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Florida Anime Experience 2012


The deadline for submissions is 11:59 PM on Sunday, May 13, 2012. Unless prior arrangements have been made, all uploads must be completed by this time.

General Rules

The Florida Anime Experience Anime Music Video contest operates at the discretion of Wasabi Anime 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 and Wasabi Anime 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 just a month 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: Content inappropriate for an “R″ 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 contest is specifically a part of the Florida Anime Experience, and as such 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 will be held in advance of the convention, conducted by Wasabi Anime staff members and experienced fan Anime Music Video editors. The judges’ deliberations are private and final.

Judges will present an award for Best of Show, and may present awards for the traditional genres of Best Action, Best Comedy, Best Drama and Best Romance. Judges may also present additional awards at their discretion.


We’ll screen both videos recognized by the judges, and time permitting, other submissions, during our awards show. The order of presentation is decided by the judges.

Submission Rules and Technical Requirements

All submissions must be 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

All entries must be registered online at our website: 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

  • MPEG-4 is the preferable format to submit in, though the computers we use for judging do support a wide range of specifications.
  • Please do not interlace video.
  • It is strongly recommended you include 1 second of silence and black before and after the video.
  • Do not submit a video and its respective audio as two individual files.

Other Video Formats

Sending a base or main profile MPEG-4 is the best way to practically guarantee that what you send us is what we actually screen. There are many video “container” formats such as MP4, MKV, OGM, etc., most of which are well defined and are things we can handle.

Thought it is preferable to have MPEG-4 files, we can accept other formats, so long as you don’t do anything really weird and exotic. Here are some tips, from past experience.

ASF/WMV/Windows Media/etc.

The quality on these formats can suffer greatly. 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.


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 MPEG-4 or MPEG-2 instead of any 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.


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

Thank you for submitting your videos, and good luck!