Welcome to the Fandom Music Video Awards Contest hosted by Dragon Con
The following rules are in effect for the duration of the 2016 contest. Rule changes may be made. Contestants will be notified of any changes via email, Facebook and Twitter.
- We are accepting Electronic Submissions only.
- You MUST submit your entry through our Entry Form located HERE
- The contest is now divided into 2 divisions Amateur and Masters divided in three groups- Anime, Live Action and Machinima
- Prizes and certificates will be handed out at the convention to participants that are present.
Please take this opportunity to read the rules and if you have any questions feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Good luck to all the contestants and we thank you for showing your support.
1) All entries and corrections must be in our office by the deadline in order to be considered for the contest. There is 1 (one) round of competition for 2016. The round starts November 1 2015 and ends July 31, 2016 – All entries MUST be received by 11:59 pm Pacific time. Any entries after that time will be disqualified.
We understand mistakes can happen and will make every effort in our power to make sure the submissions you have worked hard to get to us are in proper order and in the event they are not working we will make every effort to contact you.
2) You do not need to attend the convention to enter the contest, although it is highly encouraged. There is nothing like seeing your videos played on a big screen in front of hundreds of fans and having an audience react to it accordingly.
3) There are two divisions for the contest – Amateur and Masters. Each division is split into three groups: Anime, Live Action and Machinima. Each group is split into categories: Drama & Horror, Romance & Sentimental, Action & Adventure, Fun & Dance, Comedy & Humor, Trailer & Parody
When you submit your videos you must choose which division, group and category you feel best fits your video. If it is between two categories and you are unsure then indicate whichever one you feel is the best fit – if the judging panel feels it is a mismatch for the category, we will move it to the correct category and notify you of the change.
If you have entered and placed (1st, 2nd, 3rd, Judges Award, Best In Show) at Dragon Con or any other Video Competition in the past 24 months, you should enter the Masters division.
4) For the Anime/Animation music video categories we do ask that at least 75% of your submission be Anime and Animation. You are also welcome to use anything else you feel best enhances your video and the category.
For the Live Action category you can use anything with a theme that fits into the following categories: Drama & Horror, Romance & Sentimental, Action & Adventure, Fun & Dance, Comedy & Humor, Trailer & Parody. You can pull from movies and television shows featuring Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Pop Culture, etc. You can use actual film or video footage, or you may create your own footage. Clarification on using crowd footage filmed at the convention: If you choose to use crowd footage, it must be choreographed and lip synched (Example here).
For Machinima, music video categories we do ask that at least 75% of your submission be footage generated in video game environments. You are also welcome to use anything else you feel best enhances your video and the category.
5) When submitting your video, you must complete the Online Contest Entry Form. By completing this requirement completely you ensure faster processing of your video. We will be unable to look up credit information for you as there will be time constraints once reviewing and judging begins.
6) The contest is an Teen and Mature audience showing and thus no video can be played that is more than a R rating, Example: If the song can not be played on the radio without editing then it is not appropriate for all ages. Hentai is not allowed under any circumstances where genitalia are showing or censored, nor is excessive violence.
7) Once submitted to us, your submission becomes property of Wolfmont Media LLC. By submitting your videos to us you have given us permission to use your work as part of our video programming or any other programming affiliated with Dragon Con. We do not own the intellectual property rights to your work.
All judging and disqualifications are at the discretion of the judges. A submission may be disqualified for any reason.
Entry Fee: There is no fee
Entry Deadline: July 31, 2016
All submissions must be in our office by these dates. Any entries received after this time will be disqualified.
We will accept digital formats only.
Use the Contest entry form. You will provide a link to where we can download your video from COPY.COM.
- Use the Contest entry form. and provide the link to your file on COPY.COM. You MUST use COPY.COM – other services will NOT be allowed.
- Once you are signed into COPY.COM, UPLOAD a CLEAN COPY (No logos, intros, watermarks, etc.) to COPY.COM.
- Create a contest folder “FMV Contest – My Name” and share your video with us using this email. email@example.com.
- As it may take days or weeks for us to copy all videos, please make sure you leave the video shared with us till the contest is over in September.
- We will copy your video(s) into the Judging Folder(s).
- If you DO NOT follow instructions, you will be DISQUALIFIED
ANY SUBMISSIONS COMING IN VIA ANY OTHER SERVICE WILL BE DISQUALIFIED
If we have to do any editing (converting, etc) to your entry we can’t ensure the quality – therefore, if your entry is NOT in the correct format, it will be DISQUALIFIED. In order to ensure your quality please follow the formatting rules.
All submissions should be no less than 1 minute and no more than 6 minutes in length.
We have a large library of codecs and we’ll try to work with almost anything you send us, with minor exceptions (see “What We REJECT”). However, if in doubt, please refer to the optional “What We Prefer” section for guidance.
What We Prefer
- Files encoded in MP4 (H.264) or MPG (MPEG2) formats.
- Files averaging ~30MB per minute (75MB minimum, 500MB maximum).
- Progressive/Non-Interlaced footage.
Preferred Video Resolutions
We strongly recommend submitting your video in the exact same resolution
that your source material is in, which is likely one of the following:
- 640×480 (4:3, Square Pixel)
- 848×480 (16:9, Square Pixel)
- 960×720 (4:3, Square Pixel)
- 1280×720 (16:9, Square Pixel)
- 720×480 (4:3, 0.9:1 Pixel Aspect Ratio)
- 720×480 (16:9, 1.21:1 Pixel Aspect Ratio)
What We Reject
- Any FLV, MKV, OGM, SWF, 3GP, or WMV files.
