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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.

Content Rules

  • 75% of the footage in an entry must be from anime or Japanese-origin video games. This does not include American, European, or Korean animation that is anime-styled (e.g. Avatar, Teen Titans, My Beautiful Girl Marie, etc).
  • Entries may not contain any footage containing a watermark (i.e. the static image in the corner identifying the broadcaster, such as TV Tokyo, MBS, Cartoon Network, etc.).
  • Entries may not contain subtitles from any commercial or fan-subbed release. You may add your own subtitles where appropriate, but be aware that many people find them distracting and this may reduce your chances of your video being a finalist.
  • Entries may not contain audio from the commercial English dub of the anime.
  • 75% of the entry must be set to music. Trailer and commercial parodies are an exception to this rule.
  • Entries should not contain any title screens, logos, credits, or introductions before, during, 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. Entries containing credits during the video may be disqualified or have the credits removed at the coordinator’s discretion.
  • Entries must conform to CARA PG-13 rating standards. The official ratings guidelines define PG-13 as follows:
    • A PG-13 rating is a sterner warning by the Rating Board to parents to determine whether their children under age 13 should view the motion picture, as some material might not be suited for them. A PG-13 motion picture may go beyond the PG rating in theme, violence, nudity, sensuality, language, adult activities or other elements, but does not reach the restricted R category. The theme of the motion picture by itself will not result in a rating greater than PG-13, although depictions of activities related to a mature theme may result in a restricted rating for the motion picture. Any drug use will initially require at least a PG-13 rating. More than brief nudity will require at least a PG-13 rating, but such nudity in a PG-13 rated motion picture generally will not be sexually oriented. There may be depictions of violence in a PG-13 movie, but generally not both realistic and extreme or persistent violence. A Motion picture's single use of one of the harsher sexually-derived words, though only as an expletive, initially requires at least a PG-13 rating. More than one such expletive requires an R rating, as must even one of those words used in a sexual context. The Rating Board nevertheless may rate such a motion picture PG-13 if, based on a special vote by a two-thirds majority, the Raters feel that most American parents would believe that a PG-13 rating is appropriate because of the context or manner in which the words are used or because the use of those words in the motion picture is inconspicuous.

Technical Rules

  • Entries may not be shorter than 30 seconds, nor longer than 6 minutes.
  • Our video playback system can handle a wide variety of formats, but for your best results, we recommend the following settings:
    • Resolution: 1280x720 or 1920x1080 for widescreen; 960x720 or 1440x1080 for fullscreen.
    • Frame Rate: 23.976 frames per second
    • Video Codec: H264, 2 mbps or higher
    • Audio Codec: AAC, 160 kbps or higher
    • Audio Sampling Rate: 44.1 kHz or 48 kHz *Lower sampling rates will be disqualified*
    • Container: MP4 or MKV
  • The maximum file size of each entry is 1GB.
  • An excellent tool for converting your video to these recommendations is Zarx264GUI.

Submission Rules

  • Your entry must be your own work and no one else's. Anonymous submissions cannot be accepted.
  • The entry deadline is March 6th 2015. All entries must be IN OUR HANDS by 11:59PM on this date.
  • In order to keep the contest fresh, entries must be less than one year old as of the convention. Any video finished prior to April 3, 2014 is ineligible.
  • Videos which have previously been submitted to Anime Boston are ineligible.
  • "Remastered" versions of videos which have previously been submitted to Anime Boston are ineligible.
  • Due to time constraints, contestants are limited to submitting ONE video per category. Editors are limited to TWO entries in total as either a direct entrant or as a collaborator on another entry.
  • The AMV contest coordinator reserves the right to change a video 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.
  • Entries may be submitted by filling out the electronic submission form.
  • Entrants will receive an email when their entry is received and processed. Due to the high volume of entries near the submission deadline, this email may be delayed. Please be patient.

At the Convention

  • Preferred Seating
    • 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. Your real name will be used, along with your badge name or nickname.
    • Although you will get preferred seating at the Anime Music Video Contest screenings, this DOES NOT qualify you for complimentary admission in any way nor will you receive a special badge.
    • To claim your preferred seat, arrive fifteen minutes before we open seating 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'll assume you're not coming and give up your spot to anyone still waiting to get in.
  • Audience Voting
    • There will be 5 finalist videos per category.
    • The audience will be given a ballot with all the finalist entries in the contest listed, and be asked to choose which videos they think are the best in each respective category. The audience will be voting for "Best Action", "Best Comedy/Fun", "Best Drama", "Best Other", "Best Romance", and "Best Upbeat" from the finalists in each respective category.
    • 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 2 awards, (e.g. Best Action and Best of Show) than the winning video will be awarded the higher award (Best in Show) and the runner up will be awarded the category award (Best Action).
  • Judges Awards
    • There will be 3 awards given by a panel of judges with film and music video editing experience:
      • Best Concept - The best-executed idea behind a video.
      • Best Editing - The video demonstrating the best technical accomplishment in editing.
      • Judges Choice - The favorite video of the panel of judges.
  • Editors Choice
    • Finalists who will be attending the Anime Music Video Contest at the convention will be invited to participate in selecting a video in the finals to give the Editors Choice Award.
    • The format for this selection varies slightly from year to year and is modified by the editors in attendance in a given year.
    • Further details regarding this award will be included in the email sent to each finalist following the prescreening.
  • Categories:
    • Action - This video is adrenaline... excitement... suspense... This video is a roller-coaster ride. It might involve fighting, flying, playing tennis or anything you can think of - but if this video captivates you and gets your blood pumping then it is the best action video.
    • Comedy/Fun - Comedy is possibly the most difficult genre to master. What is funny to one person may be just plain stupid to another. The Best Comedy award goes to the video which made the best jokes or comical situations. It's the video that made you laugh the most but it's also the video that made you laugh not just because of the song or anime used but of the clever way they are put together and presented.
    • Drama - Some videos are out there for the purposes of making you laugh, others are out there to give you an extra jolt of adrenaline, but there are also videos that will make you cry, or feel things you don't on an everyday basis. Drama is an important part of what makes AMVs truly a form of art. This category is for videos that have captured a feeling or an emotion and conveyed it extremely well.
    • Other - This category is for videos that don’t precisely fit into the rest of the categories. Movie Trailers, Horror, Experimental Videos, WTF’ers, etc., they all go here.
    • Romance - This video best employs both audio and visual aspects in order to create a romantic mood. The end result is a video that tugs at the heart strings and leaves feelings of happiness, sadness, or any others, but above all, a feeling of romance that the viewer experiences.
    • Upbeat - This category is for videos that make you feel good. They get your body moving, feeling the groove, or just bring a smile to your face. Dance, Trance, Techno, Happy slice of life pieces and other types of the sort.

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 New England Anime Society or Anime Boston, without further consent, compensation or approval.
  • Submitted materials become the property of New England Anime Society. By submitting a video to Anime Boston, the video creator grants 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 cannot be held responsible for lost or misdirected entries.
  • Do not submit anyone's videos other than your own or your group. If you are caught fraudulently submitting videos, you will be barred from participating in all future Anime Boston Anime Music Video Contests and your information will be shared with the coordinators of other contests, who make take further action at their discretion.
  • No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law.
  • We reserve the right to modify these rules at any time without notice.
  • Anime Boston and New England Anime Society staff members may compete in the AMV Contest, except for those directly involved in planning and running the contest.
  • 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.