There are seven categories for the 2020 contest:
- Upbeat / Fun: We're looking for fast-paced enjoyment.
- Intensity: Action, suspense, conflict, triumph, and despair!
- Drama / Sentiments: Give the audience the feels!
- Comedy / Parody: Weird. Funny? Surprising!
- Trailers: Short, sweet, and to the point!
- Fan Fiction: Rewrite the anime. Make your wildest dreams come true!
- Guilty Pleasures: We are looking for high quality videos that are delightfully annoying and cringey. Take the worst of pop culture and make it great.
Depending upon the content and number of AMV entries received, categories are subject to change.
Content is PG-13. We try to run a clean show. This includes no themes likely to insult or disparage by race, social class, religion, ethnicity, gender, or sexuality—because that's no fun for anybody.
Anime: are Japanese animated productions featuring hand-drawn or computer animation.
The majority (over 50%) of your entry's video content must consist of anime-styled or manga-styled content. Consideration will be given to other non-Japanese sources that feature such styles (examples of exceptions include Voltron: Legendary Defender, Teen Titans, Avatar: The Last Airbender, etc.).
TV station logos ("bugs") and other commercial indices must be obscured or removed.
Bumpers and credits are not allowed as we will be adding custom-made intro and outro slates for each AMV finalist. There is an exception for AMV titles (not credits) that add to the overall message and purpose of your AMV.
Parody uses of commercial logos are acceptable.
No source subtitles allowed. Intentionally added subtitles are OK.
No more than 3 entries per person, with no more than 1 entry per Category.
Maximum file size: 330MB.
Maximum duration: 5:00 minutes.
How to Submit
To submit, you must upload your file within the submission form below.
Acceptable file formats are: avi, mpg, mp4, and mkv.
Do not send mov, rm, or wmv files.
Physical media (such as by mail) is not accepted at this contest.
By submitting an AMV, you grant Kumoricon and the AMV Contest staff unconditional permission to use, copy, share, and show that AMV.
Entries must be submitted by 4:30pm Pacific Daylight Time (UTC 23:30) on September 1, 2020.
A panel of judges will convene to review all entries and select up to six AMVs per category. The judges' decisions on the playlist is final.
All entries must have premiered or been created no earlier than the previous year's Kumoricon (November 15, 2019).
Entries that have been finalists in previous Kumoricon contests are excluded from the 2020 contest.
Each category will win one prize chosen by audience voting.
The audience will also choose a Best In Show winner.
The coordinator/judges may make a Judges' Choice award, Technical Effects award, and Honorable Mention as well as any other awards they believe best represent the top AMVs shown at the contest.
Therefore, a guaranteed seven prizes shall be awarded for 2020 with the potential to reach upwards of twelve prizes.
A prize is usually an anime DVD or Blu-Ray, a manga, or art book. Top prizes for Best In Show, Coordinator's Choice, and Judge's Choice include anime figurines and/or other larger goodies.
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