- Any video hosting links such as YouTube, Vimeo, Veoh, or similar (You must include a link ALONG with the file and embed code)
- Video resolution less than 640×360 (16:9) or less than 640×480 (4:3).
- Audio bitrate less than 128kbps and/or a sample rate less than 44.1khz.
- Anything that requires an unusual level of difficulty to work with.
In order to ensure your quality please follow the formatting rules.
Videos must not contain any “bumpers” or other identifiers as to who edited it (see the bit about “blind judging” in the Judging section below).
Watermarking, television logos and subtitles are NOT allowed – Please use DVD or BLUE-RAY video for your content. If your video has logos, or subtitles, heavy watermarking, it will be DISQUALIFIED. Videos must look “clean” – no watermarks, no logos, no subtitles (unless they were added by the editor for specific effect), etc.
All videos should include 3 seconds of black before the start of the video. This allows for proper queuing during presentation. If you are skilled enough to edit
Watermarking for upload to Video Sharing sites (like YouTube and Vimeo) is fine – upload a watermarked copy there, but send in a clean, non-watermarked video file in MP4 format for judging. Entries will be pre-screened for eligibility/appropriateness and then judged in a blind judging process. (This means the judges will not know who edited what.) Watermarking, adding a Studio Title or Card or a screen bug will let the judging panel know who edited the video and will give unfair advantage/disadvantage. If received with bumpers, credits, water marks, bugs or identifying marks, your entry will be DISQUALIFIED.
7) All videos must also include Embedding code AND a sharing link from one of our approved Video Streaming Hosts. These are as follows; YouTube (Prefered) Vimeo, Veoh, Metacafe, Flickr and Photobucket. YouTube is very strict on copyrighted content, and may disable your video based on content or music used. If this happens, please try one of the other Video Streaming sites.
When uploading your video to any of these sites, make sure it is set to Allow Embedding and make sure it is accessible. With YouTube, it does NOT have to be Public – you can mark it as Unlisted – then it can still be viewed by anyone with the link. See the Contest FAQ here
Why do we require embedding code? We understand that some contests require you debut your work through their contest and public performance. We do not have this requirement – The Fandom Music Video Contest and Awards is not your run of the mill AMV contest – we’re different – we cover multiple genres and multiple fandoms. You can feel safe knowing that your video will still be fresh to many of those who attend Dragon Con. Providing embedding code will allow us to publicize your work to the 180,000 followers on our social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter and Google+ combined), as well as giving attendees a central place to see all of the videos after the contest.
The Contest & Judging
Judging will take place during the 4 week period after the contest deadline. Entries will be pre-screened for eligibility/appropriateness and then judged in a blind judging process. (This means the judges will not know who edited what.)
A panel of 12 judges will rate videos based on the following criteria:
Music videos will be judged based on the following criteria:
- Editing (How it’s put together): This includes the technical aspects of the video, including technical execution of special effects, cutting, fading, and pacing of the images to the music. (45% of the objective mark)
- Cinematography (How it looks): This includes the overall quality of the video’s visual and audio components. This also includes how special effects enhance or detract from the video. Choice of images and placement to the soundtrack also play a role. (25% of the objective mark)
- Creativity (How original it is): This includes the creative use of footage and music to make the video into something unique. (20% of the objective mark)
- Artistic Vision (Was there a message or theme?): This is an assessment of the boldness and clarity of the editor’s vision or theme. It also includes the mood and atmosphere created by the audio and visual selections and the visceral impact it has on the audience, good or bad. (20% of the objective mark)
- Judges’ Choice: This is the most subjective of the criteria – how well the judges like the video. (Not included in the objective mark)
- You may submit a maximum of two videos per division (Anime, Machinima or Live Action). This means you may submit up to 6 videos. No person or group can submit more than one entry per category.
- The Video Awards contest running time is 3 hours. During this time we will show the top 4 videos from each category. As time permits, we will show videos that did not place, upon audience or creator request.
- Judging panelists will be chosen by the contest coordinator.
- An entry may only win one award with the exception of the Best in Show or special Judges awards. The award the video wins is at the discretion of the judges.
- Videos must be less than 12 months old – that is, they must not have been shown at a convention or available to view online before October 1, 2014
- Videos entered in earlier Dragon Con FMV Contests are ineligible for competition.
- Two Divisions (Masters& Amateur) is divided into three groups (Anime, Machinima & Live Action) split into Six Categories each:
- Drama & Horror
- Romance & Sentimental
- Action & Adventure
- Fun & Dance
- Comedy & Humor
- Trailer & Parody
There will be 1st, 2nd, 3rd place award for all six categories. Awards will be presented during the Fandom Music Video Awards program hosted at Dragon Con.
Grand Prize: There will be a “Best of Show” Winner. This submission will not necessarily be one which has won in one of the other categories. Contestants can choose to compete for one of the six main categories which will automatically qualify them for “Best of Show”
Only one submission per category per person is allowed. If a category does not receive at least 4 submissions then the category will be removed and the submissions will be put into the closest related category.
- The votes of the judges will be tabulated during the pre-convention screening. Some judging may occur after this should there be problems with the pre-convention screening. The judges will make all decisions regarding winners and any disqualifications.. All decisions are final.
- You DO NOT NEED TO BE PRESENT at the convention or the contest to win. We will be handing out certificates and awards at the con to creators that are present. All other certificates and prizes will be mailed. A picture ID will be required in order to pick up your submission at the convention.
All rules are subject to change without notice.
If you are not present and your submission wins, Dragon Con will cover the cost to ship your awards to you.
If you need clarification on anything, please ask. You can find our FAQ here,