RULES & REGULATIONS
The Jio MAMI 22nd Mumbai Film Festival is postponed. For more information please read the official statement here. For any further queries please write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please read the rules and regulations carefully before filling the entry/submission form.
Only the rights holder is eligible to fill the 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.
An applicant submitting a film to the festival must confirm that he/she has the requisite authority or has obtained the requisite authority from the rights holder to submit this film in the Jio MAMI 22nd Mumbai Film Festival and make available the film for screening.
The applicant will be the main point of contact for all future communications regarding this entry in the festival.
Mumbai Academy of Moving Image invites films to take part in the Internation Competition section.
International Competition is open to debut filmmakers worldwide whose films have been completed after 25th October, 2019. It is a prestigious platform that shines a spotlight on new cinematic voices. Through this competitive section, the Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival aims to present innovative works of merit by first time fiction or documentary features.
Debut Indian films are also eligible to participate in the International Competition section of the festival.
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 to earlier editions of the festival are ineligible to apply. A film that has been withdrawn from participation in earlier editions cannot be re-submitted to the festival.
Participation at other international festivals outside India and/or applying in the 67th National and State Film Awards (2020) does not ensure entry into this section.
The festival will not provide feedback on films or specific reasons for selection or rejection of 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.
The festival will notify the selected filmmakers.
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 the courts of Mumbai. The festival director also reserves the right to remove any film from the selection in any special cases as deemed by the festival.
The films must have been completed after 25th October, 2019.
Films that are works-in-progress are accepted on the condition that the submitted version 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 (with English subtitles) must be available to the festival by 5th October, 2020.
Films that submit to the International Competition section can use the same form to also apply to India Gold, India Story and World Cinema 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 the above sections can also be selected by the festival for curated sections which can’t be applied to, such as Half Ticket, Discovering India, After Dark or Spotlight. If selected, the selection committee reserves the right to choose the most appropriate section for the film. 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 22nd Mumbai Film Festival, 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 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.
To be eligible for the festival, the submitted film must have the following premiere status as of 12th November, 2020:
India Gold: India Premiere
India Story: India Premiere
International Competition: India Premiere
World Cinema: India Premiere
Dimensions Mumbai: India Premiere
In terms of selection, preference will be given to:
World Premiere (means that the film has never been screened anywhere publicly)
International Premiere (means that the film has only been screened publicly in its country of origin)
Asia Premiere (means that the film has only been screened publicly outside of Asia)
India Premiere (means that the film should not have been screened in India either theatrically (commercially or in Film Festivals), had a public screening in India, film club / private club screening, screenings at educational institutions or released on video / DVD / telecast / internet / VOD. The films should not be available on any public platform. Private previews are exempt)
A public screening is when the film is screened for the general public. This could be a paid or a free screening, but if it is listed on any print literature or internet announcing the film with a date, time, venue and open to the general or specific public to attend, it will be counted as a public screening.
A private preview refers to screenings for cast and crew, producers, and/or distributors.
CENSOR EXEMPTION AND CERTIFICATE
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 censor certificate during the selection process, regardless of the submitted version, only the certified version will be screened. If selected, the status of the censor certificate has to be communicated to the festival team by 5th October, 2020. Once communicated, the status cannot be altered until the festival has concluded i.e. 12th November, 2020.
All screenings are subject to censor exemption. In case a film does not receive a censor exemption, it will not be screened.
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.
The festival does not accept film screener links where the film can be downloaded. (For example: Google Drive)
The password protected film screener link must be active at least till 15th September, 2020.
In case the online film screener shared is not password protected, the festival cannot be held responsible for the security of the film screener.
Please do not send links where an email login is required to access the film screener. (For example: Withoutabox, Cinando)
Please note that the festival will not accept multiple links for one submission.
No requests for private screenings to selection committee members will be entertained. All films have to submit directly to the Jio MAMI 22nd Mumbai Film Festival only through the above-mentioned methods.
All online film files will be destroyed / deleted immediately after the selection process of the festival is over.
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 30th July, 2020
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. 5th October, 2020 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.
A submission fee is applicable to all entries to the festival. Payment can be made online or through a 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.
This fee is non-refundable and does not include the transaction charges of the payment gateway.
Any request for a discount or waiver cannot be granted.
The fee structure is as below:
15th March, 2020 to 17th April, 2020 – Rs. 5,000 (approx. USD 69)
18th April, 2020 to 30th July, 2020 – Rs. 7,000 (approx. USD 95)
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.)
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.
The festival appoints juries consisting of renowned personalities from the world of film and art to judge the International Competition section. Any person who has participated in the production or promotion of any of the films selected for the International Competition section in 2020 may not serve on the Jury for International Competition in 2020.
The Festival Director or their representative may attend jury deliberations but will take no part in the deliberation or voting process. Jury members are sworn to secrecy. Jury discussions and ballots remain strictly confidential even after the festival has ended.
The Jury awards the following prizes to films that win in the India Gold competition:
Golden Gateway trophy plus cash prize of INR 25,00,000 (approx. USD 33,845) to be equally shared by the director(s) & producer(s).
Silver Gateway trophy plus cash prize of INR 15,00,000 (approx. USD 20,310) to be equally shared by the director(s) & producer(s).
Grand Jury Award certificate plus cash prize of INR 5,00,000 (approx. USD 6,770). This is an individual prize awarded by the Jury. In case the prize is awarded to a film instead of an individual, then (unless specified by the Jury) the cash prize will be shared equally between the director(s) and the producer(s).
All the cash prizes are subject to Indian tax laws and global exchange rates. All figures rounded off to the nearest decimal.
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.
With respect to selected films, once a DCP has been submitted, it cannot be changed for another unless the festival team asks for a new file or an error is discovered during tech-check.
The festival will not screen films with any watermarks.
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.
OFFICIAL LOGO AND ADVERTISING
The official Festival logo with either “International Competition” or “Official Selection 2020” 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. Award-winning films will receive the appropriate logo with the name of the award.
Deadline for the receipt of entry forms and films and payment for selection: 30th July, 2020.
ELIGIBILITY FOR ADDITIONAL SECTIONS
Please note that films applying for International Competition are also eligible to be selected for India Gold, India Story and World Cinema 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 22nd Mumbai Film Festival.
By submitting a Film to Jio MAMI 22nd Mumbai Film Festival (the "festival") 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 22nd Mumbai Film Festival and screen the film at the festival, and has read, understood, and agreed to the rules and regulations.
It is the sole responsibility of the Applicant to clear all the 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 22nd Mumbai Film Festival 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.