KuroKiiro Festival's Second Annual Anime Music Video Contest
-AMV Contest Rules-
The following are the contractual rules for KuroKiiro Festival's Anime Music Video Contest. All videos submitted for the purpose of entry into the contest are subject to the following terms and conditions.
There will be two categories of awards presented: those by the audience of the AMV Contest at the time of the convention, and those selected by the coordinator and judging staff of KuroKiiro Festival.
The categories for audience voting (by ballot) awards are as follows:
- Trailer or Commercial Videos
- Romance & Sentimental Videos
- Action Videos
- Upbeat Videos
- Drama Videos
- Comedy Videos
- Best Audience Favorite Video
If the overall submissions' play time is larger than can fit in the appropriate contest time slot, cuts will unfortunately be made. Keep in mind that video selection for the finals will be determined on qualities such as technical aspects, effectiveness of the video and general execution. All accepted entries will be played at least once in the AMV room during the duration of the convention.
You do not need to attend the convention to enter the contest, although it is highly encouraged.
GENERAL RULES & GUIDELINES
- All videos must be received postmarked if sending by mail no later than October 6, 2010. FTP submissions get a few extra days to upload and must FTP access must be requested by the mail in deadline. The absolute deadline for FTP submissions is October 9, 2010.
- As this is an anime music video contest, the majority (approximately 51% or more) of your video must contain Japanese anime or Japanese videogame-related media (that originated in Japan). Music and song tracks are the only allowable audio, with the exception of trailers and commercials.
- There is a time limit of 30 seconds minimum and 6 minutes maximum. Anything beyond 6 minutes may be acceptable at the AMV Contest Coordinators' discretion only.
- You may submit a maximum of three videos in DIFFERENT categories.
- The contest is an all-ages audience showing. Thus, no video submitted for the main contest should rate higher than a PG-13 rating. A good general rule is that if the song cannot be played on the radio without edits (bleeps or omission of certain words), sexual genitalia (no hentai) or very extreme violence, then it's not acceptable for the contest.
- Video entries must have been created after October 2008 and has not won any previous awards prior to the beginning of submissions for the contest, nor videos that were previously entered into the 2009 KuroKiiro Festival AMV Contest. Submissions that have won awards during the submission period up to the convention will be allowed.
- No watermarks in the video will be allowed. This includes the DivX logo, any television station bugs & logos, AMV studio logos, etc.
- No videos will be accepted with "hard subtitles" (subtitles permanently overlaid on video) nor will we accept videos from bootleg or fansub releases with these subtitles. The sole EXCEPTION to this rule is if you create your own subtitles as an actual part of the anime music video.
- Because of the nature of the video judging, KuroKiiro Festival Staff are allowed to enter music videos, unless they are members of the AMV Department Staff or are participating in judging the AMV contest.
Any video that does not follow the guidelines above and rules below WILL BE CONSIDERED DISQUALIFIED AND NOT BE ENTERED INTO THE CONTEST. The AMV Department will review requests for exceptions, but all judging methods and decisions are final.
KuroKiiro Festival AMV Department and Administration Staff reserve the right to prohibit from convention viewing any video submission entered into the contest for any reason. All submissions become the property of Tekkoshocon, Inc. and/or its assigns, and will not be returned to the submitter -- Please do not send in your only copy of your video submission.
All submissions may be used for display and promotional purposes. All videos entered will be considered to be cleared for this purpose.
- The following video formats are the only formats that will be accepted for submission to the contest, in order from most preferred to least:
MPEG-2 Video with MPEG-II Layer Audio (.mpeg, .mpg)
Lagarith Lossless Codec encoded AVI (.avi)
H.264 MP4 format (.mp4)
DivX / XviD in AVI format (.avi) encoded at the highest quality possible (Quantizer 1 is most preferred)
Quicktime format (acceptable, but not recommended)
Windows Media format (acceptable, but not recommended)
(Please note that since all video will be encoded to MPEG-2 format for playback purposes, it is highly recommended that you encode your media files to MPEG-2.)
Any file format not mentioned above will not be considered and immediately disqualified. This includes MPEG-1, Real Media, or the use of any codec other than DivX, Lagarith, or XviD. If all fails, contact the Contest Coordinator and we can try to work out an acceptable solution.
It is preferable to use a frame rate of 29.976 or 23.976 as all videos will be played on a NTSC projector. All other frame rates will be converted to the preferred ones.
To request FTP or to obtain a mailing address, an e-mail must be sent to
with the following information:
- Video Title
- Source Used (if more than 3 list as "Various")
- Song Title (if more than 2 list as "Various")
- Music Artist (if more than 2 list as "Various")
- Aspect Ratio of the video (usually "4:3" or "16:9", however you may request on the form that you will leave it up to the AMV Department Staff to put the video into the proper Aspect Ratio.)
- Your name
- Your email address
- Your physical mailing address
- Your choice of category to compete in. If you are not sure, you may leave it blank and we will assign your video to what we think is the best fit.
- (Optional) A phone number you can be reached. It is only used if other means of contact are exhausted.
An FTP system is being provided this year for uploading contest videos. Each user will be given their own username ID and unique password. If you wish to be provided with a user account and password for your video upload, e-mail
temporarily) with a text file of the video information and a subject line of "KKF 2010 AMV Contest - FTP Upload request".
Please be aware that the FTP account will only fit 1 GB maximum. If you need to upload more files than what would fit under the account size limit, use the options below to contact the coordinator so the files can be moved. If your single video file is larger than 1 GB, you should burn the file to disc and mail it instead.
If you wish to send your entry by postal mail, please indicate as such in your e-mail and an address will be provided. Please include a copy of the submission form in the mailer. If sending by mail, videos must be on a data disk (DVD or CD-R). Any other media will not be accepted. Also, do not author your videos as VOB-format DVD playback files. Please burn the actual files onto a CD-R or DVD+R/DVD-R Data Disc.