AMV Contest 2018

Rules
THE QUICK RULES

✦ Submit your videos to [email protected] with the following information:

✢ Anime:
✢ Song:
✢ Artist:
✢ Creator: (handle & email)
✢ Category: Action, Fun/Upbeat, Drama, Romance, or Comedy
✢ From: (where you live)

✦ Please submit your video via some sort of file sharing program. Our recommendation is Dropbox.
✦ Two (2) entries may be accepted per individual or group, to a maximum of one (1) per category.
✦ Videos must not have premiered publically (online, other cons, etc) prior to December 31, 2016, or have been shown in a previous Tsukino-Con AMV Contest.
✦ No bumpers or credits. MP4 less than 500MB is preferred. No technical defects.

THE FULL RULES
* These are not yet fully updated on the Tsukino-Con site though they will be within the next few days and I will link that page at that time. In the meantime, this forum post is gospel!

The Tsukino-Con AMV Contest is one of Tsukino-Con’s largest events, airing for about 2-3 hours at the con. The event is a showcase of fan-made music videos submitted directly by creators both local and from all over the world where you, the audience, get to vote on your favourites. The contest is open to anyone—amateurs, professionals, and everyone in between.

The deadline for submissions is: Sunday, January, 21st 2018, at 11:59PM PST.

CATEGORIES

Videos will be sorted into six categories:
1. Action
2. Fun/Upbeat
3. Romance/Sentimental
4. Comedy
5. Drama
6. Best of BC
Please note that these categories may be subject to adjustments depending on videos submitted.

GUIDELINES & REQUIREMENTS
Before you submit a video to the Tsukino-Con AMV Contest, please make sure it complies with our video requirements:

✦ Videos must not have premiered publically (online, other cons, etc) prior to December 31, 2016, or have been shown in a previous Tsukino-Con AMV Contest.
✦ Videos must be PG-13 and suitable for a con audience. Any songs with excessive swearing or anime footage with explicit nudity/violence/inappropriate themes will not be accepted.
✦ Videos must be between one (1) and six (6) minutes in length.
✦ Two (2) entries may be accepted per individual or group, to a maximum of one (1) per category. Submitting as part of a group counts as a submission for each individual.
✦ Videos must be 80% Japanese anime/manga or game footage.
✦ No credits, bumpers or trailers.
✦ No subtitles, watermarks, text, etc, though exceptions may be made if they are added by the creator as part of the video.
✦ All videos must be submitted by the original creator. Any submissions found to be in violation of this will not be accepted and you will be disqualified from participating in future contests.
✦ All AMVs must meet the technical requirements below.

TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS
We will accept a variety of formats, but recommend the following. If for whatever reason we’re not able to work with the format you’ve submitted, we’ll contact you as soon as possible so that you can re-submit. If you can’t resubmit within 48 hours of the deadline your submission will be disqualified.

☀ No low-resolution entries. 1280×720 or greater is suggested.
☀ No audio or video quality defects (interlacing, blurring, distortion, low sample rate, etc).
☀ Suggested container is MP4.
☀ Maximum file size of 500MB.

BEST OF BC REQUIREMENTS
Best of BC is a new category, exclusive to local AMV makers based in British Columbia. This category was created with the intent to help foster growth within our local community to create the next wave of AMV makers. This is an open category accepting all of the previously listed categories above. As a BC creator, you can choose to submit your video for its consideration in another category in addition to Best of BC. However, if your video is deemed a finalist, it will only be a finalist in one of the available categories, as deemed by the judges. Not all BC videos are guaranteed entrance to the final contest, especially if technical aren’t met, however , all BC videos will be shown during exhibition at some point in the convention (more info to come). All AMV’s must meet these requirements for submission:

Made by a resident living in British Columbia, Canada
Only creators that have not won a major prize (Best in Category, Best in Show, Technical Awards) at another convention are eligable
Must meet the technical and the general requirements listed above

HOW TO SUBMIT
So you’d like to submit a video to Tsukino-Con’s AMV Contest? FANTASTIC. You’re already our new best friend. To keep things simple:

Submit all videos to: [email protected]om

When submitting your video please send us the following:

☀ the anime used in the video
☀ the name of the song used in the video
☀ the name of the artist who the song is by
☀ the name you want to go by as creator of the video and an email that you check regularly that we can contact you at
☀ the category you feel your video falls into
☀ where you are from

Example:

Say I made a sweet video using footage from the movie 5cm per second and I wanted to submit it. I would send:
✢ Anime: 5cm per second
✢ Song: Timeless
✢ Artist: Kate Havnevik
✢ Creator: chaos.cubix ([email protected])
✢ Category: Drama
✢ From: Victoria, B.C

Please submit your video via some sort of file sharing program. Our recommendation is Dropbox, but Windows Skydrive, Sendspace and Mediafire work alright too. Please include the link to your video in the email you send us with your submission information. We will NOT rip videos from YouTube links.

