Dana Linssen is a philosopher and freelance film critic, writer, curator and lecturer cinematic arts and policies from the Netherlands.
Since 1997 she has been working as a regular film critic for daily newspaper NRC Handelsblad (writing reviews, interviews and other articles on film and related audio-visual arts on a weekly basis). This includes watching about new 500 films per year and attending between 6 – 10 international film festivals, mostly as a critic or as a mentor of young critic’s programs, moderator of Q&A’s and talkshows or as a speaker at conferences or panels, and occasionally as a member of the FIPRESCI press jury.
Besides that, she was editor in chief of independent film magazine de Filmkrant from 1998-2019. After she stood down as editor-in-chief spring 2019 to make way for a younger and more diverse generation of voices she continued to be a regular contributor to de Filmkrant and initiator and coach of Filmkrant Lab, a year-round training ground for young film critics.
Furthermore, Dana teaches film history, analysis and theory at the Theatre Academy of ArtEZ Academy of the Arts in Arnhem, the Department of Audio Visual Media and Writing for Pertormance at the HKU University of the Arts in Utrecht.
With Jan Pieter Ekker, she curates the Critics’ Choice at the International Film Festival Rotterdam since 2015, where they commission around ten video essays per year for the big screen. In that same year the two of them founded the new competition program Director’s Forum at the Netherlands Film Festival, to create a framework for mediating auteur cinema in the Netherlands, where the programmed that festival selection for the first 5 years.
Since 2009 she has been organizing debates, residencies and publications under the moniker of The Slow Criticism Project, a ‘playform’ for innovate criticism and a counterbalance against the commodification of film journalism.