Make Your Own DCP: Preparing your Film for the Cinema

2016 dates TBC

Make Your Own DCP: Preparing your Film for the Cinema

Date: (awaiting dates)

Duration: 1 day
Times: 10am-6pm
Capacity: Max. 24 participants
Fee: £100

Filmmakers and festivals are increasingly being asked by exhibitors to provide their films on high quality DCP (digital cinema print). While this makes for some beautiful viewing, it's an expensive business, with post-houses charging anything up to £1,000 to make them.

If you've ever experienced the dread of the DCP request, you'll be relieved to know that the London Short Film Festival is on a mission; to equip as many filmmakers as possible with the skills to by-pass these high costs.

Make Your Own DCP is your opportunity to be guided through the whole process by technical experts from LSFF. It's a 1-day workshop held at LFS, and it's 100% practical. Bring your film, bring your laptop and we'll send you away with a high quality DCP file.* (If your film's not quite ready yet we can provide you with a sample film to practise on.)

You don't need to be technically-minded to benefit from this course. The process of making DCPs, once demystified, is surprisingly simple. And we will take you through the process step-by-step, with experts on hand to help with any problems.

*Please note: longer films or slower laptops may not be able to finish creating the DCP by the end of the day, but we'll show you everything you need to know to finish the process at home - and make another one for you next film!


We'll be using a program called DCP-o-matic, and other open source software, to make the DCPs. It's all free to download and we'll send you the links when you sign up. (To save time on the day, we'll ask you to download the software in advance.)

What to bring

  • Your film exported as a file (preferably Quicktime) on a hard drive
  • Laptop and charger
  • USB stick (to put the final DCP on)
  • Your original footage and edit files

Bringing your original footage and Final Cut Pro/Avid/Premiere Pro project file is not necessary, but could be useful if we find any problems with your exported film file.

Tutor profile: Jim Dummett, Film Festival Technical Manager


Jim Dummett's workshops at LFS

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Jim Dummett has been producing film events since 2009, ranging from the mud-splattered fields of Glastonbury, pop-ups in London, film festivals such as London Short Film Festival, Open City Doc Fest, and Branchage Jersey, and delivering touring programmes to major venues Watershed Bristol and FACT Liverpool. 

Prior to his work in cinema, Jim was a online editor and broadcast technician working on documentaries for BBC, ITV and Discovery.