FMV Competition Rules

Major Contest Updates:

The theme at FanimeCon this year is gaming! As a result, we’re extending a special invite to enter video game music videos and AMVs containing gaming-themed anime such as No Game No Life, Sword Art Online, Recovery of an MMO Junkie, etc. Trailers containing video games or based on a video game movie will also qualify. A special award will be presented to the best game-themed video submitted to the contest this year.

The Basics:

  • AMVs must be at least 30 seconds long and no longer than 6 minutes.
  • Up to 3 entries per person/group; only 1 video per category allowed.
  • No official subtitles, TV broadcast, or other forms of watermarks.
  • No personal identifiers of any kind. This includes bumpers, titles, logos, credits, or editor names within the video.
  • No AMV Hell-style videos allowed.
  • Videos that have been sent to prior FanimeCon Music Video (FMV) Contests, altered or not, will not be accepted.
  • Video must have publicly premiered after July 1, 2017.
  • AMVs must contain at least 70% anime, manga, or video game footage.
  • Must have a minimum resolution of 640 x 480 and a frame rate of 23.97 or 29.97.

All FMV submissions are due May 6th, 2018 at 11:59 pm PDT.


MP4s using H.264/AVC compression are preferred. However, we will also work with AVI and MPEG2 files. Files larger than 300 MB won’t be downloaded, so PLEASE compress your work.

The awards are TBA at a later date. There will be one winner per category, plus Judges’ Best in Show, Audience Best-In- Show, and the Video Game Award.

Prizes will be sent to winners who are not able to attend, but please try to make it to the awards ceremony if you’re in attendance! More details on the award ceremony will be made available closer to the convention.

Disqualification Rules:
Videos containing all or a portion of another editor’s AMV or other unique creation (MAD, MMD, SFM, GMOD, etc) 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 pre-screened 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:
AMVs and the accompanying submission form are due by May 6th, 2018 at 11:59 P.M. PDT.

Submission Form:
Please go to the FMV Submission Form link, fill out the form and provide a download link to your video. Streaming sites are not accepted (e.g., YouTube, Vimeo). If you need hosting, we suggest Google Drive or‘s local server. We can download from‘s local server, but remember, no intros/bumpers/watermarks/titles/credits/etc.

If you want to submit more than one entry, please use the form multiple times.

We will be contacting entrants after reviewing their entries. Once a video has been cleared to compete, editors will be notified. If a problem is discovered, the editor in question will be alerted and given an opportunity to fix it. Another notification will go out closer to the convention with a list of finalists and priority editor seating information.

Please contact us if you need/want to replace an entry with a new one or need to give us an updated download link via e-mail at

If you have any questions, e-mail us at

Good luck to the entrants!