AkaiCon 17’: The Fifth Realm
AMV Contest Rules
The following are the contractual rules for AkaiCon's Anime Music Video Contest. All videos submitted for the purpose of entry into the contest are subject to the following terms and conditions.Categories
There are six categories for all of the videos in this contest:
- Convention Theme - Sci-Fi
Contest awards are based on the ballot vote of the audience at the time of convention showing.General Rules
- Please note that the AMV Contest is an all-ages audience showing. A good general guideline for this type of content is: If the song cannot be played on the radio without edits (bleeps or omission of certain words), if the video contains sexual genitalia / hentai footage, or has extreme bloodied violent video, then it’s not acceptable for the contest. The AMV Staff of AkaiCon reserve the right to determine what constitutes “extreme” content.
- Video must be a minimum length one (1) minute and no longer than six (6) minutes.
- A maximum of three (3) video entries will be accepted from one individual or a group. Each video must have a separate entry form and separate categories. We will accept a 4th entry if the entry fits the Convention Theme of Sci-Fi.
- Videos must use at least 40% Japanese anime content and the rest may be non-Japanese animation.
- Videos must use at least 50% of external music or songs (i.e., not part of the original audio track of the video source) with the EXCEPTION of promotional trailer or television commercial parody audio.
- Videos must NOT contain watermarks in the video. This includes, but is not limited to, the DivX logo, any television station, producer, or streaming site bugs & logos, AMV studio logos, and so on.
- No video will be accepted with “hard subtitles” (subtitles permanently overlaid on video), nor will we accept videos from obviously bootlegged or fansubbed releases with these subtitles. The only EXCEPTION to this rule is if you create your own subtitles as an actual part of the anime music video.
- Only previously released videos (as shown publicly at conventions, clubs and contests or for download on the internet) that premiered after August 2015 and were not previously submitted to past AkaiCon conventions may qualify for the contest.
- By submitting a completed entry form or replying to the confirmation email you allow AkaiCon AMV Staff the right to use any entry you submit for display and/or promotional purposes.
- By submitting to this contest, you agree to abide by all the rules stated above. AkaiCon AMV Staff reserves the right to update or make changes to these terms and conditions at any time.
- All decisions made by the Video Coordinator or the AkaiCon AMV Staff are FINAL. All judging methods and judging decisions are FINAL.
- No entries will be accepted at the convention.
- All entries must meet all the general and submission rules as stated above. Entries must be received by July 7th, 2017 at 11:59PM CST.
- Anyone may submit AMVs but you must be present or someone you know to receive an award. Those not attending, will get a certificate sent by mail.
- All submissions become the property of AkaiCon and/or its assigns, and will not be returned to the submitter. Please do not send in your only copy of your video submission.
- All submissions may be used for display and promotional purposes. All videos entered will be considered to be cleared for this purpose.Video Restrictions
Accepted video formats (in order from most preferred to least):
- AVC/H.264 - MP4 format (.mp4)
- Matroska (.mkv)
- MPEG-2 Video with MPEG-II Layer Audio (.mpeg, .mpg)
- UTCodec or Lagarith Lossless Codec encoded AVI (.avi)
- DivX / XviD in AVI format (.avi) encoded at the highest quality possible (Quantizer 1 is most preferred)
- Quicktime (.mov) format (acceptable, but not recommended)
- Windows Media (.wmv) format (acceptable, but not recommended)
Any file format not mentioned above will not be considered and immediately disqualified. This includes MPEG-1, Real Media, or the use of any codec other than DivX, Lagarith, or XviD. If all else fails, contact the Contest Coordinator and we can try to work out an acceptable solution.
All videos are required to be in at least a resolution of 640 x 480 (also known as 480p), and may be up to 1080p. As we use HDMI projectors, acceptable frame rates for your videos are 23.976fps, 29.97fps, and 60fps. Any other frame rates will be converted to fit one of these frame rates.Submission information
Must use Dropbox or Google Drive to submit your entry. Please try to limit your file less than 1GB
To submit your video, click here for the AMV Submission Form.
If you have any further questions or concerns, contact the Video Events Department at firstname.lastname@example.org