Anime Los Angeles 2019: Finalists Announced

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Anime Los Angeles 2019: Finalists Announced

Post by Yuusharo » Sat Nov 03, 2018 1:22 pm

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Anime Music Video Contest

Celebrating the heroes of fan-made tributes, we invite you all to join us as Anime Los Angeles returns for our 15th year!

Anime Music Videos, or AMVs, are short fan-made music videos that pay homage to many of our favorite shows. Whether you are a renowned award winning talent or just starting out with your first ever project, our event welcomes creators of all skills and experiences. With some persistence, a desire to create, and admittedly a bit of luck, you just might see your work compete on the main stage!

Of course, if you prefer to sit back and enjoy an evening of awesome videos, we have you covered too! Our judges spend many weeks collectively deciding the best of the many submissions we receive in order to present to you a night of unique, one-of-a-kind entertainment that can only be seen at ALA! Best of all, YOU the audience get to decide the winners of each of the main categories, as well as the coveted Audience Choice award granted only to the best of the best.

Please be sure to review all of the rules below before submitting your videos, and send any questions you have to amv@animelosangeles.org. We can't wait to see what creations you'll serve up this year. Good luck!

The Rules

Spoiler :
Main Categories
  • Action / Adrenaline
    • Power, Intensity, Adventure
  • Drama / Theater
    • Suspense, Angst, Thriller
  • Fun / Upbeat
    • Whimsy, Energy, Swing
  • Sentiment / Feels
    • Passion, Nostalgia, Character
  • Comedy / Humor
    • Quirky, Silly, Outrageous
Bonus Categories
  • Trailer
    • Film, Games, Teasers
  • TV Intro
    • Parody of TV Show Openings
  • Commercial
    • Short Advertising Spots
Note: The final categories are subject to change depending on the amount and type of entries we receive


Entry Guidelines

Please review all of the guidelines. Contact us with any questions before submitting your entry.
  • Guidelines - All Entries
    • The majority of your entry's video content must consist of anime-styled or manga-styled sources. Consideration may be given to other sources that fit within the spirit of this event.
    • This is a PG-13 / TV-14 event. Excessive violence, coarse language, or adult situations/innuendo may lead to disqualification.
    • Must satisfy our technical standards
    • Must not have any corner watermark trademarks or logos
    • Must not have premiered online or participated in any public event prior to January 1, 2017
      • Bonus category entries are exempt from this rule
  • Guidelines - Main Categories
    • Up to 3 entries per creator or group
    • Duration: 1 minute minimum, 6 minutes maximum
    • Audio content must be primarily driven by music. No excessive dialog.
    • No unnecessary or excessive subtitles, text, or credits
      • Artistically relevant titles may be accepted
    • Multiple entries may be entered into the same category
      • Only 1 entry per category may advance to the finals. The judges and coordinator reserve the right to recategorize your entry where appropriate.
    • "AMV Hell" styled clip-show entries are not accepted into the contest
    Guidelines - Bonus Categories
    • Up to 5 bonus entries per creator or group
      • These entries do not count against your main category maximum
    • Duration limits:
      • Trailer: 1 minute minimum, 3 minutes & 30 seconds maximum
      • TV Intro: No minimum, 1 minute & 30 seconds maximum
      • Commercial: No minimum, 1 minute maximum
    • Winners from these categories are determined by the judges. Trailers may be considered for Audience Choice.
Technical Standards
  • Resolution: 640x480 minimum, 1920x1080 maximum
  • File Size: 300 megabytes maximum
  • Formats: MP4 (preferred), MOV, AVI, MKV or MPG
    • Windows Media Format (WMV) will not be accepted.
  • The following video technical flaws may be subject to disqualification depending on severity:
    • Interlacing
    • Incorrect, or squashed/stretched aspect ratios
    • Chunky/blocky video (often caused by low quality source or excessive data compression)
    • Extreme Banding (i.e. Color gradients caused by video re-compression)
  • The following audio technical flaws may be subject to disqualification depending on severity:
    • Audible distortion
    • Levels that are too high, overdriven, or clipped
    • Levels that are too low or inaudible
    • Audible discontinuities caused by flawed audio edits
    • Pitch-shifted or speed-adjusted audio (unless by obvious artistic necessity)
Disqualification and Rejection

