1. The deadline for submissions is July 19, 2019, at 11:59pm EST. No extensions will be given.
2. Minimum specifications:
- All video submissions must be at least 720p. Lower resolution will not be accepted. Your footage quality may affect your overall chances of getting into the contest. Make sure you check for artifacting, stray frames, etc.
- Please try to keep your video file size smaller than 350mb. Zarx264gui is a free and straightforward program used to compress large file sizes; please search for tutorials should you need any. (Google is your friend!)
- Your entry should be at least 75% animation or video game footage that originated in Japan. If your multi-anime video features a few seconds of Korra, that’s fine. If your video is entirely Avatar: the Last Airbender, that’s not fine (but I’m sure it’s a great vid.)
- Videos must be in a format that can be read by VLC Media Player.
3. Every participant is allowed two (2) entries. If you are attending the convention you are allowed one additional entry, for a total of three (3) entries. Being listed on a multi-editor project (MEP) video submitted counts as one of your video entries.
4. If possible, title your entries as follows: “Studio Name – Video Title – Song – Artist.mp4”
- Studio name: Your name as you would like it to appear on the ballot.
- Video title: Your video title as you would like it to appear on the ballot.
- Song: The name of the song.
- Artist: The name of who sings the song/where you got the audio from.
5. Acceptable frame rates are 23.976, 24, 25, 29.97, and 30. If your video does not meet these specifications, it will be converted to the nearest acceptable frame rate.
6. Please check over your submission form before sending it in. Do not send in a submission form without a video link! As of 2019, we will no longer be “hunting down” information that was not included in the initial entry. This means that if your video wins but you fail to provide an accurate or complete address, you will not receive your award.
7. All submissions must be made over a cloud-based file sharing service that is accessible to the public (Dropbox, Google Drive, etc.)
8. No studio bumpers or credits before or after your video. Your video may be disqualified for containing these.
9. The following are grounds for immediate disqualification:
- Subtitles (including “fansubs”) of any nature (if the subtitles are added by the editor for the video, it will be considered on a case-by-case basis)
- Audio from a commercial English-language dub
- Studio logos, TV watermarks, video encoder watermarks—pretty much any logo or watermark that you did not put for parody purposes
- Sexually explicit lyrics, excessive curse words (keep it PG-13), or otherwise explicit lyrics
- Nudity, sexual content, or excessive gore/violence will be considered on a case-by-case basis, but it will usually get you disqualified.
10. Freshness Rule: AMVs must have premiered on or after July 1st, 2018. This includes online and at-convention premieres.
11. The categories* this year are:
- NEW! Romance
- NEW! Comedy
- NEW! Con Theme: Magical
*Should any of the categories fail to receive an adequate number of submissions, in quality or quantity, the AMV Judge Panel reserves the right to alter video category specifications.
12. Finalists will be determined by a panel of judges of both AMV creators and non-creators. It is a blind selection, so please do not put anything in your AMV that includes your studio, name, etc.
13. PopCult Anime Convention staff, as well as editors affiliated with Tsunderbird Studios, are not permitted to be considered in the contest.
14. By submitting to the PopCult Anime Convention AMV contest you agree to your video being used at future PopCult Anime Conventions.
15. The AMV Contest Coordinator reserves the right to reject a video on any basis without warning.
In order to provide con attendees with the best possible show and to avoid confusion, last year’s anti-trolling rule has been removed.
Should you have previously won a major category award, please consider submitting a different video to avoid the audience viewing a similar contest to other local conventions in the New England area. Thank you.