Anime Expo’s Anime Music Video Competition is one of our most cherished and longest running events. This event features a wild assortment of short music videos, each of which is created by fans such as yourself. We accept submissions from anybody and everybody, local or foreign, beginner or professional, attending or non-attending.
Each year, we receive hundreds of submissions, and only a tiny handful make it to the finals. Careful attention to technical quality will tremendously help the chances of your entry being one of them.
- We recommend MP4 or MKV file formats. We will also accept AVI, MOV, M2TS, or MPG, but they are not recommended. We reserve the right to reject other file formats such as WMV or MXF.
- We recommend H.264/AVC 8-bit codecs. We strongly recommend against using antiquated codecs such as XVID, or bleeding-edge codecs such as 10-bit or H.265/HEVC.
- We recommend file sizes of 250MB* or smaller. We reserve the right to reject files that we deem to be excessively large.
- We recommend inserting one second of empty black silence to the start and end of each entry.
BE ADVISED: For the convenience of our judges, we reserve the right to transcode any entries to fit the above standards. This may impact the quality of your entry as presented to the judges. To ensure the judges experience your AMV in the most ideal way, please follow the recommendations above.
- The following video issues shall be considered technical flaws:
- Squashed or stretched aspect ratios, or improper letterboxing/matting
- Chunky/blocky video
- Color banding
- Blurry video
- Heavily aliased/jagged lines
- Low resolution entries
- 720p* is the minimum if using sources that were released on Blu-Ray or in HD.
- 480p is the minimum if using sources that were never released on Blu-Ray or in HD.
- The following audio issues shall be considered technical flaws:
- Audible distortion
- Levels that are overdriven or clipped
- Levels that are too low. We recommend normalizing to -0.5db peak
- Low sample-rate/bitrate
- Audible discontinuities or jumps caused by flawed audio edits
- Pitch-shifted or speed-adjusted audio (unless by obvious artistic necessity)
- Entries that require a strange or unusual degree of difficulty to work with shall be considered technically flawed.
(*) This event is exhibited in 720p. We will accept higher resolutions up to 1080p, but there would be very little benefit and only consumes more space.NOTE: This event is presented on movie theater sized screens. This magnifies imperfections. Therefore, your entry should look and sound as close to a store-bought Blu-Ray as possible. Feel free to contact us if you need technical advice.
Subject to Disqualification
- Technical Requirements Non-Compliance
- Entries that do not sufficiently satisfy our technical standards may be disqualified.
- Submission Freshness Requirement*
- Your entry must not have been available for public view (online or at an event) prior to the freshness cut-off date of October 3rd, 2016.
- (*) Bonus Category entries are exempt, but must not have been sent to a past AX AMV Contest.
- Restricted Material
a) Corner watermark logos or other trademarks.*
b) Subtitles, karaoke lyrics, and superfluous text.*
c) References to non-SPJA contests or events.*
d) Introductions, closings, titles, credit slates, and self-promotion.*
*Exceptions may be granted on a case-by-case basis if such usage can be deemed necessary and relevant to your entry’s concept.
- Video Length Requirements
- All AMVs: 1min 15sec minimum, 5min 30 sec maximum.
- Movie Trailers: 1min 30 sec minimum, 3min 30sec maximum.
- TV Intros: No minimum, 1 min 30 sec maximum.
- TV Commercials: No minimum, 1min maximum.
- Explicit Content
- The content and context of your entry must be suitable for an age 13+ audience.
- Non-Anime Content
- Each entry’s visual material must be at least 70% anime-styled or manga-styled content.
- Non-Music Content*
- The video content of all AMV entries must primarily consist of anime-styled or manga-styled content. *(*) This includes certain non-Japanese titles made in the typical Japanese anime style (e.g. Boondocks, Korra, RWBY, and Voltron.) If there is a source you wish to use that you believe meets this definition, contact the coordinators for approval.
- Exceeding Submission Maximums
- Entrants that exceed submission maximums shall have all excess entries disqualified. See the Categories tab for more details.
- Micro-Vid Reels
- Entries that are primarily a reel of multiple unrelated and random micro-AMVs (i.e. AMV-Hell styled entries) are not eligible to compete.
- Incomplete and/or Minimal Effort Entries
- Entries that mostly consist of largely uncut segments from the original source may be disqualified.
- Entries that are merely named after the video source material or after the editor (e.g. “~Naruto AMV~” or “Phil’s Awesome AMV”) may be disqualified.
- Incomplete entries that start or end abruptly mid-point in the song for no artistic reason may be disqualified.
POLICIES AND CONDITIONS
- You unconditionally grant us eternal, irrevocable, and limitless permission to use, copy, share, and exhibit your submission(s) in any way, including for purposes and usages outside of or unrelated to this event, and you grant this permission with no expectation of compensation, remuneration, or any form of obligation from us of any kind.
- All entries shall be subjected to category review. The judges and coordinators may change the categorization of any entry at their discretion. Any re-categorizations will still be subject to all category limits and rules.
- The coordinators and judges may accept or reject any entry for any fair and justifiable reason not foreseen in these rules.
- The coordinators and judges are the final interpreters of any rule. Their decisions are final.
- If a correctable flaw is discovered in an entry before the deadline, the entrant may re-submit a corrected version up to two times. Once the deadline has passed, resubmissions require coordinator approval.
