Technical Specifications for Graduation Films 2022

Deadline dates will be announced with finalized




  • Frame rate of 24 fps
  • Pixel Aspect Ratio of 1.0 Square
  • Progressive (not Interlaced)


Files must be one of three DCI compliant resolutions/aspect ratios:

  • HDTV 16:9/1.78:1 1920 x 1080 (1.0)
  • Flat 1.85:1 1998 x 1080 (1.0)
  • Scope 2:39:1 2048 x 858 (1.0)


  • Apple ProRes 422



  • Audio exports should always be 48 kHz, 24 bit uncompressed WAV files.
  • Audio levels must be mixed to the following guidelines:
    • -24 LKFS (Program Loudness of Mix)
    • Peaks (loudest sound) no higher than -2 dBTP
    • Dialog normal (average talking) levels around -27 LKFS
    • Dialog peaks (shouting) no higher than -10 dBFS
  • QuickTime files must contain:
    • 48 kHz, 24 bit uncompressed audio
    • Stereo, LCR or up to 7.1 channels (according to your final mix)
  • Students submitting DPX image sequences must also include either:
    • A single stereo 48 kHz, 24 bit uncompressed .wav


Multiple, discrete .wav files for LCR or 5.1 or 7.1 (Surround)

  • Each discrete channel must be a mono, 48 kHz, 24 bit uncompressed .wav file
  • Representing either 3 channels for LCR (L, C, R), or 6 channels for 5.1 (L, R, C, LFE, Ls, Rs), or 8 channels for 7.1 (L, R, C, LFE, Lss, Rss, Lrs, Rrs)
  • Each channel must be clearly labelled according to its channel (doe_j_L.wav, doe_j_C.wav, doe_j_R.wav) noting the correct channel path name just before the .wav


Naming Conventions

  • Full films must be labeled, “student’” (ie
  • Trailers must be named identically, but appended with a “_trailer” (ie
  • Poster must be named “lastname_firstinitial_Poster_FiulmTitle.jpg” (ie doe_j_Poster_FilmTitle.jpg)
  • Stills must be named “lastname_firstinitial_Stills_FilmTitle_0#.jpg” (ie doe_j_Stills_FilmTitle_02.jpg etc)
  • Director Photos must be labelled “lastname_firstinitial_DirPhoto_Full_jpg. And another with Crop instead of Full (ie doe_j_DirPhoto_Full.jpg and doe_j_DirPhoto_Crop.jpg)


If you have already submitted a file, but need to update it with a corrected or newer version:

  • DO NOT delete or replace ANY already submitted file(s).
  • Instead, submit the updated version with a numerical suffix ( or