ACEN 2018 video contest.

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ACEN 2018 video contest.

Postby Salkryn » Tue Jan 23, 2018 7:13 pm

The AMV Contest for Anime Central 2018 is now accepting entries. We've listened to feedback from editors and con-goers, and are trying to be a bit better organized this year and changed the rules accordingly. If you have any questions, feel free to post on this topic, send me a PM, or visit the facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/AnimeMusicVide ... meCentral/
Happy editing, and may the odds be ever in your favor.

Copypasta from our facebook page:

Hello everybody! We are pleased to announce that we are now accepting submissions for our 2018 AMV Contest! We were blown away by the quantity and quality of our entrants last year and look forward to another wonderful contest this year!

There have been a few changes to our rules this year to reflect our experiences and feedback in 2017, so please read carefully below. Most notably we have a new parody category open for submission. We added this category because of the popularity of preview style AMVs and fandubs/abridging, which lack the traditional music part of an AMV, as well as videos that remake openings or other media with new animation, and several other hard to classify video types. We received a fair number of these videos last year that were very good, but failed to shine in judging because they didn’t quite fit the category they were submitted in. If you have a video and are not sure if it would be best in comedy, parody, or freestyle feel free to contact us about it and we will gladly help you with placement- we want every AMV to shine its brightest!

Here are the official rules for the 2018 Acen AMV contest. If you have any questions, feel free to ask them in the comments and we will attempt to answer as promptly as possible.

Contest Categories available:

Action- Anything that gets your engine roaring and your pulse pounding!
Comedy- Clever, silly, or just plain wrong- if it makes you laugh it goes here!
Drama- ALL the feels!
Horror- From mysteries to ghosts to gore to existential dread, all things spooky belong in this category!
Parody- Anime/ movie preview mashups, Clever animation alterations, mini-abridges (nothing longer than 5 minutes), and spoofs on popular video formats go here!
Freestyle- Got a great idea that doesn’t seem to fit another category? Go Freestyle!

Basic Entry Requirements:
Entries sent to previous Anime Central competitions are not eligible.
Mail entries will be accepted starting February 14th, 2018.
All entries must be in the hands of the contest coordinators by May 11th, 2018.
All entrants must include with their submission the following information: the creator's legal name and what name they prefer to be used on any awards or correspondence (if different), the music used, the anime used, the title of the video itself, and the creator’s email and mailing address (so that we can contact winners promptly and expedite delivery of prizes and awards).

• Entries may not contain bumpers, title screens, or credits. ACen staff will add uniform credits to all entries. Under some circumstances creator generated credits will be allowed if they are built into the video, a required part of it, and cannot be removed. This creative use of entrant embedded credits will be judged at our discretion.

• 50% of the video must contain anime footage. Video game footage is acceptable for this requirement, as long as the game footage is thematically appropriate (anime-inspired style, game that was adapted into anime or vice-versa).

Entries may be disqualified for the following reasons:

a. Objectionable content of video or lyrics. (Objectionable content includes excessive profanity, excessive violence, or sexually explicit footage or lyrics. If you are not sure if the above rule means your entry will be disqualified e-mail amv-departmenthead@ACen.org and we can view the content in question and make a decision.) Keep it PG-13, please.

b. Bad audio or video quality.

c. Failure to adhere to the contest rules.
• By submitting your video to this contest you authorize Anime Central staff to screen and distribute it under the Anime Central Music Video Contest title.

• Any physical media that entries are submitted on becomes the property of Anime Central and will not be returned.

• There is a limit of one entry per category per creator.

• Anime Central staff reserves the right to disqualify entries for any reason they see necessary to protect the overall quality and integrity of the program.

• Information about this year’s AMV contest, AMV programming, and other related topics can be found and discussed on our forum, Facebook page and website. If your questions do not specifically involve your own videos content please direct all questions to the forum first. This same question may be shared by multiple people and may have already been answered. (Find our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/AnimeMusicVide ... meCentral/

File Format Requirements:

• Entries must be in a video format playable by VLC media player (http://www.videolan.org/vlc/features.html)

• Videos may be submitted either via e-mail or on physical media. Entries on physical media should contain only the entry, and may be sent on CD, DVD, or USB flash drive.

• Your file name should contain its genre (for contest purposes), your name, and the title of your video, in that order. Studio names, if used, must be placed in brackets between your name and the title. You must follow this format. (Example: GENRE - Artist (this can be your handle rather than your legal name) - [Artist Studio] - Title.file extension)

• All entries must have 1 second of black before the video starts and after it ends.

• Video resolution should be no lower than 1280 x 720.

Entry Submission Instructions:

Mail & Online Entries:

E-mail your information to amv-departmenthead@acen.org, even if you have included the information with a physical entry.

Mail Entries:

Package your media carefully in appropriate mailers. Optical media in standard jewel cases can easily break off a hub during shipping.
Mail Entries should be sent to: Doug Adkins ATTN: ACEN 2018 908 Warren Street Davenport, Iowa 52804

Final Step:

Perform quality control on your entries and read the FAQ post on our forum before mailing or uploading your entries. We will make every effort to view your submission, but reserve the right to request re-submission or disqualify the entry in the case of an unreadable format.

Sweet, Sweet Loot:

Prizes will be awarded to the winner of each category as well as one Judge’s Choice winner and a Best in Show winner.
Awards will be presented to the winners and finalists in each category.
If you attend the awards presentation on Sunday of the convention you may collect any winnings at that time by providing legal proof of your identity (state issued ID, passport, etc.). Otherwise we will mail prizes and awards to their recipients at the address provided to us.

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Re: ACEN 2018 video contest.

