Film Submission


All entries should be submitted by uploaded via our delivery portal - Digital Pigeon UPLOAD LINK. Please see the backup plan below if you have issues.

Uploads must BEGIN by 7PM Sunday March 7th - we can see this in the upload portal. If your upload fails you can rebsubmit your file within 48 hours as long as it matches the MD5 code in your wrap up form, which you will also need to submit by 7pm, Sunday March 7th. You will receive an email confirmation from Digital Pigeon once your film has uploaded.

To upload your film you will need to go to our Digital Pigeon UPLOAD LINK, upload your film and fill in the following fields:

  • Your name: Enter your team name here
  • Your email: Enter your team leader's email here
  • Subject: Enter your team name and film name here (eg. TEAM FILM)
  • Message: Please list the following:
    • The TEAM LEADER'S PHONE NUMBER (or Guardian's number)
    • Your MD5 Checksum - (see the information about this below)


If you have issues uploading to our portal, or want to upload a safety video then we have a backup plan:

You can upload your finished film to Vimeo or to Dropbox and submit a private link to this in the online wrap up form. This MUST be accompanied by an MD5 checksum code of the file you created before 7pm. We will check your file against this code to verify that it was created before 7pm on Sunday March 7th. The wrap up form closes at 7pm Sunday March 7th so you will NOT be able to edit it after that. Please note that if you submit a file via both our online portal and a link in the Online Wrap-up form we will use the file from our portal for judging.

Can I upload a 'safety' file?

We are only allowing one file upload to our portal - your first submission will be used for judging. You can submit a Vimeo or Dropbox link in the wrap up form as a backup or 'safety' file - see Backup plan see above.

Your File

Your single file entry must include the following video content in the following order:

  • Your Team intro: Up to 20 seconds - this is OPTIONAL.

  • Info Card: ‘Film’ title, Team name, Genre, Ultra (if registered), City - 10 seconds.
  • The 'Film': Between 1 minute and 5 minutes long, including titles and credits.
  • Credit should include "Made as part of 48HOURS 2021".
  • Black video: 5 seconds

The team intro, info card and 5 sec of black screen are not included in the 5 minute duration limit. The film's titles and credits are included in the 5 minute duration limit.

Download a photoshop template for your title card.

File Name

Name your file with your team name and the year.


File Format for Delivery

We are not obliged to accept into competition and/or exhibit any entry outside these specifications but if we can play it then it will remain in competition.

If you're using Adobe Premiere or Media Encoder for your final export you can select the format - H.264 and then use the Youtube 720p or 1080p preset.

  • Video Codec: h.264
  • Audio Codec: AAC-LC
  • File extension: mp4 or mov
  • Framerate: 25fps
  • Resolution: 1024 x 576 (SD), 1280 x 720 (HD), 1920 x 1080 (HD)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Pixel Aspect Ratio: 1.0 (Square Pixels)
  • Field Order: Progressive playback
  • Video Format: 'PAL' (for those shooting on analogue or webcam systems your entry must be output at 25fps (frames per second), and be set within a 16:9 frame.
  • Video Bitrate: Variable bit rate encoding approximately 10 megabits per second. We recommend the following bitrates for the highest quality at the following frame sizes:
    • 1024 x 576: 4 megabits per second (i.e 4mb/s or 4000 kb/s)
    • 1280 x 720: 8 megabits per second (i.e 8mb/s or 8000 kb/s)
    • 1920 x 1080: 10 megabits per second (i.e 10mb/s or 10000 kb/s)
  • Audio Bitrate: 192 kilobits per second (i.e 192 kb/s)
  • Audio Sample Rate: 48kHz (ie - 48,000 Hz)

The MD5 code and what it means

If you have difficulties with your upload we have a method to allow us to verify your film was completed by 7pm Sunday March 7th. This is the MD5 checksum code. We can use this to validate entries were completed before the 7pm deadline using a 'digital signature'. This needs to be sent to us in the online wrapup form (before 7pm on Sunday) and can prove that the film existed before the close of the competition. It is optional but it is an insurance policy in case things go wrong and we STRONGLY reccommend teams use it.

The MD5 'signature' is simply a line of text similar to a serial number. 

It is created by tiny free software apps (listed below) and is as simple as selecting your completed filename, and waiting less than a minute for the unique text code to appear.

Be sure to put this MD5 code in your completed online Wrapup form before 7 pm - you will not be able to edit it after 7pm Sunday March 7th. 

Try it now by sending it to yourself, and check it against the file you created it with.

Remember this code is only good for the exact file you created it from. If you output your film again (even without re-editing) it will have a different signature and won't match. If there is a problem we will ask you to send the file that matches the code on your wrap-up form so if you create several versions of your film during editing - make sure you don't mix them up.

Suggested MD5 Checksum Software

Windows: Win MD5

Mac OS X HashMaker