Autor: Peter Effenberg

Berlinale Selection Screeners

How to deliver Selection Screeners to german film festival Berlinale

If you want to deliver your Film to the selection committee of german film festival Berlinale, you need to follow some technical specifications. Otherwise your film file will not be accepted.

File Upload

The link for uploading your file will be provided on the confirmation page at the end of the application form for film submissions. Should you wish to upload your film at a later date, you can do so at any time via the link on the “My Account / My Film Entry” page which will be activated once you have successfully registered your film.

After the upload is completed, your data will be processed and encrypted. The processing can take some time. You will receive an e-mail notification as soon as your file is ready to be released. In the next step you can check your processed file, change the thumbnail preview picture – or, if necessary, upload a new version of your selection screener.

In a last and important step, expressly approve the finished file to enter the selection screenings. Your film will only be released to the Berlinale selection boards with your final authorisation. Therefore please do not forget to click the "release" button.

Please note:

  • Audio, video and subtitles must be contained in a single file and the file size should not exceed 10 GB.
  • Please submit HD material in the MP4 format (H.264, AAC, Stereo).
  • Please encode your video data with a constant bitrate and either 24, 25 or 30 progressive frames per second.
  • The file name must not include any special characters or blank spaces. Please do not, for example, use any file names like “myfilm!@&%$§ *().mov”.

To ensure a high technical quality, the following settings for file compression are suggested:

[table][tr][th]Size / aspect ratio[/th][th]Video codec / bit rate[/th][th]Audio codec / bit rate[/th][/tr][tr][td]1920 x 1080 px / 16:9 HD[/td][td]H.264 high profile
10.000 Kbit/s[/td][td]AAC / 320 Kbit/s
sampling rate 48 kHz[/td][/tr][/table]
If your film is available in a different file format or on DVD, a conversion to H.264 is recommended. Files can be converted by the open source (GPLv2) software "HandBrake" for example, which is available for all major operating systems.