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Join the NCFCA

The NCFCA votes on applications for and admits new members in March of each calendar year. The deadline to submit your application materials is March 1, 20xx. 

If you are a film critic in North Carolina, it’s possible you may receive an invitation from a member of the Governing Committee to join the NCFCA. However, even if you don’t receive an invitation, you may apply for membership. Here’s what should know if you’re interested in joining the NCFCA.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Must be a working film critic. While we appreciate journalists who report on news, write interviews, and produce other film-related features, we are focused on reviews and criticism. To be considered for membership, you must contribute film reviews on a regular basis for your outlet. (While exceptions can be made, new content should be produced and disseminated at least once a month.)

Must either be located in North Carolina or contribute work to an outlet that primarily reaches an audience in North Carolina.

We accept print, broadcast, cable and online critics. Critics who contribute to newspapers, magazines, blogs, websites, TV, radio, podcasts and other forms of new media are all welcome to apply. If you’re concerned your outlet might not qualify, feel free to email ncfilmcritics@gmail.com and let us know more about your work.

TO APPLY:

Please email the following materials and information to ncfilmcritics@gmail.com:

–Name, name of outlet, type of outlet (eg. print, online, podcast, etc.)

–City in which you currently reside

–A brief summary of your qualifications (no more than 500 words)

–A minimum of 5 samples of your film reviews/criticism (we accept URLs or clips in .DOC or .PDF format)

–A letter of recommendation or introduction from a current NCFCA Member. (In some instances a recommendation from an industry colleague or sponsor may be substituted.) NCFCA members are limited to one new member sponsorship per year. 

–Please let us know if you are accredited with Allied-THA.

–Please let us know if you have been accredited to attend any film festivals in the last three years. If you have, please let us know which one(s).

AFTER YOU APPLY:

It may take a few weeks for all the members of the Executive Committee or Volunteer Committee to look over your application.

New applications will be voted upon by the Governing Committee or a volunteer committee of members appointed by the Governing Committee. If a vote by the volunteer committee is not unanimous, it may be appealed to the Governing Committee (either by an applicant or another member of the volunteer committee). The vote of the Governing Committee must be unanimous in order to uphold an appeal. 

OTHER INFO:

Membership will be renewed automatically every year unless a member voluntarily rescinds his or her membership, stops meeting membership qualifications or fails to participate in a mandatory vote. The Executive Committee may also require a member in good standing to reapply. The Executive Committee may immediately revoke membership for actions deemed unprofessional or detrimental to the NCFCA. Such a finding must be unanimous.

Members in good standing are responsible for ensuring that the Executive Committee has current contact information, including e-mail, phone, and a shipping address. This information will not be published at the site, but is necessary in case any marketing representatives wish to send us screeners.

DUES:
Historically, the NCFCA has not collected dues. The Governing Committee will vote once a year on whether to collect dues from its members. New members shall be exempt from paying dues, if any, for one year. 

Updated: December 2020