AMV Contest

Anime Music Video Contest

This year there will be seven awards to be given out at the AMV contest: Best in Show, Con’s Choice, Captivating Critter Award, 3 Judges Choice Awards, and the Synchronization of Music Award.

In addition, our Best in Show winner will receive a year subscription to Crunchyroll Premium!

Categories and Awards

  • Best in Show Award: Will be scored in the following three categories. Whichever AMV scores the highest will win the award.
    • Editing/Style: This criteria will examine the aspects of editing that show skill with editing as well as the consistency of the style used while editing the AMV. Examples of poorly edited videos include ones with unintended flash frames, awkward cuts, sound issues, or other video issues. While keeping the style of the edits in mind, do the transitions fit well with the feel of the AMV? If using effects such as color correction or retiming, do they add to the visual aesthetic of the AMV?
    • Use of Music: Does the music you chose fit with story, style, and mood of the AMV? Do changes in tone or rhythm match the cuts in the video? If lip-syncing is used, do the lyrics fit well with the character’s mouth movements?
    • Storytelling: Most AMVs are created to tell a story or make a statement. How well does the AMV communicate that story or statement? An example of an AMV that successfully tells a good story or makes a strong statement will do so with its editing and the song accompanying it. If yours does not tell a story or make a statement, is it for a clear reason? If making the decision to use subtitles in the AMV, do they add to the storytelling of the AMV? If not, keep in mind that they usually detract from the visual aesthetic of the AMV.
  • Con’s Choice Award: Will be decided at the convention by the con-goers attending the AMV contest. Each attendee will be handed a ballot either upon entering the contest, or after all of the AMVs have been viewed. They will then indicate on the ballot which AMV they would like to vote for, and the ballots will be collected and tallied. This award will only be given to an AMV that has not already won an award. If the AMV with the most amount of votes has already won an award, it will go to the AMV with the most amount of votes after it and so on. Winner of the Con’s Choice Award will receive a Kindle Fire.
  • Captivating Critters Award: The AMVs that will be considered for this award will feature non-humanoid characters! Examples of characters that qualify are Kon from Bleach, Chopper from One Piece, Akamaru from Naruto, or Naga from The Legend of Korra. Characters that are not technically human, but still look human, do not qualify. If the character usually looks human, but can shape shift into a non-human creature, the majority of the clips in the AMV must be of the character in their non-human form. Examples of such characters are Naruto as the Nine Tailed Fox, Haku from Spirited Away as a dragon, or Envy from FMA Brotherhood in his true form. This award will also have the criteria from the Best in Show award in mind while being judged, but will not be the deciding factor.
  • Synchronization of Music Award: Will be closely tied to the “Use of Music” criteria for the Best in Show award. This award will be given to the AMV that pays the closest attention to how the visuals in their AMV are timed to the music in their AMV. Do the visuals slow down in pace as the music slows down? Do the cuts fall on key points in the song?
  • Judges’ Choice Awards: Each of the three judges for the AMV contest will be allowed to give out one award to the AMV of their choice. There are no criteria for these awards. If the AMV catches the eye of the judge, but does not necessarily have the best editing, song choice, etc., that is where these awards come in to play. These awards will also not be given out to AMVs that have already won an award.

Rules and Regulations

All AMVs must meet the following requirements:

  • Time Length: AMVs must be at least 1 minute in length and no longer than 6 minutes.
  • Format: AMVs must be submitted in .MP4 video format, maximum 1080p HD resolution, no larger than 100MB. Your submission must include your name (and, if applicable, pseudonym) of the editor or editors of the video, and a list of all songs, as well as animated series used.
  • Animation: AMVs must feature animation. No videos featuring live action films or TV shows will be accepted. Whether the animation was created in Japan, the US, or elsewhere does not matter. Also, the animation can be derived from many different mediums, such as feature films, television shows, video games, etc.
  • Content Rating: AMVs must meet the standard of a “PG-13” level of content (no graphic nudity/sexual references or content/violence/F-bombs). Judges have the right to decide whether the video exceeds these standards.
  • Creator(s): AMVs must be the work of the entrant (if a group of people work together on an AMV, all individuals must be included).

Entrant Considerations:

  • In order to receive an award, the entrant must be present at the AMV Contest.
  • Entrants informed that their video do not meet any of these standards can edit and resubmit their video to meet the standards before the entry deadline.
  • If a con-goer would like their AMV to be viewed, but not judged, they will be allowed to enter it as an exhibition. This also applies to videos that include live action clips.
  • Each con-goer will only be allowed to enter one AMV to be judged, but may enter a second to be viewed as an exhibition.

* Please be aware that by submitting an entry to the Daisho Con 2016 Animated Music Video contest you agree to and permit Daisho Con to display, use, and or distribute the submitted materials as it deems appropriate. This includes playing the submitted entry to the attendees of Daisho Con at various events, panels, and promotions.

** Daisho Con reserves the right to amend these rules if necessary, as well as limit the number of entries to the AMV contest.