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RCTV will not broadcast the following types of content:
- No sexually explicit material or pornography. (Artistic and non-sexual nudity may be allowed.)
- No videos that are hateful, harass others, violate someone’s privacy, or include defamatory or discriminatory speech.
- No videos that depict or promote violent activity, any kind of child endangerment, extreme or real-life violence, self-harm, or cruelty toward animals.
- No Videos that depict a business that can be construed as advertising or a sales pitch.
By submitting content to RCTV you must adhere to the following standards and policy (as well as understanding and adhering to our Terms of Service):
RCTV only excepts 100% Canadian content as related to our genres or communities.
Plagiarism and knowingly presenting or submitting someone else’s material even in part as your own is not acceptable.
Music must be licensed to you, or in the public domain or royalty free. There are many royalty free artists available for use Kevin Macleod and Bensound for example. However, you must attribute their content as requested by the artist in the film credits or at the beginning of the film.
If attribution is not possible, verification of the royalty free or licensed nature of the music or sound included must be provided upon submitting your film.
Reasonably priced licensed music can be secured at such organizations such as Premium Beats
RCTV does not accept strong content (visual or language) that might be offensive to some viewers.
By submitting a film to RCTV, the filmmaker acknowledges their ethical responsibilities to their subjects and viewers. This is of importance in the case of local and Provincial Community TV that illuminate the lives of the marginal and powerless.
How to submit your content:
Okay, so you have content and you want the rest of Canada and the world to see how great it is. Start the ball rolling and send us an email with a link (Vimeo or YouTube) to your finished work (sorry currently we are not looking for pitches for new series). Once we review we will get back to you with a yay or a nay, and we will provide you with a submission package to get you aired on Rediscovering Canada Television.
Remember, Rediscovering Canada Television respects and protects the intellectual rights and copyright of our submission partners, your content is always your own!
Check out our genre guidelines above and our Terms of Service.
What you need to include:
Synopsis – Briefly outline the subject and story of the program or the larger context out of which the story evolved.
Episodic Descriptions – If the project is a series, summarize the content of each completed episode, and how many are available.
Any relevant information that will assist us in our review.
A link to your finished episodes, film etc., for review.
Prepare your materials for e-mailing. We only accept submissions by e-mail. We do not accept proposals by mail or phone.
Once you are selected to submit:
Wait to hear from us with a Yay or a Nay (could take up to four weeks when we have a high rate of submissions) and we will tell you how to get your amazing content to us and on the air! However, we have provided a quick file requirements below for the type of file we will be looking for.
Standard 1080p File Requirements:
A codec is the format in which your video is encoded. We accept most major codecs, but for best results we recommend using one of the following:
H.264 is a standard codec that balances high visual quality with efficient file size. It’s a great starting point for encoding your videos as it ensures you’ll get the most out of your upload quota while minimizing upload and conversion times. Be sure to choose the “High Profile” H.264 setting instead of “Main Profile.”
When preparing your video for upload, it’s best to maintain the video’s native frame rate when compressing your video. If your footage exceeds 60 FPS, we will automatically reduce the frame rate. Important: We recommend a constant frame rate throughout your entire video. Always choose “constant” frame rate instead of “variable” frame rate.
Bit rate (also known as data rate) controls the visual quality of the video and its file size. If your video editing software gives you the option, choose a “variable” bit rate and select a value from the ranges below.
Quality Bit rate (Mbps)
1080p 11 – 20
Videos come in all shapes and sizes, but these are some of the most common formats. We recommend compressing your video with a pixel aspect ratio of 1:1, or square pixels.
1080p HD 16:9 aspect ratio 1920 × 1080
Other Resolutions and aspects
2K, 4K, 8K and 4k Mono/Stereoscopic 360 file requirements are available on demand, however, we prefer most content be set to 1080p as outlined above.
Original Series Commissions:
RCTV will begin to accept pitches for original series in the Fall of 2018 for the 2019 broadcast season. A guideline document will be available September 2018 on this website. We will not consider any pitches before that date.
Keep in mind we only consider providing funding/profit share for new series and films from partners who have current content on Rediscovering Canada Television so start submitting your content today.