Competitive Section

COMPETITIVE SECTION:

  • Indian Showcase – Competition for Indian Feature Films
  • Stars on the horizon- Competition for Indian Debut Directors
  • Cinema of the Sellers – Competition for Indian Advertising films
  • Short is Sweet – International Competition for Short Films

Award Categories

  • Awards for JFF 2017
    • Cinema of the Sellers-Gold
    • Cinema of the Sellers-Silver
    • Cinema of the Sellers-Bronze
    • Best Screenplay
    • Best Cinematography
    • Best Sound (Re Recordist)
    • Best Editing
    • Best Singer Female
    • Best Singer Male
    • Best Background Score
    • Best Music Director
    • Best Short Film
    • Best Debut Director
    • Best Female Actor India
    • Best Male Actor India
    • Best Director
    • Best Feature Film
    • Best International Movie
    • Special Contribution to the Cinematic Art
    • Icons of Indian Cinema
    • Best Writer
    • Best Critics
    • Best Writing on Cinema

Rules

COMPETITIVE SECTIONS
JAGRAN FILM FESTIVAL 2017 WILL HAVE THE FOLLOWING COMPETITIVE SECTION:

  • Indian Showcase – Competition for Indian Feature Films
  • Stars on the horizon- Competition for Indian Debut Directors
  • Cinema of the Sellers – Competition for Indian Advertising films
  • Short is Sweet – International Competition for Short Films

ELIGIBILITY
Films made between 1 September 2016 and 31st May 2017 are eligible for participation in the Delhi chapter of the festival. However, films made between 1 June 2017 and 31 August 2017 will be eligible for the Mumbai chapter and included through a phase two selection processes after conclusion of the Delhi chapter. The Mumbai chapter will not consider any film made before 2 June 2016.

SUBMISSION TIMELINES

  • Delhi Chapter – 31st May 2017
  • Mumbai Chapter – 31st August 2017

TERMS & CONDITIONS

1. FEATURE FILM INDIAN LANGUAGE – is a competitive section for feature films produced and certified in India.

  • Films entered in the Competition Section must fulfill the following conditions:
    • Films must be Feature Films / Short Films/Advertising Films/ International Feature
    • They must have been completed between September 1, 2016 and May 31, 2017 And for Mumbai June 1st, 2017 to August 31st, 2017 in addition.
    • Eligibility period will be determined by the Censorship certificate, for films produced outside India, a certification by relevant Film Board of the country or attestation by the relevant Embassy in India would suffice. All films produced in India must have certification by Central Board of Film Certification. For international films, Jagran Secretariat will obtain Censorship Exemption from ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India, New Delhi
    • In the case of co-productions, at least one of the producers/production companies must have the right to sanction the participation of the film in the competition section of the Festival and the authority to receive an award, if any, is won.
    • Entrants must agree that if their film/films win any of the Jagran Film Festival Awards, all screenings thereafter will acknowledge the Award(s) on the film itself.
  • Entries will be subject to preview by a committee constituted by the Directorate of Jagran Film Festival. A film which is not accepted for the Competition Section can be shown in the Jagran Film Festival with the consent of the entrant in some other section.
  • The films should be submitted only on DVD or Blue Ray formats in HD. DCPs can also be submitted for final screenings.
  • The Jury for the Indian Competition and Jagran Shorts will consist of a Chairman and not less than two and not more than four other members.
  • The decisions of the jury will be taken by a simple majority of the members present and voting. The jury can evolve its own rules for assessment of the entries. The Directorate of Jagran Film Festival or its representatives can attend the deliberations of the jury.
  • No person in any way connected with the production or commercial exploitation of a competitive entry will be a member of the jury. All Members of the jury will refrain from releasing any articles or reviews to the press concerning the films submitted for their judgment, until after the jury’s decisions have been formally announced at the closing function.
  • Awards for JFF 2017
    • Cinema of the Sellers-Gold
    • Cinema of the Sellers-Silver
    • Cinema of the Sellers-Bronze
    • Best Screenplay
    • Best Cinematography
    • Best Sound (Re Recordist)
    • Best Editing
    • Best Singer Female
    • Best Singer Male
    • Best Background Score
    • Best Music Director
    • Best Short Film
    • Best Debut Director
    • Best Female Actor India
    • Best Male Actor India
    • Best Director
    • Best Feature Film
    • Best International Movie
    • Special Contribution to the Cinematic Art
    • Icons of Indian Cinema
    • Best Writer
    • Best Critics
    • Best Writing on Cinema
  • Lifetime Achievement Award (To be given to an individual for his/her outstanding contribution to world cinema)
  • Prize Money to the selected categories:
    Best Foreign Film $2000*
    Best Short Film – $1000*
    Best Indian Feature Film – INR 200,000*
    Best Indian Film Director- INR 150,000*
    Best Indian Debut Director – INR 100,000*
    Note:
    *Prize money includes the gross amount to be paid by Jagran Film Festival. Taxes as and where will be applicable as per Government of India.
    *Dollar amount is only for representation and understanding of the prize amount in the said category. Winners will be paid in INR only equivalent to the said dollar amount.
    *Jagran Film Festival reserves the rights for any and change in prize money, or no prize money without any prior notice.
    *Terms & Conditions Apply

2. NOTICE OF PARTICIPATION 

  • Entrants would be informed of selection of the film latest by June 20th, 2017 by the Directorate of Jagran Film Festival.