Once we received your video we will send your confirmation that we have received it. If you do not receive confirmation within one week of sending your video in, please email us again.

JUDGING
Judging for the AMV contest will consist of a panel of a minimum of three (3) to five (5) Tsukino-Con staff members. Of these members, the AMV Contest Co-Ordinator must be in attendance. All categories must have a minimum of five (5) entries, no more than eight (8) entries will be permitted in a single category.

QUESTIONS, ETC.
By submitting an entry, contestants agree that they have read, understood & will comply by these rules. Contestants grant Tsukino-Con and the coordinators permission to use, copy, share and exhibit your entry in future showcases, exhibitions, and other events. We reserve the right to modify these rules at any time. Submitting to the contest does not guarantee inclusion as a finalist or inclusion in the contest even if all guidelines and requirements are met.

Weapons & Prop Policy

Weapon & Prop Policy

Updated January 17, 2017

Tsukino-Con and Tsukino-Con staff reserve the right to require peace-bonding of any items they deem to resemble, or can be used as, weapons, and the right to require immediate removal from convention events of any items they deem dangerous, regardless of any previous decisions or policies, including this document. Anyone found in violation of these policies is subject to a formal strike against their badge or immediate banishment from the convention, at the discretion of convention staff. Campus Security and/or the Police may be notified if applicable.

 

***Special Notice***

With the Convention nearing and in light of the overwhelming popularity of anime such as Yuri On Ice, we would like attendees to please note that Skates are prohibited on convention grounds due to Health and Safety Concerns combined with the University of Victoria venue policies (this includes Ice, Roller and Roller Blade Skates). While we encourage creative cosplay, we ask attendees please keep the Convention General Attendance rules in mind while planning outfits. We thank you in advance for your support and cooperation on this matter!

Unacceptable Items:

*This list is presented for example purposes and is not intended to be a complete list of unacceptable items.

  • Anything illegal

  • Anything against the University of Victoria Policies

  • Any real weapons, functional or not

  • Firearms, including anything resembling a real world model firearm, regardless of colour, orange tip, material, etc.

  • BB, Pellet, Paintball and Airsoft guns

  • Any type of exploding device regardless of the method used for detonation, including air & CO2

  • Metal bladed weapons, including swords, knives

  • Glass

  • Ceramics

  • Stone

  • Skates; Roller Blades, Roller Skates, Ice Skates
  • Yaoi/Yuri, Seme, Uke, and/or any other fandom type paddle designed or intended to be used on another person.

  • Anything currently capable of firing or releasing one or more projectiles

  • Any live ammunition, including bullets & tipped arrows

Questions about other items resembling firearms should be directed to: [email protected]

Acceptable Items:

This list is presented for example purposes; staff reserves the final say on whether an item is acceptable.

  • Wood

  • Foam

  • Paper/Cardboard

  • Plastic or fiberglass composites

  • Clay

  • Metal items are acceptable as long as they are NOT bladed and/or pointed. ie: Baseball bats, Frying Pans, Staffs, Rods, etc.

  • Strung bows may be acceptable so long as the string is made of a material which does not exceed 5 pounds of draw strength (Even if these conditions are met, Tsukino-Con staff may refuse to Peace Bond a bow)

Peace-Bonding:

All items/props/accessories that by design, or otherwise, resemble, or can be used as weapons must be peace-bonded during registration/check-in at the Registration Desk immediately upon arrival on convention grounds. Peace-bonding indicates your agreement not to harm, or engage in combat with anyone and to abide by convention rules. If harm occurs to yourself or others due to your violation of this agreement, you agree that you alone are liable and that the convention has no part in it. Peace-bonding is indicated by a visible tag that enables convention staff to easily determine the status of your item. Please see the Wikipedia article about peace-bonding for more information:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Science_fiction_convention#Peace-bonding_and_weapons_policies

Items Bought From Dealer’s Room:

In the case of a Dealer selling items that fall into the unacceptable category, purchases must be kept in sealed cases (such as an acceptable, sealed dealer packaging box) until it can be feasibly removed from the convention grounds. All products that are unsealed or unbound must be immediately removed from convention grounds, or placed in coat check.

Any item(s) deemed unacceptable may be placed in Coat Check free of charge if they were purchased that same day from an on-site dealer.

