OTAKONŽ 2013 AMV Contest Rules

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AnimeUSA 2013 AMV Contest Rules

This site is not maintained by AnimeUSA.
Otakorp Inc, is not operating in association with AnimeUSA. They are two separate conventions who share the same AMV contest coordinator. Selecting the tabs below will describe the rules specific to each convention.

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General Rules for Submitting to AnimeUSA

  • Each entrant is allowed to submit two (2) submissions to AnimeUSA. Users found creating multiple studios with the intent of circumventing the submission limit will have all of their entries disqualified.
    • If you are submitting a solo project but also want collaboration credit on someone else's video, or if you were a part of multiple collaborations, please contact VicBond007@VicBond007.net for details on how to do this.
  • We will only accept entries that are sent to us through our own ftp server, or through the mail. We will not download entries from your rapidshare/sendspace/whatever, nor will we accept entries sent by E-mail/AIM/MSN etc.
  • Do not include studio bumpers or video credits. Any lead-in/lead-out that we can not remove could be grounds for disqualification.
    • We create custom, uniform title cards for every entry, finalist or not. Adding bumpers/credits on top of that just uses more screen time than is necessary.
  • Each entry must be primarily anime and/or video game footage. The exception to this rule is a live-action adaptation of an anime or video-game, intended for television broadcast or release to movie theaters. Such live-action adaptations will be accepted without penalty.
    • "Anime" footage is loosely determined by the animation studio that produced the art for the show. If it is an Asian studio, then the footage will likely be allowed. If it is not, then your entry could be disqualified. Sorry, but by this definition, "Avatar: The Last Airbender" and "The Legend of Korra" are not "anime" and will be disqualified. We have to draw the line somewhere.
  • Entries should not contain unaltered video, taken from your audio source's official music video or trailer.
    • If we play your AMV side-by-side against your song's official music video/trailer, and there are sequences where both videos are identical (or even nearly identical), then your video may be disqualified at the director's discretion.
  • Each entry's audio must be primarily music. Excessive narration/dialog may be grounds for disqualification.
    • This rule does not apply to entries that are sent to the "Trailer/Parody" category.
  • Each entry may not contain any audio taken from a commercial English dub. Dialog that you record yourself is perfectly fine.
  • Each entry may not contain any commercial studio logos, only parodies of said logos. This includes DivX and website watermarks.
    • Including a TV station watermark on your footage, even for just one scene, is the easiest way to get yourself DISQUALIFIED really fast.
    • Copyrighted logos that have been modified are also NOT OK. If you wish to parody a logo, you can not use the original logo as a base.
    • Submissions to the "Trailer/Parody" category which contain the popular green approval screen beforehand may NOT contain any mention of the MPAA.
  • Each entry must be longer than 30 seconds in running time. There is no maximum length.
    • Entries that are over 6 minutes in length and do not make the final contest, will only be screened if we have the time to do so.
  • Submissions with nudity, offensive language, and/or excessive violence may be disqualified at the coordinator's discretion.
    • The contest screening will be open to the general public, and thus the content must be appropriate for the general public. Depending on what time the overflow screening is, entries disqualified for inappropriate content may or may not be shown at all.
  • Convention attendance is not required to enter. Attending the convention will not boost your chances of winning and/or making the final cut.
    • The checkbox on the submission form asking whether or not you will be attending is purely for informational purposes.
  • Anti-Trolling Policy: If your entry has won First Place or Best in Show at OTAKONŽ 2013, then your entry will be automatically be entered into AnimeUSA as a "non-finalist" (this is different than being disqualified!).
    • This is in effect because AnimeUSA and OTAKONŽ share the same submission form and FTP server, making it very easy for both contests to be identical. We would prefer that the AnimeUSA contest be somewhat unique so we're trying out this rule for 2013 and we'll see how it goes.
    • Second Place, Runner-Up, Judge's Choice, etc. all DO NOT count and you may submit any entry that has won any of these awards without penalty.
    • Entries that were featured in the final AMV contest at any previous AnimeUSA will be disqualified.
  • The better quality video that you send us, the better it will look. Visual anomalies from poor compression will be enlarged as our screen is bigger than your computer monitor.
  • The AnimeUSA 2013 AMV Contest will accept submissions from anyone except for AnimeUSA AMV Contest staffers who participate in the ballot counting process.
  • The AMV Contest Coordinator reserves the right to reject any video on any legitimate grounds.

