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 India Story section.

1 – Description

India Story presents new Indian feature films of great merit to the Indian audience and international guests and provides a platform for promotion and networking possibilities. This section of the Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival with Star focuses on diversity and bringing best quality films from various regions of the country. This is a non-competitive section and only films completed after 31st July, 2018 can participate.

India Story is a non-competitive section and is only eligible for the Young Critics Award. Debut Indian films are also eligible to participate in the International Competition section of the festival.

2 - Eligibility
General Criteria
  • This section is open to only feature length films (fiction and documentaries). The minimum duration of a feature length film (fiction or documentary) should be 50 minutes or more.

  • All films that will be screened at the festival will be screened in their original language with English subtitles. Films whose original language is English, will also require English subtitles. The cost of subtitling is the sole responsibility of the producer.

  • Dubbed versions of films from other languages are not eligible for submission. For films in non-English languages, the online screener must have English subtitles. In case an online screener of a film is submitted without subtitles, it will be ineligible for selection.

  • Only 35mm or DCP projection formats are accepted.

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 A film that has withdrawn from participation in earlier editions cannot re-submit to the festival.

  • Participation at other international festivals outside India and / or applying in the 66th National and State Film Awards (2019) does not ensure entry into this section. The festival will not provide feedback on films or specific reasons for rejection for any film.

  • Only the filmmakers who make it to the official selection of the festival will be notified about selection at the end of the selection process and no information will be divulged before that.

  • Films applying to the festival 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, the screening will be subject to an exemption from the Ministry of I&B, Govt. of India for which the festival will apply on behalf of the selected films. For films that apply or receive a Certification during the selection process, regardless of the submitted version, only the certified version will be screened. All screenings are subject to censor exemption. In case a film does not receive a censor exemption, it will not be screened.

  • 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.

  • The festival reserves the right to remove any film from the selection as deemed fit by the festival.

  • The films must have been completed after 31st July, 2018.

  • The Director(s) must be Indian citizen(s) AND at least one of the producers must be an Indian citizen.

  • All films shown in this section have to be India Premieres. India Premiere means that the film should not have been screened in India either theatrically (commercially or in Film Festivals), released on video / DVD / telecast / internet / VOD. The films should not be available on any public platform. Private previews are exempt. Preference will be given to World & Asia Premieres.

  • Films that are Works in Progress will be accepted. The version submitted will be the only one watched by the selection committee. Once submitted as a work in progress, the film is ineligible to apply for future editions of the festival, in any other form. If selected, a final version of the film in DCP format must be available to the Festival by 15th September, 2019.

  • Films that submit to the India Story section can use the same form to also apply to India Gold and International Competition sections. In case your film is eligible to apply to multiple sections, please tick the applicable checkboxes in the form in order to be considered for those sections. If submitted in more than one section the selection committee will reserve the right to choose the most appropriate section for the film, if it is selected.

  • Films submitted to this section can also be selected by the festival for curated sections which can’t be applied to, such as Half Ticket, Discovering India or Spotlight. The selection committee reserves the right to choose the most appropriate section for the film, if selected. This decision of the festival will be communicated to the filmmaker and if the filmmaker accepts the decision then the film will screen in the section selected for the film, by the festival.

  • If selected, the representatives of the selected film must keep this information confidential (including on social media) till the official press conference of the Jio MAMI 21st Mumbai Film Festival with Star, where the final list of selected films will be announced. Breach of this will make the selection of the film liable to be cancelled.

  • Many of the films from our official selection feature child actors in some capacity or the other. But Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival with Star is a festival only for people who are of the age 18 and above. Therefore, anyone under the age of 18 cannot attend any of our screenings, regardless of how instrumental they were to the film. The festival maintains the strictest of policies on those under the age of 18 attending screenings, regardless of whether they are talent, delegates or affiliated to the film team.

  • In terms of selection, preference will be given to World Premieres, International Premieres, Asia Premieres, and India Premieres.

3 - Media accepted for selection
  • The festival only accepts non-downloadable & password protected online screeners. Please submit the same as part of your form submission. We do not accept any submission via any other methods.

  • No requests for private screenings to selection committee members will be entertained. All films have to submit directly to the Jio MAMI 21st Mumbai Film Festival with Star only through the above mentioned methods.

  • All online film files will be destroyed / deleted immediately after the selection process of the festival is over.