Special Circumstances:

Any items that are real weapons, or are in any way illegal, can never be admitted on convention grounds. However, if you believe you have a special circumstance (for example: an entry in the cosplay contest, etc) regarding a prop item that has been modified to be harmless (for example: a dull, unable to be sharpened prop), you may email [email protected] with a detailed description of the item, the features used to prevent the item from being dangerous, and why you feel special consideration is warranted. Please include pictures if possible.

**However, Tsukino-Con and Tsukino-Con staff fully reserve the right to deny any special requests for any reason at their discretion.

AMV

AMV Rules

The AMV Showcase is one of Tsukino-Con’s largest events, airing for approximately three hours at the con. The event is a showcase of videos submitted directly by creators both local and abroad.

This year’s AMV Showcase director is Greg Olaussen. The deadline for submissions will be Saturday, February  7th, 2016, at 12AM Midnight.

There are five categories the videos are sorted into:

  1. General
  2. Action
  3. Dance
  4. Drama
  5. Comedy

film-reel-smVideo Guidelines

Before you submit a video to the Tsukino-Con AMV Showcase please make sure it complies with our video requirements:

  • Please keep all videos PG-13. Any songs with excessive swearing or anime footage with explicit nudity/violence/inappropriate themes will not be accepted.
  • Videos must be between 1:30 and 5 minutes in length.
  • While credits/dedications/creator intros are acceptable, please keep these to a maximum of 10 seconds total.
  • Videos must be a minimum of 80% anime or gaming footage.
  • ABSOLUTELY NO SUBTITLES (unless they’re added for effect).
  • Videos must be in a common video format, please check prior to submitting that your video plays correctly in VLC media player and Media Player Classic.

Submitting

So you’d like to submit a video to Tsukino-Con’s AMV Showcase? FANTASTIC! You’re already our new best friend. To keep things simple:

Send all submissions to: [email protected]

All videos must be submitted by the original creator. We will not accept videos that were not sent by their original creators. Submitting someone else’s work as your own is plagiarism. We take plagiarism as seriously as the University of Victoria, with those caught being barred from future competitions.

You may submit a maximum of 3 videos. However, only one video will be submitted per category.

When submitting your video please send us the following:

  • the anime used in the video – if multiple sources are to be used, list various
  • the name of the song used in the video – if multiple sources are to be used, list various
  • the name of the artist of the song used – if multiple sources are to be used, list various
  • the name you want to go by as creator of the video and an email which you check regularly that we may contact you at
  • the category you feel your video falls into (this is ultimately up to our discretion and we will change this if we need to balance out other categories)
  • where you are from

Example:

Say I made a sweet video using footage from the movie 5cm per second I wanted to submit. I would send:

Anime: 5cm per second

Song: Timeless

Artist: Kate Havnevik

Creator: chaos.cubix ([email protected])

Category: Drama

From: Victoria, B.C

Dropbox_logoAs video files are too big to send via regular email, you will need to submit your video via some sort of file sharing program. Our recommendation is Dropbox, but Windows Skydrive, Sendspace and Mediafire work as well. Please include the link to your video in the email you send us containing your submission information. We will NOT rip videos from YouTube links. (Have you ever tried ripping from Youtube? It’s horrible and the video quality dreadful).

Once we’ve received your video, we will send you confirmation that we have received it. If you do not receive confirmation within one week of submitting you video, please email us again.

If we (the directors) feel that a video belongs in a different category than was submitted, we will email the creator to inform them of this change.

ballotAudience Participation

Ballots will be made available upon entry to the Showcase. To pick Tsukino-Con’s favorite videos, you may vote for one video per category. As well, there will be space provided on your ballot to select your favorite video from the entire event. Even if you do not watch the entire showcase, please complete the ballot for the portion you did watch. Spoiled ballots will be counted, but only for the categories which were completed. Multiple votes in a single category will be rejected. If you want your opinion to count, don’t spoil your ballot!

Ballots can be submitted to the “AMV Ballot Box” after the showcase has finished airing. Ballots will be counted by the event directors and Tsukino-Con Staff. Results are presented at the “AMV Smackdown” – quite possibly the best event in the entire convention– which happens right before closing ceremonies on the Sunday of Con.

During the event NO PHOTOGRAPHY OR VIDEO RECORDING will be allowed. Con-goers caught recording may be asked to leave. (As most videos can be found online, there is no need to record during the event. It’s distracting to the poor people sitting behind you!)

