Anime Weekend Atlanta 2019 AMV CONTESTS

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  1. Mr Pilkington

    Mr Pilkington New Member

    The main website is pending the rules update still. Check back to for updates or changes.

    The following rules apply to all music video events at Anime Weekend Atlanta. All events operate at the discretion of The Video Art Track and Anime Weekend Atlanta crew. Rules are subject to change without notice. Category and Award descriptions available on this website are guidelines only. Crew may add, change, or eliminate categories as they see fit. Awards have no significant cash value. Often, they have no tangible value whatsoever.

    By submitting an entry to The Video Art Track, the video editor grants The Video Art Track non-revocable permission to exhibit and distribute that work. The video editor otherwise retains all rights and responsibilities relating to their creation. The Video Art Track and Anime Weekend Atlanta supports Remix Culture. All participants retain all rights to the value added by their creative endeavors, and respect the rights retained by the original creators of the material they transform. The Video Art Track does not dictate decisions of artistic judgment. The artistic design of your entry can be anything you choose and may draw from any type of source material, aural or visual.

    We encourage all artists to seek out new and original projects. You may enter as many events as you wish, but a single work may not be entered into more than one of our events, present or past. The Music Video Exposition accepts works that have participated in other events, even those that have previously won awards. Other events require new works that have not been publicly exhibited in any fashion, either at an event or online.

    Submission Instructions
    Read all the rules, especially the rules for the event in which you wish to enter. The majority of disqualifications that occur every year could be avoided if people simply review the rules before submitting.

    All submissions should be in H.264 MPEG format. It's also critically important that you review your video for audio sync issues. If you have any questions about video format and conversion, please contact us at

    We only accept submissions online through the following form. We will not obtain your video from YouTube or any other website. The entire form with contact information must be completed for each video. Peer Review Online participants will be contacted at the email address provided with voting information. Multi-editor Projects (MEPs) and other works created by more than one person will need to designate one person as the point of contact for the work. This person should complete the submission form listing all editors in the Legal Name field.


    This is a Masters year! This contest, held every other year, represents our highest standard for both artistic and technical music video production. Masters is judged blind by the contest coordinator alone and, as expected of the flagship contest, all entries are held to the highest standards. Only one video will win Masters, but as many entries as possible will be given screen time at the Gala Awards Show.
    • Deadline: All entries must be received by 11:59 PM Sunday, September 22, 2019, Eastern Time. This is an “in our hands”deadline. Your video should be completely uploaded by the deadline.
    • Quantity: Each editor is allowed one entry.
    • Right of First Exhibition: By submitting a video to this event, you are granting the Video Art Track the right of first exhibition of your submission. Submissions may not have been presented in any public venue nor published online in any fashion prior to their initial screening during the Gala Awards Show at Anime Weekend Atlanta (Saturday, November 2, 2019).
    • Colabs/MEPs: The prize will not be duplicated or divided in the event multiple editors worked on the winning video. For this reason they are not recommended.
    • Participation: Anyone may enter regardless or age or experience level.
    • Bumpers/credits: All entries must be void of anything that would identify the creator. This includes bumpers, tickers, scrolls, credits, watermarks, etc.

    The Music Video Exposition
    (AKA: Expo)
    Expo is your best opportunity to see your AMV on our big screen in the Video Art Track. The goal of The Music Video Exposition has always been to exhibit as many videos as possible from our wide array and styles of entries. Recognition is awarded as a way to thank the creators of our most outstanding entries. We generally recognize the standard (action, comedy, romance, etc.) as well as a wide range of one-off and legacy acknowledgments, including our “Grand Prize”, given to the most unconventional entry. In keeping with the Expo mission statement we will give our very best effort to showcase, during general viewing time in the Video Art Track, at least one video from every creator regardless of attendance. Happy editing and best of luck!
    • Deadline: All entries in The Music Video Exposition must be received by 11:59 PM Sunday, September 22, 2019, Eastern Time. This is an “in our hands”deadline. Your video should be completely uploaded by the deadline.
    • Quantity: There is no limit to the number of entries or duration.
    • Participation: Anyone may submit a video to the Exposition, even if they will not be attending Anime Weekend Atlanta.
    • Content: Videos exhibited during the Gala Awards Show and daytime hours are generally limited to the standards of an MPAA “R” rating. We at the Video Art Track reserve the right to make judgment calls for videos towing that line. These restrictions only apply to showcase and will not limit your entry from participation. Entries of an exclusively adult nature may be submitted but the editor will be contacted and recommended a resubmission to the “VAT Debauchery Challenge.” This will not be done automatically, we will always ask for consent prior to the relocation of a submission.

