Ok let's get serious for a moment here.
First, no you did not break any rules. But the AMV community kinda looks down on people who send to a zillion conventions because technically it IS trolling (AMV citizins arrest?). The only reason the contest cordinators don't consider it such is because you sent it to a billion cons at once (got to love/ hate that rule).
Right now there is a big conersation going on in the AMV mailing list over your video actually. Much argument about submitting to con's you don't attend and such and possible paying to compeat and stuff. You should go check it out. Maybe participate since the main topic subject is names "That Yatta Vid".
Lastly, I totally understand where you are comming from in reguards to sending out to the cons all at once. It's eazy to do, and it covers your ass if you win an award and won, yet the deadline for another con has not arrived yet. I personally would LOVE to have my vid win a bunch of awards throughout the year.
But the question I keep asking myself in requards to your "we did not think we would win anyway so what the hell?" is, if you did not think you were going to win anyway, then why did you send the video to a con at all, let alone many?
I'll let you guys talk amungst yourselves now as I'm going to go hide in my bunker until a shot comes my way.
well no point in addressing much of this on the forum, so ill just think some of that over. but in response to why did we submit if we didnt expect to win, being new creators we want our videos to be seen...thats really it, we dont wait for the results of the cons to rejoice, we all celebrate when we would receive the email saying we made it into a con. why? because lots of people would get to see our vid and maybe we would get some feedback.
we want our video to compete in otakon and ax, since those are two very competitive conventions. i personally dont know what other cons (aside from the ones we got results from) we have submitted to, but i dont think dropping out of those would be a big deal to us anymore.
would that make people happy? not exactly trying to cause any problems...we thought this would be no different from our first video where it was submitted to more than a few but for the most part didnt even make it into that many of them