The existence of blogs and the rise in popularity of social media platforms have given a critical voice to film buffs everywhere. This has made the need for quality film criticism greater than ever. In a workshop being presented as part of the 2012 Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival (TTFF, award-winning critic Manoj Barpujari of India will make the case for cinema as an art, and the importance of the well-written film review.
Using clips from a range of films he will discuss the hallmarks of an intelligent, engaging review and the skills needed to write one—whether it’s of a serious drama or the latest Hollywood blockbuster. After the workshop, participants will be invited to write and submit a review of a film which will be screening at the Festival. The writer with the best review as adjudged by a jury headed by Barpujari will win a $5,000 cash prize, and have their review published in a daily paper.
About the facilitator
Manoj Barpujari won the award for best film critic of 2011 at the 59th National Film Awards of India. He is a member of Fipresci, the Paris-based international federation of film critics.
He co-edited the first volume on the cinema of the Assamese region of India, Perspectives on the Cinema of Assam (2007), and wrote a chapter on Assamese cinema for a handbook on Indian cinema to be published shortly by Routledge in the UK.
A journalist for 27 years, he is assistant editor of the Indian-language daily Dainik Agradoot and in 2010 won a journalism fellowship to T&T.
• Saturday, September 22, 10am–3pm
University of the West Indies, St Augustine
The workshop is free of charge, but pre-registration is required.
Call the TTFF at 621-0709 to register.