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Technical Specifications and Requirements for the submission of DCPs (Digital Cinema Packages) for theatrical exhibition at the 72nd Venice Film Festival

 
Systems at the 72nd Venice Film Festival: All Digital Cinema Systems in use at the 72nd Venice Film Festival meet the SMPTE Standards and DCI CTP Compliant Test Plan.
 
DCP: It is requested to provide two identical DCP of the same movie, each one supplied on a CRU data port Hard Disk Drive (HDD), by August 18th. Each HDD shall contain only the DCP related to the movie. The Assetmap of the DCP shall include only the CPL required for the theatrical exhibition at 72nd Venice Film Festival.
Each DCP submitted to the 72nd Venice Film Festival should meet the current standard “SMPTE-DCP”. However, IMB (Internal Media Block) and players at 72nd Venice Film Festival will support also “Interop-DCP” format. No Mixed Format, SMPTE-DCP and Interop-DCP in the same DCP are accepted. The File name of the DCP should comply with the Digital Cinema Naming Convention V9 or later version. The ContentTitleText element of the CPL shall comply with the standard SMPTE CPL Metadata.
 
Soundtracks: Accepted soundtracks are 5.1 and 7.1 Channel PCM (Pulse Code Modulation). Formats different from the Channell Based such as “Object Audio” must be authorized in advance by the Director of the 72nd Venice Film Festival.
 
Media Drive & Interface: Each DCP must be supplied on a 3.5” Media Drive HDD in an industry CRU frame with external power supply (220V), and all related interface cables. Each Media Drive should also support eSATA 6G and USB3/USB2 data interface. Professional CRU 2.5” HDD supporting eSATA 6G and USB3/USB2 data interface are also admitted, while regular 3.5” and 2.5” media drives are not. The File System for CRU 3.5” and CRU 2.5” must be EXT3 Linux or EXT2 Linux .
Each CRU HDD should be supplied in a dedicated safety packaging, and be labeled using current Digital Cinema Naming Convention and CPL Metadata standard. These data must be editorially and technically compliant with the DCP Technical Form.
 
Media Drive & DCP Technical Form: The safety packaging used to supply the Media Drives must include the DCP TECHNICAL FORM provided by the 72nd Venice Film Festival. The DCP Technical Form must be precisely, editorially and technically, compiled and verified by the organization that will submit the movie to the 72nd Venice Film Festival.
 
QC (Quality Control): In order to achieve the best possible Sound & Vision Quality Experience, the 72nd Venice Film Festival requires that, before being delivered to us, each DCP undergo an in depth Quality Control and be verified and validated by the organization that submits the movie to 72nd Venice Film Festival. QC should include image quality, HFR, HDF, HCG, picture format, audio quality and format, on-screen and off-screen subtitles, interoperability and compliance with SMPTE-DCP standards or Interop-DCP specifications, CRU HDD integrity and compability, data and asset integrity, etc. The results of this QC should be reported in the DCP Technical Form and be included in the safety packaging used to deliver the physical media to the 72nd Venice Film Festival.
 
IC (Interoperability Control): Each DCP and CRU HDD delivered on time to the 72nd Venice Film Festival will be given a technical verification and validation assessment regarding the interoperability and compliance with the DCP Technical Specifications and Requirements. This verification does not replace the QC. If the result of the IC is negative, then it will be impossible to prepare the PCF (Project Configuration File) and thus program the DCP for the theatrical exhibition at the 72nd Venice Film Festival. Problems of non compliant DCPs cannot be solved at the 72nd Venice Film Festival.
 
On-Screen Subtitles: The 72nd Venice Film Festival requires that On-Screen Subtitles be delivered as burned into the picture. If delivered as XML File Format embedded in the DCP, and/or as DCP Supplemental Package, it is your responsibility to have them in sync (Timed Text) with each frame of the entire movie and be positioned in the active area of the projected image format. XML File Format should be compliant with the SMPTE-DCP Standard or the Interop-DCP specifications.
 
Off-Screen Subtitles: These will appear on a separate screen under the main screen. The file must be delivered on separate media such as an Optical Disk. These subtitles must be in sync (Timed Text) with onscreen subtitles and therefore have the same frame rate. We require that you send a 100% identical DVD and the lists of subtitles with Time Code – both in Italian and English – by August 18th, 2015. Off-Screen Subtitles for 3D Stereoscopic DCP are not accepted.
 
KDM: If you deliver encrypted DCPs, we require that the validity of the KDMs includes the day the DCPs arrive at 72nd Venice Film Festival (not after August 18th) until September 13th, 2015. The KDMs shall be valid for all the Servers/IMB/Media Blocks in use at 72nd Venice Film Festival. The list will be available on request. Please deliver KDMs to Angelo D’Alessio (angelo.dalessio@labiennale.org) and to the Cinema Department of La Biennale (digitalcinema@labiennale.org). If an automatic download service for KDMs is available the Cinema Department of the 72nd Venice Film Festival must be made aware at once.
Note: If the validity of KDMs will not be compliant with the above requests, the 72nd Venice Film Festival will be unable to perform the IC and prepare the PCF. As a result, it will not be possible to plan the DCP for the theatrical exhibition at the 72nd Venice Film Festival.  
 
Intermission: If the DCP requires an Intermission (separation of the movie in two or more parts), the DCP should be made accordingly by the DCP Encoding Lab. Of course, any intermission must have the preventive authorization from the Director of the 72nd Venice Film Festival and should be clearly shown in the DCP Technical Form and CPLs of the DCP.