    The Video Art Track Peer Review Online
    (Formerly: The Professional Contest, or simply “Pro”)
    For the first Video Art Track, we wanted to offer something new in the way music videos were judged. Instead of having crew review the videos (which we do for the Exposition), or letting the audience vote on entries (common at many other conventions), an event was created to be judged exclusively by those who participated. Formerly named “The Professional Contest” this is an editors best opportunity to showcase their skills and unique styles to an audience comprised exclusively of fellow editors from within the hobby.

    Why the name change?
    The Professional Awards were created in the spirit of The Academy Awards of the Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences. Over the years associations and connotations have changed among the participants. The core of the contest is a challenge to the editors to execute unique creations that will compete in a remote arena, to be judged by those same participants prior to the convention. Winners will be announced at the Gala Awards Show, Saturday (November 2nd, 2019) at AWA. This contest is completely driven by the editors that enter and as such should represent the pinnacle of one's own capabilities. Anyone regardless of skill level is invited and encouraged to participate.

    How does the contest work?
    All videos submitted will be available to download along with an online ballot. You will be asked to download and review the contest entries then vote on [first] what categories are appropriate given the entries. Next there is the nomination process, we ask you to simply select all videos that are worthy of finals and fit them into those categories. Multiple videos can fit into a number of categories and you may nominate as many as you wish. The videos with the most nominations in each category are considered the finalists and the rest are removed from consideration. The final phase is simply voting on the single best finalist in each category.
    • Deadline: All entries in The VAT Peer Review must be received by 11:59 PM Sunday, September 15, 2019, Eastern Time. This is an “in our hands”deadline. Your video should be completely uploaded by the deadline.
    • Participation: Anyone may participate, even if they will not be attending Anime Weekend Atlanta.
    • Quantity: A maximum of 2 videos may be submitted by any individual. This includes collaborations and MEPs.
    • Identification: All videos must be void of bumpers, credits, personal/studio watermarks or any other creator identification. How you choose to handle identification outside of the video content is entirely up to you. Some participants do enjoy a blind viewing, so let's respect everyone's judging styles. Any identifiers in the video or file name will immediately disqualify that entry.
    • Content: There is no limit to the media used in your video.
      (Any video with mature or explicit material will not be distributed to anyone under the age of 18. Nor will they be permitted to vote in any adult category(s).)
    • Length: The time restriction has been removed, but keep in mind your peers are judging your video. If you feel like your 35 minute, 5 act magnum opus deserves the admiration of your fellow editors, that's your decision to make. However understand that they may not agree.
    • Right of First Exhibition: By submitting a video to this event, you are granting the Video Art Track the right of first exhibition of your submission. Submissions may not have been presented in any public venue nor published online in any fashion prior to their initial screening during the Gala Awards Show at Anime Weekend Atlanta (Saturday, November 2, 2019). This includes any other conventions during the same weekend.
      What if my video is disqualified? In the event of disqualification the editor will be contacted via the email provided. Generally entrants are given the right to resubmit the entry into Expo. This will not be done automatically, we will always ask for consent prior to the relocation of a video.

    The VAT Debauchery Challenge
    (AKA: The Hentai Contest)
    This is the one and only AWA hentai AMV contest! This is your opportunity to showcase your deepest, darkest, furriest secrets much to the disgust of our captive audience
    • Deadline: All entries must be received by 11:59 PM Sunday, September 22, 2019, Eastern Time. This is an “in our hands”deadline. Your video should be completely uploaded by the deadline.
    • Participation: All entrants must be eighteen (18) years of age or older at the time of submission.
    • Content: All videos submitted to this contest should be of a mature nature and animated.

