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AMV Contest Rules & Guidelines

NOTE: We don't yet know if we're having an AMV Contest in 2014. We still need staff with AMV experience to help run the contest.

Welcome to the AniMinneapolis 2013 AMV Contest! We know it’s last minute, but we’re hoping to have a great show anyway!

Being as the contest coordinators are human, we realize there might be mistakes or omissions in the rules and guidelines below. We ask for your patience and forgiveness on that, and if you have any questions or suggestions, please let us know! (Contact info below.)

Deadline: Your completed submission form must be received by 11:59pm CST Friday, June 21, 2013 (one week before the convention).

Categories are “to be determined” and will be developed based on the entries we receive. As part of the submission process, you will be asked to select which category or categories you think your AMV will fit under. We will do our best to accommodate you, but please understand we might have to do some shuffling.

Editor Eligibility
You do not have to be an attendee of AniMinneapolis in order to compete; however, preference will be given to local editors for entrance into the contest itself. What this means is that we have a limited time slot for the show and will give priority to local entries first. If there is room in our allotted time frame after that, other entries will be considered and added.

AniMinneapolis staff members may enter the contest, but only with non-competing “exhibition-only” entries. Other editors may also enter non-competing exhibition-only entries. Exhibition-only entries may be cut for time. Exhibition-only entries (including those from staff members) are, however, eligible for the Audience Favorite award.

In the event that more entries are received than can be shown (both local and non-local), submissions will be limited to one per editor. You will be asked on the submission form if you are submitting multiple videos and, if necessary, which one should be cut if it comes to it.

Video Eligibility
  • Two (2) entries are allowed per editor (but as stated above, if we receive a large number of entries, this number will be reduced to one).
  • Videos must be received by the deadline (see top of this page).
  • Videos must be less than 18 months old - that is, they must not have been shown at a convention or available to view online before January 21, 2012.
  • Videos that have been submitted to previous AniMinneapolis AMV contests are ineligible.
  • Videos must be no shorter than 30 seconds, but no longer than 5 minutes.
  • Videos must look “clean” - no watermarks, no logos, no subtitles (unless they were added by the editor for specific effect), etc.
  • Videos must not contain any “bumpers” or other identifiers as to who edited it (see the bit about “blind judging” in the Judging section below). If received, bumpers and credits will be edited out.
  • Videos must be at a PG-13 or lower rating; please use “clean” versions of the songs or censor any offensive audio yourself. Explicit sexual content and excessive violence is prohibited, and what constitutes as such is up to the discretion of the contest coordinators. Basically, keep things family-friendly. Please contact us if you have questions about this rule.
  • The footage used must be mainly (75% of the video) of Japanese origin. This includes anime, video games, J-dramas, etc. Unfortunately, videos using mostly western animation (e.g., Avatar: The Last Airbender, My Little Pony, Young Justice, etc.) are ineligible.
  • Entries in violation of these rules will be subject to disqualification. The contest coordinators also reserve the right to revise these rules and/or disqualify any entries for other reasons that might not be listed here at the moment, based on their discretion.

Video Specs
The contest coordinators aim to be flexible on this. Please use your best judgment regarding file types, file size, etc. when submitting. We will contact you if there are problems.

Basic Guidelines:
- Try not to make it a massive file, or we might not be able to download it.
- AVI and MP4 files are the best!
- It will be projected onto a large screen, so make sure it’s high enough quality that it looks okay.

All entries must be submitted via a download link (Mediafire, etc.). If you need to use a different submission process, please contact us and we can try to work something out.

Entries will be pre-screened for eligibility/appropriateness and then pre-judged in a blind judging process. (This means the judges will not know who edited what.) There will also be an Audience Favorite, which will be determined at con during/after the show.

The winners will be announced immediately after the show.

Okay, I’m ready to submit my entry!
Great! Click here:

I need to contact the contest coordinator about something.
Sure thing! BUT FIRST, please make sure you’ve read all of the above. If you still can’t find your answer, then you can e-mail Erica at the following e-mail address, and make sure to put “AniMinneapolis AMV Contest” somewhere in the subject line:

Thanks for reading, and good luck!
An convention.