Rules & Regulations



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 films to take part in the World Cinema section.

  • 1 – Description

    The World Cinema section of the Jio MAMI 20th Mumbai Film Festival with Star features the Indian premieres of the best films from all over the world made after 31st July 2017 in this calendar year. It aims to develop a better understanding between cultures from around the world and promote co-operation by presenting innovative works of merit. It showcases award winning and critically acclaimed feature & documentary films completed after 31st July 2017 from all over the world in a non-competitive format.

  • 2 - Films eligible to participate
    General Criteria
    1. This sections is open to only feature length films (fiction and documentaries). The minimum duration of a feature length film (fiction or documentary) should be 60 minutes or more.

    2. All films that are submitted must be screened in their original language with English subtitles wherever applicable. The cost of subtitling is the sole responsibility of the producer.

    3. Dubbed versions of films from other languages are not eligible for submission. For films in non-English language, screener should also have English subtitles.

    4. Only 35mm or DCP projection formats are accepted.

    5. Films submitted in any form in earlier editions are ineligible to apply. A film that has withdrawn from earlier editions cannot re-submit.

    6. Participation at other international festivals outside India and / or applying in the 65th National and State Film Awards (2018) does not ensure entry into this section. The festival will not provide feedback on films or specific reasons for rejection for any film. The filmmaker will be notified about selection at the end of the selection process and no information will be divulged before that.

    7. In terms of selection, preference will be given to World Premieres, International Premieres, Asian Premieres and Indian Premieres in that order. Films that have been screened in India before will not be eligible.

    8. Films applying do not require a certification from the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC). In case a film already has a certification, only the certified version will be considered for screening. For films not having certification, screening will be subject to an exemption from the Ministry of I&B, Govt. of India. For films that apply or receive a Certification during the selection process, regardless of the submitted version, only the certified version will be screened.

    9. The festival director reserves the right to settle all cases not covered by these 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.

    10. The film must have been completed after 31st July, 2017.

      • The films should not have been presented in India either theatrically (commercially or in Festivals) or released on video/DVD/telecast/internet/VOD.

  • 3 - Media accepted for selection
    1. The festival only accepts non-downloadable & password protected online screeners. Please submit the same as part of your form submission.

    2. No requests for private screenings to Selection committee members will be entertained. All films have to submit directly to the Jio MAMI 20th Mumbai Film Festival with Star only through the above mentioned methods.

    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. Value for customs purposes should be approximately US$ 2 per film.”

    None of the material submitted will be returned. All and online film files will be destroyed / deleted immediately after the selection process of the festival is over.

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

  • 4 - Deadlines

    A completed submission consists of a correctly filled online submission form along with the film screener reaching the festival and realisation of payment of fees. Only on acknowledgement of receipt of all three is the submission considered complete.

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

    • Last date of completing submission is 31st July 2018.

    • The festival accepts work in progress submissions subject to the following conditions:

      1. The first copy submitted will be the ONLY copy considered by the selection committee and the programmers for the festival.

      2. A DCP of the FINAL VERSION of the film must reach the festival team 30 days before the start date of the festival i.e. 25th September 2018 in case your film is selected.

      3. If the FINAL VERSION of the film fails to reach on time, the film will be disqualified and will not be eligible for future editions of the festival as well.

  • 5 - Submission Fee

    A submission fee is applicable to all entries to the festival. Payment can be made online or through a demand draft/cheque or via bank transfer after the form has been completed. Details of this are at the end of the entry form once you reach the payment gateway. According to your choice of mode of payment, all details will appear on screen.

    The fee structure is as below:

    27th March 2018 to 15th May 2018 – Rs. 2000 (approx. USD 30)

    16th May 2018 to 20th July 2018 – Rs. 4000 (approx. USD 61)

    21st July 2018 to 31st July 2018 – Rs. 5000 (approx. USD 75)

    This fee is non-refundable and does not include the transaction charges of the payment gateway.
    (Subject to Indian Tax laws and global exchange rates. All figures rounded off to the nearest decimal)

  • 6 – Documentation and Festival Catalogue

    The festival extensively documents each film that is submitted and therefore it is very important that detailed information on each film is submitted. This information includes synopsis, director's filmography, biography, director's note on the film, credit list of the film, sales agent & producer details, high resolution pictures, poster designs, full list of artistic and technical details, a high resolution still of the director etc. The form for this information is a part of the submission form and filling it is mandatory. Please note that we require 3 high resolution images of the film (minimum 300 dpi or more) and one high resolution still of the director (minimum 300 dpi or more) and the poster of the film (minimum 300 dpi or more.)

  • 7 - Awards
  • Audience Choice Award
  • Films screened in the World Cinema section are both eligible for the Audience Choice Award.

    Trophy plus cash prize of INR 10,00,000 (approx. USD 14920) to be equally shared by the director(s) & producer(s).

    All the cash prizes are subject to Indian Tax laws and global exchange rates.
  • 8 - Storage of film

    - If selected, the Festival will bear the costs for the storage and insurance of film media for the period during which such media is within its area of responsibility.

    - In the event media is damaged or gets lost during selection or during the Festival itself, the Festival’s liability is limited to the costs for replacement of the damaged component (in the case of DCP i.e., digital cinema package for instance, the cost of the data carrier/hard disk).

    - The corresponding damage report and/or compensation claim must be received by the Festival within 14 days after receipt of the media.

    - If any damages are incurred on a 35 mm print of a film, no claims will be entertained if the print has been used in the interim between return of the print by the festival and the date of claim.

    - Please note that the transport cost of bringing a DCP from a film festival abroad would be borne by the Jio MAMI 20th Mumbai Film Festival with Star. However, the Jio MAMI 20th Mumbai Film Festival with Star will not be responsible for the payment of the transportation of the DCP back to another festival.

  • 9 - Official logo and advertising

    The official Festival logo with either "World Cinema" or “Official Selection 2018” should be displayed in all advertising and promotional material of all the films selected for screening in this section. These should also be clearly visible for theatrical release as well as for Video/DVD/Digital distribution in India and abroad. All selected films will receive a digital logo of the festival. Award-winning films will receive the appropriate logo with the name of the prize.

    Deadline for the receipt of entry forms and films and payment for selection: 31th July, 2018.


- Please note that films applying for World Cinema are also eligible to be selected for International Competition section. In case the applicant has applied to any one of the above sections, he/she does not need to apply separately for each section.


- 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 producer/right holder to enter this film in the Jio MAMI 20th Mumbai Film Festival with Star and make available the print for screening.

- This person will be the main point of contact for all future communications regarding this entry in the festival.