    AWA Thunderdome!
    This is AWA's exclusive on-site MEP contest. Returning for it's 4th glorious year, Thunderdome allows attendees an opportunity to compete in a true community event with and against friends at the convention. We set you up with a dedicated room, the hardware, the footage; all you need to do is assemble a team and sign up for edit times.
    • Participation: Anyone attending Anime Weekends Atlanta may participate, regardless of prior AMV experience.
    • Footage and hardware: Everything needed to create your music video will be provided at the convention.
    • Song: Prior to the convention decide on a song and submit it. For each song submission I will choose an alternative and your first editor will be given an opportunity to select the song or the alternative (methodology for the selection changes from year-to-year.)
    • Judging: All MEPs will be shown at VAT closing and selected based on audience reaction.

    The Sell-out Extravaganza!
    (ALL NEW FOR 2019!!)
    Finally a way to promote your favorite department or event at AWA! For the first time ever we're offering all editors the opportunity to help create content for the convention itself. To help promote events at AWA we need your help in creating a few unique commercials to be shown on the AWA dark channel in the hotel.
    • Subject matter: Commercial needn't be VAT related but must be for an AWA event.
      Examples: the AMV Contest, the Cosplay Contest, the manga library, maid cafe, the dealers room, artists alley, etc. It could even be a daily reminder to shower.
    • Content: All commercials should conform to the MPAA “PG” guidelines.
    • Length: Commercials of ten (10) to fifteen (15) seconds are recommended, up to a maximum length of thirty (30) seconds.
    • Awards: Four (4) winners will receive one (1) weekend pass to Anime Weekend Atlanta 2019.
    • Deadline: All entries must be received by 11:59pm Sunday September 1, 2019.
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  2. Mr Pilkington

    Mr Pilkington New Member

    Best Action:

    Do What it Takes, edited by: Speedy180
    Anime: Gundam Thunderbolt, Song: “Whatever it Takes” by Imagine Dragons
    Survivor, edited by: That’s So Pia
    Source: She-ra and the Princess of Power, Song: “Survivor” by 2WE1
    Best Trailer:
    Guardians of Final Space, edited by: BecauseImBored1
    Source: Final Space, Audio: “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” trailer audio
    Legacy, edited by: ShinRyu
    Anime: various, Songs: “Highscore” by Termite & Panda, and “Darkest Place” by Rameses B
    Absolutely Purrrrrfect:
    Purrfect Pawsitivity, edited by: shorisquared
    Anime: My Rommate is a Cat, Song: “Meow” by OR3O
    Best Tribute:
    The Heart of Kyoto Animation, edited by: Azukano
    Anime: Various KyoAni, Song: “LIT” by PianoPrinceOfAnime
    What Happens in Space Vegas...:
    Shame of life, edited by: DopplerDo
    Anime: Cowboy Bebop, Song: “The Same of Life” by Butthole Surfers
    Best Video Game:
    Calamity, edited by: Siny
    Source: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Song: “Black Water” by Of Monsters and Men
    Oh snap!:
    We're in the Endgame Now, edited by: Hiddenwhitefang
    Source: Avengers: Infinity War: “In The End (Cinematic Cover)” by Tommeeprofitt
    Best Drama:
    Right Here, edited by: Ryder4Z
    Source: The Mountain Between Us, Song: “Dusk Till Dawn” by ZAYN feat. Sia
    My Dragon Gal and Me, edited by: Kirbygal
    Anime: Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid, Song: “My Dragon Pal and Me” by Galavant
    ‘Casue you be on that damn phone:
    The Dark Face of Love, edited by: Maboroshi Studio
    Source: You, Song: “Every Breath You Take” by Chase Holfelder
    Best Parody:
    Plus Ultra Body Wash, edited by: Maboroshi Studio
    Anime: My Hero Academia, Audio: “Old Spice Commercial” by Terry Crews
    Best Despair:
    Machine of Despair, edited by: Kirbygal
    Anime: Danganropa, Song: “Build Our Machine” by DA Games
    Best Storytelling:
    New Kings, edited by: DopplerDo
    Anime: My Hero Academia, Song: “New Kings” by Sleeping Wolf
    Best Romance:
    Undefined, edited by: Troubleclef
    Anime: Bloom Into You, Song: “She” by Dodie
    Real Love:
    Addicted to YOU, edited by: xLyricalEcho
    Anime: Darling in the Franxx & Pop Team Epic, Songs: “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen & “I'm a Freak" by Enrique Iglesias
    Bad Romance:
    Leave The Light On, edited by: Lord Rae
    Anime: Scum's Wish, Song: “Leave the Light On” by Zero
    Best Character Profile:
    A Song For Our Time, edited by: Cyanna
    Anime: Aggretsuko, Song: “I've No More F---ks To Give” by Thomas Benjamin Wild Esq. (Feat. Damian Clark)
    Best Sentimental:
    I've Lost Myself, edited by: BleachShippu5678
    Anime: Koe No Katachi, Song: “Paralyzed” by NF
    Going For Gold:
    Gilded, edited by: SuperEltanin
    Anime: Haikyuu!!, Song: “Golden” by Parade of Lights
    Best Artistic Endeavour:
    Overthinker, edited by: Divine
    Anime: various, Song: “Overthinker” by Inzo
    Best Horror:
    Toxic, edited by: JazzsVids
    Anime: Kakegurui, Song: “Toxic” (Britney Spears cover) by 2WEI
    Pop Will Eat Itself & Best Technical:
    Persona Q3: Labyrinth Phantasm, edited by: Peppermint Grinder
    Source: Persona 3, Song: “Super Affection” by Minami Kuribayashi, Miyuki Hashimoto, Faylan, Aki Misato, Yozuca* and Rino
    Grand Prize:
    D E S T R U C T, edited by: Prostrate Constantly
    Anime: Neon Genesis Evangelion, Song: “The Great Curve” by Talking Heads

