Applicants will be considered over the summer by the Film Section Membership Committee. Its recommendations must then be approved at a Film Section meeting and then by the Critics’ Circle Council.
The committee’s deliberations are confidential, and the committee does not disclose the names of any rejected applicants. Rejected applicants are welcome to apply again next year or in any future year.
The Film Section Membership Committee typically consists of four voting members, with two retiring each year and two new members joining. This way we ensure that the gatekeepers of the film section are refreshed every year.
Membership of the Critics’ Circle currently costs £25 per year. The Critics’ Circle was founded in 1913. The Circle currently comprises sections for Film, Drama, Music, Dance, Visual Arts and Books.