|MFCC Jury Members Justin James & Juan Barquin at MIFF 2013 Awards Night Ceremony at Olympia Theater|
Film criticism is an art in the sense that it requires a certain sensibility and appreciation for viewing films, understanding the complexities of what a filmmaker intends for the audience, deriving one’s own personal experience of the movie, and then deciding as to where cinema could or should go. Film critics play a far larger role than a reviewer; a film critic helps to define the future of the cinema.
During last year’s MIFF “Analyze This” panel, which featured film critics David Edelstein (New York Magazine), Leah Rozen (The Wrap), Claudia Puig (USA TODAY), Kim Voynar (Movie City News), Dan Hudak (Hudak on Hollywood), the open conversation revolved around the challenges of their positions as relevant critics of film. They urged MFCC members to “watch as many films as possible, to develop a voice, and write whenever possible, even if you’re not yet published.”
MIFF challenged us (the first MFCC panel members) to view and experience films in a larger cultural and societal context. Each of us was required to watch a select number of films screening at the Festival under the guidance of a MIFF-assigned mentor and then blog our reviews according to pre-established deadlines and thereby publish our opinions to the world.
|Film still from Beijing Flickers, Miami Future Cinema Critics 2013 Award Winner|
MIFF is seeking creative Miami-based bloggers, journalists, videographers, podcasters between the ages of 21-30 years (on March 7, 2014). If you are passionate about film, and can demonstrate an interest and commitment to the craft of film critiquing, we would like to hear from YOU! Click here for details.