Youmacon 2018 Fan Art Theater Competition - Deadline Oct 6th

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  1. Nate

    Nate Nate The Old School Otaku AMV Contest Coordinator

    Last edited: Sep 3, 2018
  2. Nate

    Nate Nate The Old School Otaku AMV Contest Coordinator

    Youmacon 2018 Fan Art Theater Competition

    Please read through all the rules before entering!

    Entry Requirements:

    • All videos must be in the hands of the Contest Coordinator by October 6th, 2018. You have until 11:59PM on Oct 5th to get your video(s) in. (all times Eastern)
    • Submission formats have different deadlines, as outlined below:
      • Snail-Mail
        • Snail-Mail Submissions will stop being accepted after Sept 28th, 2018.
      • Online Link
        • Online Link Submissions will stop being accepted after Oct 5th, 2018. Online Link Accepting will be closed at 11:59 PM on Oct 5th, 2018.
    • There is no set limit to the number of entries per creator that can be submitted to the contest.
      • Total Length for all videos submitted per creator must not exceed 25 mins.
        • This means we will accept 50 30 sec videos, 1 25 min video, or any mixture in-between.
    • Videos that have been submitted to a previous Youmacon Competition will not be eligible to compete.
    • Multi-editor videos are also accepted. When filling out the entry form please supply information for the other members in the comments field.
    • Entries may not contain bumpers, title screens, MTV style credits, or any other form of identification. We will be creating our own uniform bumpers and to ensure the quality of all entries are maintained we will not remove them for you.
      • This rule may be overlooked if such identification is done creatively in a way that can not be easily removed. However this, like all other rules, is left to the coordinator’s discretion.
    • All videos must be a minimum of 30 seconds long.
    • The maximum length for videos submitted must not go over the allotted 25 mins available per creator.
    • By submitting your video(s) to this contest you authorize us to screen and distribute it under the Youmacon Fan Art Theater Competition Title. All physical media (CD-R, DVD-R, Thumb drive, ect) submitted becomes the property of Youmacon Enterprises/Defying Conventions and will not be returned.
    • There are no content requirements for this contest. Your videos may contain any type of footage you see fit to use, provided it doesn’t fall into one of the categories for disqualification.
      • The allowable footage types include but is not limited to the following:
        • Anime
        • Manga
        • Live Action
        • My Little Pony
        • Non-Japanese Cartoons
        • Video Games

    • Entries may be disqualified for the following reasons:
      • Bad audio or video quality
      • Subtitled footage
      • Failure to adhere to submission rules
      • Lack of entry form
      • Any reason Youmacon Fan Art Theater Staff deems necessary.
        • If you are unsure if your video would be disqualified due to the above rule e-mail the contest coordinator and we can view the content of your video and make a decision.

    • Exceptions to the rules will be made on a video-by-video basis.

    Entry Format:

    · Entries will ONLY be accepted in the following formats:

    o AVI




    o MPEG-2

    o H.264 / x.264 (preferred)

    § .mp4 files ONLY

    o HEVC

    · The following containers, formats and codecs will NOT be accepted:

    o Videotape (VHS or Betamax)

    o Authored DVD (If it plays like a DVD in a DVD Player)

    o WMV

    o RM

    o MOV

    o MKV

    o OGG

    o Xvid

    o Divx

    o DV

    o Any other item not listed in the accepted list above

    · For optimum viewing at con, all videos should include at least 1 second of black space before and after the video.

    · Digital Video File format specifications:

    o Videos will be played on a large projection screen. As such, high quality will be expected. For the best results submitting a video that has at least a 640x480 resolution is required (or 640x352 if you are working with widescreen footage.) Submitting videos smaller then this (including using source smaller then this) will degrade the visual quality of the video, which may lead to disqualification.

    o We will no longer accept videos submitted interlaced. All videos MUST be progressive.

    o As letterboxing and pillarboxing will degrade the final viewing size at the convention, we no longer will allow for videos to be submitted with letterboxing or pillar boxing. All videos MUST be submitted in their native aspect ratio.

    § If your video contains black bars at the top/bottom or sides, this means you have letterboxing/pillarboxing in your video.

    · We gladly accept HD videos. Our setup at the convention will be able to display videos at least at 720p quality with the possibility to display higher resolutions.

    o If you plan to submit an HD video please keep in mind that the better the codec you use the better the final quality will be. HD videos should not be sent in using mpeg2, we recommend h.264/x.264 for this.

    Contest Information:

    · The contest will be shown either via a computer directly to the projector or via an authored DVD if such a need arises. Those of you submitting via MPEG2 will benefit from following the DVD specifications outlined:

    · All videos not disqualified will compete.

