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Interested in joining? Here’s what you need to know.
All applicants must be 24 years old or younger. Finalists from previous years may not participate.

Your application must include the following:

  • 1 document including the following (this document should not contain any identifying information):
    • 1 review of a film released in 2018. Your review must have a title. While it is preferred that you submit a review that has not already been published elsewhere, it is not required. Look to the list of suggested films for guidance.
    • 1 essay response to the prompt: “How can we increase interest in film criticism among young people?” This essay should also have a title.
  • 1 document with the following:
    • Your full name‚Äč, grade, address, email, and phone number
    • Name of school, if currently attending

Each part of the application must be written in Times New Roman, 12 pt. font, on a Word document. The review and essay are each limited to two pages (single-spaced). You can submit your application by emailing it to [email protected].

Upon submitting your application, you will immediately become a member of Gen Z Critics.

The deadline for submissions is January 11, 2019. Five finalists will be determined by professional film critics from organizations such as the New York Film Critics Circle and the Boston Society of Film Critics. All applicants will be contacted with the results via email by mid-March.

Contest winners will be selected to participate in an online round table discussion moderated by a professional film critic. Their work will be published on the Gen Z Critics website, and they will also receive an all-access pass to the National Film Festival for Talented Youth.

Still not sure if you want to apply? Watch this video and reconsider.

Suggested films

  • Paddington 2
  • Black Panther
  • A Wrinkle in Time
  • Annihilation
  • Red Sparrow
  • Love, Simon
  • Tomb Raider
  • Isle of Dogs
  • Love After Love
  • A Quiet Place
  • The Endless
  • The Rider
  • You Were Never Really Here
  • Let the Sunshine In
  • Avengers: Infinity War
  • Ready Player One
  • Tully
  • Solo: A Star Wars Story
  • Filmworker
  • Dogman
  • Deadpool 2
  • First Reformed
  • 24 Frames
  • Ocean’s 8
  • Hereditary
  • Incredibles 2
  • Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
  • Skyscraper
  • Ant-Man and the Wasp
  • Eighth Grade
  • Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!
  • The Miseducation of Cameron Post
  • The Spy Who Dumped Me
  • BlacKkKlansman
  • Crazy Rich Asians
  • Sierra Burgess Is A Loser
  • Colette
  • Mowgli
  • Bohemian Rhapsody
  • Boy Erased
  • Robin Hood
  • Shoplifters
  • Ralph Breaks the Internet
  • Capernaum
  • Mary Queen of Scots
  • Under the Silver Lake
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
  • Aquaman
  • Holmes & Watson
  • Mary Poppins Returns
  • Cold War
  • On the Basis of Sex