Rules and Regulations For Critics Lab

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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.
All entries and material submitted are the property of the Mumbai Academy of Moving Image
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 Critics Lab 2018.

  • 1 – Description

    The Young Critics Lab 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
    1. The Young Critics Lab is open to applicants who are of or between the age of 18 to 25 years as of 1 st Jan, 2018. It is compulsory to submit a valid age proof and carry it to the session in case the applicant is selected.

    2. All applications must be in English or Hindi.

    3. Applicants must be citizens of India.

    4. Incomplete applications will not be considered for selection.

    5. Application to the programme does not guarantee selection to the Young Critics Lab.

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

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

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

    9. The festival directors deserves the right to settle all cases not covered by the guidelines and to grant exceptions in special cases. All cases will be goverend by and construed in all respects in accordance with the laws of India and settled under the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of Mumbai.

    10. There will be three rounds of the Young Critics Lab: August (2 days), September (2 days) and October (2 days). Applicants who are selected but do not attend any of the rounds will be disqualified.

    11. 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.

    12. Additionally, applicants must also be available to attend and report from the festival which will take place from the 25th of October to 1st of November, 2018.

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

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

    2. 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 will be 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 15th July 2018.

  • 6 – Material Required

    Shortlisted applicants are required to carry their laptops (if available), notebooks, pens and basic stationery that will be 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 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 Participant, 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 and Festival Catalogue

    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.

  • 10 - Awards

    A Jury will award a trophy and a certificate to two applicants, who are adjudged the best at the Closing Ceremony of the Mumbai Film Festival on 01st November 2018.

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- The applicant agrees to have read and accepted the rules & regulations for participation in the Young Critics Lab 2018

- This person 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 Critics Lab.