The submission form can be Found Here. Please read all rules before submitting.

Submission Rules

  1. All entries must have been created on or after October 3rd, 2015.
  2. The deadline for ONLINE SUBMISSIONS is September 23rd, 2016 (23:59 EST). This is an “in our hands” date, any videos received after this time cannot participate in the contest but may qualify for Overflow. MAIL-IN Submissions are no longer accepted.
  3. Anyone is allowed to enter up to two (2) videos into the AMV contest. However, editors who have pre-registered for AAC may submit a third (3) video. You may not have more than one (1) video in the same category.
  4. Videos must be submitted with a completed submission form. This form should be signed and dated electronically. Please type out all your info and submit it as a selectable text document of some form – assume we can’t read your handwriting.
  5. Members of Another Anime Con staff, including those involved in the operation of the Fan-Works Theater are eligible to submit to the contest so long as they are not involved in the pre-screening or judging of the contest.

Content Rules

  1. The video must be composed exclusively of anime produced in Japan and/or FMV footage from Japanese-produced video games. Exceptions to the 100% nature of this rule may be made on a case by case basis if warranted by pre-screeners and contest coordinator.
  2. Videos must be between a minimum of thirty (30) seconds and a maximum of seven (7) minutes in length.
  3. Content shall be held to a ratings standard of PG-13. Excessive profanity, excessive graphic violence, and erotic nudity are prohibited.
  4. Audio from English dubs is prohibited – this is a copyright matter and no exceptions will be made.
  5. Bumper screens, title screens, and opening/closing credit sequences are prohibited. We will be making our own title screens for the contest. If your video is submitted with any of the aforementioned items, they will be judged harshly, to your detriment.
  6. Videos must not contain the following: Watermarks, subtitles (except those created by the editor specifically for the video), or other visual flaws that detract from the quality of the AMV.
  7. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Any entry found to be in violation of this rule will result in immediate disqualification of the offender from the contest as well as all future AAC AMV contests.
  8. Videos violating any of these rules may be disqualified from the contest at the discretion of the coordinator.

Technical Rules

  1. AMVs may be submitted online via FTP transfer – The account will be provided when you email your submission form.
  2. Your video must be encoded in one of the following formats:
    • MPEG2, (H.264) MP4 or MKV
    • Lossless formats such as Lagarith, HuffYUV, and UTVideo may be allowed if needed
    • No Quicktime, no RealPlayer, no WMV, no exceptions.
  3. Resolution must be 640×480 or higher. Resolutions of up to 1080p are encouraged.
  4. Audio should be in AAC, PCM WAV (44.1kHz or higher), MP3 (192kbps or higher), or for MPEG2 video, Layer 2 audio (224kbps or higher)
  5. File names must be formatted as follows: EditorName_VideoName_AnimeSource_AudioSource.<ext>

Encoding advice can be found at:
http://www.animemusicvideos.org/guides/mpegforcons/
http://www.animemusicvideos.org/guides/avtech31/zarx264gui.html

Contest Rules

  1. There will be up to six categories this year: Action, Comedy, Drama, Romance, Fun/Upbeat, and Other
  2. Along with category awards, the awards of Judges’ Choice, Best in Show, and Best Thematic will be awarded.
    • Judges’ Choice is decided by our prescreening judges.
    • Best in show is a calculated value, combining prescreening score totals with various vote metrics.
    • Best Thematic is an additional judged award for the video most in line with the convention theme of “Danger Zone” as determined by the contest coordinator, prescreeners, and other executive staff of AAC.
  3. Categories will require a minimum of four entries to be included in the final ballot. Should a category not receive four entries, its videos will be merged into other categories at the coordinator’s discretion. We will attempt to keep categories balanced to around 5 videos each, but this may change due to the number of entries received in each category.
  4. The contest will last for a maximum of two (2) hours. Finalists will be determined via pre-screening.
  5. Contest screenings will take place in Main Events on Friday night and The Fan-Works Theater on Saturday morning, times TBA. Editors whom have submitted videos to the contest will be given priority seating. Please note on the entry form if you will be attending AAC.
  6. AAC attendees will be given ballots at the door prior to the contest screening. The audience will vote for their favorite video in each category as well as for Best in Show.
  7. Winners will be announced in Main Events Saturday night during the Masquerade judging intermission.
  8. If you win in the contest but are not at the awards ceremony, you may pick up your prize at the Fan-Works Theater before 5PM on Sunday afternoon. Afterward, you may have it mailed to you.
  9. If you are not in attendance at AAC, you may designate a proxy on the entry form to claim the prize for you. He/She may pick it up from Fan-Works Theater after winners are announced.
  10. If you or a proxy are not available to claim your award, the convention will cover the full cost of shipping within the continental US and Canada. Entrants from outside those regions agree to pay one half (50%) of shipping costs for any and all awards won.

For questions about the contest, the eligibility of your videos, or to request FTP access, contact the coordinator at amvcontest@anotheranimecon.com.
Thank you for entering and good luck!
Justin “BasharOfTheAges” Corriveau
AMV Contest Director, Another Anime Convention