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  1. A lot has changed since 2008.  Attendance has doubled since then, and while I can’t remember the exact number of exhibitors that were there in 2008, Hall A is entirely filled with Industry booths and Exhibitors.  In 2008 the hall was still being shared by many things, some panels, the Artist Alley, etc.  If you’re looking for a specific Exhibitor, there is a listing of who is coming on our website (http://www.acen.org/exhibitors-industry/participant-listing/).

    Registration has been really streamlined since 2008.  Last year, I don’t remember seeing the at-con registration being longer than an hour during peak times.  This can be avoided too by having your badge mailed to you.  ACen also expanded into other areas of the convention center, a lot.  We have a separate hall for the Artist Alley, taken many of the ballrooms for panel programming, and last year moved video gaming into another hall.

  2. Anime Central AMV Contest FAQ

    Here are some commonly-asked questions about our contest. If there’s ever any doubt, feel free to send us a message on facebook or at amv@acen.org, but hopefully this should address the most common concerns.

    When will the contest entries be shown?
    Since we won’t know how much time to allot to showings until we have the entries in hand, we won’t have an exact time slot until closer to the date of the convention, but our (tentative) schedule for contest entries is:

    • Friday Evening.
    • Saturday Afternoon.
    • Sunday Morning.

    Where will the videos be shown?

    The AMV room is located with the other video programming rooms on the ground floor of the Hyatt. In particular, we have been located in the Lindberg room for the past several years, and we will be there again in 2019.

    What’s with the change in contest categories?

    While several of us have a deep fondness for the horror category, it sadly has yielded up only a handful of entries over the past two years. As such, we have eliminated horror as a category, folding it back into the drama category, which has now been divided into heartwarming and heartwrenching subcategories to reflect the increased number of entries in an already large category. We may make further changes based on the results from this year.

    I have submitted a video, but I’m not sure whether it’s better suited for category X or Y...
    If you have an entry that you don’t feel fits easily into a given category, please ask us!  We cannot change a video’s category, even if we feel it would be better suited in a different part of the competition, without the creator requesting it. Similarly, in the interest of fairness, we can’t suggest a change to a creator without risking introducing bias to the results. As such, if you want our opinion, you have to ask, or we are duty-bound to keep the entry as-is, even if we personally don’t agree with its placement.

    Is [X] considered as anime or anime/related for the purposes of this contest?
    In the vast majority of cases, yes. We’ve received variants on this question for just about any series you care to name: RWBY, Final Fantasy, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Steven Universe, and numerous others. Of all of the entries we’ve received in the past few years, we have not yet had an example of a video that we would consider “not an AMV” for the purposes of our contest. If you’re still unsure, feel free to ask us, but you’re probably good to use whatever video source you want, provided that it is at least anime-adjacent.

    What is considered “excessive” violence/nudity/profanity/etc?
    The AMV room is open to all attendees, including children. As such, any video that we show should be appropriate for showing without drawing the ire of parents. Again, if you’re uncertain, you may ask, but common sense should always be the guiding principle. As long as your entry isn’t in extraordinarily bad taste, you’re probably okay.  We do screen adult-only AMVs during late night blocks, but any entry that is considered unsuitable for general viewing will only be shown during late night blocks, and not during the general contest showings.

    Best Practices Guidelines:
    Not so much FAQs, but rather a set of principles to ensure your video has its best chance at success:

    • Length: Try to avoid videos that are very short (less than 1 minute) or excessively long (more than 5 minutes). This is not a hard and fast rule, as we have had exemplary videos that have been outside these boundaries, but short videos tend to be overshadowed by their more substantial brethren, and long videos can very easily overstay their welcome.
    • Watermarks, screen text, and subtitles: On-screen text, including subtitles and watermarks, are best kept to a minimum. If it doesn’t contribute anything meaningful to the quality of the video, consider going without.

  3. There’s no policy against them, but like @slinkysan said as long as they’re not to big you should be fine. Some places like the walkways that connect the convention centers are tight, so if you have a double side by side stroller you might want to walk outside rather than use the walkway. 

    Mother than that though, there’s plenty of room in nearly all the other spaces for them. 

  4. There is a Guidebook update that went out this morning that lists the ticket distribution times, but they are also listed on our website on the autograph signings page. Autograph tickets are free, but are limited and while supplies last. Autographs will be held in the signings area. I didn’t see a session listed as “VA” but there are show signings listed such as Sailor Moon VA which host multiple voice actors. 

  5. I don’t work in the Registration department, so I can’t log in and look at your specific order, but here’s what I know.

    If for whatever reason we cannot get your badge to you before the convention, you will be able to pick it up at the convention. You will go to the Registration Service Desk in Hall A of the convention center when Registration is open. This is a separate booth from attendee registration. 

  6. Any attendee who registered before April 1st and paid the mailing fee should have received their badge by now.  If you haven't, you can reach out to registration@acen.org and they can look into this for you.  It is the busiest time of year for them, so it may take some time for them to get back to you.  Registration will reach out to you if for whatever reason the badge bounces back in the mail to us.

    Regardless, if we can't get the badge to you before the convention and you paid the mailing fee, we can get you your badge at the Registration Service Desk at con.  This is a separate booth for the regular registration line that should have little to no line.

  7. 1 hour ago, z-space said:

    Will food trucks at the Hyatt return?


    The food trucks are arranged by the hotel and we haven't heard if they will be returning as of right now.  Last year they were announced the week or two before the convention, so it's still possible for them to return.

  8. There are options within walking distance. We’ve loaded a number of them in the guidebook app under dining guide.  Some options within walking distance would be at Rosemont entertainment district (which is on the other side of the parking garage at your hotel) or the food court in the fashion outlets of Chicago mall. 

    The hotels sometimes run food specials as well, but it varies from hotel to hotel.