The 2017 Contest Season is Upon Us!
February 17th marks the deadline for four contests and what many people believe to be the 2017 contest season. This looming deadline is for the following contests: SakuraCon
, Kawaii Kon
, and Anime Boston
. SakuraCon has given an unofficial extension until Saturday but shhh
it's always best to get those videos in before the last minute. Still haven't woken up from your post-Christmas food coma? Slipping into your post-Valentines cheap candy coma? Have no fear! There will be plenty more contests coming in the next few months. I heard our pals down at AMV Central
have a pretty dope calendar to keep you organized during this frantic time. Let the late, caffeine-fueled nights and avoiding of all other hobbies begin!
With that, dear readers, I wanted to solicit some opinions and views of the convention contest structures. I sent questions to convention contest coordinators about their views on the current convention contest scene. Hopefully his answers will inform you and make you think about your own opinions on these contests. Please use the questions below as reference to the answers provided by the coordinators.
From a coordinators POV:
In your experience, how has the convention contest scene changed over the years?
Has there been anything that has remained constant in these contests?
How arduous is the work up to the contest, including coordinating prescreening and printing ballots?
Is there anything you would like editors to keep in mind while they enter their videos into your contest?
From an editors POV
How do you feel about the manner categories have changed over the years and between contests? Has this caused any struggles or confusion while you are entering videos?
How do you think audiences and contests differ between smaller and larger conventions?
How do you feel about freshness vs. award limits on videos?
What method of entering do you believe is the easiest?
What is something you would like other contest coordinators to know that might make the convention contest experience better for editors?
Coordinator of Anime Conji
Vlad G Pohnert
Coordinator of SakuraCon
, and Animethon
Coordinator of MomoCon
and all seeing overlord
Coordinator of Tekko
(Deadlines 3/9 and 3/10 respectively!)
Coordinator of Anime Weekend Atlanta (Expo, Pro, and Masters)
Now readers, I shall guilt trip you into thinking about these questions and posting your opinions and/or rants in the thread I have made in the AMV Contests subforum found here.
How could I ask you to do something? Well this is a give and take relationship we are in right now and discussions are the backbone of this community. Also, that tie does not
suit you. Now, post post post!