4 - Deadlines

A submission is considered complete when ALL (3) the following criteria are met:

  • A correctly filled online submission form.

  • The film screener reaches the festival team.

  • Realisation of payment of submission fees.

Only on acknowledgement of receipt of all three is the submission considered complete.

The deadline for completed entry forms, payment of submission fees, and submission of the online film screener to the festival must be strictly observed.

  • The last date of completing submission is 10th July, 2019

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

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

    • 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. 15th September, 2019 in case your film is selected.

    • 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:

8th April, 2019 to 17th April, 2019 – Rs. 3000 (approx. USD 43)

18th April, 2019 to 18th June, 2019 – Rs. 5000 (approx. USD 72)

19th June, 2019 to 10th July, 2019 – Rs. 7000 (approx. USD 101)

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 documents each film that is submitted extensively and therefore it is very important that detailed information on each film is submitted.
This is what is required to be submitted:

  • Film Details - English Title, Original Title, Original Language, Duration of the film (minutes), Shooting Format, Screening Format, B&W or Colour, Year of Production, Production Country(ies), Name of the Director, and Nationality of the Director

  • Principal Crew & Cast Members – Producer(s), Story, Script/Screenplay, Director of Photography, Editor, Music, Principal Cast, Sound Design, and Production Design

  • Production Company Details – Name of Production Company/Producer, International Sales (if applicable), Indian Distributor, Festivals and Awards

  • Details of the Director – Director’s Note on the film (under 300 words), Short Synopsis (under 150 words), Long Synopsis (under 300 words), Director’s Biography (200-300 words), and Director’s Filmography (200-300 words)

  • 3 High Resolution Stills (minimum 300 dpi) of the film

  • 1 High Resolution Still (minimum 300 dpi) of the director

  • 1 High Resolution Still (minimum 300 dpi) of the poster

The form for this information is a part of the submission form and filling it is mandatory. The festival reserves the right to select any still from those that are submitted.

7 - Storage of film
  • If selected, the Festival will bear the costs for the storage and insurance of the DCP for the period during which the film is with the festival.

  • In the event the DCP is damaged or gets lost during the Festival, the Festival’s liability is limited to the costs of replacement of ONLY the damaged component on which the DCP is stored (USB and/or external hard drive).

  • In the event of any apparent damage to the DCP after it has been sent back from the festival office, 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 DCP/35mm print of a film, no claims will be entertained (even within the 14 day window after receipt of the media) if the DCP/print has been used in the interim between return of the print by the festival and the date of claim.

8 - Official logo and advertising

The official Festival logo with either “India Story” or “Official Selection 2019” should be displayed in all advertising and promotional material of all the films selected for screening in the festival. 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.

Deadline for the receipt of entry forms and films and payment for selection: 1stJuly, 2019.


Please note that films applying for India Story are also eligible to be selected for India Gold or International Competition sections. 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 21st Mumbai Film Festival with Star.

- By submitting a Film to Jio MAMI 21st Mumbai Film Festival with Star for Festival consideration, the submitter (the “Applicant”) represents that he or she has obtained consent from any and all owners, creators, writers, producers, and/or other authorized representatives of the Film whose consent is required to submit the Film to Jio MAMI 21st Mumbai Film Festival with Star (the "Festival") and screen the Film at the Festival, and has read, understood, and agreed to the Terms.

- It is the sole responsibility of the Applicant to clear all content of the Film from any and all actual or potential legal claims and issues, including, without limitation, claims based upon theories of libel, defamation, invasion of privacy, violation of rights of publicity, theft of trade secrets, breach of confidence, breach of confidential relationship, and breach of express or implied contract (“Third Party Claim(s)”). The Festival expressly disavows any responsibility for, and will not be held responsible for, any unauthorized inclusion of any content or materials within or relating to the submitted Project that are or may be the basis for any Third Party Claims based upon any of the foregoing legal theories or others. Jio MAMI 21st Mumbai Film Festival with Star reserves the right to disqualify, without refund of any or all submission fees previously collected from the Applicant, any Project that is or may become the subject of any Third Party Claims. In the event that any Third Party Claim(s) shall be asserted by any person or entity, Applicant shall fully indemnify and defend the Festival, and each of their representatives and affiliates from any liability in connection therewith and from any and all fees and expenses, including but not limited to attorneys’ fees, that each of any of them may incur in connection therewith.

- The Applicant will be the main point of contact for all future communications regarding this entry in the festival