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Florida Anime Experience 2011

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Florida Anime Experience Anime Music Video Contest Rules

Theme
Awards are given for the “standard” Anime Music Video categories.  Each year, though, The Florida Anime Experience will give a special award based on the proposed theme for the contest.  This year’s theme: “Rest, Relaxation and Vacation!” in honor of our location… sunny Orlando, Florida!  (Note: You can still submit non-themed entries for the contest.  The theme is a suggestions – not a requirement.)

Deadline
The deadline for submissions is 11:59 PM on Friday, May 20, 2011. All uploads must be completed by this time.

General Rules
The Florida Anime Experience Anime Music Video contest operates at the discretion of Florida Anime Experience staff. Rules and schedules are subject to change without notice. Category and Award descriptions included here are guidelines only. Staff may add, change or eliminate categories as they see fit. Awards have no significant cash value. Awards may, indeed, have no tangible value whatsoever. By submitting a video, the video editor grants Florida Anime Experience non-revocable permission to exhibit and distribute their work. The video editor otherwise retains all rights and responsibilities relating to the work. Any artistic or other rights involved remain with the original rights-holder.

Please follow all posted rules. The convention is less than two months away and we won’t have time to deal with people skipping or disobeying rules as a joke. If you do, your entries will be disqualified.

Artistic Rule #1: Florida Anime Experience is a family-friendly convention. Content inappropriate for a “PG-13″ rating in the United States will be censored, up to and including exclusion from exhibition at Florida Anime Experience. Generally this means that any nudity and foul language must be brief and non-sexual in nature. This applies both to video and audio content. For audio content, when in doubt we ask you to prefer a “Radio Edit” over an “Explicit Lyrics” version of a song.

Artistic Rule #2: This is an Anime Music Video contest. Every video submitted must PROMINENTLY FEATURE animated source material produced for the Japanese market as either the sole source of material for the video, or as the dominant artistic focus of the work.

Artistic Rule #3: This is an Anime Music Video contest. Every video submitted should be set to music. We do also allow “trailer” submissions using audio from motion picture trailers. You may edit your audio for content and/or duration. Entries can be from 1 to 6 minutes in length.

Artistic Recommendations
Videos should not have lengthy “studio” bumpers. Your video should start and end with the primary artistic content of your submission. Brief studio identification (a few seconds) is acceptable at the start of your video. A brief (again, a few seconds) dedication at the start or end is also acceptable. “Production credit” rolls are strongly discouraged. Because of time constraints, bumpers are likely to be trimmed from exhibition.

The recommended duration of a video is 2 minutes 42 seconds.

Judging
Judging will be held in advance of the convention, conducted by Florida Anime Experience staff members and experienced fan Anime Music Video editors. The judges’ deliberations are private and final. Awards will be given to videos best representing the theme of “Rest, Relaxation and Vacation”!

Screening
We’ll screen both videos winning recognition based on the theme, and all other submissions, until we run out of time at our Anime Music Videos Gala. The order of presentation is decided by the judges. At this time we have not scheduled any overflow blocks.

Submission Rules and Technical Requirements
All submissions must be made digitally, uploaded to our servers via FTP. To allow the artist maximum control over the final appearance of the submission when presented, and to prevent conversion and reprocessing degradation, it is in the artist’s best interest to handle the digital conversion themselves according to the guidelines presented below. If you have any technical questions regarding your submissions, please contact amv@floridaanime.com.

All entries must be registered online at our website http://www.floridaanime.com/contests/amv/submit.  Accounts are restricted one per person. Registrations are subject to manual activation by an administrator. Please register early to account for this delay. If you are part of a multi-person group who created the files, please submit the file once on the account of the person to serve as the primary point of contact.

Once you have submitted the form, an FTP account will be created for you. These accounts are subject to admin verification and activation so please take this slight delay into account in your planning. Each FTP account is specific to the user who requested it. FTP login information will be emailed to you, so please make sure your contact information is current and correct.

File Format
There are a lot of formats for digital video available right now. If you have any questions after reading these instructions, do not hesitate to check with us at amv@floridaanime.com. It is usually beneficial to include 2-3 seconds of black before and after the video. Please do not interlace non-MPEG video. Audio and video should be multiplexed into a single container (i.e. do not submit video and its respective audio as two individual files). MPEG-2 is the preferable format to submit in, as Florida Anime Experience may convert other formats to the MPEG-2 format for display. While the computers we use for judging supports a wide range of specifications, the winners may be screened from NTSC mastered DVD discs. Any videos not adhering exactly to the specifications provided below may be subject to conversion/re-encoding to be compatible with DVD authoring.

Frame Rates
23.976 (preferred), 24, 29.97 (preferred), and 30. 23.976/24 fps content will be projected at the con and encoded for DVD discs with 3:2 pulldown on playback. Alternate rates (such as PAL) are accepted but will be converted to the nearest appropriate rate.

Resolution
The winners are screened from DVDs mastered to 720×480. All videos will be scaled to this resolution.

Aspect
Our projectors and screens are setup for 4:3 aspect videos, though our hardware is capable of properly supporting 16:9 anamorphic content if it is encoded as such. Otherwise please format standard and letterboxed wide content to conform to NTSC standard definition. Progressive or interlaced content is acceptable but please only use interlacing if your vertical resolution is exactly 480 and are submitting MPEG encoded content.

Audio
Please use layer-II audio at 224 kb/sec or better, stereo (not joint stereo), and 48kHz sampling. AC3 audio meeting these specifications is also acceptable but not preferred. Please do not use layer-III or mp3 as it is incompatible with both DVD and our hardware.

If you are unsure on how or what resolution/frame rate/bit rate/audio settings to choose, please submit the original source file and let us do the conversion for you.

Other Video Formats
Thought it is preferable to get MPEG files, we can accept AVI (and similar) files though they will be recompressed on our end to MPEG2. Please don’t do anything weird and exotic to complicate the conversion process. Please multiplex the audio with the video rather than submit 2 separate files.

The resolutions and frame rates allowable for AVI files are essentially unlimited but please try and adhere to the profiles listed in the MPEG section to make all of our lives that much easier.

There are many video “container” formats such as MP4, MKV, OGM, etc., most of which are well defined and are things we can handle. Again, when at all possible, following the format above is the only way to practically guarantee that what you send us is what we actually screen, however, we can handle other formats, as noted here:

ASF/WMV/Windows Media/etc.
The quality on these formats can suffer during the conversion process. Windows Movie Maker is capable of exporting AVI files. To save as DV AVI:

Open Windows Movie Maker Load the project Click on ‘Save to my computer’ Select folder and filename, Click NEXT Click on SHOW MORE CHOICES and then select OTHER SETTINGS. In that drop-down list, choose DV-AVI Click NEXT to output the file.

If you do export as WMV, do not “lock” the files when they are authored. Try to set the bit rate and settings to maximum.

QuickTime
Due to continuing compatibility and conversion quality issues we are strongly discouraging QuickTime (.MOV) submissions. If you are editing with QuickTime, or on a Macintosh, please use MPEG2 or MPEG4 rather than a Mac proprietary DV format.

Flash/Shockwave Animation/Real Media
We cannot accept video in these formats. We do accept videos authored with these programs if they are exported and submitted using one of the above supported formats, however we cannot provide assistance in doing so.

Other
If your entry is in any format not mentioned here, please contact us and we will try to make arrangements.

Thanks… and good luck!