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Fri. Apr 29 – Screening All Selected Films
Sat. Apr 30 – Red Carpet Gala and Award Ceremony
For reference purposes, here were the 2016 guidelines:
If you have difficulty with these requirements, please contact us!
Sending the highest quality of your film is the most important thing for submissions, do NOT send playable DVD’s or YouTube links.
Here are the preferred formats to receive your film to avoid re-encoding:
Video file format:
Quicktime (.mov), or mpeg-2
h.264 or pro-res 422.
Dolby Digital up to 5.1 channels (Max 640 Kbit/s) and
Linear PCM up to 9 channels (Max 27.648Mbit/s) are the preferred formats or the highest quality possible.
Provide the highest resolution possible to avoid up-scaling.
1920 X 1080 -or- 1280 X 720 is preferred for films shot in 16:9 aspect ratio (widescreen). For films shot in 4:3 aspect ratio, please provide the best resolution possible.
If your film is chosen, the file you provide will be used for final playback.
For anyone who has difficulty with this, don’t worry – we’ll do our best to help you with this process. Please read our FAQ if you have any questions, or feel free to contact us.
File delivery info, in order of preference:
Please include payment with your film: $25 by Jan. 8, 2016 or $50 by Feb 5, 2016.
If you are providing a downloadable file or using FTP to submit your film, please mail your payment to:
PO Box 886
Paonia, CO 81428
or KVNF Community Radio front desk basket: Attention PFF/submissions
For all other questions please email Ali Lightfoot.
Q: Why are you requiring submissions through Vimeo or YouTube?
A: First, our panel of judges will not be able to meet to judge the films like they did last year. Our panel is comprised of people who live all over the West, so we need to make the videos available to them as conveniently as possible. We can also avoid making duplicates of DVDs and sending them hither and yon to our judges. Also, this approach greatly simplifies the organizational and tracking process we used last year. Finally, we’re hoping some of our less technically-savvy filmmakers find this process less arduous than burning a film to disc.
Q: Why would I want to password-protect my video?
A: The most obvious reason is that you don’t want the world to see it. Perhaps you’re worried that someone else will illegally use your film elsewhere. Or perhaps it’s just not ready for the world to see. Regardless, it’s up to you if you want to make your uploaded film public or private.
Q: You’ll need a high-quality version of the film for the screening, won’t you?
A: Yes, most definitely. Just like last year, we want to show the films with as much quality as possible. The Paradise has an HD projector, and we’ll be using an HD projector at the Blue Sage as well.
We’ll contact the official selectees with screening format requirements in February. Note that Vimeo Plus and Pro users have the ability to upload larger high-definition versions of their films. If their film is selected and they have made their HD file downloadable from Vimeo (a setting for the video), then we can simply download the screenable version. Others will need to provide their screenable copy in other ways.
PFF could not exist without the generosity of our sponsors. We’re building on our success for 2016 and want you to be a part of it! As a sponsor, your business name will be seen on our posters, website, programs, and/or onscreen during the event. With an expanded event of two days, we expect many more attendees. Please support the North Fork Valley’s budding film community by giving your time, products, service or cash at one of the levels below. If you or your organization is interested in helping to support the Paonia Film Festival (and gain lots of gratitude and recognition in the process), review our Sponsor Contract (download the pdf). Thank you.
Depending on your level of sponsorship, you may be eligible for all kinds of perks! There is still time to get involved NOW by reviewing the sponsorship levels.