FMV Competition Rules

The FanimeCon Music Video Competition for 2017 is now over. Thank you to all participants! Please use the following rules as a guideline for your next entries for FanimeCon 2018! The rules are subject to change closer to con.

The Basics:

AMVs must be at least 30 seconds, and no longer than 6 minutes.
Up to 3 entries per person/group; only 1 video per category allowed.
No bumpers, subtitles (unless made by you), watermarks, personal identifiers, titles, company logos or credits.
No AMV Hell-style videos allowed.
Videos that have been sent to prior Fanime AMV contests, altered or not, will not be accepted.
Video must have premiered after July 1, 2017
AMV must contain at least 70% anime, manga, or video game footage.
Must have a minimum resolution of 640×480 and a frame rate of 23.97 or 29.97.

Submission due date to be announced closer to con!


MP4s using H.264/AVC compression are preferred. However, we will also work with AVIs and MPEG2 files. Files larger than 400MB won’t be downloaded, so PLEASE compress your work.

The awards are TBA at a later date.

Prizes will be sent to winners who are not in attendance following the con, but please try to make it to the awards ceremony! More details on that will be provided once we know more about our time slots over the course of FanimeCon 2018.

Disqualification Rules:
Videos containing portions of another editor’s video will be disqualified and the submitter of said video will be permanently banned from all subsequent contests.
Participants who submit videos that are not their own will also be banned permanently.
Refusal to provide one’s legal name will result in disqualification from the contest.

Judging & Use:
Videos will be prescreened and judged prior to the convention. The judges reserve the right to move a video to another category if they feel it would be a better fit.
FanimeCon reserves the right to use submitted AMVs during the convention and subsequent FanimeCon conventions, regardless of Finalist status.

Due Date:
Competing AMVs and their submission form due date to be announced closer to con.

Submission Form:
Please email for the form. Make sure to have a download link to your video prepared. Streaming sites are not accepted (e.g., YouTube, Vimeo). We can download from’s local server, but remember, no intros/bumpers/watermarks/titles/credits/etc.

If you don’t have all of your videos available at the same time, feel free to use the form multiple times. Please contact us if you need/want to replace an entry with a new one or need to give us an updated download link, however.

If you have any questions, email us at Confirmation emails will be sent out from

Good luck to the entrants!