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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.

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