Rules & Regulations


The Book Award for Excellence in Writing on Cinema in Malayalam

Please read the regulations carefully before filling up the entry form.
Only the rights holder is eligible to fill this form.
You are solely responsible for the authenticity of the information provided by you.
In case of any discrepancies found in the information provided by you, your entry will be disqualified.

Mumbai Academy of Moving Image invites books to take part in the Book Award section.

  • 1 - Description

    The Festival awards published works on cinema that stand out as fine examples of nuanced and imaginative film writing and publishing in India. Works of biography, memoir, creative non-fiction, graphic novel, reportage and analysis focusing on cinema and written in Malayalam are invited.

  • 2 - Books eligible to participate
    1. The submitted book must have been published by an Indian publishing house and it should be an original, first-time publication.

    2. One author can submit more than one entry.

    3. Reprint editions are ineligible.

    4. A book that has withdrawn from participation in earlier editions cannot re-submit to the Festival.

    5. The Festival will not provide feedback on books or specific reasons for rejection for any entry. The author will be notified about selection at the end of the selection process and no information will be divulged before that.

    6. The Festival Director reserves the right to settle all cases not covered by the guidelines and to grant exceptions in special cases. All cases will be governed by and construed in all respects in accordance with the laws of India and settled under the exclusive jurisdiction of courts of Mumbai.

    7. The books must have been published in the print format between 1st July 2008 and 30th April 2018.

  • 3 - Media accepted for selection
    1. Writers must submit one printed copy to:

      Jio MAMI 20th Mumbai Film Festival with Star
      Mumbai Academy of Moving Image (MAMI)

      Flat no 301
      3rd Floor
      Building Name: Swati
      North Avenue Road, Santacruz (West)
      Mumbai - 400054

      And one pdf to:

      All books have to be submitted directly to the Jio MAMI 20th Mumbai Film Festival with Star only through the above mentioned methods. A submitted book to the official email and postal address is mandatory for entry.

    2. The first copy submitted will be the ONLY copy considered for the award.

    3. All correspondence regarding sending media through courier/postal invoice must say:

    “For Jio MAMI 20th Mumbai Film Festival with Star selection purposes/cultural purpose only.

    Not for commercial use. No commercial value."

    None of the material submitted will be returned.

    Books that are damaged or lost in transit are not the festival’s responsibility.

  • 4 - Deadlines

    The deadline for completed entry forms as well as submitting the films must be strictly observed.

    • Last date of completing submission is 31st May 2018

  • 5 - Juries

    The festival appoints juries consisting of renowned personalities from the world of film and art to judge this section.

  • 6 - Awards

    The festival awards INR 2,00,000 each to one book in the Malayalam language. All cash prizes are subject to Indian tax laws and to be shared equally between authors in case there are more than one.

  • 7 - Documentation and Festival Catalogue

    The festival extensively documents each book that is submitted and therefore it is very important that detailed information on each book is submitted. This information includes synopsis, high resolution pictures of the cover and a high resolution still of the author. The festival reserves the right to use this information for the purposes of publicity, use in festival catalogue and information dissemination. Please mail this information across to

  • 8 - Official Festival logo and Publicity

    Shortlisted and the Award-winning book will receive the appropriate logo with the name of the prize for use in publicity.


- The applicant agrees to have read and accepted the rules & regulations for participation in the Jio MAMI 20th Mumbai Film Festival with Star.

- The applicant confirms that he/she has the requisite authority or has obtained the requisite authority from the publisher/rights holder to enter the book in the Jio MAMI 20th Mumbai Film Festival with Star and make the book available for reading. This person will be the point of contact for all future communications regarding this entry in the festival.