2019 Critics Lab


Are you a film critic in the making?

The MWFF Critics Lab is an initiative to support the next generation of Australian women-identified critics and to help them develop their skills in a festival setting. The MWFF Critics Lab aims to facilitate critical discussion, celebrate established critics and mentor emerging talent.

As part of the MWFF Critics Lab, participants will be involved in mentoring sessions with established Australian critics and will produce a range of content for publication before, during and after the festival. MWFF Critics Lab participants will be granted access to films, publicity materials, guests and networking opportunities throughout the festival.

Applications are sought from Australian writers at the beginning of their careers, with no more than two years experience writing about the screen. This program is open to women-identified and non-binary writers only. They should be available to attend the festival in Melbourne (February 21-24) and mentoring sessions around two weeks before the main event.

Applicants will need to submit:

-A cover letter

-A one-page CV containing a list of published writing and criticism with links where relevant

-A 300 word sample review

Applications should be sent to whitney@mwff.org.au by midnight, January 27, 2019.

Meet our mentors



 Annabel is a writer from Melbourne. She is a founding editor of the film magazine Fireflies, film editor at The Big Issue, and a former editor at The Lifted Brow. Her film writing has appeared in publications such as SFMOMA’s Open Space, MUBI Notebook, Senses of Cinema, 4:3, Kill Your Darlings and more. In 2018, she was a mentor for the MIFF Critics' Campus and the Next Wave Arts Writing Mentorship Program. She was a participant in RMIT non/fictionLab’s Women Writers in the City project in 2017, and in the Locarno Critics Campus 2016. 


Eloise has a PhD from La Trobe University specialising in Classical Hollywood sound studies, and lectures in undergraduate studies at Swinburne University. She is co-curator of the Melbourne Cinémathèque and a member of the Australian Film Critics Association. In 2018, Eloise was on the AFCA jury at the Czech and Slovak Film Festival of Australia, and co-hosts the podcasts Cultural Capital and Senses of Cinema. She has widely published work in scholarly journals and other avenues including Screening the Past, Senses of Cinema, Kill Your Darlings, Metro Magazine, and Screen Education, and has chapters in the books Fearing Our Darkness: Manifestations of Fear, Horror and Terror, and Urban Noir: New York and Los Angeles in Shadow and Light.