The Far East Film Festival
in Udine, Italy, is again reaching out across the globe with its Campus
programme for young journalists which is set to play a leading role at this year’s much-anticipated 21st edition of Asian cinema’s favourite gathering, set to be staged from April 26th to May 4th, 2019. The candidate selection process is now open, apply online here.
Ten journalism students aged under 26
- five from Europe and five from Asia - are given the opportunity to learn how a Festival works, how to write about film, how to interview guests and pick up techniques on how to be successful in the media world of today, while experiencing being a part of a writing and editorial team that explores not only traditional media but contemporary social media.
The participants are fully hosted for an active two week programme that includes seminars, interviews and workshops that centre around the art of writing and cinema, and will be guided by a group of professionals led by veteran journalist Mathew Scott
“The FEFF Campus was created to encourage and support the next generation, young writers and creatives who dream of one day working fulltime in the film industry and who have a love of Asian cinema,” explained FEFF President Sabrina Baracetti. “Each year we welcome them into the FEFF family and we welcome them into the world of Asian commercial cinema.”
Among the film industry heavyweight to have given up their time to speak and share their insights with the FEFF Campus over the years have been superstars including Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung, Brigitte Lin and Moon So-ri.
“We’re all about giving these emerging talents an opportunity,” said FEFF Campus co-ordinator Mathew Scott. “Everybody needs a break at this stage of their careers and we make sure they leave Udine inspired, and – hopefully – committed to further exploring Asian cinema and all that it offers.”
Candidates selected for the first four editions of the Campus have come from China, Italy, Japan, France, Hong Kong, the United Kingdom, South Korea, Spain, the Philippines, Poland, Singapore, Cyprus, Malaysia and Serbia. They subsequently found employment in the field, working for newspapers and magazines such as Variety, The Financial Times, Time and la Gazzetta dello Sport.
Coverage of FEFF and the Campus was extended through international platforms including Indiewire in the United States, Asia Times in Hong Kong, Eastern Kicks in the United Kingdom, China Film Insider, and Cinema Today in Japan as well as via platforms such as China’s dominant social media outlet Weibo.
The 5th edition of FEFF Campus can count on solid partnerships with Europa Cinemas, Cineuropa, China Film Insider, Eastern Kicks, Telum Media, and the Udine Chamber of Commerce.