First Frame 2013

In the array of modern art does one really believe that art should be disciplined? There is no definition of art; its understanding is a subjective perception of an individual’s ideologies. A film maker is that eye of the society who possesses the ability, power and opportunity to act as the eagle of the society and show the bigger picture. An accumulation of these still frames into a moving reel is a powerful tool that a film maker uses to showcase his/her imagination of the unusual.

First Frame is a platform to showcase the films produced across the world by young amateur student film makers and provide them an international stage to showcase their work. We believe that in life one must learn from hurdles that come its way and dream big with open eyes. So no matter how big, wild, or unrealistic our goals might be, we must follow them till the very end. This is what First Frame stands to achieve, because “If you can dream it, you can film it”.

First Frame 2013- 5th International Students’ Film Festival is scheduled to be held on 2nd and 3rd April 2013 at Sri Ram Centre, Mandi House, New Delhi, India.

Rules and Regulations:

1. There is no entry fee for the participation
2. Only individual student entries will be allowed
3. The film must have been made during the course duration. Only films made in or after January 2011 are acceptable (Film Completion date to be certified by the institute.
4. Proposed categories of Awards:
    a. Best Film- International
    b. Best Film- Indian
    c. Best Film- Undergraduate
    d. Best Film- Animation
    Maximum duration of all films can be 25 minutes.
5. The value of each award is INR 25,000 for the best film in respective categories (as mentioned above). In addition, the jury has the discretion of conferring other special awards if need be.
6. Each director can send a maximum of two films. Separate application forms to be submitted for each film.
7. All films are to be publicly/privately uploaded on YouTube/Vimeo and the link is to be provided in the Application Form.
8. Entries once submitted cannot be withdrawn.
9. Submission deadline for all entries is 20th February 2013. Entries received after this date will NOT be accepted for First Frame 2013- 5th International Students’ Film Festival.
10. The format for the films to be previewed by the jury for selection and awards is a high resolution Quicktime movie (.mov) file. No other format will be accepted.
11. Two DVDs with a copy of film must be submitted along with filled entry form, production stills and poster.
12. Each DVD must be labeled clearly with the following details:
a.       Title of the film
b.      Director’s Name
c.       Language
d.      Duration
e.      Category applied for
13. All films must be subtitled in English.
14. In case the producer and Copyright Owner are different persons/organization, then the permission of Copyright Owner is also necessary. Please attach necessary documents.
15. A hard copy of the application form and declaration to be duly forwarded under the seal and signature of the Institute head/concerned authority.
16. In case of dispute regarding content of the film the sole responsibility will be of the Film Producer.
17. MBICEM reserves the right to accept or reject any entries without assigning any reason.
18. Your submission will be a part of the First Frame library.
19. Clips from your entry may be used for Festival promotional purposes.
20. The films for the screening would be selected by a specialized jury and details regarding the selected films would be posted on the First Frame website in early March 2013.
21. The decision of the jury will be final and binding.
22. If it is discovered at any time (before, during or after the event) that any student has made an attempt to win this award by getting the film made by professionals or non-students and subsequently send the entries in the name of student of any institute, then the student and the institute will be blacklisted and debarred from participating in subsequent awards/events for all the times to come and such names will be listed on the website of First Frame. The said student or institution may also be liable for legal proceedings for deliberate misrepresentation of facts and cheating.
23. MBICEM will not be responsible for any postal/courier delays, or any kind of tampering with the courier. It is the sole responsibility of the participant/institute to assure the delivery on time.
24. Sending of online application form doesn’t confirm participation. All entries would be considered valid only when the courier, with all original documents, is received at MBICEM.

Eligibility Criteria:

1. Only films produced in or after January 2011 are eligible for entry into First Frame 2013.
2. Only students studying any media/mass communication/journalism/film-making course in any recognized Government/Ministry approved institute/university can participate. 

How to Participate?

1. Download the ‘First Frame Application Form’. Click here to download
2. Upload your film on YouTube/Vimeo and paste the link in the Application Form.
3. Fill the application form and email it to us by 20th February 2013 at with the ‘Subject’: Entry for Film Festival.
4. Take a printout of the filled-in application form and sign it.
5. Take a printout of the ‘Bonafide Student Certificate’ by clicking here. It must be filled and signed by the Director/Principal of your institute.
6. Send the following documents by courier:
a.       Two sets of preview DVDs
b.      Printout of the filled-in application form
c.       Filled and signed ‘Bonafide Student Certificate’
d.      A CD containing:
                                                           i.      Synopsis of the film (100-150 words)
                                                           ii.     Director’s biography (100-150 words) alongwith a photograph
                                                           iii.   Poster and production stills of the film
7. Please mention “Entry for First Frame- 2013” on the envelope
8. The courier should reach us latest by 20th February 2013 at the following address:

120-B, Madangir Village,
Behind Local Shopping Center,
New Delhi - 110 062

Phone: +91 11 29963720, +91 11 29963722