The competing AMVs will be shown once on Saturday and once on Sunday. The audience at the Saturday showing will vote for the Audience Choice award. Specific times and locations will be listed online and in the event program.
AMVs will be organized into three categories: Action/Upbeat, Comedy/Parody, and Drama, with at least two AMVs from different creators competing in each category. Creators may indicate a preferred category on the Entry Form, but the Contest Coordinator has final say on how AMVs will be categorized. If the category of an AMV is changed by the Contest Coordinator, the creator will be notified in advance of the contest.
In the event that an insufficient number of videos are submitted for one or more categories, the Contest Coordinator may combine categories or eliminate the use of categories altogether.
AMVs will be judged by a panel of at least three judges, including at least two AMV creators (who are not participating in the contest). AMVs will be judged on their technical and artistic merits using a points system. Judging will take place before JAFAX.
The following awards will be determined by the judges:
Best of Show
Best of Category (For each category)
Best of Staff
The highest scoring AMV will be awarded Best of Show. From the remaining AMVs, the highest-scoring AMV in each category will be awarded the respective Best of Category award. AMVs in the Staff category are not eligible to win the Best of Show award.
In the event that categories are not used, judges will give a Best of Show award to the highest scoring AMV and a Runner Up award to the second-highest scoring AMV.
An Audience Choice award will be determined by the audience of the Saturday showing.
Honorable Mentions may be given at the judges’ discretion.
Awards will be announced at Closing Ceremonies.
Prizes will be given to all award winners (except Honorable Mentions), and will be distributed at Closing Ceremonies. The nature and value of prizes is determined at JAFAX.
To participate in the contest, the creator of an AMV must live within North America.
A DVD of contest entries may be made available free of charge to all contest participants at the end of Closing Ceremonies. If a participant does not want their AMV(s) included on the DVD, they may opt out on the Entry Form.
Contest entries may also be submitted to one or more archives for use in convention AMV/VAT programming. If a participant does not want their AMV(s) submitted to the archive, they may opt out on the Entry Form.
AMVs should meet the following guidelines:
AMVs will be evaluated for content using a standard approximately equivalent to the MPAA PG-13 rating. Videos that exceed a PG-13 rating may be disqualified from the contest.
Exceptions to these guidelines will be made on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the Contest Coordinator. If you aren’t sure if your video will be accepted, email the Contest Coordinator at amv -at-jafax.org.
AMVs with multiple creators may be submitted, but only one prize will be given per video.
Creators may submit up to five AMVs. Up to two videos by a creator may compete in the same category. Participation in a multiple-creator AMV counts toward both of these limits.
AMVs must have been completed on or after June 4, 2014, and may not have competed in any previous JAFAX AMV Contest.
Entry Forms must be submitted by June 4, 2017, 11:59pm. AMVs submitted by mail must be postmarked by May 27, 2016. AMVs submitted online must be uploaded by June 4, 2017, 11:59pm. Deadlines may be extended at the discretion of the Contest Coordinator.
AMVs must be original compositions by the individual(s) submitting the AMVs. Submitting another creator’s AMV as one’s own work or incorporating part or or whole of another creator’s AMV into a separate AMV without express written permission from the original creator will result in immediate and permanent disqualification from the current and all future JAFAX AMV Contests. However, parody or satire of another creator’s AMV may be permitted on a case-by-case basis.
Submitted AMVs must meet the following specifications:
Video and audio should be encoded for high quality (without going overboard and causing decoding problems). Variable bitrate encoding is fine.
If a creator is unable to submit an AMV that meets these guidelines due to limitations of software or hardware, they may contact the Contest Coordinator to obtain permission to submit a video DVD or other alternate format.
Videos will be played with the latest version of VLC for all showings. We recommend test-viewing your finished AMV with VLC before submitting it.
The mailing address for AMV Contest submissions is:
JAFAX AMV Contest
PO Box 7
Jenison, MI 49429
These rules are subject to change at any time without notice.
JAFAX is not responsible for discs or other items lost or damaged in the mail or parcel service.
The Contest Coordinator reserves the right to reject any AMV for any reason.
Last Revised: 04/09/2017