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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 realscreen.com.

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 (www.realscreen.com/upload/ – 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
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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