Entries may be disqualified or rejected for any reason listed in these rules or for any reason not foreseen by these rules as deemed by the coordinators or staff volunteers. All entries will be screened prior to judging to test for playback and rules compliance.
  • Disqualified entries may be resubmitted at any time prior to the submission deadline with advised corrections.
  • Rejected entries may not be resubmitted. A rejection may result in a temporary or permanent ban from this event depending on severity.
Your entry may be rejected for the following reasons (subject to change, not limited to...):
  • Plagiarism
    You may not submit another AMV creator's work as your own. You may not use another AMV creator's work, even partially, without explicit acknowledgement. All persons involved in an entry must be listed on the submission form at the time of submission, and all must give consent to participate in this event.
  • Dishonorable Behavior
    You may not engage in behavior that causes grief, harm, or in any way violates the rules of the convention with other creators, ALA attendees or ALA volunteer staff. This includes conduct on social media sites and private encounters.
  • Dishonesty
    You may not submit false, inaccurate or misleading information when submitting an entry or while discussing with the contest coordinator or ALA volunteer staff. This includes stating you have read all of the rules before submitting an entry.
  • Minimal Effort / Zero Edit Submissions
    You may not submit an entry that is deemed to have little to no editing of original sources.
  • Troll Submissions
    You may not submit an entry for malicious purposes towards anyone.
Deadline

All entries must be submitted no later than 11:59pm PST on Sunday, December 2, 2018. You must fill out the online submission form and include a working download link to your entry by this time.

Entry Submission
  • Entries must be submitted digitally
  • no physical media of any kind will be accepted
  • Please use an appropriate file sharing service like Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, etc.
  • Please do not link to video sharing sites like YouTube, Vimeo, etc.
Submission Form: Anime Los Angeles 2019 - AMV Contest Submission Form
Finalists Announced

On behalf of Anime Los Angeles, all of the volunteer staff, and as a personal message from me, thank you. We would be no where without your continued support!

After weeks of discussion and debate, our panel of judges have narrowed down the finalists for this year's AMV Contest.

We are proud to present finalist entries from the following creators:

AnimeTwins
BecauseImBored1
Bimyou
BioticAMVs
Cneq
Davey Dalmascus
drewaconclusion
General Agemo
Glitzer
JanikaChan & Trenzilla
King Redeem
Kirbygal
Kyci
Maboroshi Studio
MadMegatax
MarikoAMV
Mysunsai
Nekokitkat
Obsidian Zero
PaNTSU oF d00m
Rider4Z
Sean.PNG
SerAvium
shorisquared
Speedy180
Tasha Livingstone
TheDestineeAMV
Tigrin
UnluckyArtist
Xophilarus
Zandersen

To all of the finalists listed above, you should have received an email confirming your entry information. Please check to make sure the information we have is accurate.

Even if your name is not listed above, your AMV entry may still be played! We will once again highlight some of the best of the non-finalists and honorable mentions during our pre-show block on the main stage, and we will showcase many more inside our AMV Room all weekend long.

Once again, thank you so much for being a part of this event. I hope to continue to see more works by you for years to come.

Take care!

Last Year's Winners


Contact Information

Please email any questions, comments or concerns to: amv@animelosangeles.org
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Re: Anime Los Angeles 2019: Open for Entries! (Deadline: Dec 2)

Post by Yuusharo » Sat Nov 03, 2018 1:22 pm

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Re: Anime Los Angeles 2019 - Deadline: Dec 2, 2018 (6 Days!!)

Post by Yuusharo » Mon Nov 26, 2018 12:52 am

Just one week left before the deadline!! |:>

Thank you so much to everyone who has entered so far. I know the rules were announced much later than they should have been, and there has not been a lot of time to get submissions ready. Please accept my deepest apologies. Personal issues in my life took me away from my responsibilities to all of you. I don’t say that to excuse this behavior, but it is the truth, and I try to opt for transparency wherever possible.

I look forward to all the amazing entries still to come. Good luck, everyone!
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Re: Anime Los Angeles 2019 - Deadline: Dec 2, 2018 (6 Days!!)

Post by Rider4Z » Mon Nov 26, 2018 8:01 pm

Sent my stuff :up:

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Re: Anime Los Angeles 2019 - Deadline: Dec 2, 2018 (5 Days!!)

Post by neko kitkat » Wed Nov 28, 2018 5:42 pm

I just submitted but I have a question. My brother wants me to submit my "Time to Rise" amv but I think it might be too graphic for the contest. I just want to double check please and thank you!

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Re: Anime Los Angeles 2019 - Deadline: Dec 2, 2018 (5 Days!!)