3. DVDS FOR SELECTION

  • DVDs of films may also be sent for purposes of selection only so as to reach the Directorate of Jagran Film Festival not later than May 30th, 2017. Single consignments which are not part of a larger shipment should be air- mailed directly to the Directorate of Jagran Film Festival. DVDs may also be sent through Diplomatic Channels.

4. ENTERING FILMS IN THE FESTIVAL 

  • Film Producers, Distributors their duly authorized representatives or duly authorized government organizations / agencies of the participating countries may enter their films for the International Competition for feature films, Thematic, Indian Classic, Indian – Competitive, Animated, Films by Debut Directors, Short Films and Cinema of the Sellers in the Entry Form.
  • The Directorate of Jagran Film Festival may also invite films if it considers them of interest.

5. DVD/ BLUE RAY 

  • Screeners on DVD/ Blue ray DVD/ (or one line links) of the films selected for exhibition in the Festival must reach the Festival office in New Delhi on or before May 30, 2017 for all cities except for Mumbai Screening for which the last date is August 30, 2017. The title(s) of the film(s) sent, shipping details including the dates of dispatch and the air consignment number must be faxed/e-mailed to the Directorate of Jagran Film Festival. DVD/ Blue ray should ideally be air freighted/couriered directly to the Directorate of Jagran Film Festival at the address given in these regulations.

6. FREIGHT AND OTHER CHARGES 

  • The Blue Ray / DVDs should be sent “freight pre-paid” i.e. at senders cost.
  • The Directorate of Jagran Film Festival will not bear freight or any other charges for unsolicited films, Videos, DVDs sent to it, if these are not selected for screening in the Festival.
  • In the case of publicity material, etc. sent pre-paid by Courier Services or through agents in India, the concerned Courier Service/agent should be instructed to deliver the material directly to the office of the Directorate of Jagran Film Festival in Delhi. The Directorate of Jagran Film Festival shall not be responsible for any material that is diverted to some other city.

7. SUBTITLING

  • Films will normally be screened in their original language/version. Films in all languages must have subtitles in English. Films that arrive without subtitles, or with subtitles other than in English, where such subtitles are enquired, may not be screened in the Festival.

8. SCREENING 

  • All films screenings at Jagran Film Festival would either be certified by Central Board of Film Certification, India or have obtained exemption under Section 9 of Cinematograph Act, 1952.
  • The accepted films may be shown in some of the 16 cities (specified in Point1), by the Directorate of Jagran Film Festival.
  • The Festival proposes to have a maximum of five screenings per film as per FIAPF Regulations for non-competitive festivals and competitive specialized festivals which allow for a maximum of five screenings per film.

9. The Directorate of Jagran Film Festival reserves the right to exclude films which are not in conformity with aims of the Festival, or which could offend the national feelings, sensibilities of communities and susceptibilities of any participating country, or are likely to promote racial discrimination.

10. GENERAL

  • Classroom and Demo films are not eligible for participation in any section.
  • Films not presenting sufficient technical qualities for good public screening can be refused after checking of the DVDs by the Print Checking Unit of the Directorate of Jagran Film Festival.
  • The participants must ensure that they have the right to participate in Jagran Film Festival of India with regard to parties connected with the production / distribution of the participating film and / or other right holders/licenses.
  • Participation in the Festival implies acceptance of these Regulations.
  • The Directorate of Jagran Film Festival will decide all matters not expressly provided for in these regulations but in conformity with the provisions of the International Regulations for film festivals and decision of The Directorate of Jagran Film Festival shall be final and binding on all parties.

Please read the complete form thoroughly before making Submissions, Directorate of Jagran Film Festival will not be liable for any loss of Content, Participation, and Material whatsoever. All films will be shortlisted for screening/ competition by the preview panel and further Judged by the Jury panel in Mumbai.

12. CORRESPONDENCE AND SHIPPING ADDRESS 

  • All correspondence, publicity materials, DVDs and film prints should be addressed to:
    Siddharth Kapila
    Directorate of Jagran Film Festival
    Jagran Prakashan Limited

    50, Okhla Industrial Estate, Phase III
    New Delhi – 20
    Tel: +91 11 3082 0300
    Fax: +91 11 3082 0300
    E-Mail: For all queries: info@jff.co.in ;
    For Competitive / Movie Submission: siddharth@nda.jagran.com