Friday, April 18, 2014
PBS Online Film Festival

If you are a budding filmmaker and want to show off your work, enter it in the PBS Online Film Festival. PBS and Louisiana Public Broadcasting are sponsoring the festival to encourage independent moviemakers to submit their unique, thought provoking creations for a possible showing online. The only restrictions are that the films must be between three and 15 minutes long and must meet the technical criteria for the festival.

These shorts, through a variety of storytelling and cinematic techniques, expose the particulars of life in a way that is both surprising and comforting. The festival will focus on new types of films, told in non-traditional ways on non-linear platforms. In addition to a general audience, the films selected will reach a younger socially-engaged audience.

Anyone wanting to enter their film can send a link to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) so it can be reviewed. If you have questions about the technical requirements for the festival, send them to the same email address or go to (this page).

All entries must be received by Saturday, February 15, 2014.

Submit inquiries and links to entries to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

"WATCH US SURPRISE YOU" - (scroll down for tech info)

It's more than a tag line for the PBS Online Film Festival, it’s the theme; capturing the notion that the festival’s short independent films are unique, thought provoking, and represent the best of public media.

COMMUNICATION OBJECTIVE (What’s the aim, goal of the advertisement or project?)

Independent short films (3-15 minutes long). These shorts, through a variety of story-telling and cinematic techniques, expose the particulars of life in a way that is both surprising and comforting.

TARGET AUDIENCE (What is the main idea of the message?)
The festival’s target audience consists of people who are open to seeing life presented in new and surprising ways. The ‘Watch Us Surprise You’ message sets the tone for that and readies the viewer for something out of the ordinary.

IDEA SUPPORT (Why does this make sense, Why should I, as a viewer, believe it?)
With films coming from our minority consortia partners, ITVS, POV, and stations across the country, this festival offers unique and diverse perspectives on stories, including ones that are rarely seen on broadcast or cable television.

PERSONALITY & TONE (This is the way we will present the promo to viewers)
Don’t Blink! You might miss something. Get ready to go on a rollercoaster of emotions. From light-hearted comedies, thoughtful life anecdotes, coming of age stories, to coping with life-altering circumstances, this festival has it all.

Here's the tech info - 2014 PBS Online Film Festival Film Entries: Info & Specs - **We know these are demanding specifications. Please do your best. If you cannot meet the specs, let us know and we’ll work with you.

DNxHD 145 or ProRes 422 (Proxy)
Video: 1920x1080i / 29.97 fps / 4:2:2

REQUIRED: Film Title (60-character max including spaces)
REQUIRED: Short Description (90-character max including spaces)
REQUIRED: Long Description (400-character max including spaces)
REQUIRED: About the filmmaker(s) (1000-character max including spaces)
REQUIRED: Suggested keywords/topics/genres
OPTIONAL: Any extra text you can provide about the film

REQUIRED: high-res image to represent film (at least 640x360 px)
REQUIRED: high-res station logo (with transparent background)
REQUIRED: high-res photo of filmmaker(s)

REQUIRED: Social Media (Facebook, Twitter, G+, Tumblr, etc) account names and links
OPTIONAL: Link to filmmaker(s)’s sites/social media
OPTIONAL: Any other relevant links

Tika Laudun, Senior Producer
Louisiana Public Broadcasting

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