2018 Exhibition FAQ 2017-12-31T12:27:53+00:00

2018 Exhibition FAQ

Updated 12/31/17

Questions? No sweat! Our Projection Team is comprised of people who live and breathe this stuff. Contact us at [email protected].

This year, we’re screening every film as a DCP (Digital Cinema Package). You have 3 options:

  • Send us a Blu-Ray. We will rip it and convert it to a DCP.*
  • Send us a HD QuickTime with H.264 high-quality compression. (We cannot accept ProRes files.) We will convert it to a DCP.*
  • Send us a ready-to-screen DCP.

Exhibition copies, whether they are Blu-Ray, QuickTime, or DCP, are due by January 15th.

*Note: If we make the DCP, we cannot send it you. We’ll make the DCP look good for our projection system, but cannot guarantee the DCP’s quality or integrity at other festivals.

We can screen most DCPs created by post houses and created with DCP software. There are a few exceptions:

  • No resolutions over 2K
  • No stereoscopic packages

We’re using NeoDCP software to screen the programs; this is the same software used by Sundance and Tribeca.

We can only accept Blu-Rays that lack anti-theft protection. If you choose to send a Blu-Ray, pack it carefully and send it with some form of tracking. Please note that Blu-Ray discs will not be returned. Use this address:

Dam Short Film Festival
1022 Nevada Hwy, #204
Boulder City, NV 89005

SENDING DCPs and QuickTimes
To send us a DCP or QuickTime of your film that is under 15 GB, follow these steps:

  1. Upload your entire DCP directory structure to a file sharing service that accepts multiple folders and files, such a Dropbox. (If you can, avoid zipping the files; we’ve found that large, zipped DCP packages tend to develop archive errors when sent through file transfer services. If you do need to zip, use 7-Zip.) If you are sending us a single QuickTime file, zipping is not necessary.
  2. Send us a link to the file or files. Use [email protected].

If your DCP is over 15 GB, mail us a copy on a Windows-compatible (NTFS or FAT32) or Linux-compatible (Ext2 or Ext3) USB 3.0 hard drive, high-quality thumb drive, or flash stick. We will return the drive via USPS Mail within 1 week. You can use this address:

Dam Short Film Festival
1022 Nevada Hwy, #204
Boulder City, NV 89005

If you don’t have a DCP, you can make one yourself with DCP-o-Matic. Here’s a tutorial:

  1. Launch DCP-o-Matic. Choose File > New. In the New Film window, enter the film name into the Film Name Field. Use the Create In Folder Browse button to navigate to a folder where you save the DCP file. It’s best to use a new folder for this. Click the OK button the close the window.
  2. Click the Add File(s) button at the top of the Content tab at the top-left. Browse for the QuickTime movie file you wish to convert. It’s added to the tab and is shown in the viewer on the right. You can use the Play button to watch the movie (without the audio).
  3. While looking at the Video tab on the left, set Colour Conversion menu to Rec. 709. Set the Scale menu to to No Stretch. Left/right vertical letterbox bars are okay on 1920×1080 projects. Note that the final DCP specifications are listed at the bottom of the Content tab. A common final DCP resolution is 2048×1080.
  4. Switch to the DCP tab at the top-left. Set the Container menu to Full Frame. Leave the Frame Rate set to the original frame rate of the movie (we can screen 24, 25, and 30 fps). Leave the Resolution set to 2K.  Our projection system will fit the DCP to the projected frame without cropping. 
  5. Set the JPEG2000 Bandwidth to a value between 75 to 150 Mbit/s. The higher the value, the better the quality but the larger the files sizes. JPEG2000 Bandwidth is located in the DCP tab. Optionally, lower the audio slightly (-3 or -6 Db) through the Gain field (located in the Audio sub-tab of the Content tab). This helps prevent distortion when the audio peaks in the original file.
  6. Choose Jobs > Make DCP. Depending on the speed of your computer and length of the film, this can take a significant amount of time. When the the DCP has been created, you must use a DCP player to check it. Regular movie players cannot read the format. The least expensive player available is the Digitall dcpPlayer. Note that a a DCP is composed of multiple files within a folder. All the files are necessary to play the DCP. Here’s an example: