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Anime Music Video Contest

Anime Boston's Anime Music Video Contest (AMV Contest) is an exhibition and competition of fan-created music videos with an anime theme. Hundreds of submitted videos will be narrowed down to a group of finalists.

Those finalist videos will be screened before an audience at Anime Boston. The audience will vote for their favorite videos and the winners will be presented during the Masquerade intermission.

Anime Boston has created the following rules in order to present the best possible Anime Music Video screening at Anime Boston. If you have any questions about these rules, please check the FAQ before you contact the AMV Contest Coordinator.

Video Content

  • Content
    • Entries must be your own work and no one else's. Anonymous submissions cannot be accepted.
    • The Anime Boston AMV Contest is rated PG-13. As such, all entries will be expected to follow the official MPAA ratings guidelines:
    • In short, this means:
      • No sexually-oriented nudity.
      • No realistic and extreme violence (gore).
      • The video or audio may not use an expletive word more than once.
    • Entries may not use subtitled footage from fan-subtitled or commercial tapes. However, you are free to add your own subtitles to your entries.
    • Entries may not have a watermark of any kind, including of your own making or from TV source or fansubs.
    • Entries may not use the English dub audio.
  • Length of Entries
    • At least 75% of each entry must be set to music.
    • At least 75% of each entry must contain anime or anime-oriented footage.
    • Entries must not be shorter than 30 seconds or longer than 6 minutes in length.
    • DO NOT include any title screens, logos, credits, or introductions before and/or after the actual video. All title screens, logos, credits, or introductions before and/or after the actual video will be cut from the screening and replaced with Anime Boston's standard title screen.
  • Freshness
    • In order to keep the contest fresh, entries must be less than two years old as of the convention. Any video finished prior to March 21, 2012 is ineligible.
    • Videos which have previously been submitted to Anime Boston are ineligible, whether in original or "remastered" versions.
  • Failure to comply with any of these above rules will result in an immediate disqualification from the contest. There will be no exceptions.

Video Submission

Submission Deadline
The deadline for all submissions is February 1, 2014. All entries MUST be in our hands by that date. Late entries are ineligible for the contest, but may still be shown during a non-competition (overflow) AMV screening if they are received in time and if scheduling permits.

Format of Submissions
The following are the only formats accepted by the Anime Boston AMV Contest:

  • CD-R
  • CD-RW
  • DVD-R
  • DVD+R
  • DVD
  • Electronic Submission

Submission Guidelines
Requirements for the video file:

  • Minimum Suggested Resolution: 1280x720
  • Frame Rate: 23.976
  • Encoded H.264 standard.
  • Maximum file size: 1 Gigabyte
  • Video format: NTSC (not PAL or SECAM)

For a good file converter, we recommend Zarx264gui which may be found here: It is HIGHLY recommended you use it to convert your video. It can shrink large videos with next to no quality loss.

You may submit your file in a different format and at a different resolution; however, while we will convert your file, we will not resize it or alter it in any way. If you submit a file that is not in the proper aspect ratio, it will appear warped on screen.

Entries will not be returned, nor can they be picked up at the convention. Do not send your master copy.

Number of Submissions
Contestants are limited to submitting two (2) entries to the contest.

If you worked with someone else in the creation of a video, that video counts as one entry for all individuals involved (although you only have to submit it once). For example, if you submit two videos that you created on your own and someone else submits a third video that you helped to create, that would count as a third entry from you and violate these rules.

You may not submit videos under false names to circumvent our entry limit. Doing so may result in disqualification from this and all future Anime Boston AMV Contests.

If you submit more than two entries, we will only view the first two entries received.

There will be 5 finalist videos per category. The category lineup is:

  • Romance - These videos share a romantic experience with the viewer. It can be joyous or mournful, but it must connect with the audience.
  • Drama - Videos that have captured suspense or extreme emotions, but still convey it extremely well.
  • Action - Action videos are adrenaline in audio/visual format. They should get the audience excited and engaged.
  • Comedy - Comedy is possibly the most difficult genre to master. Humor is different from person to person. It may involve a funny scene or silly music. But the best comedies are those that bring all of their elements together, like notes becoming a melody.
  • Fun/Upbeat - This category is for videos that make you feel good. They can bust a move or share a smile.
  • Other - Any other videos that don't fit in the above categories. This can include Movie Trailers, Horror, Experimental Visuals, or Off the Wall.

