This year’s AMV related panels and events are as follows:
The AMV Contest; The Return: This is your standard AMV contest, and any AMVs submitted to this should be for a general convention audience. Be aware of the potential for people under the age of 15 to be in attendance.
AMV Showcase: AUSA AMV Staff will choose videos that did not make the final cut. If an AMV is disqualified but it falls within the rules of the main contest, it will be shown here – time permitting. You may also request to have a video go directly into this showcase. The AMV staff will determine what content will be placed in this panel. Videos going directly into the showcases will not count against the amount of videos allowed for the submission in the contests.
AMV Panels: Do you like AMVs and want to share thoughts you have about them? Do you make AMVs? Are you an AMV Judge at another con? If you wish to discuss AMVs then apply for a panel spot! The AMV Coordinator will inform anyone of accepted panels, and the panel times. These panels are for anything to do with AMV’s, your top 10, your best editing tips, your best tips to have AMV’s judged well in contests. Also if you wish to have 18+ content please inform us on your panel submission. You do not need to be an editor or staff to present a panel.
Anime USA 2023 AMV Contest Rules:
Submissions will be accepted starting July 30, 2023
Submission deadline: September 3rd, 2023 by 11:59pm Pacific time.
New for 2023, be sure to review the rules for details:
Live Action videos are allowed.
Our “Freshness Rule” is updated.
We will not have any 18+ programming this year.
1) This rule should go without saying, but plagiarism will NOT be tolerated! Any attempt to submit work that is not your own will result in disqualification, your video will not appear in a showcase, and you will be BLACKLISTED from competing in future AUSA contests!
2) Each person/studio may submit up to 3 AMV’s in total in 3 separate categories.
*NOTE*: If you are part of a studio, you may submit AMV’s either as yourself or as the studio. You are still limited to the submission limits of each contest no matter which association you apply to each video.
3) No nudity, offensive language or excessive violence or gore. The audience for this will be a general, all age audience! This will be evaluated during judging, if it is noticed before the submission window ends, you will be contacted to see if you can edit the video for submission here.
4) “Freshness Rule”: Normally AMV Contests only allow you to submit videos made in the last year. Because of our long absence, we will be accepting AMVs within the last 3 years for this year only, any video made AFTER September 2020 can be submitted! If you’ve submitted the video to other contests, it cannot have won 3 or more major awards at previous contests. Major awards include Best in Show and Best in Category awards (Judges and Coordinator’s Choice awards do not count).
5) Ensure your Video is between one minute and six minutes in length, exception is the trailer/parody category where the minimum length is 30 seconds. If the trailer/parody category is combined with comedy, the exception will still be given.
6) You may use footage from video games, anime, Japanese live action or any other content as well as you may even use stop motion footage you created yourself*. Your AMV must contain at least 75% content from works inspired by Japanese video games or Japanese anime. You must conform to the general audience rating with all footage no matter where you get it from. Some examples of such animation that is inspired by Japanese anime or video games would be the new Netflix Voltron, Avatar the Last Air Bender and Korra, Legend of Vox Machina, this list is not complete and videos will be judged on a case by case basis. This rule does not apply to non-competing videos.
*Exception is the Live Action Category where you may use any sources of live action content and not just Japanese live action content. To qualify for this category you must have more than 60% live action content. Special Note: Live Action AMV’s will be looked at hard for content due to the realistic portrayal of blood and violence.*
7) Dubbed audio from licensed content is not allowed. You may record your own dialog but you cannot take the script and read it!
8) Do not include any subtitles from your original sources. You may however add in your own as long as you do not just copy the subtitles. Game footage and live action content are included in this; you must have a clean capture. This includes credits and logos!
9) Do not include any bumpers or credits for your video, Title cards will be made by the AUSA AMV Staff to introduce your video in the finals. This includes editor names and video titles being placed before, after, or anywhere during the video.
10) Do not use any commercial studio logos or other forms of watermarks that you did not create yourself as a parody of said logo or your own logo. NO FORM OF REFERENCE TO THE MPAA ITSELF WHATSOEVER,. Do not try to cover up watermarks with your own, we do see these, and repeated violations of this rule may be enforced in any way the AMV staff and Coordinator deem appropriate, up to and including permanent banning for contest and/or showcase submissions.