    Peer Review Online:
    Best Action:
    Slay Your Demons, edited by: Pikapwn
    Anime: Demon Slayer, Song: “Demons” by Icon For Hire
    Best Romance:
    The Way We Fell, edited by: Sean.PNG
    Anime: Toradora, Song: “Only the Lonely Survive” by Marianas Trench
    Best Live Action:
    We Are Soldiers, edited by: Rider4Z
    Anime: various MCU, Song: “Soldiers” by Otherwise
    Best Drama:
    Scarlet Crimson Iron Sands, edited by: Shin & Xophilarus
    Anime: Demon Slayer, Song: “Battlefield” by Svricina
    Best Parody:
    A Big Dead, edited by: Pikapwn
    Anime: Terra Formars, Song: “This Is Me” by The Greatest Showman (cast)
    Best Sentimental:
    We Are Soldiers, edited by: Obsidian Zero
    Anime: Demon Slayer, Song: “King and Lionheart” by Of Monsters and Men
    Ryder's Painting:
    daughter/mother/hopper, edited by: NATALEO
    Source: Stranger Things, Song: “Faithfully” by Journey
    Best Comedy:
    Heard It Through the GrapeVINE, edited by: Kirbygal
    Anime: Vines/memes, Song: “Na Na Na” by My Chemical Romance
    Best Horror:
    Dopamine, edited by: Kireblue
    Anime: Happy Sugar Life, Song: “Obsession” by OK Go
    Best Storytelling:
    Desired Hues, edited by: Xophilarus
    Anime: Tamako Market, Tamako Love Story, Song: “Hunger” by Of Monsters and Men
    Best Character Profile:
    The Tin Man's Journey, edited by: Speedy180
    Anime: Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood, Song: “Amsterdam” by Imagine Dragons
    Best Artistic Endeavor:
    Far From Any Road, edited by: DopplerDo
    Anime: Death Note, Song: “Far From Any Road” by The Handsome Family
    Best Technical
    The Video Art Track Award For Outstanding Achievement In The Field Of Editing Excellence:

    Hysteria, edited by: BioticAMVs
    Anime: Fate (series), Song: “Panic Room” by Au/Ra
    Burden of the Shield, edited by: Glitzer
    Anime: The Rising of the Shield Hero, Song: “Gallows” by Katie Garfield

    Title: Stomp Me Out
    Editor: DopplerDo
    Anime: Death Note
    Song: “Stomp Me Out” by Bryce Fox

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