Postby seasons » Wed Mar 14, 2018 11:12 am

thanks for doing this again

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Re: ACEN 2018 video contest.

Postby Salkryn » Thu Mar 15, 2018 3:00 am

No problem.

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Re: ACEN 2018 video contest.

Postby Salkryn » Thu May 10, 2018 2:01 am

Final submission deadline is this Friday. After that, it's one week until the convention itself and the judging!

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Re: ACEN 2018 video contest.

Postby shorisquared » Mon May 28, 2018 9:57 am

Any chance of getting a full list of finalists with their video names and creators posted?
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Re: ACEN 2018 video contest.

Postby seasons » Tue May 29, 2018 3:55 pm

Huge thanks for getting back on the printed schedule, it made a big difference in having, you know, any idea when the AMV room might be open or what might be going on there.

Getting back in the ballroom for the final results was awesome, too. I've never even run a projector in my life so I can't comment on the technical stuff that happened but I'm sure it'll run smoother next time around. So yeah, this was a big year for your guys and the future looks bright.

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Re: ACEN 2018 video contest.

Postby Salkryn » Wed May 30, 2018 4:16 pm

shorisquared wrote:Any chance of getting a full list of finalists with their video names and creators posted?


Ask and ye shall receive!

From the facebook page:

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It is our pleasure to announce the top videos from this year's contest!

Action:
Runner up- Hell of a Feeling by shorisquared
Finalist- Plus Ultra by Glitzer and Obsidian Zero
Winner- Holding Out for (more) My Hero Academia by DL

Comedy:
Runner up- Shiny Teeth by Glitzer
Finalist- Corporate Panda by PaNTSU oF dOOm
Winner- A Dragon Like Me by TheDestineeAMV

Drama:
Runner up- Covert Haven by PaNTSU oF dOOm
Finalist- Bottom of the River by MinetChan
Winner- Familiar by shorisquared

Freestyle:
Runner up- Call of the Void by shorisquared
Finalist- Another Day of Sun by MinetChan
Winner- Dentelle by Iren S.S.

Horror:
Runner up- Both by Kirbilius Clausius
Finalist- Academic Hell by drewaconclusion
Winner- Escape from Zombieland High by HyperKNIGHT and Okara

Parody:
Runner up- Bet on 23 by Kirbygal
Finalist- Outlawz of the Galaxy vol 2 by Speedy180
Winner- IT-otoro by Gina Nelson

Judge's Choice:
Runner up- D'awwww Wagon by drewaconclusion
Finalist- Frigida Mortis by drewaconclusion
Winner- Ananun by Iren S.S.

Best in Show:
Runner up- SPF (Stereotypical Party Filler) by Gina Nelson
Finalist- daydream | return by ZephyrStar
Winner- Diamond Sky by LapuLapu

A huge thank you to all of our contestants; we were amazed by how many and how excellent your videos were! For all of the winners and finalists that couldn't make it to the awards presentation- your awards and prizes will be in the mail shortly.

Thank you as well to everyone who joined us in the AMV room over the weekend, as well as those who attended our awards ceremony.

If you have any feedback or suggestions we'd love to hear them in the comments. This was an amazing year, and we look forward to doing even better for Acen 2019!

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The videos listed are simply the finalists and winners for each category. The total number of videos submitted this year was 92, an increase of just over 50% from last year's 60. We've been blown away by the volume and quality of submissions, and we're happy to see the contest come back from the brink of destruction. We had no contest in 2016, and in 2015 we had only six entries. I hope that the contest will continue to expand in the next few years. Please let me know if anyone wants the full list of submissions, and I'll see what I can do.

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Re: ACEN 2018 video contest.

Postby shorisquared » Wed May 30, 2018 6:06 pm

Thanks! Based on that list, here's the YouTube playlist:
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Re: ACEN 2018 video contest.

Postby Salkryn » Wed May 30, 2018 6:23 pm

shorisquared wrote:Thanks! Based on that list, here's the YouTube playlist:

Sweet! Do you mind if I share the link to this on the AMV department facebook page? I'll be sure to give credit.

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Re: ACEN 2018 video contest.

Postby shorisquared » Wed May 30, 2018 10:22 pm

Salkryn wrote:
shorisquared wrote:Thanks! Based on that list, here's the YouTube playlist:

Sweet! Do you mind if I share the link to this on the AMV department facebook page? I'll be sure to give credit.

Sure thing!
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Re: ACEN 2018 video contest.

Postby seasons » Thu May 31, 2018 5:44 pm

Salkryn wrote:Best in Show:

Winner- Diamond Sky by LapuLapu


So I guess this was entered into at least one other contest so there's definitely a chance it could show up in some more this year before the editor decides to eventually post it online somewhere.

But I just get this feeling like that's never gonna happen and I'll never see it again.

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Re: ACEN 2018 video contest.

Postby Salkryn » Fri Jun 01, 2018 5:04 pm

seasons wrote:
Salkryn wrote:Best in Show:

Winner- Diamond Sky by LapuLapu


So I guess this was entered into at least one other contest so there's definitely a chance it could show up in some more this year before the editor decides to eventually post it online somewhere.

But I just get this feeling like that's never gonna happen and I'll never see it again.


There has been some discussion internal to our department about making arrangements to host the videos for viewing by those who couldn't make it to the showings, but as far as I know those arrangements aren't in place yet. Even then, it's reliant on the consent of the creators.

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Re: ACEN 2018 video contest.

Postby seasons » Thu Jun 14, 2018 5:10 pm

No worries, that's just how it goes with these things. I don't expect you or anyone else involved with this to build a special site to host video.


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