Kumoricon 2020 AMV Contest - DEADLINE SEPTEMBER 1ST!

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Kumoricon 2020 AMV Contest - DEADLINE SEPTEMBER 1ST!

Post by MinetChan » Sat May 09, 2020 3:00 pm

Calling all editors! Kumoricon 2020’s AMV Contest is ready for AMV submissions!

Please follow this link to reach our online rules/submission page: https://www.kumoricon.org/amv-contest


Thank you to everyone who entered our AMV Contest, participated in our AMV Battle Royale, and attended our AMV Programming in 2019. We are still scheduled to have our convention (November 6-8), but do keep in mind that plans may change due to COVID-19. As we learn more, I'll update this thread with the most current information.

AMV Battle Royale!

Like previous years, we are looking for AMV Battle Royale Contestants on top of AMV Contest entries. In this event, we pitch 3 editors against each other in a 2 hour live editing competition. Last year, DopplerDo won the Dungeons & Dragons themed battle with only 1.5 hours of editing time! Due to a scheduling error we had to cut time short, but all of the editors pulled through to make some incredible work. Major props to you all for hanging in there! Here is DopplerDo's video from last year:

If you are at all interested in participating, please email us at amv@kumoricon.org. We will send you a list of rules and see if you meet the qualifications for being a contestant.

AMV Contest

All of our rules have stayed the same, but this year you can enter up to three videos into separate categories. We are also continuing our 2019 rule of accepting non-Japanese sources, as long as they are anime/manga-styled. Notable examples that are allowed include: Voltron: Legendary Defender, Teen Titans, Avatar: The Last Airbender, etc.

We are so excited to continue hosting some of the best AMVs and AMV programming in the U.S. — and it's all because of your support that we can make this possible. Thank you!

Let the Games Begin!!!


Here are this year’s rules! They can also be found on the Kumoricon AMV Contest page.


There are seven categories for the 2020 contest:

UPBEAT / FUN: We're looking for fast-paced enjoyment.
INTENSITY: Action, suspense, conflict, triumph, and despair!
DRAMA / SENTIMENTS: Give the audience the feels!
COMEDY / PARODY: Weird. Funny? Surprising!
TRAILERS: Short, sweet and to the point!
FAN FICTION: Rewrite the anime. Make your wildest dreams come true!
GUILTY PLEASURES: Delightfully annoying and cringey. Take the worst of pop culture and make it great.

We try to run a clean show. This includes no themes likely to insult or disparage by race, social class, religion, ethnicity, gender, or sexuality—because that's no fun for anybody.


ANIME: are Japanese animated productions featuring hand-drawn or computer animation (video game footage is not anime).
The majority (over 50%) of your entry's video content must consist of anime-styled or manga-styled content. Consideration will be given to other non-Japanese sources that feature such styles (examples of exceptions include Voltron: Legendary Defender, Teen Titans, Avatar: The Last Airbender, etc.)

TV station logos ("bugs") and other commercial indices must be obscured or removed.

Bumpers and credits are NOT allowed as we will be adding custom-made intro and outro slates for each AMV finalist. There is an exception for AMV titles (NOT credits) that add to the overall message and purpose of your AMV.

Parody uses of commercial logos are acceptable.

No source subtitles allowed. Intentionally added subtitles are okay.

No more than 3 entries per person, with no more than 1 entry per Category.
Maximum file size: 330MB.
Maximum duration: 5:00 minutes.


To submit, you MUST UPLOAD your file to the Kumoricon AMV Contest page.

Your FILE NAME must include your AMV TITLE
Acceptable file formats are: avi, mpg, mp4, and mkv.
DO NOT send mov, rm, or wmv files.
Physical media (such as by mail) is NOT accepted at this contest.

***By submitting an AMV, you grant Kumoricon and the AMV Contest staff unconditional permission to use, copy, share and show that AMV.


Entries MUST be submitted by 4:30pm Pacific Daylight Time (UTC 23:30) on 01-September-2020.

A panel of judges will convene to review all entries and select up to six AMVs per category. The judges' decisions on the playlist is final.
All entries must have premiered or been created NO EARLIER than the previous year's Kumoricon (November 15, 2019).
Entries that have been finalists in previous Kumoricon contests are excluded from the 2020 contest.


Each category will win one prize chosen by audience voting. The audience will also choose a Best of Show winner.
The coordinator/judges may make a Judges' Choice award, Technical Effects award, and Honorable Mention as well as any other awards they believe best represent the top AMVs shown at the contest.
Therefore, a guaranteed SEVEN prizes shall be awarded for 2020 with the potential to reach upwards of TWELVE prizes.

Each winner will receive a plaque or a trophy. A prize is usually an anime DVD or Blu-Ray, a manga, or an art book. Top prizes for Best In Show and Coordinator's Choice include anime figurines and/or other larger goodies.

Email questions to: amv@kumoricon.org.

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