11) With the exception of the trailer/parody category, excessive narration or dialog could be grounds for disqualification.
12) Submissions should not contain unaltered video from your audio selection’s official music video. If this is seen even in sections of your AMV it may be grounds for disqualification.
13) Attendance to the Convention is not needed to enter, our request to know if you will be at the convention is for our informational use only. We love calling people up and handing you your prize in recognition of your hard work! Please come to the convention if you can!
14) Anime USA AMV Staff and any Judges are precluded from entering this AMV contest. (This means other Anime USA staff can submit to this contest if they wish).
15) We reserve the right to reject or disqualify any entry for any reason; all rules here are subject to change and will be applied equally to all submissions once posted. An FAQ will be posted if it seems that a rule is ambiguous. Some AMV’s may be disqualified from the contests but may show up in a showcase and this is at AMV staff discretion.
16) All submissions must be attributed to an entry into the Google Docs form for submissions. The File name MUST match exactly to the question asking for the file name! This is to make sure we can match your video up with your entry to properly judge it.
17) All submissions become the property of Anime USA and will not be returned and may be used in panels or showcasing subsequent to the actual contest airing, proper credit will always be given to the editor if it is used in any form whatsoever.
18) Anime USA AMV staff may alter the rules at any time. Any change that is enacted is retroactive to the beginning of the submission window and any video affected will be communicated to the Editor(s) at that time.
19) All decisions by Anime USA’s AMV staff are final.
If you have any questions please feel free to ask, as I strive to answer any question put to me no matter how trivial it may seem, by emailing email@example.com.
The Main AMV Contest categories:
**Please note: Categories of similar vibes may be combined if submissions are low, for example, Comedy and Trailer/Parody will be combined. Combination is at the discretion of AMV Staff**
Anime USA AMV Staff will judge the entries to determine the finalists, and then the finalists will be presented to the attendee audience to vote. Awards will be given to AMV’s that are Best in Category, Best in show, Director’s choice and Judge’s choice. Second place will be announced and recorded. There may be other awards given at the discretion of the AMV staff.
This year, we are moving to an all digital format! What does this mean? You will have a place in the Google Form below to upload your video directly into the folder for the AMV staff to access for judging! At con voting will also be digitally done via Google Forms!
The deadline for receipt of all forms of submissions is September 3rd, 2023 by 11:59pm. Extensions will not be given unless the AUSA AMV Staff decides it is warranted, please let us know if there are problems and we will inform you if there is an extension warranted. Because of the limited time, extensions will be HIGHLY limited!
During judging of the submissions if there is an issue with your submission we will contact you to allow you to address or dispute the issue, and if you are able to correct or submit a different video, in place of the video with the issue, by the submission deadline that will be accepted. If you accidentally submit the wrong file, you may email the file to me and I can get it replaced within the Drive folder.
All submissions must meet the following standards:
Files must be in either mp4, mkv, or avi format (mp4 and mkv preferred). These files must also be smaller than 1GB.
Video resolution is to be either 1080p or 720p. If you’re using sources that were never released on blu-ray, a case can be made for a 460p resolution (if this is you, email me before submitting).
Audio should be at least 128 kbps. I’m unsure of the equipment in the room as this is my first time running this contest, but this way your video is the best quality it can be regardless of our equipment.
Submissions will be required to have the Google Doc form filled out with the corresponding CORRECT file name. We need you to copy and paste the file name so that we can easily identify your video in the corresponding video folder. You will be able to submit your video file alongside your form submission to be dropped into the Drive folder automatically. Please do not use VARIOUS when you have multiple anime/song sources, please list all sources up to a minimum of six sources. We will list various in many cases, but we need to confirm sources for judging. Use the following links for your submissions:
AMV Submission Link for Contest and Showcasing:
**Note: If you get an error on this form saying the limit’s been reached, please email me and let me know so I can relocate some files to my hard drive and make more room**
Panel submission will be accomplished through the normal AUSA programming portal as well as via email submission directly to me. Please note that AUSA’s Panel deadline is August 20th, but I will see if AMV Panel submissions can still be submitted directly to me after this date since we’re getting a really late start.
The AUSA Programming portal will be through the following link:
If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I should be receiving an AUSA email soon, so I will make an updated post when that happens.
Thank you so much for your interest and I’m excited to see what you guys have done in our absence!
Anime USA AMV Track Director