MIPTV Picks call for entries begins

With MIPTV coming earlier this year, we're giving you a little more time to submit your programs to be considered for our annual MIPTV Picks feature.
January 23, 2012

With MIPTV beginning earlier this year – April 1, with MIPDoc and MIPFormats preceding it on March 30 and 31 respectively – we at realscreen are giving you a little more time to submit your programs to be considered for our annual MIPTV Picks feature.

The feature, appearing in our March/April MIPTV issue and online at, shines the spotlight on several “can’t miss” projects making their way to the market, as selected by the realscreen editorial team.

This year, realscreen will once 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 (around five to eight minutes in length at the most, but one- to two-minute trailers are fine as well), and our editorial panel will select the best of the submissions to feature in our upcoming MIPTV issue and on The clip the panel ranks highest will be named Best in Show.

Of course, certain rules apply:

i) clips must be submitted through the realscreen site ( – to the attention of Barry Walsh) on or before Monday, February 20, 2012. 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 MIPCOM 2011);

iii) up to three (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.

Thanks and good luck.

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.