AMV Contest

Welcome to the main event! The one and only Anime California’s AMV contest makes its triumphant return to take you on an audio and visual ride of a lifetime! So, strap in and get ready to move to the beat, you’re in for one heck of a show!


Find us at : Main Events Academy Ballroom

AMV Contest Hours
Saturday (Day 2) 7pm-9pm

Anime California is no longer accepting entries for its AMV competition!

Categories:

  • Action
  • Comedy
  • Drama

AMV contest rules:

  • Please do not add bumpers or credits to your AMV. Any videos submitted with such will be disqualified.
  • No audio may be taken from an English dub.
  • No subtitles/fansubs are allowed unless you add them in yourself.
  • AMVs with poor audio/video quality will be disqualified. This includes Interlacing issues, audio quality/distortions, etc., etc.
  • No visible or noticeable studio watermarks may be included in your video submission.
  • Freshness rule: Entries must not have premiered before August 1st, 2018
  • Length: Please keep AMV video submissions over 45 seconds and under 5 minutes total in length. Any submissions over this length will be disqualified
  • Only three (3) entries allowed per participant. (One [1] entry per category, please)
  • We will not tolerate or allow any plagiarism (which is defined as “the “wrongful appropriation” and “stealing and publication” of another author’s “language, thoughts, ideas, or expressions” and the representation of them as one’s own original work). Any submissions that are found to plagiarize someone else’s work or submission will be removed from the contest and the entrant will be contacted by Anime California’s AMV Team to address the issue. During the review process the video submission will not be included as part of the contest or judging until the dispute is settled.
  • All entries should be AT LEAST 75% Japanese animation or game footage.
  • Please submit your final videos in the video formats listed below only. This will help us greatly with giving your video the proper amount of time for review and preparing it for the contest. Any videos that require us to edit or change settings will be disqualified.

Entry guidelines:

Contestants may enter one (1) video per category.

Disqualification Rules:

  • Videos containing portions of another editor’s video will be disqualified and the submitter of said video will be permanently banned from all subsequent contests. Participants who submit videos that are not their own will also be banned permanently.
  • Refusal to provide one’s legal name will result in disqualification from the contest.
  • All entries should be AT LEAST 75% Japanese animation or game footage.
  • Bumpers, title screens, credits, or any other form of creator / footage / audio identification are not allowed: We will be adding custom title screens to identify each video so there really isn’t a need for them on your submitted files, so please remove them. If you’re video contains bumpers/titles screens/credits/ect in the video itself (i.e. if part of the video and can not be cut) please make a note on your submission form and I will try to work with you to find a resolution!
  • No audio may be taken from an English dub.
  • No subtitles/fansubs are allowed unless you add them in yourself.
  • AMVs with poor audio/video quality will be disqualified. This includes Interlacing issues, audio quality/distortions, etc., etc.
  • No visible or noticeable studio watermarks may be included in your video submission.

Time Limit

  • The running time for videos may not exceed 6 minutes or be shorter then 45 seconds.
  • Freshness Rule
  • Your video must not have premiered before August 1st, 2018

Judging & Use

Videos will be pre-screened and judged prior to the convention. The judges reserve the right to move a video to another category if they feel it would be a better fit.

Anime California reserves the right to use submitted AMVs during the convention and subsequent Anime California conventions, regardless of Finalist status.

Due Date

Competing AMVs and their submission forms are due by August 1st, 2018 at 11:59 P.M. PDT.

Encoding

MP4s using H.264/AVC compression are preferred. However, we will also work with AVIs and MPEG files. Files larger than 350MB will not be downloaded, so please correctly compress your work.

Submitted videos must be at least 720p (960×720 for fullscreen and 1280×720 for widescreen)

Awards

TBA

Submission Form:

To enter your video, fill out the form located here:

anicali.info/amvapp

File Naming Convention

All video files and completed entry forms submitted must be named in the following format: Creator – title – music artist – music title – anime source . file type

  • Creator – your editor name (or real name if you prefer)
  • Title – the title of your video (if any)
  • Music artist – Artist / group name of the song used in the video, or if using another audio source type, source of the audio file (e.g. – ‘The Dark Knight’ movie trailer)
  • Music title – title of the song, or identifying segment for the audio if not using a musical source
  • File type – the type of video container you are using (MPG, AVI, WMV, etc), or TXT for your entry form