Ladies and Gentlemen,
It is with deep embarrassment and disappointment (and a not-so-healthy dose of fury), that I must make the announcement that the previously announced winner of our 'Honorable Mention: Best Local Video' and 'Otafest 2008 AMV Contest Winner: Fan Favourite AMV' has been disqualified, as the winning entry was not the winner's own creation, and was in fact a very severe case of stealing and plagiarism.
Please note that the offender has been cataloged and has been permanently banned
from attending any future Otafests. Anyone else found to be guilty of submitting stolen property to our contests will similarly be permanently banned
I would like to apologize from the bottom of my heart, to:
1) the creators of the videos who would have won 'Best Local Video' and 'Fan Favourite AMV'. I am so sorry that a plagiarist has stolen the thunder that should have been yours when the winning entries were announced. It is only an empty comfort to me that none of the awards have been given out yet, and so, I will send the ribbons, certificates and prizes to proper winners of these categories.
2) to the actual creators of the stolen AMVs. I will be contacting you personally to apologize to you, and to further ask if there is any more corrective action you would like me to take.
3) to our Otafest attendees. I am very sorry that what should have been a highlight of your experience at Otafest, now has such a black stain on it. To this end, I feel like there is not very much I can do, other than to revise the AMV contest rules to guard against the case of plagiarism in the future. This is a very difficult task, and I understand that many AMV Contest are actually starting to come across this problem, but I will endeavor to do my best to try to prevent this from happening again in the future.
I would like to thank everyone for helping to bring this matter to my attention so that it could be resolved - THANK YOU. I am only one person, and my ability to spot plagiarism is limited. The more pairs of eyes, the better.
And so, the winners of the Otafest 2008 AMV Contest are so revised:
Honorable Mention: BEST LOCAL VIDEO
Totoro's Picnic by Yoko
OTAFEST 2008 AMV CONTEST WINNER: FAN FAVOURITE AMV!
Attack of the Otaku by Chiikaboom
Congratulations to Yoko and Chiikaboom!
Otafest 2008 - Special Events Co-Coordinator