- The coordinators reserve the right to deny submissions or re-submissions from entrants who have had three or more disqualifications.
- Dishonesty, plagiarism of other AMVs (in whole or in part), or any actions that cause grief or dishonor to the event or to others may result in the offender being excluded from future SPJA AMV activities. Severe cases may result in banishment from all SPJA events, as well as a notification of your conduct to other AMV events we are affiliated with.
DEADLINE: SATURDAY, APRIL 29, 2017
Register using the sign-up form (available in early February). Do this even if your AMVs are not yet ready. An entrant code will be emailed to you within 48 hours along with further instructions.
As you wait for your code, please prepare a way for your entry/entries to be obtained, such as using a cyber-locker service such as Dropbox or Google Drive. You must provide a file. YouTube, Vimeo, or similar links will not be accepted.
Follow the instructions enclosed in the email with your entrant code. Remember, your submissions must be obtainable by the deadline date.
Want to check the status of your submission? Please check the AMV Competition submission status page for more info.
Questions or comments? Send us an email: AMV@ANIME-EXPO.ORG
For the sake of the entire “Submission Guidelines and Rules” document, the terms “we”, “our” and “us” refer to the SPJA, Anime Expo, its subsidiaries, affiliates, associates, staff, and volunteers. The terms “you” and “your” refers to the participant as well as anyone acting on the participant’s behalf.
In consideration of participation in a contest, and for other good and valuable consideration, the receipt and sufficiency of which are hereby acknowledged, you, on your behalf, and on behalf of your heirs, successors or assigns, administrators and personal representatives, do hereby FOREVER DISCHARGE, INDEMNIFY, FULLY RELEASE AND COVENANT NOT TO SUE SPJA, and each of their respective direct and indirect subsidiaries, affiliates, partners and related entities, their respective directors, officers, employees, volunteers, agents, insurers, attorneys, shareholders and representatives, and each predecessor, successor, and assign thereof, from and against any and all actions, charges, claims, losses, costs, damages, expenses (including attorneys’ fees and expenses) and liabilities of any kind or character, whether known or unknown, in connection with, arising out of or in any way related to your participation in the contest. By providing a submission to this contest, you agree to comply with and be bound by all rules, policies, requirements, and conditions outlined on this event page.
Each entry shall be classified under one of the choices listed in the menu below:
Limited CategorY MENU
Because of the enormous quantity of entries we receive to these categories, there are restrictions on how many entries may be submitted.
Restrictions: One Limited Category entry per entrant. (i.e. One Drama or one Action, etc.)
Standard CategorY MENU
These categories have fewer restrictions, and are also very popular with our attendees.
Restrictions: Three Standard Category entries per entrant, maximum. Multiple entries to a single category are permitted, but only one may advance to the finals.
Note: Please see the Policies and Conditions section regarding how we assess proper categorization.
Bonus CategorY MENU
The Bonus Categories are a special activity separate from the main competition. Selected entries will be shown as intermissions between each main competition category. Entries to this category are exempt from the freshness rule. (See Rules for more details)
- TV Commercials
- TV Intros
- Movie Trailer Parodies
Restrictions: Five entries maximum. Multiple entries may be sent to a single category, and each has a chance of advancing to the finals.
Pre-Show is a non-competitive “coordinator’s choice” block selected from the list of competition non-finalists. It is shown during audience seating just before the AMV competition starts. If your entry is not selected to advance to the finals, there is a chance it might be exhibited during this block.
The final four videos that play in the Pre-Show block are considered “Honorable Mentions.”
Best of Category Winners
- Action/Adventure: Transmutayshun – By Ileia [CornDog VidVids]
- Drama/Theatrical: Echo of Life – By Ookami [Eclipse Studio]
- Fun/Upbeat: My Neighbor Figaro-kun – By Nicolio1313
- Romance / Sentimental: My Favorite Days – By CrackTheSky
- Rhythm/Dance: Coup de Grace – By andrewbee
- Comedy/Humor: Fishsticks – By NepNep
Audience Choice, Creators’ Choice, AND Best of Show
- My Neighbor Figaro-kun – By Nicolio1313
BONUS CATEGORY WINNERS
- Trailer Parody: The Little Prince Returns – By hamstar138
- Commercials/Intros: Waifu Insurance – By BakaOppai
(In reversed order of play)
- Honorable Mentions
- Blank Space – By Tigrin
- Victims of the Night – By CrackTheSky
- All Too Human – By Glitzer
- Standard Pre-Show Selections
- Revolutionnare – By Amaterasu [Tsunderbird Studios]
- Moonfire – By Songfire21
- Human – By Yuka770
- Saiko City – By PleePlee
- Nefarium Psychologica – By Shin
- Shatter Me – By Godfire91 [Soul King Studio]
- Heart Shaped Hole – By The Toddfather
- Alone Together – By Ryvannis
- The Waves – By Tsu
- Forever Keeping You Safe – By Cherudim00 [YumGreenTea Studios]
- Aria of Perseverance – By Xophilarus [PixelBlended Studios]
- Sidekick – By Flamefield
- Our Happiness of Rewind – By Magicflier [Illuminated Studios]
- A Shot in the Dark – By Enquatre