I decided to just stay on the safe side and go for solely original material: material of which the creators of the film actually do have complete ownership of the characters and other stuff. (If they don’t actually have any legal copyright of they stuff they created, they will be encouraged to do so.)
Part of the reason I came to this decision was because I mulled over why I wanted to allow fan stuff in the first place. The whole point of film festival was for anime fans to develop their talents such as voice acting, drawing, ect (although in practice they may discover that their talents aren’t as good as they would have hoped). Although, the main idea was for animation, I wanted it open for live action stuff so that film makers can also be judged for acting, cinematography, costume design, visual effects, ect.
The problem developing from there was that to have it connected with the anime culture. Having a cartoon be anime related is pretty much redundant, much like Fox’s horrendous Sunday lineup, all it has to be is animated; but I thought it would be more complicated considering what kind of live-action would be anime realted since anime covers so many different genres. So, I was considering having five categories:
1: Original animation
2: Fan animation
3: Original live-action
4: Fan live-action
With “fan live action” obviously being based off of an existing anime/manga and leaving what should be classified anime related original live-action as later discussing with a committee. But I recentlly decided that I was over complicated the situation instead to leave the creativity to the otaku film makers and if the judges like the film then it qualifies.
Oh, but a fan-film of copyrighted material will still be accepted provided that the film is accompanied by a copy of the printed permission to make the film. Yeah, I know it is an unlikelyhood, but you can't blame a guy for trying and if he actually does gets the permission, the more power to him or her.