From: bryan mckay (email suppressed)
Date: Thu Jan 15 2009 - 12:43:18 PST
Online submissions are a great idea, and if I were programming a
festival by myself I would certainly consider it, but my festival
right now screens all our submissions for a screening committee. Sure,
we could all watch things separately on our computers, but there's
something to be said for seeing how a film plays in a dark room on a
big screen with good speakers in front of a real audience.
On Jan 15, 2009, at 10:24 AM, minou wrote:
> I'd like to second Raymond on the merits of a fully digital
> submission system!
> Some younger, smaller organizations have in the past year started to
> agreed to my prompting them to preview online through my website.
> My guess is until festivals, programmers and curators have fully
> adapted their filing systems to be kept digitally and is reference-
> able across their whole network, we'll have to oblige with
> hardcopies. I think it's probably just a question of time.
> In the meantime I close my eyes to the probability that about 10% of
> all the DVDs I send out may be write-offs and reflect on the fact
> that the success of online previewing is not quaranteed either.
> I am occasionally told by people viewing my work online that 'it
> doesn't work'. If I have the fortune of knowing it didn't work for
> them I can suggest they update their quicktime player. Or, someone
> declares a work is 'mute'. When they are told it is not, they'll go
> play with their audio preferences. and voila...
> minou norouzi
> On 15 Jan 2009, at 14:39, Raymond Salvatore Harmon wrote:
>> Hello all,
>> I wanted to post a general question about festival submission/
>> screening procedures and get some feedback from the list.
>> Over the past 10 years most festivals have shifted from accepting
>> VHS tape to accepting dvd for preview. While on the whole dvd-r is
>> an accepted format I am constantly hearing complaints from various
>> artists and programmers about the major issues of incompatibility
>> with dvd-r and computers/players. I myself have had several times
>> when dvd-r sent out could not be watched by someone, even though
>> others from the same batch had no problems elsewhere.
>> Over the past year I have started telling programmers who request
>> screening copies of my films to watch them via the Vimeo.com site
>> (who can stream in hd). And although I have had some positive
>> response to this on the whole I have meet with a certain amount of
>> hesitation and uncertainty.
>> While I do understand the difference between screening from film
>> and from video I do not really understand the hesitation in having
>> a film previewed from the web if the resolution is the same or
>> better than a dvd.
>> In my opinion previewing films from the web not only saves artists
>> money, it is more environmental (not using so much plastic), and on
>> the festival side I know from experience that submissions can take
>> up a lot of room thus web preview saves festivals space as well.
>> As programmers and artists what is stopping festivals from going
>> over to an all online submission format? (again, I am not talking
>> about youtube quality but full resolution streaming as on Vimeo and
>> other sites)
>> Raymond Salvatore Harmon
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