Call for submissions begins for Realscreen’s MIPCOM Picks

You have until August 20 to submit clips for the annual feature, in which realscreen selects several "can't miss" non-fiction projects making their way to the market.
July 9, 2012

Yes, the summer is upon us and October may seem like light years away. But it will be here before we know it, as will MIPCOM. That means it is time to start our call for submissions for our annual MIPCOM Picks feature.

You have until Monday, August 20 to submit clips for the feature, in which realscreen selects several “can’t miss” non-fiction projects making their way to the market.

Here’s how it works. As we’ve done for previous MIP markets, 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 is fine, but smaller trailers in the two-minute range are perfectly acceptable as well), and our editorial panel will select the best of the submissions to feature in our upcoming MIPCOM issue and on 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 2013.

Of course, certain rules apply:

i) Clips must be submitted through the realscreen site ( – to the attention of Barry Walsh) on or before Monday, August 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 MIPTV 2012);

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.

v) The pass to the Realscreen Summit 2013 does not include transportation or accommodation and is non-transferable. Passes have no cash value.

Thanks and good luck.


About The Author
Jonathan Paul is a Toronto-based writer into creativity, content, advertising, tech, comics, video games, film, TV, time and space travel.