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AMV Contest

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The Animethon 21 Anime Music Video (AMV) Contest is a chance for fans to showcase their creative talents in the form of music videos. It is open to anyone who wishes to enter.

Due to time constraints, there will be a list of contest finalists released prior to the event. Non-finalist entries will not be shown at the contest, however there will be a dedicated timeslot in one of our programming rooms where these will be shown, time permitting.

In order to better accommodate the diversity and variety of AMVs and provide a fairer playing field for judging, the traditional AMV fixed categories have been eliminated and replaced with a larger number of elements that make up the essence of the AMV (i.e. Dramatic, Artistic, Parody, Trailer, Effect Oriented, etc) found on the entry form. Once all entries have be received after the deadline, all the selected elements will be tabulated and all accepted entries will be grouped into the top six most common elements for judging. The best of each of these groups will be awarded a Category Award. There will also be other awards that all accepted entries will be eligible for.

All entries must meet all the general and submission rules as stated below. Entries must be received by Friday, June 20, 2014. NO SUBMISSIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED AT THE CONVENTION.

Please take the time to read both the general and submission rules FULLY so that your entries do not get disqualified. If you have any questions or concerns about any of the rules or the contest itself, email us at amv[at]animethon[dot]org.


Summary of Awards

Category Awards:
Up to six Awards. Categories will be determined after the submission deadline.

AMV Contest Coordinator Choice Award
Awarded to a video selected by the AMV Contest Coordinator

Grand Prize Awards:
Best in Show
Audience Favourite

Best “Made in Alberta” Award
Awarded to a video entry made in the province of Alberta.


General Rules

1) Video must be at least thirty (30) seconds and not longer than six (6) minutes (including any titles and/or opening/closing sequences) to qualify. Videos over six (6) minutes may be accepted at the AMV Contest Coordinator’s discretion.

2) A maximum of two (2) video entries will be accepted from one individual or a group.

3) All video entries must be accompanied by a completed online form submission.

4) All AMVs submitted must be the works of the person or group as listed on the submissions form. If submitted AMVs are found to be the works of another creator (stolen or plagiarized), the videos will be disqualified and the entrant/s may be banned from future ASAPA events.

5) Videos must use at least 60% of anime content. This includes the use of computer-generated animation in TV, OVAs, movies and anime related video games.

6) Videos must use at least 70% of external music or songs (not part of the original audio track of the video source) with the exception of trailers that may be a combination of external dialogue and music. The other 30% may be any combination of dialogue and/or music.

7) AMVs that use footage with subtitles from fan-subtitled anime or commercial studio logos will not be accepted. Intentional self created subtitles, parody logos and any other text incorporated into the video is allowed.

8) Since the videos will be shown to a public audience at the event, all videos must have an equivalent rating of G (General), PG (Parental Guidance), or 14-A (Suitable for viewing by persons 14 years of age or older). Thus, videos should not include explicit nudity, excessive graphic violence, or foul language.

9) Credits will be allowed into the contest PROVIDED they appear at the end of the video and do not overlay over any part of the video. They will be removed for pre-judging and for finalists in the contest. The AMV Contest Coordinators reserves the right to disqualify any video that is does not meet any of the above criteria or has excessively long credits.

10) Previously released videos (as shown publicly at conventions, clubs and contests or for download on the internet) must have been premiered after September 1, 2013 to qualify.

11) All entries must meet the requirements listed in the Technical Requirements section below.

12) By submitting a completed entry form, you unconditionally allow us permission to use, copy, share, and exhibit your submission/s in any way, which may include uses unrelated to this event. Also that you grant this permission without expectation of compensation.

13) All decisions or consequences of any of the contest rules as made at the discretion of the AMV Contest coordinator are final. All judging methods and decisions are final.

14) Animethon reserves the right to update or make changes to these rules at anytime. The rules as published on Animethon’s website ( are considered the official rules.



Technical Requirements

All videos are required to be in at least a resolution of 640 x 480 and a frame rate of 23.97 or better. Audio shall be at a sampling rate of no lower then 44,100 Hz.

The following formats are acceptable:

avi: Uncompressed, HuffyUV, Lagarith, DiviX/Xvid (no beta version) or DV

mkv: Matroska container is acceptable with codecs as listed for AVI

mpg: Mpeg2 codec

mp4: H.264 video compression (PREFERRED)

wmv: Accepted PROVIDED the video is encoded in an acceptable bit rate and resolution size at the discretion of the AMV Contest Coordinator.

If you have problems sending your entry in any of the above formats, please contact us.



There are only two options for submissions: by link or FTP. In order to enter and submit your entry/entries, you will need to enter all the required information into the online form

To upload your entry/entries, follow the instructions listed below:

1) Fill out the online form
2) E-mail amv[at]animethon[dot]org with the subject “Animethon AMV Contest Upload Request”.
3) Include in the e-mail the confirmation number you receive in filling out the online submission form.
4) An e-mail will be sent back to you with site, user and password instructions for you to upload your entry/entries to.

Vides may be accepted via third party upload sites (i.e.: web links, Dropbox, Rapidshare, Sendspace, etc) so long as they do not need to be “signed up” to access. Links to streaming sites such as YouTube will not be accepted. When choosing this method, provide the URL link in the space provided.