Deadline extended for MIPCOM Picks submissions

Companies wanting to submit clips for realscreen's MIPCOM Picks 2009 now have until Wednesday, August 26.
August 19, 2009

If you haven’t yet submitted clips of the projects you’re bringing to Cannes for our annual MIPCOM Picks, best get moving! We’re extending the deadline for submissions – you now have until Wednesday, August 26 to get us your trailers and clips for this year’s feature. Here’s more info on the process.

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, and identified as ‘for MIPCOM Picks’) on or before Wednesday, August 26, 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 degradation 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.

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