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Only the applicant is eligible to fill this form.
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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 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 11th edition of the Young Critics Lab will be conducted online.

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.

  • 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.

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

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

  • The dates of the YCL 2020 online sessions will be announced soon. Applicants who are selected but do not attend any of the sessions 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

  • 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.

  • 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

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 1st, September 2020.

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. In addition to that basic stationery such as notebooks, pens etc need to be available to take notes.

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.

The reviews submitted by the participants can be uploaded by them on their personal profiles after the 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.

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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.