From the official site: http://www.animelosangeles.org/ala/2012/amv-contest/
The AMV (Anime Music Video) contest takes place on Friday. Anime Music Videos consist of clips from one or more anime series or movies set to songs. They are made by fans because they have a passion for an anime/song combination that drives them to show that vision to audiences.
All of our contestants are fans just like you who have worked hard all year to create the videos we will be showing off Friday evening. There are many
awards that can be won.
◦Best in Category (Four awards: Action, Drama, Comedy, Pro)
Judging Categories: (Voted on by our panel of Judges)
◦Creators Choice (Voted on by the contestants)
◦Staff Picks (AMV Staff pick their favorite entrie(s) )
Our Judges are:
Mystery Judge (Every year we fill our fifth spot with a mystery person!)
Hope to see you there!
OFFICIAL RULES from http://www.alaamv.info/rules.php
I) AMV Restrictions
1) Maximum Length: Soft cap at 4 minutes, hard cap at 6 minutes.
2) Content must be appropriate for a television viewing audience.
3) No Intros or Outros. No text in the video that does not pertain to the video itself.
4) Accepted Formats:
Video: MPEG-2, h264, MPEG-4
Audio: mp3, wav
5) Files only. Physical Media will NOT be accepted.
II) Submission Restrictions
1) Entries will be accepted on a first-come first serve basis.
2) NO ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER 1 NOVEMBER 2012
3) NO ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED AT THE CONVENTION
4) You may submit ONE video per category (Action, Comedy, Drama) . Maximum of FOUR videos per
5) You must attend the convention to be eligable for awards.
III) How to Submit a Video
1) Complete and submit the form found here http://www.alaamv.info/form.php
2) Choose ONE of the following methods of delivery:
a) E-mail a link to your hosted video file to AMV13@alaamv.info
DO NOT SEND YOUR FILE AS AN ATTACHMENT
b) Burn a single copy of your AMV to a CD or DVD as a File. Then snail mail to:
12616 Caswell Ave Apt #3
Los Angeles CA, 90066
Please note we are always open to granting exceptions to the rules, on a case-by-case basis. This means that missing a deadline due to legitimate excuses (i.e. grandma was in a car accident, something came up at work, president called you to diffuse a nuclear bomb) is fine, but you must communicate this to us.
Changes to the rules
I-5) This year we will only accepting files. If you are unable to upload your file to the provided server we may make special allowance. This will be done on a case-by-case basis.
II-4) One video per category maximum. This year YOU decide what your best drama is, send us that. Videos which do not easily fit a category may be submitted regardless. Absolute maximum of four videos.
II-5) You must attend in order to receive awards. Failure to attend without an Exception (see above) will result in getting Banned (see below).
Breaking the rules will result in being banned from submitting to future contests. Length of the ban will vary based on severity.
If you feel that a video breaks any of the rules, or is in some other way upsetting you may issue a Challenge. Challenges must be e-mailed to email@example.com before February 1st.
All videos and forms must be in Mikal's hands by November 1st at the latest.
Finalists will be announced by December 1st.
Winners will be formally announced on February 1st to allow for any challenges to be made.
If there are any questions you can either post here or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org Please do not PM this account.
Thak you for reading,
AMV Contest Coordinator
UPDATE: It is confirmed that the AMV Contest will be changing time-slots to Sunday starting at 10:00am. This is possibly a one-time change, and if things do not work out we will be moveing back to Friday night.
UPDATE: We will also have a reduced contestant pool of 5 videos per category, with the regular categories of Action, Drama, Comedy, Pro, for a total of 20 videos. If a 5th category is added due to shifting submission content the numbers will switch to 4 videos per category. This is reduced from last years 30 videos. These numbers are not fixed, but represent our intent to reduce the total number of videos shown, to better fit into our allotted time-slot without running over as in previous years.
UPDATE: To clarify the attendance rule. We WILL accept entries from non-attendees, however attendees will have first shot at the slots, and you must appear in person or by proxy to claim any prizes.
UPDATE: We will no longer allow more than 1 video per contestant to be shown in the contest. We had over 60 people submit videos last year, and should have no issue filling the available slots.
UPDATE: We are now accepting snail mail again! Snail mail must be mailed before the deadline, or other arrangements must be made via e-mail.
UPDATE: All entries are in! The contest is now complete and ready to air.
UPDATE: Finalists announced! Please be sure your information is correct.
UPDATE: Comedy category renamed to Parody for this year only to better reflect the nature of the videos contained within.