The coordinator (me) has no votes on the judges' panel.
I was only reporting what they were doing and saying.
My instructions to the judges were to:
a) consider the contest guidelines (including what is PG or not,)
b) consider which entries would be most entertaining
to the audience, and
c) ask for a total time
for the show.
From there on, I let go of the rudder and observe the results.
This was the first time I have ever posted the process as it goes, by the way. Also, they were at a point where everything had indeed passed as far as category definitions, but one of the Utenas was way over the time limit (almost six minutes long) and the cuts at that time were being made
mostly because we are at TWO hours TEN minutes.
Remember, the only issue I discuss or negotiate with the panel is the total time
of the contest. Also note that since we got
over seventy vids this year, I reconsidered what the total time of the show might best be - expanding from a 75-90 min range to end up at over an hour and three quarters (which is in favour of the AMV editors.)
Longer AMVs become bigger, juicier targets at this stage in the process.
This is also one of the reasons that makes the Drama categories somewhat difficult to break into.
For some reason, when people make dramas they often extend right up to the original time limit (in this case 4min 40sec) and more than a few go over-time as well.
In any case, I believe that eight heads working together came up with a VERY entertaining show
for the audience - the best show ever.
Of course the people to thank for that are the AMV editors themselves.