Video Programming

No anime convention experience is complete without actually watching some anime! Anime Central’s video rooms run twenty-four hours a day for the whole weekend for your viewing pleasure. We show some of everything: eagerly anticipated premieres, classics and old favorites, and series featuring Anime Central’s American and Japanese guests.

The AMV Contest is now Open for our 2015 event! Please see below for entry details.

Basic Entry Requirements:
Entries sent to previous Anime Central competitions are not eligible.
Mail entries will be accepted starting February 1st, 2015.
All entries must be in the hands of the contest coordinators by May 8th, 2015.
Contest Categories available: Action, Comedy, Drama and Freestyle.
Action: Guns! Swords! Crazy demon-cat-ninja-knights! Do things go boom? Action it is!
Comedy: Make’ em laugh! Both the judges and the audience! If humor is the object of you video, it belongs here!
Drama: Tear-jerker? The horror of war? If you want to emotionally floor them, consider this category.
Freestyle: This is a format for videos that are unique, strange or simply unable to fit into other categories. So your art-film about City Hunter’s psychological parallels to a titan from Shingeki no Kyojin goes here!

Entries may not contain bumpers, title screens, or credits. ACen staff will add uniform credits to all entries. Under some circumstances creator generated credits will be allowed if they are built into the video, a required part of it, and cannot be removed. This creative use of entrant embedded credits will be judged at our discretion.
50% of the video must contain anime footage.
Entries may be disqualified for the following reasons:
Objectionable content of video or lyrics. (Objectionable content includes excessive profanity, excessive violence, or sexually explicit footage or lyrics. If you are not sure if the above rule means your entry will be disqualified e-mail and we can view the content in question and make a decision.)
Bad audio or video quality.
Failure to adhere to the contest rules.
By submitting your video to this contest you authorize Anime Central staff to screen and distribute it under the Anime Central Music Video Contest title. Any physical media that entries are submitted on becomes the property of Anime Central and will not be returned.
There is a limit of one entry per category per creator.
Entrants must supply a working e-mail address with each submission. If you do not supply an e-mail address you will be disqualified.
All entries should supply a mailing address.
Anime Central staff reserves the right to disqualify entries for any reason they see necessary to protect the overall quality and integrity of the program.

Information about this year’s AMV contest, AMV programming, and other related topics can be found and discussed on our forum, Facebook page and website. If your questions do not specifically involve your own videos content please direct all questions to the forum first. This same question may be shared by multiple people and may have already been answered. (Find our Facebook page at:

File Format Requirements:

Entries will only be accepted as MPEG-2 or MPEG-4 computer files.
Mail entries will be accepted on the following media: CD-R, DVD-R, DVD+R, and PC formatted USB flash drives. Media must be labeled in some manner to identify the owner and its contents. Do not send discs burned on re-writeable (-RW +RW) media. Use IS9660 or UDF file system for optical media. Use NTFS or FAT for USB flash drives. We do not recommend mailing USB flash drives.
Do not send authored DVD Video discs or your entry will be disqualified. Please recognize that we simply cannot switch between DVD entries and MPEG-2/4 midway through entries.
Your file name should contain its genre (for contest purposes) your name and the title of your video, in that order. Studio names, if used, must be placed in brackets between your name and the title.
You must follow this format. (Example: GENRE – Artist – [Artist Studio] – Title.file extension)

All entries must have 1 second of black before the video starts and after it ends.
Files must conform to the technical specifications outlined below. Please read the technical requirements carefully. If frame sizes, frame rates, and audio sampling frequencies do not match the requirements you will be disqualified. Anime Central staff will not convert entries for you nor give technical support in meeting these format requirements.

MPEG-2 file format requirements:
720×480 Frame Size
Progressive Video Only
23.976 or 29.97 Frames per Second
48 kHz MP2 Stereo Audio. We recommend 320 kbps.
Set Display Aspect Ratio to 4:3 for normal video or letterbox widescreen
Set Display Aspect Ratio to 16:9 for anamorphic widescreen
Total file bitrate cannot exceed 15 Mbps

MPEG-4 file format requirements
Progressive Video Only
640 × 480, 848 × 480, 1280×720 Frame Size
23.976 or 29.97 Frames per Second
H.264 video compression
48 kHz AAC Stereo Audio. We recommend LC-AAC at 160 kbps instead of HE-AAC.
Display Aspect Ratio 1:1 (Remember you are submitting in square pixels).

We recommend you check compatibility against the ffdshow decoder before submitting. MPEG-4 is a file format but also refers to compatible codecs such as Divx and Xvid. We are only accepting H.264 MPEG-4 files. This means an mp4 or mkv file created by a program such as Nero, Quicktime, mp4box, x264, using H.264 compression. We do not accept avi or mov files.

Entry Submission Instructions:

All videos must have been made after May 8th, 2014 in order to be eligible for the ACen 2015 Anime Music Video Contest. Work previously submitted to Anime Central will not be accepted.
Mail & Online Entries:
E-mail your information to, even if you have included the information with a physical entry.
Online Entries & FTP:
FTP access requests can be made to — Please provide your name and requested login/password information. You will be informed by email when the account has been created. | Anime Central staff cannot provide teaching experience for FTP software. Submissions will also be accepted through the website, when available.

Mail Entries:

Package your media carefully in appropriate mailers. Optical media in standard jewel cases can easily break off a hub during shipping.

Mail Entries should be sent to:

Andrew Cardinal ATTN: ACen 2015 209 Hessel Boulevard Champaign IL, 61820

Final Step:

Perform quality control on your entries and read the FAQ post on our forum before mailing or uploading your entries. We will make every effort to view your submission, but reserve the right to request re-submission or disqualify the entry in the case of an unreadable format.
Prize Policy:
Anime Central and MAPS have prizes available to winners in each category. To receive your prize at the convention itself, simply present legal identification at the award ceremony (Day/Time/Location TBA).
If you do not attend Anime Central 2015, we can mail your prize within the continental United States. Be certain to include your full contact information, so that we may ship your prize.
If you live outside the continental United States, you will be responsible for the cost of any shipping charges incurred by your prize. Costs will be determined after the award ceremony.
Participants who physically attend Anime Central 2015 are also eligible for special door prizes.
Shoujo Room:
  • From magical girls to crime-fighting space heroines, angels to demons and card-collecting summoners, the Shoujo room features girl power in all its manifestations!
Shounen Room:
  • Never get between a boy and his toys, especially when his toys are ten-story-tall mecha with minds of their own!
Dub Room:
  • For fans of our American voice actors and anyone who would rather not read subtitles, our dub room shows anime with the English language track.
  • For those genre-bending (and occasionally genderbending) adventures that don’t fit in a particular category, come watch the Saotome Anything-Goes School of Video Programming Martial Arts! (Note: Hot and cold water buckets not permitted.)
After Hours:
  • During the late night and overnight blocks, we show series aimed at a mature audience. Hentai, yaoi and yuri are all represented; the vampire blocks are eternally popular; and then there’s the legendary LSD block, for when it’s 3 A.M. and Serial Experiments Lain has you questioning whether you’re awake and watching anime or just dreaming of electric sheep.
Fan Created Room:
  • In honor of the creative community that blends music, video clips, and a healthy dose of mad-eyed vision in new and mind-bending ways, one of our rooms is dedicated to fan-created anime music videos, parodies, and other content made possible by viewers just like you.