    · Information on showings in rooms other than the Fan Art Theater will be announced when they are figured out.

    · Due to the amount of entries submitted and time permitted for showing entries we may not be able to show every video submitted during the course of the convention. We will allow for creators to request specific videos of their own during showing blocks in order to see their entries up on the big screen, but cannot guarantee that any of a creator’s videos submitted to us will be shown during the convention.

    · Judging and Awards will be handled drastically different this year due to the above change in viewing at the convention. Please see the full explanation, ala the Dexter Rule, here: Youmacon_2018_How_Awards_and_Judging_is_Handled

    · You do not need to be present to win. However the fastest means of receiving your award will be to either be present or have a proxy at the con to pick your award(s) up for you.

    o If you will have a proxy at the con to accept your award(s) send an email to the contest coordinator with the name of your proxy.

    o The convention will mail out awards after the con to those who did not pick them up at con. The timeframe these will be sent is entirely based on availability of funds for shipping by the convention and may take up to a few months.

    § The convention regrets to inform you that this courtesy can only be extended to entrants in the United States. All international entrants will need to make arrangements with the coordinator in order to receive their award(s).

    · Due to the nature of the competition and the sheer breadth of video types able to be submitted we are no longer following a category submission system. That is to say there are no longer categories, but instead all videos submitted to the competition will compete against each other in order to obtain awards decided upon via our judges/attendees in accordance with the Dexter Rule.

    · You may submit entries to the following competitions/categories:

    o Other

    § This category is strictly for use by panelists who need to submit their videos to the con for viewing. Only to be used if asked by the coordinator.

    o Staff

    § If you are Youmacon staff this is the only competition you are allowed to compete in. This is for pure bragging rights amongst staff, Adult submissions excluded however.

    o Exhibition

    § All videos submitted to the contest that do not fall into the other competitions above will fall into this one. The mass majority of entries will fall into this category.

    · Adult Entries

    o Adult Entries are now allowed as part of the normal competition

    o We have done away with the separate adult video competition, instead all adult videos submitted to the competition will compete with all other videos for the same pool of awards.

    o Adult entries may contain any source material. We will not accept amateur porn or voyeuristic videos as valid entries. Also keep in mind all applicable laws for your state/province as well as local Michigan/Detroit laws when submitting entries. We WILL NOT accept any videos that break these laws.

    o Adult material will be defined as pornographic, ultra violent, sick, nasty, utterly wrong, and anything considered unable to be shown during the standard convention viewing.

    o While adult entries will compete with all other entries, they will only be shown during a specific carded event at the convention.

    o All entrants who submit an adult entry must be 18 years of age or older.

    Entry Submissions:

    · Due to technical difficulties we will not be utilizing the Entry Database from previous years. Submissions will be taken via a google form here:

    · Online link submissions

    o This year we will only be accepting entries via online links.

    o The entry submission form will have a spot to enter your link for submission.

    o Links will only be accepted from a select few services

    § DropBox

    § Google Drive

    § Personal Web Storage

    o Links will only be accepted in a downloadable format, no streaming links allowed.

    o All entry format rules listed in this document must still be adhered to.

    Any and all questions regarding the competition may be directed to the coordinator at youmafatsubmit [AT] gmail [DOT] com
  3. Nate

    Nate Nate The Old School Otaku AMV Contest Coordinator

    On behalf of our judges thank you to everyone who submitted this year. While the judging session was long we really enjoyed this year's crop. Sadly, not every video can be shown at the con so here is the final list of entries.

    Accepted (Will be shown at the con)
    4 - Let There Be Sheryl
    8 - Dream Sweet In Sea Major
    12 - Mendacious
    15 - Your Light
    17 - Quietus
    18 - Bloom
    26 - The Road to Pompeii
    27 - Nutcracker Fantasy: Four Realms Edition
    28 - Reprisal
    29 - Always Beautiful
    30 - Eternity
    31 - Bullets Rain
    33 - The Champion of Hyrule
    36 - New Star
    37 - Commercial A-30
    38 - Storm
    41 - Ultimate GameGrl
    44 - Chef's Choice
    46 - The Fujoshi Chronicle
    47 - Ambition
    53 - 877-YEN-NOW
    57 - Glorious
    58 - aLongHotSummer
    61 - Teasing in Tandem
    63 - TransformGirls
    64 - U.A. High
    65 - Antarctic Odyssey
    67 - Empandering Hearts
    68 - Soldiers of Rust
    69 - Fire and Ice
    75 - Calamity
    77 - Revel in the Dark
    78 - 2014 Was a Moist Year
    79 - Protege
    81 - The Enchanted Place
    82 - Sleigh Beggy and The Magus
    84 - A Goofy Movie: Powerline's Cut
    86 - Conquer your girl
    88 - Academic Hell
    89 - Pachyderm Panic
    90 - The BEAT: Side A
    91 - Down the Road
    92 - Deep Blue
    98 - Silent Wish
    100 - Lines in the Sand
    108 - Death Sentence
    109 - Doki Doki Host Club
    110 - A New Light
    114 - Bananya Cat Cuteness Overload
    115 - Teen Titans Academia
    116 - The Poputepipikku Golden Girls
    117 - Hava Nagila
    118 - Alight
    119 - Battlestar SDF Macross
    120 - Vermilion's Fall
    121 - Finest Hour
    125 - Super Budokai Tenkaichi
    126 - Bizarre Dancer

