Please read the regulations carefully before filling up the entry form.
Only the applicant is eligible to fill this form.
You are solely responsible for the authenticity of the information provided by you. Incomplete entries will not be considered.
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In case of any discrepancies found in the information provided by you, your entry will be disqualified.

Mumbai Academy of Moving Image invites applicants to take part in the Young Critics Lab 2020.

1 - Description

The 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 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.

2 - Eligibility Criteria
  • The Young Critics Lab is open to applicants who are of or between the age of 18 to 25 years as of 3rd March, 2020. It is compulsory to submit a valid age proof and carry it to the session in case the applicant is selected.

  • If a participant is above 25 years of age they can only be a part of the Young Critics Lab as an attendee. Attendees are not eligible to compete in the lab. If selected they will need to complete all assignments, that will form the basis of their selection for the further rounds of the Young Critics Lab.

  • All applications must be in English.

  • Applicants must be citizens of India.

  • 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 Young Critics Lab.

  • Any instance of plagiarism will result in strict action and immediate disqualification from the 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.

  • The festival directors reserve 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.

  • There will be three rounds of the Young Critics Lab: August, September, and November 2nd , 3rd and 4th , 2020. Applicants who are selected but do not attend any of the rounds, any of the days in each round or miss any part of the lab for any reason whatsoever will be disqualified.

  • Attendance to the first round upon selection of the Young Critics Lab is compulsory. Attendance to the remaining two rounds of the Lab is subject to selection.

  • Additionally, applicants must also be available to attend and report from the festival which will take place from the 5th November to 12th November 2020.

  • Applicants will only be given screening passes to the films in the India Gold section which they will have to review and send every day during the course of the festival. No festival badges will be issued to any participant.

  • Applicants have to arrange their own transportation and accommodation, in case it is needed.

  • Each applicant is allowed to submit only one entry. In case multiple entries are made by the same candidate, all entries will be disqualified and ineligible.

  • 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.

3 - Media accepted for selection
  • All images and ID proofs must be submitted in JPEG format and be less than 2 MB.

  • All applications must be submitted online and no offline applications will be accepted.

4 - Language

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

5 - Deadlines

A completed submission to the Young Critics Lab consists of a correctly filled online submission form with all the information required. The deadline for submitting the entries for Young Critics Lab must be strictly observed. Last date of completing submission is 30th July, 2020

6 - Material Required

Shortlisted applicants are required to carry their laptops (if available), notebooks, pens and basic stationery needed in order to participate in the Young Critics Lab.

7 - Recording

Audio/Video recording of any session of the 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 Young Critics Lab.

Communication that is shared with the participants is confidential and should not be shared on any Social Media platform.

10 - Awards

The mentors of the lab will award an applicant, who is judged to be the Best Critic at the Closing Ceremony of the Jio MAMI 22nd Mumbai Film Festival on 12th November, 2020.

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- The applicant agrees to have read and accepted the rules & regulations for participation in the Young Critics Lab 2020.

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

- The applicant agrees to be a part of official Audio Visual coverage that will occur during the course of the Young Critics Lab.

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