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#1 jijhh

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Posted 06 April 2006 - 08:41 PM

What are the most universally accepted formats for:

1. Festival submission
2. Festival screening

I realize there may be multiple answers for both, but I just wanted to know what people generally send in/screen. Thanks.
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#2 Michael Collier

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Posted 06 April 2006 - 09:04 PM

I have heard of festivals that take DVCPRO-HD, but I think the standard is either HDCAM (sony) or HDCAM-SR (again, sony)

This of course is for HD showing, I am not sure of any festival that accepts SD tapes, though I am sure they exist. Your best bet is to find the festivals you want to enter, the ones you think your film will play well at, then find their format. You may very well have to hire a post house to make multiple dubs onto multiple tape formats.
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#3 Jonathan Benny

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Posted 06 April 2006 - 09:19 PM

1. Submission: DVD, VHS
2. Screening: 35mm, BetaSP (many European Festivals), Digibeta,

But almost all festivals specify their preferred submission format on the entry forms.

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What are the most universally accepted formats for:

1. Festival submission
2. Festival screening

I realize there may be multiple answers for both, but I just wanted to know what people generally send in/screen. Thanks.


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#4 Sidney King

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Posted 06 April 2006 - 10:37 PM

At least in the States, any sort of HD projection is still quite rare (a few big ones like Sundance and Tribeca do). The most common tape format is BetaSP, followed by DigiBeta and miniDV/DVCAM. DVD is actually very common (and becoming more so) as an exhibition format, especially at smaller festivals. Unfortunatey 16mm has all but disappeared as an exhibtion format (again, this is the US).

Submission-wise, DVD is the standard, although it never hurts to include a VHS backup. Some festivals will not tell you if they have playback problems with your DVD. They just pitch your entire submission.
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