Congratulations on being selected and thank you for being a part of the HollyShorts Monthly Screening Series. We will need you deliver a specific type of file for the screening. Below are the format parameters and the due dates for submitting your films for the Monthly Screenings for the rest of the year. Please deliver your trailer (if you have one) as soon as you can so we can start promoting the screening. Also, be sure to include the name of your film in the subject line of your emails.
On the file, we need your feature to have 3 seconds of black at the head of the program and 3 seconds of black on the tail. Your trailer does not need these heads and tails. Also, the file should not have any color bar, count down, or slate in the beginning. Please make sure your final audio mix is an average of -6db. And lastly, the files should be labeled correctly with the complete film title.
File Extension: .mp4
Compression Codec: H.264
Max Bit rate: 32Mbps
Audio: MPEG- AAC, Stereo or 5.1, 48khz, 256kbps
Frame Rate: 23.98 or 24 or 25
We strongly encourage using the Adobe Media Encoder's Vimeo present. Start with the Vimeo 1080p HD preset under Web Video/Vimeo. Then modify the preset by changing the bitrate to 32Mbs on the Maximum Bitrate (Mbps): slider.
If you would prefer to use free software, we've had great success over the years using MPEG STREAM CLIP to encode to MP4. See the PDF file below for step by step encoding instructions. And please note that, despite the instructions, you can set the bitrate as high as 32Mbps.
Please use the following naming parameters when naming your files, film name_f_ for films and film name_t_ for trailers. Be sure to include the name of your film in the subject line of all emails.
I will be sending out a file request link from Dropbox, a few weeks before the screening, so you can deliver your film and trailer directly to my account. If you have troublewith that link, here are a list of our preferred file delivery services. Please email to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you're using Google Drive, please do NOT require a login to download the file as HollyShorts.com is not a Google domain and we'll be unable to access the file.
Again, thank you for being a part of the HollyShorts Monthly Screening Series. And please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or need any help.