Format-Specific Rules

  • Deadline: Your submission must be received (not postmarked) by Sunday July 28, 2013. Entries received late will not be accepted into the AnimeUSA 2013 AMV contest, nor will they be considered candidates for the AMV non-finalist screenings.
  • AnimeUSA accepts VHS, SVHS, SVHS-ET, and mini DV entries.
  • Entries submitted on tape must be in the NTSC format. We can not accept PAL format tapes at this time.
  • Entries must be recorded at SP speed. Anything else will look terrible.
  • You must fill out a submission form for EACH entry. Access the submission form here. You may include a printed copy of the form or the confirmation email that you received after filling it out, but it is not necessary.
  • Please label the spine of your tape with the following information:
    • Your video title.
    • Your studio name. This MUST match the studio name that you provided us with on your submission form.
    • Tape format (VHS, SVHS, or SVHS-ET).
  • Please include at least 15 seconds of black leader before your first video starts in order to prevent the "rainbow effect" from appearing in your video, and to give our equipment time to adjust the tracking. Black leader is ONLY required for entries on tape!
  • Please ensure that the only videos on your tape are the ones that you intend to submit.
  • After you have filled out the submission form, please mail your tape to the following address:
    AnimeUSA AMV Contest
    PO Box 10738
    New Brunswick, NJ 08906
  • Submitted tapes can not be returned.
  • AnimeUSA is not responsible for lost or damaged media. We will do our best to notify you when your entry is received. However, we cannot guarantee confirmation before the submission deadline. If you wish to ensure confirmation, ship your tape with delivery confirmation.
  • Deadline: Your submission must be received (not postmarked) by Sunday July 28, 2013. Entries received late will not be accepted into the AnimeUSA 2013 AMV contest, nor will they be considered candidates for the AMV non-finalist screenings.
  • AnimeUSA accepts entries recorded on CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD-DL and DVD+DL.
  • AnimeUSA will accept entries in virtually any file format using almost any form of compression. The more "popular" the codec, the better the chances are of us handling your video properly. If we can't convert your video, we will let you know.
    • NTSC interlaced video is perfectly acceptable. PAL interlaced is OK as well. If your submission is interlaced, please test it on a broadcast-quality decoder card such as a Hollywood+ or a Netstream2000 to ensure proper field order throughout your video. Your VGA card's tv-out function is not a suitable means of testing your submission.
  • Acceptable framerates are 23.976, 24, 25, 29.97, and 30. Any other framerate will be converted to the nearest valid framerate. 60/59.94 fps video will be interlaced when we convert it, so some detail may be lost, but not fluidity.
  • The contest is screened at 720x480. All entries that we receive will be scaled to this size.
  • The AnimeUSA AMV contest is screened with an aspect ratio of 4:3. Any entry that is formatted otherwise (like 16:9) will be letterboxed so that it displays properly. We will do our best to NOT stretch your video, but we make no guarantees since we haven't seen every anime ever.
    • Please refrain from sending us a pillarboxed video (4:3 video inside of a 16:9 frame) if at all possible.
  • If submitting on DVD, refrain from authoring your disc if at all possible. Simply burn your video(s) to the disc as a data file.
  • If a video is too large to fit on one disc, we recommend splitting the file using WinRAR or 7-zip.
  • You must fill out a submission form for EACH entry. Access the submission form here. You may include a printed copy of the form or the confirmation email that you received after filling it out, but it is not necessary.
  • Name your file in the format "Studio Name - Video Title.ext". Example: "VicBond007 Productions - Accidentally in Love.mpg". Use the same studio name and video title that you provided on your submission form.
  • Please use a marker to label the surface of your disc with the following information:
    • Your video title.
    • Your studio title. This must match the studio name that you provided on your submission form.
    • If your video spans more than one disc, label the disc in the format of "Disc X of Y". (Example: Disc 1 of 3).
  • Do not affix an adhesive label to the disc, and do not simply label the disc case.
  • Please ensure that the only files on your disc are the videos that you intend to submit to the contest.
  • After you have filled out the submission form, please mail your disc to the following address:
    AnimeUSA AMV Contest
    PO Box 10738
    New Brunswick, NJ 08906
  • Submitted discs can not be returned.
  • AnimeUSA is not responsible for lost or damaged media. We will do our best to notify you when your entry is received. However, we cannot guarantee confirmation before the submission deadline. If you wish to ensure confirmation, ship your disc with delivery confirmation.
  • Deadline: Your submission must have finished uploading by 1:00 AM EST, Monday July 29, 2013. Entries received late will not be accepted into the AnimeUSA 2013 AMV contest, nor will they be considered candidates for the AMV non-finalist screenings.
  • AnimeUSA will accept entries in virtually any file format using almost any form of compression. The more "popular" the codec, the better the chances are of us handling your video properly. If we can't convert your video, we will let you know.
    • NTSC interlaced video is perfectly acceptable. PAL interlaced is OK too. If your submission is interlaced, please test it on a broadcast-quality decoder card such as a Hollywood+ or a Netstream2000 to ensure proper field order throughout your video. Your VGA card's tv-out function is not a suitable means of testing your submission.
  • Acceptable framerates are 23.976, 24, 25, 29.97, and 30. Any other framerate will be converted to the nearest valid framerate. 60/59.94 fps video will be interlaced when we convert it, so some detail may be lost, but not fluidity.
  • The contest is screened at 720x480. All entries that we receive will be scaled to this size.
  • The AnimeUSA AMV contest is screened with an aspect ratio of 4:3. Any entry that is formatted otherwise (like 16:9) will be letterboxed so that it displays properly. We will do our best to NOT stretch your video, but we make no guarantees since we haven't seen every anime ever.
    • Please refrain from sending us a pillarboxed video (4:3 video inside of a 16:9 frame) if at all possible.
  • You must fill out a submission form for EACH entry. Access the submission form here.
  • Name your file in the format "Studio Name - Video Title.ext". Example: "VicBond007 Productions - Accidentally in Love.mpg". Use the same studio name and video title that you provided on your submission form.
  • You may sign up for an FTP account at any time by going to the OTAKONŽ/AnimeUSA FTP Signup Page. Once you sign up for an account, instructions on connecting to the FTP server will be provided to you via email (SO USE YOUR REAL ADDRESS!). Logging into the web interface with your FTP username and password will also give you access to FTP upload instructions, as well as a link to the submission form. Web-based FTP is also available for files under 2GB in size (available in the user control panel as well).
  • All names from last year were deleted, so even if you submitted a video last year, you will still have to sign up again. This keeps things clean and ensures that I grab the right video out of your directory!
  • We will email you once your entry AND your submission form have been received and tested. Keep in mind, if your entry arrives close to the deadline, it might be a week or two before you hear from us.

Otakon Deadline is over!


Nothing to see here, move along citizen.