Anime Music Video Contest
Anime Boston's Anime Music Video Contest (AMV Contest) is an exhibition and competition of fan-created music videos with an anime theme. Hundreds of submitted videos will be narrowed down to a group of finalists.
Those finalist videos will be screened before an audience at Anime Boston. The audience will vote for their favorite videos and the winners will be presented during the Masquerade intermission.
Anime Boston has created the following rules in order to present the best possible Anime Music Video screening at Anime Boston. If you have any questions about these rules, please check the FAQ before you contact the AMV Contest Coordinator.
The deadline for all submissions is April 12, 2013. All entries MUST be in our hands by that date. Late entries are ineligible for the contest, but may still be shown during a non-competition (overflow) AMV screening if they are received in time and if scheduling permits.
Format of Submissions
The following are the only formats accepted by the Anime Boston AMV Contest:
- Electronic Submission
Requirements for the video file:
- Minimum resolution: 1280x720
- Frame Rate: 23.976
- Encoded H.264 standard.
- Maximum file size: 1 Gigabyte
- Video format: NTSC (not PAL or SECAM)
For a good file converter, we recommend Zarx264gui which may be found here: http://www.animemusicvideos.org/guides/avtech31/zarx264gui.html. It is HIGHLY recommended you use it to convert your video. It can shrink large videos with next to no quality loss.
You may submit your file in a different format and at a different resolution; however, while we will convert your file, we will not resize it or alter it in any way. If you submit a file that is not in the proper aspect ratio, it will appear warped on screen.
Entries will not be returned, nor can they be picked up at the convention. Do not send your master copy.
Number of Submissions
Contestants are limited to submitting two (2) entries to the contest.
If you worked with someone else in the creation of a video, that video counts as one entry for all individuals involved (although you only have to submit it once). For example, if you submit two videos that you created on your own and someone else submits a third video that you helped to create, that would count as a third entry from you and violate these rules.
You may not submit videos under false names to circumvent our entry limit. Doing so may result in disqualification from this and all future Anime Boston AMV Contests.
If you submit more than two entries, we will only view the first two entries received.
There will be 5 finalist videos per category. The category lineup is:
Technical Categories (Judged Awards)
The audience will be voting for "Best Romance", "Best Drama", "Best Action", "Best Comedy", "Best Fun/Upbeat", and "Best Other" out of the entire field of finalist entries.
Best of Show will be determined by the video that gets the most total votes.
During audience voting, only one video may win an award. If a video is selected to win two awards, the winning video will be awarded the higher award and the runner up will be awarded the category award.
The AMV Contest Coordinator reserves the right to change a video's category if it is determined that the video more properly belongs in a different category than the one intended by the creator. In such an instance, the creator will be contacted in advance.
To submit your Anime Music Video, you must complete a copy of the online entry form. Once you have submitted your form, you may submit your video electronically or mail a CD or DVD copy to:
Anime Boston AMV Contest
274 Plantation Street
Worcester, MA 01604
You will receive an email when your entry is processed. Due to potentially high volume of entries near the submission deadline, this e-mail may be delayed. Please be patient.
We cannot be held responsible for lost or misdirected entries.
Anime Boston and New England Anime Society staff members may compete in the AMV Contest, excepting those directly involved in planning and running the contest.
Attending the Convention
If your entry makes it to the final competition, you will be on a list for preferred seating during all Anime Music Video Contest screenings at Anime Boston. To claim your preferred seat, arrive fifteen minutes before seating is opened to the audience (30 minutes before the contest starts.) Your name will be checked with the names of contestants and you will be shown to the reserved seating area.
If you are not in your seat at least fifteen minutes before the scheduled start of the screening, we will assume you are not coming and give your seat to anyone still waiting for a seat.
Although you will get preferred seating at the Anime Music Video Contest screenings, this DOES NOT qualify you for complimentary membership to the convention.
- Best Action
- Best Romance
- Best Drama
- Best Comedy
- Best Fun/Upbeat
- Best Other
- Best of Show
The audience will be given a ballot with all of the finalist entries listed and will be asked to choose which videos they think are the best in each respective category. Best of Show will be the video with the most number of votes.
- Best Editing
- Best Concept
- Judge's Choice
A select panel of 5 judges (comprised of experienced AMV creators and Anime Boston staff) will be convened to critique and analyze all finalist entries to the AMV Contest. They will then vote to award trophies based on the Categories listed above.
Editor's Choice Award
All finalists (and finalists only) present at Anime Boston may participate in choosing the award winner.
Anime Music Video Contest award winners will be announced and trophies presented during the Masquerade intermission on Saturday night. If you are at the Masquerade and are announced as a winning entry, you can come up on stage to receive your award. If you (or your proxy) are at the convention but miss the Masquerade, your award can be picked up on Sunday in the Convention Operations office. If you do not attend the convention, your award will be mailed to you after the convention.
Winners present at Anime Boston are welcome to participate as panelists in the "Behind the AMVs" panel to be held on Sunday. Selected videos will be screened and discussed at this panel.
Hentai AMV Contest
The Hentai AMV Contest is held separate from the standard AMV Contest. Whereas the standard AMV Contest is rated PG-13, the Hentai AMV Contest is rated XXX. All rules of the AMV Contest apply to the Hentai AMV Contest, excepting the PG-13 rating rule.
In addition, the Hentai AMV Contest has the following rules:
By submitting an entry, each contestant agrees: they have read, understand and will comply with these official rules; and, or to the extent permitted by law, consent to the use of the entrant's name, likeness and/or biographical data for purposes of advertising and promotion by The New England Anime Society or Anime Boston, without further consent, compensation or approval.
Submitted materials become the property of The New England Anime Society and will not be returned. By submitting a video to Anime Boston, the video creator grants The New England Anime Society non-revocable permission to exhibit that video. The video creator otherwise retains all rights and responsibilities relating to its creation.
The prizes being awarded may constitute income under applicable federal, state and local tax laws and winners shall be solely responsible for payment of any and all taxes, which may be due with respect to the acceptance of the prize.
We reserve the right to modify these rules at any time without notice.