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Technical requirements

The only possible method of submitting entries in all categories of PIAF Awards is via online submitting system, which is available on http://system.piaf.cz. All submitted works must fulfill following specifications - see below. Please note that any deviation from these may result in an entry rejection and a new file will be required.
If you have any problem, please feel free to contact the PIAF team via entries@piafawards.com.  All entries must be submitted as they were aired/published/implemented and must not be modified for entry. If an entry is not in the English language it must be translated but this must be an exact translation from the original version.

Video files

Video files are accepted in either MPEG2 or H264 Quicktime file format, with maximum length of 7 minutes. Longer entries will be accepted by organisers but may be rejected by jury. Please make sure your video files don’t include any slates, clocks or freezes. Also, no branding identifying the agency, contributing creative companies or personalities must be visible on the entry with an exception of self-promoting ads. You have to submit all ads in English or with English voiceover or subtitles.

   MPEG2  H264 QT
 4:3 PAL
720 x 576
Aspect ratio - 4:3
720 x 576
 16:9 PAL
720 x 576
Aspect ratio - 16:9
1024 x 576
 4:3 NTSC
720 x 480
Aspect ratio - 4:3
720 x 480
 16:9 NTSC
720 x 480
Aspect ratio - 16:9
854 x 480

MPEG 2 Programme stream

 Video source
 Keep as source aspect ratio and tagged in the header
 MPEG 2 4:2:0 Program Stream
 Telestream Enable the "Compatible" check box if using Telestream as the Encoder
 Video Bit Rate
 GOP OPEN GOP with the following structure: BB 1 BB P BB P BB P BB1 etc...
 GOP This gives you an I frame every 12 frames
 Audio Audio MPEG layer 2384 kbps

 H264 Quicktime

 The files are supposed to be made for Apple Quicktime Player (currently v7.7.3) usage. You can download the software for free but you will need the "pro upgrade“ for export files that you can download on www.apple.com/quicktime/download/ for extra $30. 
 Quicktime Player Pro - File Export - "Movie to Quicktime Movie"
  4:3 16:9 4:3 16:9
 Frame size
 720x480 854x480
 Frame rate 25.f.p.s. 29.97 f.p.s.
 Video compressor H.264
 Data rate
 5000 kbits/sec
 Key frame
 Frame reordering
 Quality High
 Encoding Best quality (Multi-Pass)
 Optimised for
 Audio compressor
 AAC Stereo (LR)
 Sample rate
 48 khz
 Channels 2
 Sample size
 16 bit
 Encoding strategy
 Constant Bit Rate
 Target bit rate
 192 kpbs
 Hint track
 Prepare for internet streaming
 Fast start
 Extension .mov
 Handles  All files must have 1/2 second black before and after the entry. No slates,   clocks or freezes can be included.


Via web uploader you can upload smaller files (maximum of 32 MB size). For bigger files please use ftp connection:

  • run any FTP client (e.g. Filezilla - for downloading please click here, or Total Commander)
  • FTP server address: system.piaf.cz
  • disable anonymous connection
  • username: your email address
  • password: your password to PIAF system

 Image files

All submitted images must be uploaded according to specifications detailed below. In case of 3D items a photo fulfilling specifications below is required:

  High resolutions
 Dimensions As source
 Quality 300 dpi
 Size Min 2 MB, Max 20 MB
 Colourspace CMYK or RGB

As all entries in these categories will be exhibited during the festival you must supply also one mounted sample of each entry. It should measure 60 cm x 40 cm and be mounted on black lightweight card. Please provide this sample by entry number, title and advertising agency on the back. Non-English ads have to be supplied with an English translation. You can add explanatory information and translation to an extra file during the uploading of your entry. Boards must be delivered to the postal address by 2nd May 2014.

Postal address for mounted images: 
PIAF a.s.
Jankovcova 23
170 00  
Prague  7
Czech Republic

Audio files

Audio files should be made under following specifications:
 Quality 44.1 khz
 Bit rate
 16 bit
All audio files are recommended to be translated into English or be supplied with an English translation into “English translations” field.

URL addresses

You can add URL address during submitting process (step 3) as well. This URL address must lead directly to the entry and must be accessible without login or password. Strictly no agency branding is allowed when you are presenting this entry. If the website, direct mail, microsite, online ad or branded game is not in English, it is recommended to provide its English translation.
Please keep in mind that the system cannot download any file from URL address. Your entry file must be the part of the website, to which provided URL address directs.