AMV Contest Rules

Tiger Con is now accepting submissions for the 2018 AMV Contest.  The contest will be limited to a total of 30 titles selected by a pre-judging panel.  Finalists will be voted on by audience member ballot at the competition.  Editors are encouraged to attend the convention and to submit their votes during judging, and to accept any awards they win.

Rules and Guidelines

General:
1) All submissions to the AMV Contest must consist of at least 80% Japanese animation, anime-style video game cutscenes or anime-inspired stills.  The remaining footage may be live action, cosplay, still photography, etc.

2) Videos must not contain watermarks or subtitles that were not inserted by the editor. Also, Tiger Con will be making title cards for each finalist, so we ask that your submissions not include intros, credits, studio bumpers, lead-ins, or lead-outs not directly related to the video content.

3) Videos must be of reasonable video and audio quality. We suggest that your video resolution be at least 640x480p, and your frame rate be 23.976fps or higher. But we don’t recommend submitting files that that are greater than 1280x720p or 29.97fps.

4a) Videos submitted to the AMV Contest must be under 8 minutes and only consist of footage edited solely by the entrant(s). Entries that use footage taken from other AMVs will be disqualified.

5) Collabs and MEPs are allowed, but each participant must be listed on the submission form, and the video must only use a single audio track or a congruent audio mix.

6) Entrants are only allowed to submit (1) video to a category. Also, a single video cannot be submitted to more than one category.

7) Submitted videos must not contain excessive violence, language or content that would place it above a PG13 rating. This rule will be enforced on a case-by-case basis.

8) Videos should be new creations produced within the last year.  Videos that premiered before April 1st, 2017 are highly discouraged.

9) All submissions must be in Tiger Con’s possession no later than March 15th , 2018.  Attendance to Tiger Con is not required to enter the competition and will not improve your odds of winning beyond the single vote that you may cast for your own video if you are present.

10) During the pre-judging process, Tiger Con staff will notify the editor of any submission to the AMV Contest that are not selected as finalists no later than one week prior to the convention.

11) Any category which does not receive at least two entries will not be eligible for an award.  Similar categories may be combined (such as the drama and sentimental categories) in order to have the minimum number of submissions.

Categories:
The AMV contest is split into six categories. Entrants are allowed to select the best fit category for each of their submissions, but if our judges strongly disagree with the genre of a submitted video, it may be moved to a better fitting category. The categories are as follows:

Action
Comedy
Fun / Upbeat / Dance
Drama / Serious
Romance / Sentimental / Character Profile
Trailer / Parody

Submissions:

The entry form requires you to provide a download link of your video.  If using Google Drive or Dropbox, please ensure that the URL you send is a “shared” or “public” link. If your AMV is available for local download on A-M-V.org, you also have the option of instead providing a link to it’s video information page. Note: “streaming only” links will not be accepted.  Links to videos on Youtube are accepted.

If your video meets the necessary rules and requirements, we will make all efforts to send a confirmation e-mail to you within 72 hours. Note: At any time, Tiger Con reserves the right to not show or ultimately disqualify any submitted video for any reason.

File Formats:
Tiger Con is able to accept videos in a wide variety of file types and resolutions, but please do not upscale your videos. The preferred file type is MP4, but we also accept AVI, MPEG-2, WMV, MKV and many more. We strongly discourage submitting QuickTime, DivX, Real Media or Flash Video.

Judging:
After the submission deadline passes, our panel of judges will rate each video, and the top five AMVs from each category will be selected as a finalist and screened during the convention. Finalists will be announced and notified via e-mail about a week after the submission deadline passes. During the AMV Contest screening (April 14th, 2018) , Tiger Con attendees will have the opportunity to vote on which video they feel should win each individual category. Once the votes have been tailed, the winners will be announced at the conclusion of the contest.  In addition to the awards voted on by the audience, there will also be a “Judges Choice” award.

*Judges’ Choice Award: Chosen solely by Tiger Con staff prior to the convention.

Winning the “Judges’ Choice” award will not disqualify a video from also winning an award from one of the main categories. Accepted videos that do not make the finals of the contest are still eligible to win the “Judges’ Choice” award.

Prizes and Awards:
Prizes will be donated by our generous sponsors.  Exact prizes to be announced at a later date.

Contact:
If you have any questions or comments about either contest, you can contact Tiger Con’s Programming Department at programming@tigerconvention.com.

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