Peter Watkins retrospective at the 2007 Jeonju International Film Festival.
Fujiwara has taught and lectured on film at Tokyo University, Temple University Japan, Yale University, Emerson College, Rhode Island School of Design, and the Athénée Français Cultural Center (Tokyo), and has participated in panel discussions and symposia on film aesthetics and criticism around the world. He has served on juries at numerous international film festivals. Fujiwara is a member of FIPRESCI (Fédération Internationale de la Presse Cinématographique), the National Society of Film Critics (USA), and the Boston Society of Film Critics.

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Chris Fujiwara Managing Editor, "Undercurrent"

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The essay may be on the subject of any recent or classic film and should demonstrate the applicant’s writing skills and passion for and knowledge of cinema.


The jurors will view films from various strands of the EIFF 2014 programme and complete reading assignments and reviews of films; ultimately determining the recipient of the Student Critics Jury Award, to be presented at the EIFF Awards Ceremony.


Chris Fujiwara, Artistic Director of EIFF, said: “At a time when the role of the film critic and the nature of film criticism are in flux, it’s essential that film festivals affirm the value of informed and intelligent appreciation of films. Our Student Critics Jury programme is intended to do just that, and I’m deeply grateful to James and Morag Anderson, whose continuing support in 2014 will enable us to build on the success of the programme in the two previous years.”


The seven selected students will be brought to Edinburgh for six days of the Festival (EIFF runs from the 18th to the 29th June); accommodation and travel (within Scotland) will be covered by EIFF.  The Student Critics Jury returns to EIFF thanks to the generous support of James and Morag Anderson.




2013’s Student Critics Jury members were Vivek Santayana, Catarina Mourao, Ruth Swift-Wood, Rebecca Bowen, Kathryn Craigmyle, Lewis Camley and Phil Kennedy, who awarded the prize to CELESTIAL WIVES OF THE MEADOW MARI, directed by Alexey Fedorchenko, which the Jury called, “a light-hearted, perceptive and beautiful celebration of fading mythologies”.


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