The Berlinale only accepts content that is fully DCI/SMPTE compliant.
It is strongly recommended to commission a professional service provider to create the DCP. Please do not send untested DCP's that have not been approved by a DCP mastering facility. DCPs may be delivered by digital file transfer via upload to the Aspera servers of the Berlinale. The service is free of charge but you will need to have a broadband internet connection (> 50Mbit upstream). Please contact the Film Office () for login credentials and upload instructions.
If you wish to submit a DCP on a physical data carrier you may send a removable hard disk drive, (see details below) to the Berlinale Film Office (see address below).
The Berlinale prefers unencrypted content. If your DCP is encrypted, KDMs need to be uploaded to the keyserver of the Berlinale. Please contact the Film Office () if you intend to submit an encrypted DCP, and send the e-mail address which should receive the login credentials for the keyserver and the certificate for (D)KDM generation.
The selection screenings of the Berlinale take place in up to seven theatres and are programmed at short notice for the individual selection committees. As the selection screening dates cannot be exactly determined in advance, the Berlinale strongly recommends uploading DKDMs that are valid for the entire period of the selection (from the moment the DCP arrives in Berlin until mid-January 2019).
Should you prefer issuing single KDMs, please inform the Film Office in time. The Berlinale will provide you with the appropriate certificates for the selection screening venues as well as the period of validity of the KDMs via e-mail.
DCP distribution disks shall contain a standard “MBR” partition table. This is meant to specifically exclude “GPT”, “BSD”, and other partition table types. The MBR partition table shall contain one and only one partition record. The single partition record shall be the first Primary partition record. The partition identifier shall be 0x83, indicating a Linux native partition. The distribution media partition shall be formatted in either the EXT2 or the EXT3 format. When the file system is formatted, the inode size shall be set to 128 bytes. EXT3 is preferred.