1) Categories - A bit of a format change. We have gotten rid of the Trailer/Parody category, as well as taking romance out of the Drama category. However, in doing so we have added 2 new categories:
A: Upbeat - There are a lot of videos that don't really fit into any category, they are just fun to make, fun to watch and have an upbeat feel to them.
B: Romance/Sentimental - Melding Romance and Drama together can be a good thing, but sometimes you just need to let then shine equally.
2) Submissions - All submissions must still be made digitally, through email or a download service. However, I have expanded the codecs that can be used. They don't have to be fully finished, ready to play vids this year, however they do still have to be compressed formats.
3) Contact info - to simplify things this year, because I know there were some email issues last year, all correspondences will be through AnimeVegasAMV@yahoo.com
Aside from that, there shouldn't be too much new stuff, but just the same I IMPLORE everyone to make sure to READ THE RULES COMPLETELY BEFORE ENTERING!! And without further ado, the rules!
AMV Contest Rules for Anime Vegas 2011
The 2011 AMV Contest is open to all AMV creators residing in the US. Video Submission Deadline is
September 5th, 2011 SEPT 18TH, 2011
Contestants may compete for top prize in five categories:
1. Action/Adventure – Videos about action, battles, and quests, the best in upbeats and beatdowns.
2. Drama – Got a video that will make someone cry, get angsty, or just stand in reverent awe? This is the category for you.
3. Comedy – The jewel of most AMV contests, how many sides can you split? Show us the funny!
4. Upbeat – Sometimes you just want to have fun and go with the flow. Bring up our spirits.
5. Romance/Sentimental – Everyone likes a good love story....even guys.
Contestants may enter more than one AMV, but contestants may submit only one entry per category.***The following is subject to change if not enough entries***
All entrants will be prescreened and judged prior to the convention. The top 5 videos for each category will be selected as finalists to be screened at the convention. Audience members will be given a voting ballot for the contest and choose their favorite video for each category. At the end of the show, audience members will be asked to circle one video out of the entire show to be voted as Best in Show.
Prizes will be awarded for the following:
1. Best In Category (Audience) – The top video from each category, based on audience vote.
2. Judge’s Favorite – The video that ranks the highest score among the judges.
3. Best in Show – Top video overall, based on audience vote.
4. Special Judge’s Favorite – The special judge’s favorite is only open to those creators in attendence at the convention. Video’s will be screened for a special judge from the AMV community, who will choose the winner of this prize.
Winners will receive an award as well as some anime goodies that are TBD.
Note: Winners not in attendence will be eligible to receive their award by mail, however any other prizes must be accepted in person at Anime Vegas.***
Videos must be a minimum of 1 minute playback time and up to a maximum of 6 minutes playback time. Any videos not meeting the playback time requirement will be disqualified.
All digital video formats submitted to the contest should follow NTSC standard 720x480 @ 29.97 FPS, interlaced or progressive 720x480 @ 24 FPS.
Videos should be submitted in one of the following formats:
WMV (Not recommended)
All entries should be compressed to standard playback sizes, NOT uncompressed versions. If you have any questions about acceptable formats please contact: AnimeVegasAMV@yahoo.com
Please remember that Anime Vegas is a FAMILY FRIENDLY event and video content should be appropriate for all ages, primarily anime content and a high-quality product.
Your video will be disqualified from competition if:
1) your video is found to be poorly encoded as to have any large artifacts or many small artifacts, poor color, etc.
2) it is found to be in poor taste, contains excessive violence, sexual content, and/or strong language.
3) it contains subtitles (except within context). If your source has subtitles that cannot be deleted, please crop them out. As well, videos should not contain industry credits if opening/ending credit footage is used.
4) it contains primarily live action footage instead of anime, or has excessive non-anime related video footage (video game FMVs are permitted). Videos should consist of no less than 80% anime footage.
5) it does not meet the minimum or maximum required playback length of time.
6) it contains bumpers/title screens. All videos will be given uniform identifying slides. If you do not/cannot get a non-bumper version, we will attempt to edit out bumpers, and will notify you if we are unable to.
It is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED to submit your AMV way before the due date, ESPECIALLY if your AMV content or format is questionable. Creators whose videos meet one of the disqualification criteria will be notified and updated videos can be resubmitted for consideration. It is recommended to keep your saved edit files. It is also HIGHLY RECOMMENDED to respond and read your e-mails frequently during the contest submission period for updates, information and confirmations.
All videos will be accepted via online submission, no snail mail.
The following information should be included with all submissions:
Your First & Last Name:
Title of video:
Artist(s): (if multiple songs are used, list ALL the artists you used in the AMV)
Song(s) : (if multiple songs are used, list ALL the songs you used in the AMV)
Anime used: (if multiple anime is used, list ALL the anime you used in the AMV)
Your Email address:
Will you be attending Anime Vegas: Yes/No
Entries may be submitted via upload sites (ie: Rapidshare, Megaupload, etc.).
Entries may also be submitted as downloads from Animemusicvideos.org. Email download links and the above information to AnimeVegasAMV@yahoo.com
DISCLAIMER: Contestants waive all rights to any fees, copyrights, royalties, or any forms of compensation for the use of their name, likeness and videos in publicity, marketing, and public viewing by Anime Vegas and http://www.animevegas.com
If you have any questions about the contest or submitting your video, please contact us at AnimeVegasAMV@yahoo.com
John Galietta III – AV AMV Coordinator