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You can submit your movie in one of two ways.
Submit your movie online: click on the "upload video" link below and follow the onscreen instructions. In most cases, movies can be uploaded immediately. Fill out the information provided then upload the file itself. Easy.
NOTE: Movies must be no larger than 50MB. Ideal size: 640 (width) x 360 (height). Ideal format: H.264 (.MP4). We also accept the following formats ( .FLV / .MOV / .MP4 / .MPEG / .AVI ). If your movie is over the MB maximum, and you'd like to keep it high res... please send it to us.
Send your movie by snail mail to the following address:
Festival Director, c/o Winston Rod Company
500 S. Main Street, P.O. Box 411
Twin Bridges, MT 59754
tel: (406) 684-5674
If you have an older camcorder and have shot your movie on 8mm or Hi8 tape, VHS or S-VHS, you can still digitize it, but you may need an analog-to-digital converter such as an advc canopus converter (very easy to use) which will provide the connections necessary to convert the analog tape to a digital format which you can then use on your computer
After the video has been digitized onto your computer, you can manipulate it further in a movie editing program before submitting it, or go ahead and upload it.
The ideal size is 640x360 (16x9) resolution (pixels) with MP3 audio. Don't worry so much about changing the audio setting on your movie as the default setting will almost always work. Several of our movies were shot on HD at 16x9. This is a widescreen format that we think looks great so we converted all of our movies to this size, even the ones we shot using standard 4:3 format. In the future, we expect everything (TVs, Computer monitors, video iPods, etc...) will gravitate to this format, so we wanted to stay ahead of the curve. We generally don't recommend trying to convert your movie from 4:3 to 16x9 since when incorrectly, it can cause stretching or unwanted cropping which would not be the best presentation of your film. Besides, for the next few years we expect most movies will be submitted in 4:3.
Entries can be easily uploaded on Annual Film Festival and the first 100 entries receive a Winston cap. The top films will be designated as "Festival Favorites" and will be posted to a special, honorary section of the site. Films submitted by employees and representatives of Winston and their immediate relatives are not eligible for awards/prizes, though they may submit films. Films submitted by the employees and owners of specialty fly shops, including fly shops which may be Winston dealers will be eligible for awards/prizes, though the Jury will afford them no special consideration.