Neil Young (b. Easington, UK, 1971) is an freelance writer, curator and film-maker from Sunderland on the north-east coast of England, and is now mainly based in Vienna. He has reviewed new films at major festivals regularly for The Hollywood Reporter since 2008 and has contributed numerous features to Sight & Sound since 2010. His most regular international outlets also include MUBI Notebook (New York), KINO! (Ljubljana) and Ny Tid / Modern Times Review (Oslo). A member of FIPRESCI and the London Critics' Circle, he routinely attends 25+ film-festivals each year and has served on more than two dozen juries since 2001 including Cannes' Semaine de la Critique (2013) and others at Venice, Berlin, Locarno, Rotterdam and Mexico City (Ficunam).
He currently works for several festivals in consultation, programming and/or moderation capacities including the Viennale, European Film Festival (Palić, Serbia: International Programmer), Vienna Shorts (the head of the Austrian national-competition section), Crossing Europe (Linz, Austria) and Kortfilmfestivalen (Grimstad, Norway). Between 2011-15 he was the Director of the Bradford International Film Festival at the U.K.'s National Media Museum.
He directed the 103-minute experimental documentary Rihaction which premiered in a competitive section at the Diagonale film festival in Graz, Austria in March 2019. He made his big-screen acting debut in Joanna Hogg's fictional feature The Souvenir (executive producer Martin Scorsese) which premiered at and won the top prize in the World Dramatic Competition at the Sundance film festival in January 2019.