MIPCOM Picks 2009 – call for entries

Here's your no-strings-attached chance to win MIPCOM exposure and a free pass to the Realscreen Summit in 2010! Deadline for submissions: Aug. 19, 2009.
July 20, 2009

As we’ve done for previous MIP markets, this year realscreen will again be throwing open its site for online clip submissions in six categories:

· Factual Entertainment
· History
· Lifestyle· Music, Arts & Culture
· Political, Social & Religious
· Science & Nature

Upload your new clips (5 to 8 minutes is common), and our editorial panel will select the best of the submissions to feature in our upcoming MIPCOM issue and on

BUT, BEST OF ALL, the clip the panel ranks highest will be named Best in Show, and the submitter will win a free pass to the Realscreen Summit in 2010!

Of course, certain rules apply:

i) clips must be submitted through the realscreen site ( – to the attention of Barry Walsh) on or before Wednesday, August 19, 2009. In the ‘Instructions’ box, please include some background on the project (production company partners, distributor/distributors, rights available, broadcasters, if any). (Ignore the ‘Advertiser’ box.);

ii) clips must be from new projects coming to MIP for the first time in filmed form (projects previously pitched are acceptable, providing filming had not wrapped previous to MIPTV 2009) ;

iii) up to 3 clips may be submitted from any one production company;

iv) Format suggestions: video compression format H.264 is the recommended compression format (preferably QuickTimes or WMVs). Any other format will be recompressed again, resulting in degredation of the video. Frame Rate: max 30fps. Bitrate: 800kbits/sec. Quality: Best. Size: Maximum width 360px, regardless of aspect ratio

Audio format: AAC. Channels: Stereo or Mono. Rate: 44.1Khz

Prepare for Internet Streaming: Fast Start, or Fast Start – Compressed Header

As a guideline, this should produce videos that are less than 5MB per 30 seconds. Please do not upload files which exceed that guideline.;

v) the pass to the Realscreen Summit 2010 (February 1 to 3, 2010) does not include transportation or accommodation. The pass has no cash value.

About The Author
Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.