RULES & REGULATIONS

Accreditations Open

WORD TO SCREEN MARKET

  • Please read the rules and regulations carefully before registering for the Word to Screen Market.
  • The applicant is solely responsible for the authenticity of the information provided by them in the form.
  • In case of any discrepancies found in the information provided in the form by the applicant, then the said form would be disqualified.
  • By submitting the form, the applicant agrees to abide by these rules and regulations.
  • Applications to attend the Word to Screen Market are subject to approval after a screening process.
1 : Description
  1. Mumbai Academy of Moving Image is committed to promoting and furthering the cause of the written word. Word to Screen Market is a pioneering initiative, through which the Academy creates a platform where manuscripts and books can be adapted for the screen.

  2. Authors, book publishers, literary and film agents, and anyone who holds the audio visual adaptation rights of a book / manuscript can participate in the Word to Screen Market.

  3. Content creators including film studios, production houses and individual film, television and digital producers who are looking to adapt a book to an audio visual format can also sign up to be a part of the Word to Screen Market.

  4. The Word to Screen Market 2019 will take place over the course of two days in Mumbai in September. The Market consists of workshops, knowledge sessions and one on one industry meetings.

  5. Participation in the Word to Screen Market does not guarantee sales. However, we would really appreciate credit to be given to the Word to Screen Market when an acquisition happens, and we can be informed about the same.

2 : General Guidelines
  1. In order to attend the Word to Screen Market, it is mandatory to register on the festival website here: Word to Screen Market

  2. The Word to Screen Market is open ONLY to registered participants.

  3. The submission of an application does not guarantee accreditation. All accreditation requests will go through a screening process. Selected requests will be sent the accreditation details.

  4. Entries are open to fiction and non-fiction book length works.

  5. The Word to Screen Market is open to all books, e-books and audiobooks.

  6. The Word to Screen Market is also open to upcoming written works which are scheduled to be published before 31st December, 2019, provided they have a finished manuscript.

  7. The Word to Screen Market is also open to authors, literary agents and buyers (this includes production houses, film studios, OTT Platforms and any organisation looking to acquire book rights and commission screen adaptations).

  8. An author/publisher/agent can submit more than one entry.

  9. Publishers and literary agents who have entered works for the event will have to be available in Mumbai on the days of the event.

  10. The Academy guarantees that submitted entries will not be shared with anyone but the accredited buyers present at the event.

  11. No kind of audio/visual recording can be done at the event so as to maintain the privacy of the participants.

  12. The applicant must be 18 years and above as on the date of submission.

  13. The Academy does not guarantee sales, does not interfere with commercial dealings, or have any commercial interests in the deals taking place at the Word to Screen Market.

  14. However, it can be assured that projects submitted will be circulated amongst the accredited buyers.

  15. All deals are independent.

  16. The Academy cannot be held accountable for any problems arising between parties during or after a deal is fixed.

3 : Deadline
  1. The last date to register for the Word to Screen Market is as follows:

    • Authors: 31st August, 2019.

    • Buyers: 10th September, 2019

    • Literary Agents: 31st August, 2019

    • Publishers: 20th August, 2019

4 : Language

The Word to Screen Market is open to submissions in all Indian languages as well as English.

5 : Submission Procedure

In order to submit books to the Word to Screen Market, please email a word document with the below information on your titles: to wordtoscreen@mumbaifilmfest.com

  • Title of the Book

  • Genre

  • Name of the Author

  • Bio of the Author

  • Synopsis (Up to 150 words)

  • Date of Publishing
    (If it’s an upcoming book then please mention expected date of publishing.)

  • Optioning Rights that are Available
    (Please mention details of which of these rights are available: 1. Audio 2. Audio-Visual 3. Derivative Rights 4. Territorial Rights. If any of these rights have already been optioned, please mention that as well.)

  • Book Cover (Please add a hi-resolution image – 300 dpi or more)

  • Author’s Image (Please add a hi-resolution image – 300 dpi or more)

  • Awards Received (if any)

  • Translations (if any)

(Please note that without all the above information about the books being submitted, we will not consider your application as complete.)

6 : Documentation
  1. The Academy extensively documents each application that is submitted and therefore it is very important that detailed information is submitted.

  2. This information includes Name of Applicant, Organisation Representing (if any), Details about the organisation, Details of the Applicant, Designation of the Applicant, List of Manuscripts/Books being submitted to the Word to Screen Market, details about the book, name of the author, bio of the author, high res image of the title page/cover page of the book, high res image of the author.

7 : Intellectual Property Rights

The Participant confirms to the Organiser that they own all intellectual property rights to the book submitted or that it holds the authorisations necessary to participate in the market.

8 : Official Logo and Publicity

All selected books will receive a digital logo of the festival and laurel which has to be used for further publicity.

9 : Governing Law and Jurisdiction
  1. The Festival Director reserves the right to settle all cases not covered by the guidelines and to grant exceptions in special cases.

  2. 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 : Registration Fees
  1. The registration fees for each individual to attend the Word to Screen Market is INR 1500.

  2. The link to make the payment will be shared once the festival team has screened and approved the application.

  3. The registration fees does not include accommodation and travel expenses in attending the Word to Screen Market.

  4. Approval of registration is at the discretion of Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival with Star.

11 : Compliance with Laws

The Participant shall comply with all laws relevant to its rights and obligations under these Rules and Regulations.

Declaration

  1. The Applicant agrees to have read and accepted the rules & regulations for participation in the Jio MAMI 21st Mumbai Film Festival with Star’s Word to Screen Market.

  2. Bribery and any other form of unethical business practice are prohibited in relation to the event. All business transactions in relation to the event shall be accurately and completely recorded in accordance with applicable laws. The Applicant shall not, in connection with the event, accept gifts or inducements of any kind nor give or offer to give any person, an inducement or gift of any kind that could be perceived by others to be a bribe.

  3. By submitting an application to the Jio MAMI 21st Mumbai Film Festival with Star's Word to Screen Market, The Applicant undertakes to the Mumbai Academy of Moving Image (“The Organiser”) that they own the audio visual adaptation rights to the book submitted or at least hold the authorisations necessary to represent the book at the market.

  4. The Participant confirms to the Organiser that they own all intellectual property rights to the book submitted or that it holds the authorisations necessary to participate in the market.

  5. The Organiser may request the participant to provide documents to affirm their copyrights.

  6. It is the sole responsibility of the Applicant to clear all content of the book 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 Organiser expressly disavows any responsibility for, and will not be held responsible for, any unauthorised inclusion of any content or materials within or relating to the submitted book 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 book 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, the Applicant shall fully indemnify and defend the Organiser, 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 or any of them may incur in connection therewith.

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