    Accepted for Overflow
    2 - Short In The System
    3 - Don't Give Up On Me
    5 - Half-Hearted
    6 - Raging Fire Redux
    7 - Dance Till You're Dead--Steven Universe
    10 - Avatar-Sail
    13 - Fujiko Mine's Kill of the Night
    14 - Chunchunmaru Hype
    16 - the things nobody ever told you about being a hero-
    19 - TF2lavania
    20 - Ishafan
    22 - World End - Nobody Loves Me Like You
    23 - Megalobox - Still Breathing
    25 - Why don't you quiet down
    32 - Ready for the Popuko
    40 - Color of Guilt
    43 - Cowboy:Bebop Fallout
    45 - Friends
    49 - Spill This Blood
    51 - Unfulfilled dream
    54 - Circuit Tree
    55 - SUKI DESU
    56 - Destiny
    59 - ...what if...
    60 - Light Music Rhapsody
    70 - Tainted Love
    71 - Whine UP MEP
    72 - Strongest Hero
    73 - God and Anime
    74 - Relax
    80 - Definitely a Video Made for Youmacon
    83 - Abysscraft
    85 - Genki's Song
    93 - Sanity Test
    94 - Descent
    95 - Live to Keep Score
    96 - A Thousand Words
    97 - Eden's Children
    99 - Deus est Mortuus
    102 - A Way Out
    103 - Circis of Shame
    104 - A liars heart
    106 - Our Love
    111 - Moonlighter
    112 - You Will Never Leave Me...
    113 - Bonnyworld
    123 - On My Own
    124 - A Big Sad

    These entries still competed, but were deemed by the judges to be too adult to show during the non-carded event:
    11 - New Level! Remastered
    24 - We Were Born Sick
    39 - Good Time
    62 - Third Eye Society
    87 - Frigida Mortis
    101 - Just Move Them Hips
    107 - Controlling Wheels
    122 - F-Bomb 2018 "JC Edition"

    If your video is not on any of these lists then it did not pass the final QC check from the judges and was disqualified.
    Last edited: Oct 23, 2018
  4. Nate

    Nate Nate The Old School Otaku AMV Contest Coordinator

    Since we are not using the entry database system this year due to technical difficulties with it and as such the email status update system is no longer in place, we have setup an easy status page for you to check your entries status.

    As the status of submitted entries change you will see them reflected here, aprox 5~10 mins behind real time. Status will be similar to those provided in previous years explained below:

    Form Received - We have received your entry form and have looked at it. Downloading your submission is next up.
    Video Received - We have downloaded your submission and found no problems with the file download or link. Checking your submission for errors is next.
    Entry Checked - Your submission has passed a first pass quality check. Final QC is done during judging.
    Accepted - Your submission has been accepted to go to Judging. It has passed a first pass rule verification stage, such as total length of all entries. The judges have final say in Disqualification during the judging session(s).
    Problems Found - There were problems found with your entry. Please reach out to the coordinator to resolve.
    Finalist - Your submission has passed judging and will be played in the competition showing at the convention.
    Overflow - Your submission did not pass judging and will not be shown during the competition showing at the convention. It may still be aired during an overflow showing or requested to be viewed during request blocks.
    Disqualified - Your submission was disqualified for any reason based on the rules. A disqualification may be fixable, please reach out to the coordinator to resolve.
  5. Nate

    Nate Nate The Old School Otaku AMV Contest Coordinator

    Just a friendly reminder for everyone enjoying AWA or whatever you happen to be doing this weekend that the deadline is fast approaching. Oct 5th is little under 2 weeks away!
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    Nate Nate The Old School Otaku AMV Contest Coordinator

  7. Nate

    Nate Nate The Old School Otaku AMV Contest Coordinator

    Finalist list has been posted!

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