AMV Contest Co-Coordinator here, announcing that the AkaiCon 2018 AMV Contest is seeking contestants for its annual AMV Contest! AMV Contest Rules: Spoiler The following are the contractual rules for AkaiCon's Anime Music Video Contest. All videos submitted for the purpose of entry into the contest are subject to the following terms and conditions. Categories There are four (4) categories for all of the videos in this contest: - Action/Upbeat - Drama/Sentimental - Comedy/Parody (including Alternate Opening, Trailer or Commercial Parody) - Convention Theme: Western (Old West / Space Western: Cowboy Bebop, Outlaw Star, Wild Arms, Desert Punk, or anything along those lines) Contest awards are based on the ballot vote of the audience at the time of convention showing. (This is subject to change if there is not enough submissions.) (updated) General Rules Please note that the AMV Contest is an all-ages audience showing. A good general guideline for this type of content is: If the song cannot be played on the radio without edits (bleeps or omission of certain words), if the video contains sexual genitalia / hentai footage, or has extreme bloodied violent video, then it’s not acceptable for the contest. The coordinator of this event reserve the right to determine what constitutes “extreme” content. Video must be a minimum length one (1) minute and thirty (30) seconds and no longer than five (5) minutes. A maximum of three (3) video entries will be accepted from one individual or a group. Each video must have a separate entry form and separate categories. Videos must use at least 70% Japanese anime content and the rest may be non-Japanese animation. Videos must use at least 60% of external music or songs. This means no more than 40% of the video can be other types of audio, with the EXCEPTION of promotional trailer or television commercial audio for Trailer or Commercial Parody purposes. Videos must NOT contain watermarks in the video. This Includes, but is not limited to, the DivX logo, any television station, producer, or streaming site bugs & logos, AMV studio logos, and so on. No video will be accepted with “hard subtitles” (subtitles permanently overlaid on video), nor will we accept videos from obviously bootlegged or fansubbed releases with these subtitles. The only EXCEPTION to this rule is if you create your own subtitles as an actual part of the anime music video. Only previously released videos (as shown publicly at conventions, clubs and contests or for download on the internet) that premiered after July of 2013 and were not previously submitted to past AkaiCon conventions may qualify for the contest. There is no limit on awards that potentially qualifying entries have previously won. By submitting a completed entry form or replying to the confirmation email you allow the coordinator the right to use any entry you submit for display and/or promotional purposes. By submitting to this contest, you agree to abide by all the rules stated above. The coordinator of this event reserves the right to update or make changes to these terms and conditions at any time. All decisions made by the coordinator of this event are FINAL. All judging methods and judging decisions are FINAL. No entries will be accepted at the convention. All entries must meet all the general and submission rules as stated above. Entries must be received by July 6th, 2018 at 11:59PM CST You do not have to attend to receive a reward. If you are one of the four winners you will be emailed within 24-48 hours after the contest. (updated) All submissions become the property of AkaiCon and will not be returned to the submitter. Please do not send in your only copy of your video submission. All submissions may be used for display and promotional purposes for the AkaiCon. All videos entered will be considered to be cleared for this purpose. Video Restrictions Videos must be in one of the following formats, in order of preference: - MPEG-4 H.264/AVC (.mp4) - Matroska AVC (.mkv) - MPEG-4 H.265/HEVC (.mp4) (will be converted to H.264/AVC) - Windows Media (.wmv) - UTVideo or Lagarith Lossless Video in an AVI Container (.avi) Any file format not mentioned above will not be considered and immediately disqualified. This includes MPEG-1, Real Media, or the use of any codec other than specified above. If all else fails, contact the coordinator of this event and we can try to work out an acceptable solution. All videos are required to be in at least a resolution of 640 x 480 (also known as 480p), and may be up to 1080p. As we use HDMI projectors, acceptable frame rates for your videos are 23.976fps, 29.97fps, and 60fps. Any other frame rates will be converted to fit one of these frame rates. We prefer that you use Dropbox or Google Drive to submit your entry. Any other type of file link will be considered upon request. Please try to limit your file to less than 2GB. If it is bigger than this, please let us know beforehand. Here is the Submission Form: https://goo.gl/forms/lkMqPzp0hSv2J9Oo1 If you have any further questions or concerns, contact the coordinator of this event (ShadowCat_13) at X3yami@me.com . Good luck!