2014 AMV Contest Information And rules!!!
Thank you for your interest in Ohayocon 2014’s AMV contest. Before submitting your entry,
please read the contest rules in its entirety. Failure to comply with any rules will result in
disqualification or outright rejection of your video. The contestant will be referred to, in the rules, as
the editor of the video from here on out.
Official Contest Information:
There will be two different showings this year. There will be an official contest and an
exhibition showing. Both presentations are scheduled to run approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes long
and will be shown via DVD.
The official contest list along with the exhibition list will be posted tentatively on January 12th,
2014. They can be found on the Ohayocon forums as well as on the AnimeMusicVideos.org forums.
Please visit the Ohayocon forums within a week of the con for approximate dates and times for both
contest and exhibition showings. Keep in mind these dates and times are subject to change. Please see
video submission info in this section for further information on how to submit the video as well as what
to expect from the submission and contest process.
For editors submitting to the contest, there are 7 categories to choose from. Although editors
are allowed to submit to the category of his/her choosing, the categories for the contest showing have a
ceiling limit of 5 per and a floor limit of 2. The contest will try, however, to get in just 4 for each
category. The small amount is necessary in order to fit the contest into the time line. If there is a
shortage of entries for one or more of the categories after the submission deadline, the AMV liaison will
their video will be assigned to another category. The categories are as follows:
- Comedy(This will be brought back)
- And this year’s feature category-Magical Girl
The new "Magical Girl" category will be a character profile type category that showcases
magical girls doing what they do best. This category will also have some special rule exemptions in
order to give the editor more creative freedom with this category. Please see the official rules for more
details. As was the case in previous years, MMVs (Manga Music Videos) and GMVs (Gaming Music
Videos), provided the source is Japanese-produced, will be accepted in its appropriate categories.
A panel of judges will select the best of each category as well as the best overall AMV of the
official contest. This will be done by a grading process in which scores are given out based on 5
categories: flow, transition, originality, sync, and video feel. The audience will have a chance to vote for
their favorite video as well and they will pick out their own favorite. An awards show will be held,
tentatively on Sunday, in which awards and prizes will be given out for the following:
- Best of category (Drama, Upbeat/Dance, Parody/Trailer, Comedy, Romance, Action, Magical Girl)
- Audience Overall Favorite
- Judge’s Overall Favorite(Best of Show)
The winner of the best overall video will not qualify for the best in its category. That will go the
video with the next best score in that category. Awards and prizes will be given out at the awards
ceremony for editors who attend. Due to rising costs of shipping, awards and prizes will not be mailed
out to those that can’t attend. The awards will be e-mail to the non-attending editors. A proxy will be
allowed to pick up the awards and prizes, but the name of the proxy must be either mentioned in the
registration or e-mailed to the AMV liaison. Prizes will not be mailed out. The AMV liaison would like
to thank all of the editors for their understanding in this matter.
Contest Submission Information:
All video registrations and submissions will be accepted starting September 1st, 2013,
registration will close end of day Dec 31st, 2013, and video submissions will be closed January 4th, 2014.
All submitted videos must be registered online at Ohayocon.org before they can be submitted. This
goes for the ones for the contest and for the exhibition showing.
All videos submitted will undergo a thorough screening process by the AMV liaison to ensure
they comply with the rules. All entries will receive a notification e-mail that states their contest
submission was received. In the event the video doesnât meet the expectations, the notification e-mail
will also include instructions on changes needed to accept the AMV or if rejected outright depending on
the severity of the violation. Once a contest submitted video has been cleared, it will then be put in a
queue of accepted videos to be screened by a select group of Ohayocon staff (whom are also AMV fans).
To clarify, just because the video passed the initial screening, does not mean that the video is
automatically entered into the contest.
When registering online, editors will be asked how they plan on submitting the video. There
will be two choices: either through physical media which will be mailed in or through a Dropbox
upload. If through a dropbox upload, the editor will be e-mailed a link where he/she/they can upload
the video as well as a number that each editor must use as part of the file name of the video. The file name of the AMV must be formatted using the following:"<assigned #><editor's (handle) name>–
<video title>.avi" (although not required, it is highly recommended to send the AMV as an AVI file).
If however, the entry will be sent via physical media, it must be put on a CD-R, DVD-R, or similar,
and burned as a DATA disk and not authored. The file name must be formatted with the following:
"<editor's (handle) name>–<video title>.avi". Editors can mail out the physical media to the following
Ohayocon AMV Contest
6499 Nottinghill Trail Drive
Canal Winchester, OH 43110
In order to insure the videos are sorted out properly, all submissions must include a separate
piece of information that contains the following:
•Full Legal Name
•Nickname or Studio Name (if applicable), or any other name you would like
to be shown on the beginning credits for the submitted AMV
•Title of the AMV
•Song title(s) and Artist(s)
•Name(s) of source video (or manga) footage
•Category (if submitting for the exhibition, it must be mentioned here)
For those who will be submitting though dropbox, please include this in a separate .txt file upon
submission of the video. This must have the same file name format as the submitted video but with a
.txt at the end. For those submitting via physical media, this must be written on a blank sheet of paper
and included with the physical media before mailing it out. All physical media submitted will become
property of Ohayocon and thus will not be returned.
Although it is not required, it is highly recommended that the editor send the audio source with
the video. If he/she doesn’t provide the audio source and there are issues with the audio from the
video, then the editor will be asked to provide the audio source. If he/she doesn’t, then the video will
be rejected outright.
