The rules are put in place to make an even playing field for all contestants. Please keep in mind that we at FanimeCon aren’t perfect, so mistakes can happen. If the mistake is found on your end, we will do our best to contact you and give you the chance to fix it. With the large number of entries expected, we can’t devote a lot of time to any one FMV, so some corrections may not be allowed. If the mistake is found on our end we will work as fast as possible to correct it. Remember we on the FMV staff work hard and will do our best to do right by all contestants.
A note to all contestants: please do not send your only or master copy, as all materials submitted will not be returned.
UPDATES OF NOTE
GENERAL SUBMISSION RULES
Please don’t put opening or closing bumpers in your video if at all possible. We will be putting uniform title bumpers to all the videos ourselves. Having a bumper will not disqualify your video but will be edited out. If you do not want your video to possibly receive a bad edit, please do it yourself.
Submission Due Dates
All videos must be in the hands of the video coordinator no later than the Hard Deadline of midnight on Wednesday May 1st, 2013. Additional points will be awarded for all entries submitted on the Soft Deadline on or before Wednesday April 24th, 2013. All videos submitted will be tested to make sure that there are no problems with playback. If there are any problems, there is a short amount of time to fix and/or resubmit your work. Remember this isn’t school, so don’t delay – submit A.S.A.P.
All entries must be submitted in a digital format, this means no VHS, HI8, or BETA Max. To allow complete control over the final appearance and quality of the video submitted, and to prevent quality loss, it is in the submitter’s best interest to handle digital conversion.
We ask that you include a text file with your submission information. The inclusion of extra files sent in during your submission will not be tolerated. This infraction depending on the material sent may cause you to be disqualified.
If you’re a very busy person, and a lot of us are, please send your videos online. You can send your file over the Internet via filesend.net. filesend.net will handle files up to 500mb in size for free with out registration, and 1GB if you register for the FREE account. There are many other file sharing websites online and you may use any that you want, just don’t send links to any illegal or illicit file hosting websites. Remember all file formatting and type rules still apply. Make sure to send your video to email@example.com. After the video has made its way to us please send another email with all the info as if it were a mailed entry.
Note: Due to problems with downloads from the site and certain restrictions placed upon downloading, we ask that you DO NOT upload via Mega Upload. filesend.net is preferred.
Info to accompany your entry as a text file with your submission(s):
* For every production group (or individual if a video was made by themselves)
* For every video submitted:
Multiple entries may be on a single disk, and multiple disks may be in a single mailer. A letter and text file detailing all media included on the disks must be included with the disk and on the disk(s). All media must be turned in on time to meet all requirements for application into the contest.
Disks must be labeled properly with all info in clean legible handwriting.
Info to be included on the label of the disks:
All disks must be clearly labeled in consecutive order as part of a set (example: 3 of 7 or XXX of YYY).
If you wish to submit your file in another format to span media please email firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm we can handle it.
Info to accompany your disks, as both a written document and a text file on your disks:
* For every production group (or individual if a video was made by themselves)
* For every video on the disks:
*** Note! Judging staff reserves the right to place your video in any category if they feel the video was misplaced. To avoid any conflicts we will contact you before this move.
No media formatted as VCD, SVCD, or DVD-Video will be accepted. All media should be data formatted and readable as a simple file, usable on a PC or MAC.
Your entry’s package must be properly labeled on both the package itself and the disks included. And must include the full name of the contest you are entering as follows:
Mail all entries to:ATTN: FanimeCon FMV 2K13
Note: This address is new. Please update your notes, friends, etc!!!
We are only accepting files that are formatted in MPEG2, AVI, MP4, or MOV. If you choose to select a format that is different from the one’s listed we will contact you and ask that you change it’s format. Please, when exporting your files stay within official resolutions 720X480 or an HD size of 1280×720 and with stereo audio. Videos may be rejected if the resolution is too small.
ASF, WMV, MKV, Windows Media, Flash/Shockwave Animation, Real Media, and HUFYUV Files are unacceptable.
Suggested Programs for file conversion
If you need to convert your video to an accepted file format we suggest using one of these two programs. MPEG Streamclip and TMPGEnc. Both are free and easy to use.
General File Settings
We have a lot of hard drive space available and would rather sacrifice size over quality. If you’re unsure of how or what resolution/frame rate/bit rate/audio settings to choose, please send the source file and let us do the conversion for you.
*Note! When resizing your video the choice of maintaining the aspect ratio will be determined on a video-to-video basis.
Events and Judging
Judging staff will consist of FanimeCon FMV coordination staff, FanimeCon staff, outside technical and artistic judges, and AMV editors not participating in FanimeCon AMV events for the current year.
Judging staff will separate all videos submitted into 4 genres as follows:
Different notifications will be sent out to each contestant depending on how far they made it through judging. I will post copies of the Email’s on the forums and a description of what they mean to avoid any confusion.
1st Email — This will be sent to you notifying you that your video has been received and logged into our system.
2nd Email — There will be two different types sent out. Type A will be informing you that you have made it into the contest. Type B will be informing you yours was not chosen this year.
3rd Email — This Email will be sent to everyone giving you the time, date, and seating arrangements.
100 Point Judging Scale:
35 Points — Skill/Technical Prowess
35 Points — Creativity/Concept — “does the Video go with the music?” “Does your Music Video flow gracefully or does it roll like Square wheels”
15 Points — Quality of Audio selection — “Does the music fit the tone or selection of anime used in your Music Video” and “Does the quality in general sound ok?”
15 Points — Quality of source material — “Does you video have the DivX Logo? Does your video look grainy when expanded to full screen? Subtitles will hurt this score.”
2 Extra points will be given to those who submit on or before April 24rd, 2013
5 Extra points will be given to those that submitted properly — This one must be self evident, you need to submit the right information in the right format. Videos adhere to the submission guidelines regarding formatting, codecs.
*Note! Please keep in mind that the 100 point scale and any extra points are assigned per judge on the judges panel. This means that every point has the potential to make or break a winner.
The judging staff will view each entry and choose which entries will make it into the finals. Don’t despair – those that don’t make it into the finals will still be shown along with those that did make it into the contest during the con in-between programming during the convention.
Each genre will have a winner. There will also be two Best of Show awards chosen out of all submissions (one from Judges and one from Audience). One of each Bonus Awards will be given to the video that best represents the spirit of that award’s theme out of ALL entries. Awards will be submitted to all winners during the Award Ceremony, which is held during con. You do not have to be present at the con to receive your award but it would be nice if you were. Any awards unclaimed at con will be mailed out.
Exhibition videos will be accepted and may be shown at other events during the con. If you wish to submit an exhibition FMV please make sure your documentation says that it specifically is for the exhibition. Otherwise it will be judged as a regular FMV and may or may not be disqualified.