Technical Requirements For Screening

Aesthetica is a digital festival and prides itself on the technical quality of the films shown. All films screened at the festival are edited onto genre reels where films play back to back without the need to break. We believe in not only showcasing the best short films from around the world, but also in creating a seamless and engaging audience experience.

Technical Formatting Guide

Short Film & Features

Aesthetica is a digital festival and we only accept Quicktime files created using the below specifications. We will not accept playable DVDs, tapes, or film reels.

Films should be submitted as high quality Quicktime in the following format:

    • Quicktime wrapper – Apple ProRes 422 codec (h.264 will be accepted in bandwidth is an issue.
    • Audio Codec – Integer 16bit 48KHz Stereo
    • Resolution: 1920 x 1080 Progressive
    • Frame rate: 24fps or 25fps

If you are submitting a feature film, you may be asked to provide a quicktime matching the above settings or a DCP depending on the screening venue.

360 Films

360 films will be viewed and exhibited on Oculus Go Headsets. You will be asked to provide a high quality downloadable .mp4 version of your film during the submission process. Please ensure that your work is compatible with Oculus Go Headsets prior to submission.

VR & Immersive Experiences

VR & Immersive experiences will be viewed and experienced using Oculus Rift. Please ensure that the build you provide on submission of your VR or immersive experience is compatible with this system.

Important Technical Notes

Codec: ASFF uses Quicktime ProRes as its working codec fall all film screenings (excluding 360 & VR).

Aspect Ratio: In order to standardise our screenings, all films are screened within an 1920 x 1080 boundary. Cinema ratios of 2.35:1 or 1.85:1 should be centred vertically between black bars in a 1920×1080 16:9 frame, filling the width of the frame (excluding 360 & VR).

Technical Compliance: It is the filmmakers responsibility to ensure that the delivered film is technically correct. The festival endeavours to quality check all films, but ultimately it is the responsibility of the filmmakers to check the quality of their work. Please check your film thoroughly before delivery.

Audio Mix: All ASFF films will be exhibited in stereo. Please do not supply a 5.1 mix.

Padding: All colour bars, leaders, cigarette burns and audio cues should be removed, include 3 seconds of black video padding at the beginning and end of the film.

Subtitles: Any subtitles must be clearly legible and burnt into the quicktime. Please do not supply a subtitle file (.stl, .srt, .txt or other)

File Name: Please ensure your Quicktime file is named as the title of your film.

Subtitles and Captions Guide

Any subtitles and caption must be clearly legible. Please pay particular attention to font size, type and subtitle colour. White text on a light background will be hard to read. Where necessary ensure subtitles have a border/drop shadow or are presented in a different colour to white to ensure the text is clearly legible.