Online registration starts on September 1st, 2013. Online registration ends at 11:59PM
December 30th 2013. All videos must be received 11:59PM January 4th. That means all videos even the
ones that will be a part of the exhibition. NO EXCEPTIONS!
Exhibition Submission Information:
The following videos will take part of the exhibition showing:
- When the editor registers the video for exhibition only
- If the editor’s video was registered for the contest, passes the screening, but is not
voted into the contest.
If the editor wishes to take part in the exhibition only, he/she/they will not have to specify a
category for the video during registration. If an entry video ends up in the exhibition, it will not be
assigned the category that it was registered for and will be presented under an umbrella of exhibition
entries. Otherwise, all other rules will apply in submitting the exhibition showings.
Collaborations or AMV’s with multiple editors will be accepted. No more than 3 people are
allowed to participate in the collaboration. If the AMV was the result of collaboration, make sure all the
names of the collaborators are included when submitting the AMV (even if a studio name is applicable).
Please see the contest registration info for more details.
An editor or groups of editors are allowed to submit up to two videos to the contest, in different
categories. Editors are not allowed to submit videos to the same category. If submitting two videos,
two separate online registration forms as well as two entry information sheets will be required. Please
see the contest registration info for details. All names used in the submission will count as submitting
one AMV. If one person from a group was to submit another AMV as a solo project, that counts as their
second entry and would have to be in a separate category from the collaboration.
Only videos created after Feb 1st, 2013 (first time Ohayocon entry) will be allowed. All video
submissions that have won three or more major awards (best in category, best in show, etc.) in
previous AMV contests must be designated for the exhibition showing only as it does not qualify for
the contest. If the video does wins its third award after the registration deadline has passed (December
30th 2013), it will not be counted against the contestant- though the editor should notify the AMV liaison
so they are aware. All editors must utilize the honor system in this regard when registering the video.
The length of the video must be more than 1 min (60 seconds) long and less than 5 min
(300 seconds) long.
There must be at least 1.5 seconds and no more than 3 seconds of black space before and after
The video must contain at least 80% of Japanese Animation, Manga, or Japanese-produced
Video Game footage.
No "copied" videos are allowed. The definition of copied is any or all use of material from AMVs
edited by someone other than the submitter. If a submitted AMV is found to contain copied material,
that video will be disqualified and the editor(s) will be banned from entering future Ohayocon AMV
contests. No exceptions.
The video’s content must be PG-13. No songs with racial content (deliberately expressing the
superiority of one race over another), sexually explicit content, or the “7 words you can never say on
television” (you can submit a video with “language” as long as you edit/bleep these words sufficently),
no gore (a little blood is acceptable but not much beyond that), and any and all bodies need to be
covered with at least 45% of clothing (no private parts shown). Innuendo is acceptable as long as the
images are not explicit.
All major video formats will be accepted as long as the video is of clear, viewable quality and the
audio is clear and concise. However, please keep in mind that the presentation will be created using
Sony Vegas software. If for whatever reason, the AMV isn’t recognizable by this software, the editor will
be given a chance to redo the video so it is recognizable. This will be a part of the screening process by
the AMV liaison. Otherwise, it will be disqualified.
All submissions, with the exceptions of videos submitted to the Magical Girl and Parody/Trailer
categories, must be set, primarily, to a musical song. Magical Girl and Parody/Trailer categories can be
set to any other sound track of the editor’s choosing, so as long as it meets all of the other rules.
There is no banned song/audio list for the Ohayocon 14 AMV contest. However, the following
songs/audio clips have been used multiple times in previous contests: "The Avengers Movie Trailer",
"Accidently In Love" by Counting Crows, and "How Far We’ve Come" by Matchbox 20. It is encouraged
not to use these songs/audio for the video.
Both the contest and exhibition will be shown via DVD. In other words, all videos will be
burned on a DVD for both presentations. It is not required but it is recommended the video
resolution is 720 x 480, the aspect ratio is 4:3 (letterbox is allowed), and the frame rate is 29.97 fps. All
videos submitted that are not of this scale, will be scaled down to this format, doing so without
stretching or reducing the video quality, as best as possible. Please make sure the audio is 2-Channel
The following will not be allowed in the video:
- Audio sound (not video footage) from any anime or video game that is not licensed for
commercial distribution in North America, Europe, or anywhere outside of Japan/Pacific
Rim area. Audio sound from an anime or video game that is licensed for commercial
distribution in North America, Europe, or anywhere outside of Japan/Pacific Rim area
will be allowed.
- Bumpers or Credits (Uniform bumpers will be provided in the contest presentation for
all submitted and qualified AMVs)
- All logos
- All watermarks
- Screen Names
- Fan or commercially produced subtitles (This only pertains to the video source of the
AMV or GMV. Editors are allowed to create their own subtitles or any other text for any
reason of their choosing (ex: for translation purposes) as long as it relates to the AMV.
Please keep in mind that this will be shown on a DVD format, which may stretch the
video out, resulting in the subtitles getting cut off.)
The AMV Liaison reserves the right to reject any video for any other reason not mentioned in
the rules but deemed fit.
As of September 1st, 2013, all rules shown above will be deemed final and non-negotiable.
Before that date, these rules may be subject to change. All questions on rules, registration, etc, must be
submitted to the following e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org, or can be mailed in to the following
Ohayocon AMV Contest
6499 Nottinghill Trail Drive
Canal Winchester, OH 43110
For those who want to see the official copy of the rules, please click on the following link:Official Rules
For those ready to register thier videos, please register here:Registration Form
And finally from the AMV Liasion: "Thank you for taking the time to read the rules for the
Ohayocon 14 AMV contest and I look forward to seeing everybody’s videos".