We are happy to announce that the Youth Critics Initiative will be running again in 2021, in partnership with the 25th Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival!

Cruel Reflection: Angel’s thesis on destroying the white neon future
Poster by Grayson Lee

Youth Critics will be given access to the full festival, attend select sessions, events and screenings, and respond through critical writing after the festival is over. These pieces will be hosted through TACLA’s online publication, Taclanese after a 5 month incubation writing period.

Through YCI, TACLA aims to incubate, nurture and archive conversations around the Asian-Canadian creative industries, documenting timely and relevant conversations and publishing them online.

We are looking for critics between the ages of 18-35 who want to work within the following formats:

  • Traditional Essays
    • Opinion Pieces
    • Critical Reviews
    • Interviews
  • Comics
  • Photo Essays
  • Alternative Media formats 
    • Short Vlog
    • Podcast Episode
    • Infographic
    • Internet Art

If selecting audio or visual formats, please note that critics are expected to have all equipment needed to complete their criticism piece. We are currently not able to provide support in equipment or production.

Critics are expected to produce two pieces of criticism for the festival and will be compensated $50 for each piece.

Timeline for YCI

  • Oct 28: Critique as Care
  • Nov 4: Writing Clinic
  • November 10 – 19: 25th Reel Asian Film Festival
  • November 30: Pitches confirmed post-festival 
  • December: Draft Outlines
  • Mid-January – Mid-March: Full Draft Editing Period
  • April: Layout
  • May: Publication for Asian Heritage Month 2022

Critical engagement for us is relational. We believe firmly in the generative possibility of critical literacy and community engagement. Documenting these conversations allows us to build frames to better understand the unique needs of our community’s current moment in relation to larger socio-cultural movements. It also generates archival content for the Asian Canadian creative community.

If you are interested in applying to YCI3, please send your CV, statement of interest and a writing sample to hello.tacla@gmail.com by October 10th, 11:59 PM.

All applicants will be notified of their results by end of day, October 17th.

Past Posters

Youth Critics Initiative 2
Poster by Özge Dilan Arslan
All Images taken from Toronto Star Archives