Rules

***Special Notice***

With the Convention nearing and in light of the overwhelming popularity of anime such as Yuri On Ice, we would like attendees to please note that Skates are prohibited on convention grounds due to Health and Safety Concerns combined with the University of Victoria venue policies (this includes Ice, Roller and Roller Blade Skates). While we encourage creative cosplay, we ask attendees please keep the Convention General Attendance rules in mind while planning outfits. We thank you in advance for your support and cooperation on this matter!

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1. No Weapons: No real weapons are allowed on the convention grounds. Anything in a costume that is weapon-like in appearance must be peacebonded at registration. Please see the Weapons & Prop Policy for more information.
2. Guns: While guns are a part of many Costumes and main symbols of a lot of Anime Characters, the real world frowns on anything that looks like a real weapon. UVic will not allow anything that looks like a real gun. Therefore, we ask that you leave them at home.
If you need a prop gun for a Cosplay Contest or skit, contact the convention staff before attending and we’ll see what we can do.

3. Listen to the con-staff: If a staff member or volunteer tells you something, listen to what they say.

4. Area Restrictions: Non-convention rooms and hallways are out of bounds. There will be exams in session during the convention, please be respectful when passing through these areas.

5. Respect your fellow con-goers: Don’t make others uncomfortable. We want this to be a fun experience for everyone, so respect the people around you. If you are not sure whether or not something is appropriate, it is best to err on the side of caution as this rule is enforced at the discretion of the convention staff.

6. Keep exits and hallways clear: Beyond following the fire code, this allows for greater mobility among attendees and improves the convention experience for everyone.Nox from Tsukino-Con

7. Dress code:  We are a family friendly convention run on Uvic school property, therefore while most bikinis are acceptable, they are considered the most skin that should be showing. Please note, thongs and string bikinis are not permitted. These are general guidelines, at the discretion of Tsukino-Con Staff. If you are unsure whether a costume is appropriate, please ask [email protected].

8. Respect those not attending: This is a University where students will be studying, please respect their space.

9. No Alcohol or Drugs: There is no drinking or drug use allowed at the convention. Attendees found with liquor or drugs, or who are noticeably under the influence, will be banned. Campus Security or the Police will be contacted if deemed appropriate.

10. Two strike policy: Violating Con policy will result in a warning upon which the attendees badge will be marked. A second violation will result in removal and potential banning from the convention. Convention staff reserve the right to remove attendees without warning if their actions are deemed dangerous or highly inappropriate. This is at the discretion of Convention staff and Uvic Security.

11. Smoking: No smoking inside Ring Road. This is a University of Victoria. If you are unsure what areas count as Ring Road, please look at one of the UVic maps provided on the Visitor Info page. All convention buildings are inside the ring.

12. Photography and Video: If you are taking pictures or video, for yourself or others, please read our Media Rules.

a) Permission: Always ask to photograph someone. A cosplayer wants to give you the best photo possible. Taking a picture without warning diminishes their year round hard work and preparation. While you may not want to interrupt a cosplayer, they would rather stop for a good photo than find a bad one online.
b) Timing: Good timing is common sense. Don’t approach a cosplayer while they’re eating lunch, dismantled and resting, in the bathroom, sitting in a panel, etc. Wait till they are ‘on the job’.
c) Rules of Engagement: Look with your eyes not your hands. Many costumes are made with delicate materials and can be accidentally damaged. When taking a picture with a cosplayer, make sure it’s okay to put your arm around them. Remember, cosplay is not consent.
d) Keep it Brief: A cosplayer’s commitment is to the overall fans, not to any one person. Try not to start up a lengthy conversation, unless they are encouraging it. Be mindful of others around you and careful of dominating a cosplayer’s time.
e) Wonder Twins: A lot of cosplayers are open to pairing-up temporarily, if you have a costume of matching theme and skill level. However, don’t take offense if they would rather go solo.
f) Safe Space: Do your part to create a ‘safe space’ for cosplay. If you see inappropriate behavior, report it to a staff member. Sexual harassment of any kind will not be tolerated. Remember, cons are about celebrating heroes and you can be a hero by looking out for each other.
g) Respect: Cosplayer’s strive to enhance the Convention experience, inspire through their art, and express their fandom. They may come in all shapes and sizes, but they all want and deserve to be treated with respect. Just like any public place, there is a difference between appreciating beauty and making others uncomfortable. Cosplayers are artists and should be treated with respect. Maintaining eye contact is a good habit to form.
h) Listen: If a Convention staff member or Uvic security asks you to to do something, politely respond to the request and follow the instruction.
i) Traffic: High-traffic areas should be avoiding for photography and video purposes. E.g. narrow halls, the outside of registration, panel line ups, vendors hall, etc.

Special thanks to Tony Kim.

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