Post by shorisquared » Wed Nov 28, 2018 6:09 pm

neko kitkat wrote:
Wed Nov 28, 2018 5:42 pm
I just submitted but I have a question. My brother wants me to submit my "Time to Rise" amv but I think it might be too graphic for the contest. I just want to double check please and thank you!
If they showed my "Hell of a Feeling" video last year, I think you're fine, haha. BUT! It's still always nice to ask. Just in case. :wink:
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Re: Anime Los Angeles 2019 - Deadline: Dec 2, 2018 (5 Days!!)

Post by Yuusharo » Wed Nov 28, 2018 8:31 pm

neko kitkat wrote:
Wed Nov 28, 2018 5:42 pm
I just submitted but I have a question. My brother wants me to submit my "Time to Rise" amv but I think it might be too graphic for the contest. I just want to double check please and thank you!
Is that your Fate video that's up on your YouTube? I'd say that's fine. It doesn't cross any issues as far as I'm concerned.


shorisquared wrote:
Wed Nov 28, 2018 6:09 pm
If they showed my "Hell of a Feeling" video last year, I think you're fine, haha. BUT! It's still always nice to ask. Just in case. :wink:
The advantage of running contests for smaller conventions is you have a bit more flexibility with regards to content. :wink:
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Re: Anime Los Angeles 2019 - Deadline: Dec 2, 2018 (2 Days!!)

Post by CacoVenom » Fri Nov 30, 2018 11:56 am

I just submitted, good luck everybody

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Re: Anime Los Angeles 2019 - Deadline: Dec 2, 2018 (1 Day!!)

Post by Tigrin » Sat Dec 01, 2018 7:13 pm

Ran out of time to complete a new video but I sent in some stuff. T_T

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Re: Anime Los Angeles 2019 - Deadline: Dec 2, 2018 (1 Day!!)

Post by Kazemon15 » Sat Dec 01, 2018 8:07 pm

Hello, I have a question.

Are there any limits to how big a file size can be?

I am trying out different mp4 converting methods. When I run my video through the highest quality of Zarx, I get some blockiness on the darker scenes. It's around 146mb so the size is not the problem there. However, when I run it through another program I have, there is no blockiness at all...however, the size is around 0.98gb, so I am unsure which version to send. Thanks.

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Re: Anime Los Angeles 2019 - Deadline: Dec 2, 2018 (1 Day!!)

Post by CacoVenom » Sat Dec 01, 2018 8:26 pm

Kazemon15 wrote:
Sat Dec 01, 2018 8:07 pm
Hello, I have a question.

Are there any limits to how big a file size can be?

I am trying out different mp4 converting methods. When I run my video through the highest quality of Zarx, I get some blockiness on the darker scenes. It's around 146mb so the size is not the problem there. However, when I run it through another program I have, there is no blockiness at all...however, the size is around 0.98gb, so I am unsure which version to send. Thanks.
did you try to use a different enconder like amvsimple from amvnews

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Re: Anime Los Angeles 2019 - Deadline: Dec 2, 2018 (1 Day!!)

Post by Kazemon15 » Sat Dec 01, 2018 8:33 pm

CacoVenom wrote:
Sat Dec 01, 2018 8:26 pm

did you try to use a different enconder like amvsimple from amvnews
I did not know of that one. I will try it now, thanks. :)

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Re: Anime Los Angeles 2019 - Deadline: Dec 2, 2018 (1 Day!!)

Post by Yuusharo » Sat Dec 01, 2018 11:17 pm

Kazemon15 wrote:
Sat Dec 01, 2018 8:07 pm
Hello, I have a question.

Are there any limits to how big a file size can be?

I am trying out different mp4 converting methods. When I run my video through the highest quality of Zarx, I get some blockiness on the darker scenes. It's around 146mb so the size is not the problem there. However, when I run it through another program I have, there is no blockiness at all...however, the size is around 0.98gb, so I am unsure which version to send. Thanks.
Send us the full quality version if you continue to have trouble. We can figure out the compression stuff later. :)
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Re: Anime Los Angeles 2019 - Deadline: Dec 2, 2018 (1 Day!!)

Post by Yuusharo » Sat Dec 01, 2018 11:19 pm

Tigrin wrote:
Sat Dec 01, 2018 7:13 pm
Ran out of time to complete a new video but I sent in some stuff. T_T
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Re: Anime Los Angeles 2019 - Deadline: Dec 2, 2018 (1 Day!!)

Post by Kazemon15 » Sun Dec 02, 2018 1:09 am

Yuusharo wrote:
Sat Dec 01, 2018 11:17 pm


Send us the full quality version if you continue to have trouble. We can figure out the compression stuff later. :)
I used the AMVsimple that CacoVenom mentioned and it seemed to work out. I sent them, but let me know if the quality is not good enough and I'll send the other version. Thanks!

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