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Mumbai Academy of Moving Image invites applicants to take part in the Rashid Irani Young Critics Lab 2021.

1 - Description

The Rashid Irani Young Critics Lab (YCL) was set up to foster young writing talent in the field of cinema. At MAMI, we believe that good cinema can only thrive in an environment where good journalism and film criticism are nurtured. YCL is our initiative to find the next Pauline Kael and Roger Ebert. It is an ambitious dream but, frankly, we got tired of reading a lot of what passes for film journalism nowadays and decided to do something about it. We want to do our bit to equip young minds from all over India with the tools and easy access to the best in the field to write and talk about cinema in a way that is relevant, knowledgeable, insightful and personal. The medium is irrelevant. Be it YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, traditional print journalism or an online portal, MAMI's goal is to nurture young voices today so they may shape the landscape of film journalism tomorrow.

The COVID-19 pandemic has altered many things for everyone. As we innovate to cope with shifting ground realities, this crisis has reinforced our belief that our efforts to champion emerging writing talent in the field of cinema have become even more important in times like these. With that in mind, the 12th edition of the Rashid Irani Young Critics Lab will be conducted online.

2 - Eligibility Criteria
  • The Rashid Irani Young Critics Lab is open to applicants who are of or between the ages of 18 to 25 years as of 1st September, 2021. It is compulsory to submit a valid age proof.

  • All applications must be in English.

  • Applicants must be citizens of India.

  • A completed submission to the Rashid Irani Young Critics Lab consists of a correctly filled online submission form with all the information required. Incomplete applications will not be considered for selection. All mandatory fields need to be filled by the applicant.

  • Application to the programme does not guarantee selection to the Rashid Irani Young Critics Lab.

  • Any instance of plagiarism will result in strict action and immediate disqualification from the Rashid Irani Young Critics Lab.

  • MAMI will not provide feedback on applications or specific reasons for rejection for any applicant.

  • Shortlisted candidates will be notified about selection at the end of the selection process and no information will be divulged before that.

  • There will be no winner selected or award handed out for this edition of the lab. All participants will receive certificates of participation.

  • Participation in the Rashid Irani Young Critics Lab is independent of attending the Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival and doesn't include festival accreditation.

  • Selected candidates will not be eligible for any special concessions such as gold passes or special access to MAMI screenings.

  • The dates of the Rashid Irani Young Critics Lab 2021 online sessions will be announced soon. Selected applicants are required to attend each and every session of the lab. Not attending any session will lead to immediate disqualification.

  • Attending the introductory sessions of the Rashid Irani Young Critics Lab is compulsory.

  • Participation in Round 2 and Round 3 of the lab is subject to selection.

  • Each applicant is allowed to submit only one entry. In case multiple entries are made by the same candidate, we will only take into consideration the first entry made by the applicant.

  • MAMI conducts thorough checks for plagiarism for each entry received. Any applicant found having plagiarised content in their application will be immediately disqualified.

  • All selected candidates will be required to sign a release form.

  • Candidates who are selected for the lab are expected to maintain professional decorum at all times. Any breach of the same will result in immediate disqualification.

  • 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

3 - Media Accepted For Selection

All applications must be submitted online. No offline applications will be accepted.

4 - Language

The primary medium of instruction at the Rashid Irani Young Critics Lab is English.

5 - Deadlines

A completed submission to the Rashid Irani Young Critics Lab consists of a correctly filled online submission form with all the information required. The deadline for submitting entries for the Rashid Irani Young Critics Lab must be strictly observed. Last date for submissions is 7th November, 2021.

6 - Material Required

Participants are required to have the Zoom app installed on their laptops/phones and a good internet connection to join the sessions.

7 - Recording

Audio/Video recording of any session of the Rashid Irani Young Critics Lab is strictly prohibited.

8 - Indemnification

The submitter (the “Applicant”) shall, at his/her own expense, indemnify, save, and hold harmless MAMI from and against any and all claims, demands, causes of action, obligations, liability, losses, damages, costs, and expenses (including reasonable attorneys' fees), incurred or sustained by either Party by reason of or arising out of any breach or alleged breach of any of the warranties, representations, obligations, or agreements herein made by the Applicant, or from any reliance upon any such warranties, representations, obligations, or agreements, including any alleged infringement of copyright or intellectual property rights by way of a cause of action arisen, during the period of this agreement or post termination or expiry of the Agreement.

9 - Documentation, Festival Catalogue and Confidentiality

MAMI extensively documents each application that is submitted. The information required as part of this process is a part of the submission form and filling it is mandatory. MAMI reserves the right to use and disseminate this information and any writing samples that are created during the course of the Rashid Irani Young Critics Lab.

Communication that is shared with the participants is confidential and should not be shared on any social media or public platform whatsoever.

The reviews submitted by the participants can be uploaded by them on their personal profiles after the Rashid Irani Young Critics Lab ends.

10 - Certificates of Participation

All participants will receive a certificate of participation. No award or trophy will be handed out in this edition of the lab.


- The applicant agrees to have read and accepted the rules & regulations for participation in the Rashid Irani Young Critics Lab 2021.

- The applicant will be the main point of contact for all future communications regarding their entry.

- The applicant agrees to be a part of official audio-visual coverage that will occur during the course of the Rashid Irani Young Critics Lab.

- Failure to adhere to any of the above will result in immediate disqualification of the applicant from the Rashid Irani Young Critics Lab.