AMV Contest

Introduction

International Fan Fest Toronto presents our inaugural Anime Music Video Contest! Unleash your creativity and skills with video editing programs to create the best anime music video of the year and impress the audience!

Submissions will be accepted until April 12th, 2019

Rules
  • All entries must list the anime used at the end of their AMVs. We’ve had massive requests from audiences to show what anime are in these AMVs
  • Entries must be a minimum of 1 minute and a maximum of 6 minutes. Keep in mind that we do pre-screen entries for quality.
  • Up to 2 entries per team OR person. Multiple entries are allowed (max 2). Please fill up one submission form per entry.
  • By submitting your video(s), you agree to let us play, copy, and use it to promote the event. Requests for removal will be put into consideration and handled on a case by case basis.
  • Most of your video must be anime/video game footage. This is an anime convention. Use your best judgement.
  • Most of your audio must be music. There is no arbitrary magic number for the amount of music. Some narration/dialog is fine. Use your best judgement.
  • NSFW content should be limited.
  • The screening is open to the general public. Entries with excessive offensive language, nudity, and/or violence might not be accepted. We accept entries with some NSFW content, but keep it reasonable. Use your best judgement.
  • Please do not include intros or outros that are more than 20 seconds long. It is fine to integrate credits into the AMV itself.
  • If your entries have won 1st place/Best in Show at any other conventions before January 1st, 2019, it will not be accepted. This rule only applies to those who won 1st place/Best in Show. 2nd+/runner-up is fine.
  • All winning AMVs will be available on International Fan Fest’s YouTube account eventually post-convention. Winning participants can request to have the posting of their submission delayed for up to 2 months. Basically, if you don’t want it posted yet for whatever reason, just let us know.
  • All submissions must be labelled in the following format:
    (AMVtitle)_Nickname_FirstnameLastname_email[eg, (Pure)_Zerothic_YuiHirasawa_Yui123@example.com]
    If the submissions are not labelled in the format above, the submission will be automatically disqualified.

Breaking any of these would likely disqualify your entry. This WILL be enforced more strictly for this year’s contest.

  • Please ensure your source material is of sufficient quality when compiled into your AMV, especially when sourced from streaming sites. For technical details, refer to the Accepted File Formats & Codecs section.
  • No subtitles, watermark, or logos on the entry that was not added by you. Broadcast watermarks are fine. We’ll arrange to let you watermark your own entry before it gets posted online.
  • Use the proper aspect ratio. Artistic license aside, there is often only one main choice for this. Use your best judgement.
  • No interlaced footage in the entry. Progressive please.

Accepted File Formats & Codecs

You will have a chance to resubmit if it’s not in an accepted format. Quality is not guaranteed if we fix it for you. Please avoid 10bit entries for now.

Video:

This is to avoid having to deal with playback issues on exotic format. This is not difficult to correct but it is unnecessary work.

  • H.264/AVC (.mp4 container, this is the preferred format)
  • MPEG2 (.mpg container)
  • MPEG transport stream (.TS container)
  • AVIs are fine, but H264 AVIs are automatically rejected; no exceptions

Audio:

This is flexible as long as audio quality is not severely degraded

Resolution:

This is flexible as long as the aspect ratio is correct. Here are some suggestions:

  • 640×480
  • 720×480
  • 1280×720
  • 1440×1080
  • 1920×1080

Frame Rate:

This is to minimize playback issues

Either 23.976fps (24fps) or 29.97fps (30fps)

Playback

The equipment is not finalized yet. It is difficult to know what the playback resolution will be or what is even available. This likely won’t be finalized until after the contest entry period ends.

Judging Criteria & Awards

Submissions are judged by the audience during screening.

Categories

Attendee Picks

Best Fit:

The music selection mixes well with the Anime’s style and theme.

Best Ship:

This relationship may not be cannon, but it just feels right.

Made Me Laugh:

I’m not sure what I just saw, but my sides still hurt from laughing.

Made Me Cry:

Got me right in the feels. (Ow, my feels…)

Got Me Pumped:

This video got me excited and ready for more, a good video to show someone new to Anime.

Judge Picks (Scored per video 1 to 5)

Best Editing:

The video stands out as an excellent example of video editing. Things to watch for would be well timed choreography between the video and music (IE: do keyframes in the video sync to the music), and altering and re-purposing footage from the source anime. (IE: did the video creator alter the source footage to make a new scene)

Best Composition:

The video stands out for it’s composition. The scene and music selection work together to tell a story of their own and show a creative or artistic intent from the creator.

Best Original Content:

This video stands out due to its use of original content. Did the creator make something new for the video, can be 3D assets, original art, or music.

Application Form