Technical Categories (Judged Awards)

  • Best Editing - Best editing is awarded to the video with perfect integration between audio and visual. Perfect sync and timing is critical to win this award.
  • Best Concept - Awarded to the video that presents its sources in an original viewpoint. It is creative with its storyline and can deliver a plot twist out of nowhere.
  • Judge's Choice - This award is for that special video that astonishes the judges with imagination and creativity.
  • Editor's Choice - Awarded by the fellow finalists in the contest, it says that competition has deemed a video truly worthy.

The audience will be voting for "Best Romance", "Best Drama", "Best Action", "Best Comedy", "Best Fun/Upbeat", and "Best Other" out of the entire field of finalist entries.

Best of Show will be determined by the video that gets the most total votes.

During audience voting, only one video may win an award. If a video is selected to win two awards, the winning video will be awarded the higher award and the runner up will be awarded the category award.

The AMV Contest Coordinator reserves the right to change a video's category if it is determined that the video more properly belongs in a different category than the one intended by the creator. In such an instance, the creator will be contacted in advance.

Submission Instructions
To submit your Anime Music Video, you must complete a copy of the online entry form. Once you have submitted your form, you may submit your video electronically or mail a CD or DVD copy to:

Adam Ferraro
Anime Boston AMV Contest
274 Plantation Street
Worcester, MA 01604

You will receive an email when your entry is processed. Due to potentially high volume of entries near the submission deadline, this e-mail may be delayed. Please be patient.

We cannot be held responsible for lost or misdirected entries.

Anime Boston and New England Anime Society staff members may compete in the AMV Contest, excepting those directly involved in planning and running the contest.

Attending the Convention
If your entry makes it to the final competition, you will be on a list for preferred seating during all Anime Music Video Contest screenings at Anime Boston. To claim your preferred seat, arrive fifteen minutes before seating is opened to the audience (30 minutes before the contest starts.) Your name will be checked with the names of contestants and you will be shown to the reserved seating area.

If you are not in your seat at least fifteen minutes before the scheduled start of the screening, we will assume you are not coming and give your seat to anyone still waiting for a seat.

Although you will get preferred seating at the Anime Music Video Contest screenings, this DOES NOT qualify you for complimentary membership to the convention.


Audience Awards

  • Best Action
  • Best Romance
  • Best Drama
  • Best Comedy
  • Best Fun/Upbeat
  • Best Other
  • Best of Show

The audience will be given a ballot with all of the finalist entries listed and will be asked to choose which videos they think are the best in each respective category. Best of Show will be the video with the most number of votes.

Technical Awards

  • Best Editing
  • Best Concept
  • Judge's Choice

A select panel of 5 judges (comprised of experienced AMV creators and Anime Boston staff) will be convened to critique and analyze all finalist entries to the AMV Contest. They will then vote to award trophies based on the Categories listed above.

Editor's Choice Award
All finalists (and finalists only) present at Anime Boston may participate in choosing the award winner.

Anime Music Video Contest award winners will be announced and trophies presented during the Masquerade intermission on Saturday night. If you are at the Masquerade and are announced as a winning entry, you can come up on stage to receive your award. If you (or your proxy) are at the convention but miss the Masquerade, your award can be picked up on Sunday in the Convention Operations office. If you do not attend the convention, your award will be mailed to you after the convention.

Winners present at Anime Boston are welcome to participate as panelists in the "Behind the AMVs" panel to be held on Sunday. Selected videos will be screened and discussed at this panel.

Hentai AMV Contest
The Hentai AMV Contest is held separate from the standard AMV Contest. Whereas the standard AMV Contest is rated PG-13, the Hentai AMV Contest is rated XXX. All rules of the AMV Contest apply to the Hentai AMV Contest, excepting the PG-13 rating rule.

In addition, the Hentai AMV Contest has the following rules:

  • Hentai content, including yaoi, yuri, is allowed.
  • No loli-con or shota-con content is allowed in any amount. Such submissions will be immediately disqualified.
  • Videos containing or focusing on excessive blood and gore will be disqualified.

Other Provisions
By submitting an entry, each contestant agrees: they have read, understand and will comply with these official rules; and, or to the extent permitted by law, consent to the use of the entrant's name, likeness and/or biographical data for purposes of advertising and promotion by The New England Anime Society or Anime Boston, without further consent, compensation or approval.

Submitted materials become the property of The New England Anime Society and will not be returned. By submitting a video to Anime Boston, the video creator grants The New England Anime Society non-revocable permission to exhibit that video. The video creator otherwise retains all rights and responsibilities relating to its creation.

The prizes being awarded may constitute income under applicable federal, state and local tax laws and winners shall be solely responsible for payment of any and all taxes, which may be due with respect to the acceptance of the prize.

We reserve the right to modify these rules at any time without notice.