The fellowship offers grant money for expenses and other support to attend and cover Sundance '14, which is set for Jan. 16-26 in Park City and venues in Salt Lake City, Ogden and the Sundance resort.
Funds for the new fellowship are coming from Sundance Institute's Roger Ebert Scholarship for Film Criticism, which was established earlier this year.
Critics chosen for the fellowship will attend screenings, pitch stories, and write items for Indiewire's Criticwire blog as well as other outlets they arrange on their own. The critics also will take part in workshops with professional film critics and industry members (distributors, agents, publicists and festival programmers).
Applicants must have completed at least three years of undergraduate study, or no more than two years' experience writing about movies (or, as the press release terms it, "creating critical and/or journalistic content" about movies). They must showcase a solid interest in film criticism and/or film journalism, and be able to speak and write fluently in English. There will be an emphasis on a diversity of voices, backgrounds and cinematic interests.
Applicants must submit a one-page resume, three writing samples, and a 300-word statement of intent. (Check out the Sundance website for details of the requirements, and where to sent applications.)
Deadline for applications is Halloween, Oct. 31.