Now that summer is winding to a close and many of us are returning from well-earned vacations, we can let you know that if you haven’t yet uploaded your submissions for realscreen‘s MIPCOM Picks, you can breathe a bit easier.
You now have until August 25 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
• 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 fine as well), and our editorial panel will select the best of the submissions to feature in our upcoming MIPCOM issue and on realscreen.com. 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 2012.
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 Thursday, August 25, 2011. 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 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.
v) The pass to the Realscreen Summit 2012 does not include transportation or accommodation and is non-transferable. Passes have no cash value.
Thanks and good luck.