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AMV Contest

The Animethon 22 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.

DEADLINE: Friday, June 19, 2015

Quick Rules Summary:
  • Must be longer than 30 sec., shorter than 6 min.
  • No more than 2 entries per person/group.
  • No subtitles, watermarks, logos, text, or credits.
  • Must not have premiered before December 1, 2014.
  • Video must be at least 51% Japanese originated anime, video game, and/or manga content.
  • Audio must be at least 70% music.
  • Must be age 13+ appropriate.
  • Must satisfy our technical requirements.
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.

The AMV Contest Coordinators and Judges reserve the right to disqualify any submission that not does meet the General Rules, or for any fair and justifiable reason not foreseen in these rules. PLEASE READ ALL THE RULES CAREFULLY BEFORE SUBMITTING. All submissions must be in our possession by the deadline date. 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 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 categories for judging.

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


  1. Entries are limited to a minimum length of thirty (30) seconds and a maximum length of six (6) minutes.
  2. Only two (2) entries will be accepted per individual or group.
  3. All entries submitted must be the work of the person or group as listed on their entry form. Entries found to have been plagiarized from other AMVs will result in disqualification and banishment from our future AMV events and/or ASAPA events.
  4. Your entry’s video content must consist of at least 51% Japanese originated anime, video game, and/or manga content.
  5. Entries must use at least 70% external music or songs (i.e. not part of the original audio track of the video source). Parodies of Trailers or Commercials are the only exception, and are exempt from this rule.
  6. All entries must be appropriate for an age 13+ audience.
  7. Entries that use footage containing subtitles, watermarks, text, studio logos or graphic overlays may be disqualified. Exceptions may be granted if such usage is intentional and plainly necessary to the video’s concept.
  8. Entries that include any inextricable credits, bumpers or slates will be disqualified. Animethon will create custom-designed titles.
  9. Previously released videos (as shown publicly at conventions, clubs, contests, or downloadable on the internet) must not have premiered prior to December 1st, 2014 in order to be able to participate in the contest.
  10. All entries must meet the requirements listed in the Technical Requirements section below.
  11. You irrevocably grant Animethon and the AMV Coordinator unconditional and eternal permission to use, copy, share, and exhibit your entry in any way including for purposes and usages outside of or unrelated to this event.
  12. The AMV Coordinators and Judges are the final interpreters of all rules. Their decisions are final.
All rules, prizes, and methods of judging for Animethon’s AMV Contest are subject to change at any time without notice. We will attempt advice of any changes via the Animethon’s website and the forums


All videos are required to be in at least a resolution of 640 x 480 or better (720p preferred) and a frame rate of 23.98 (preferred) or 29.976. Audio must be at a sampling rate of no lower than 44,100 Hz (48,000 Hz preferred).

For best results please encode your AMV as an MP4 using H.264/AVC video compression. We will also accept other formats provided that they are good quality and doesn’t require a strange degree of difficulty for us to work with.

Your video must have no noticeable video defects (interlacing, macro-blocks, banding, or aliased lines) and your audio must sound clean and undistorted.


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

NOTE: If using a Link, Videos 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.

If you have questions, please contact us at