Final Format Details

In order to have a festival-quality version of your video, we need you to send in a final copy that meet the following criteria:

** FILMMAKERS:  Your final piece is due March 1st **


Please deliver your final file in the following format:

  • 2 seconds of black at the beginning of your piece
  • Codec: Apple ProRes 422 (standard)
  • Container: .mov
  • Resolution: 1920×1080 resolution (4k can be delivered in addition if desired, as long as a 1920×1080 version is also included)
  • Encoding: H.264 with variable bit rate between 15-30mbps, or 100-150mbps if delivering 4k in addition to 1920×1080 file size
  • 2.0 channel stereo mix

Festival tip: consider removing brands/logos from opening & end credits – consistently, films which win our Audience Choice Award (Cash Prize) have little to no branding displayed at the beginning or end of the piece. (brands/logos within the film itself is fine)

If using a PC to export your Final Format, you can use Davinci Resolve (free version for windows, scroll to bottom) which has settings capable outputting your file in the requested format.

 If you have any questions about formatting, or have trouble delivering in the requested format please contact us at


* Vimeo post in correct format set to be a downloadable file
* File transfer service such as YouSendIt or Dropbox
* File hosted on your server that we can download
* We cannot accept a link to a YouTube video as your final format (but it is fine for the Jury Preview).

Send your file to

As a last resort, you may also mail us a data disc (not authored DVD) with your file, but this option is not ideal.


If you have further questions, contact our submissions coordinator: