44rd edition 21 January - 1 February 2015

Upload Specifications for Shorts

It is possible to submit your short film (under 60 minutes) by uploading it as a .MOV file as an alternative to submitting a DVD screener by regular post.

We will only accept files with these technical specifications:

Video setting: Compression: H.264
Quality: High Bit rate: 3000
Encoding mode: multi-pass dimensions
Optimized for: Streaming
Audio Setting: Format: ACC
Sample rate: 44.100 kHz
Channels: Stereo (L R)
Bit rate: 128 kbps
Prepare for internet Streaming: Fast start

To make sure these files fit the requirements, use the encoding settings as outlined below.

Export your video using QuickTime

MOV files can be exported from programs like iMovie, Final Cut Pro, and QuickTime Pro.
  • In iMovie, select Share > Export Using QuickTime
  • In Finalcut Pro, select File > Export > Using Quicktime Conversion > Options
  • In QuickTime Pro, select File > Export > Export: Movie to QuickTime Movie > Options

Adjust your video encoding settings

1. Enter a name for your file (please note: the uploaded file should be named after the submission number you will receive after filling out the online entry form): for example 12345_title.mov. Select Movie to QuickTime Movie from the Export dropdown.



2. Click Options and make the following changes to Video settings:
  • Compression Type: H.264
  • Frame Rate: Current
  • Key Frames: Automatic
  • Frame Reordering: Checked
  • Compressor Quality: High
  • Encoding mode: Best quality (Multi-pass)
  • Data Rate: Restrict to 3000 kbits/sec
  • Optimized for: Streaming
  • For export size: Current dimensions


3. Make the following changes to Audio settings:
  • Audio Setting: Format: ACC
  • Sample rate: 44.100 kHz
  • Channels: Stereo (L R)
  • Quality: Best
  • Encoding Strategy: Average Bit Rate
  • Bit rate: 128 kbps


4. Prepare for Internet Streaming: Fast start



5. Save your MOV file and upload via filmfestivalrotterdam.wetransfer.com to programme@filmfestivalrotterdam.com

Please do not forget to include your submission number or we will not be able to process your submission.

Download IFFR Upload Manual for Quicktime files, PDF



Last updated 26 June 2012