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Specifications for selection screeners

77th Venice International Film Festival


The deadline to upload or send feature-length and short films to the 77th Venice International Film Festival is June 12th, 2020.

Admitted Formats for Selection are:
Short films
   - File upload
Feature-length films
   - File upload
   - DCP
   - Blu-Ray
   - DVD
HDCAM and QT ProRes files are not accepted.

Subtitling: The VIFF needs an English or Italian subtitled version for the selection screenings. If the film original version is English with strong regional accent or slang vocabulary, that could not be easily understood by non-native speakers, it is recommended to have it subtitled in English or Italian as well.

Instructions for file upload

The link to upload your file will be sent by email as soon as you complete your film submission by paying the entry fee. It will be sent to the email address that you typed in the payment form (please check it in case it is different from the key email you used in filling out the submission form).
The first time you click the link our streaming portal will open and you will be asked to choose a password to be associated with your email. Then you will access the pre-filled form of your film: you must add the director’s name (other fields are not mandatory) and attach an information sheet (PDF or text), including synopsis, director’s bio-filmography and production notes. Then you will be able to upload the film file.
If you do not upload the film the first time you log in, you will be able to do it at a later time. In this case you will log in at https://streaming.labiennale.org/, using your email and password, and you will need to fill out also the film details (title, country, language). Please use the same title you typed in the submission form and only Latin alphabet (you must transliterate other alphabets such as Chinese, Japanese, Hindi, Hebrew, Arabic, Korean, etc. into Latin alphabet).

We only accept multiplexed files (i.e. with audio, video and subtitles in a single file).
File size: it must not exceed 5 GB.
Codec: H.264
A codec is the format in which your video will be encoded. We recommend using H.264. If you are uploading High Definition (HD) video, choose the High Profile H.264 setting instead of Main Profile.
Frame rate:
When compressing your video for upload, it is best to maintain the video’s native frame rate. If your footage exceeds 60 FPS, we will automatically reduce the frame rate. Important: Always choose “constant” frame rate instead of “variable” frame rate.
The higher the resolution, the better the quality of scanning. You can upload a film with a resolution of up to 1920x1080 pixels (HD), as long as it does not exceed 5 GB.
Audio Codec: AAC-LC (Advanced Audio Codec)
For best results, we recommend using AAC-LC (low complexity) for the audio codec.
Data rate: 320 kbit/s
For best results, encode your audio at constant rate of 320 kbit/s.
Sample rate: 48 kHz
For best results, set your audio sample rate to 48 kHz. If your working setting is already less than or equal to 48 kHz, leave it as is.

Instructions for DVDs and Blu-rays
(only feature-length films)

Both PAL and NTSC standards are admitted.
Please create Region FREE DVDs and Blu-Rays.

Instructions for DCPs
(only feature-length films)

The VIFF accepts DCPs that are fully DCI/SMPTE compliant.
Hard Drive: CRU, HDD, SSD and USB stick are admitted. They must be Linux formatted (ext2/ext3/ext4).
Aspera digital transfer is not normally admitted, but it may be allowed in cases of extreme urgency or technical issues of the HD.
Naming: DCPs must follow ISDCF DCP Naming Convention https://isdcf.com/dcnc/
Please take care that that physical storage devices are properly labeled with title and CPL.
Encryption/KDMs: The VIFF prefers open DCPs, but if your content is encrypted please ask for server certificates to print.traffic@labiennale.org and send KDMs to the same address. KDMs must reach the VIFF by the date of your DCP delivery and be valid for at least 15 days.

Delivery address

Selection screeners not submitted online should be sent to the following addresses (except short films that may only be uploaded).

La Biennale di Venezia - Settore Cinema
Ca’ Giustinian - San Marco 1364/a, 30124 Venezia
Tel. +39 041 5218878
E-mail Cinema@labiennale.org

From May 25 the address is:
La Biennale di Venezia - Settore Cinema
Palazzo del Cinema, Lungomare Marconi, 30126 Lido di Venezia
Tel. +39 041 5218878

Before sending a DCP it is recommended to get in touch with print.traffic@labiennale.org to check on when and where the next screening session will take place.

Screeners return

The VIFF will not return DVDs, Blu-Rays and USB sticks. DCPs delivered on CRU, SSD, HDD can be returned if requested by September 30, 2020. The shipping will be at your expenses and must be organized through your courier by contacting print.traffic@labiennale.org.

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