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Technical Specifications and Requirements for the submission of DCPs (Digital Cinema Packages) for theatrical exhibition at the 71st Venice Film Festival


Systems at 71st VFF: All Digital Cinema Systems in use at the 71st Venice Film Festival (71st VFF) 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 Media Drive (HDD in CRU frame), by August 11th. Each HDD shall contain only the DCP related to the movie. No other content shall be included in the HDD. The Assetmap of the DCP shall include only the CPL required for the theatrical exhibition at 71st VFF. No multiple versions of CPLs are accepted.
Each DCP submitted to the 71st VFF should meet the standard “SMPTE-DCP”. However, players at 71st VFF 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 current Digital Cinema Naming Convention. 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).

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, and USB3/USB2 data interface. The Media Drive partition should be formatted in EXT3 file format. EXT2 or NTSF are also accepted. No other file systems are accepted. The 71st VFF cannot accept regular 3.5” and 2.5” media drives.
Each Media Drive 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 71st VFF. The DCP Technical Form must be precisely, editorially and technically, compiled and verified by the organization that will submit the movie to the 71st VFF.

QC (Quality Control): In order to achieve the best possible Sound & Vision Quality Experience, the 71st VFF 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 71st VFF. QC should include image quality, picture format, audio quality, subtitles, interoperability and compliance with SMPTE standards, Media Drive requirements, 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 71st VFF.

IC (Interoperability Control): Each DCP delivered on time to the 71st VFF 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 71st VFF. Problems of non compliant DCPs cannot be solved at the 71st VFF.

On-Screen Subtitles: The 71st VFF 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 frame. XML File Format should be compliant with the DCP SMPTE Standard.

Off-Screen Subtitles: These will appear on a separate screen under the main screen. The file must be delivered on separate media. These subtitles must be in sync (Timed Text) with on-screen subtitles .We require that you send a 100% identical DVD and the lists of subtitles with Time Code - both in Italian and English - by August 8th , 2014. 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 71st VFF (not after August 11th) till September 7th, 2014. The KDMs shall be valid for all the Servers/IMB/Media Blocks in use at 71st VFF. 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 FTP service is available please let us know immediately the procedures to download the KDMs from it.
Note: If the validity of KDMs will not be compliant with the above requests, the 71st VFF 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 71st VFF.

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 71st VFF and should be clearly shown in the DCP Technical Form and CPLs of the DCP.
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