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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 realscreen.com, 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 realscreen.com. 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 (www.realscreen.com/upload/ – 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
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.

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