If you’re wondering how to sell your short film on iTunes, you’re not alone.
As you know, iTunes is one of the most prestigious platforms for selling movies. And when you think about it, aside from putting your short film in festivals, you might be wondering what to next.
It is at this point when many filmmakers either decide to put the movie on YouTube or put the movie in a closet. Thanks to our friends at Distribber (I once worked at Distribber full time. Now I just promote the heck out of them.) – Anyway, you now have the option for selling your short film on iTunes.
How To Sell Your Short Film On iTunes
Before you fully decide to sell your short film on iTunes, it is important to know that getting on iTunes is more involved than simply uploading your movie on YouTube. There is no direct upload process. Getting your short film onto iTunes will involve putting your movie through the submission process.
This means that in addition to investing few hundred dollars to cover the submission, your movie will have to pass a rigorous, manual quality control process. This is because iTunes is very particular about the technical quality of the movies they accept.
It helps if you start the process by getting all of your deliverables in order.
STEP ONE: You will need the following deliverables:
– File: Pro Res 422 HQ
– 1920 × 1080
– Native Frame Rate
– Film: 23.98
– Audio: Must have 8 channels of audio, or if not shot with 5.1 then you may submit in Stereo:
5.1 – L, R, C, LFE, Ls, Rs / PCM Little Endian Each audio channel needs to be its own track Ch. 7 stereo left, Ch. 8 stereo right / PCM Little Endian / Each audio channel needs to be its own track.
STEP TWO: Once you meet the technical specs, you will also need to make sure you have closed captions. For acceptance into the US iTunes store, the closed captions file must be in the .scc file format.
Note: If you do not have closed captions, Distribber offers an additional service to create them.
STEP THREE: The next step is to submit your short film to Distribber. You will be asked to select the type of movie you’d like to submit. You obviously want to choose “SHORT FILM.”
For some filmmakers, showing the world that you can complete a project and also get it onto a prestigious platform feels pretty dang good. And as part of my promotional agreement, Distribber also provides Filmmaking Stuff readers a discount on the submission. Click here to get started.