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Video Contests and Special Events

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the current submission deadline for this year's contests and events?

The current submission deadline for this year is posted on the Home page of the website.

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What is the process for submitting a video to an event?

In order to submit to an event, you will need to register and log in to this website. Due to significant changes in the architecture of the website, creators who have registered prior to 2010 will need to complete the registration process again. After logging into the website, there will be a link which will take you through the submission process. The new submission process also includes the integrated ability to upload your video. Like previous years, you may elect to upload your video at a later date should you want to make some final revisions to it prior to entering it into the contest.

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Will I receive an email confirmation for the videos I submitted?

No. Due to previous year's issues with spam filters and mail delivery, status updates on your submission will be provided to you via our website. You will need to log in to view the status of your submissions.

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What do I do if I am not sure if my submission violates the rules?

Please use the Contact Us feature of this website to let us know that you have some questions about your submission. We would be happy to clarify any rules or look at a preview copy of your video to determine its compliance with the rules.

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How do I know if you are having trouble viewing my video?

If we are having trouble viewing your submission, we will update your submission status which will post to the website and be available to you each time you log in. In the event we disqualify or mark your submission as not viewable, you will be able to re-submit your video for two week past the event submission deadline. We recommend that you return to our website to review the final status of your submissions three to five days after the event submission deadline.

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Am I able to update the information I originally entered on the submission form?

Yes, you are able to update information about your submission after completing the online submission form. For example, you may alter the entry name, creator nickname, song or audio track notes and update your home link information for each submission. Please note that some of this information will no longer be editable once we have completed filing your entry into the contest.

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What is your position on censorship of material used in my event submissions?

All A-Kon® video event submissions will be reviewed and are subject to censorship based on content per the posted rules of the event in question. Any submission violating the posted rules to the event to which it was submitted will be disqualified from the event and not shown at the convention.

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Can I submit multiple videos to the same event?

The maximum number of submissions allowed is unique to each event. Most of our events allow more than one submission to accommodate creators who work both individually and as part of a studio, group or MEP. Please refer to the section of our website which details each event to check the maximum number of allowed submissions.

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What video and audio formats are accepted?

The following formats are acceptable for all event submissions:

Video: AVI (Xvid, AVC, MPEG1/2/4), MPG/MPEG, VOB, MKV (h.264, x.264, AVC, MPEG1/2/4, VC-1), TS/TP/M2T (MPEG1/2/4, AVC, VC-1), MP4/MOV (MPEG4, h.264), M2TS, WMV9


  • MPEG2 MP@HL up to 1920x1080p24, 1920x1080i30 or 1280x720p60 resolution
  • MPEG4.2 ASP@L5 up to 1280x720p30 resolution (no support for global motion compensation)
  • WMV9/VC-1 MP@HL up to 1280x720p60 or 1920x1080p24 resolution
  • VC-1 AP@L3 up to 1920x1080i30, 1920x1080p24 or 1280x720p60 resolution
  • H.264 BP@L3 up to 720x480p30 or 720x576p25 resolution
  • H.264 MP@L4.1 and HP@4.1 up to 1920x1080p24, 1920x1080i30, or 1280x720p60 resolution


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How do you determine which videos are shown at the convention?

All events require a minimum cumulative score from the judges to be shown during the event. The MRS or "minimum required score" method was developed to help us determine the most effective way to keep each contest within a pre-determined time slot while still remaining as objective as possible. As the number of submissions increases for a given event, the MRS value is raised to keep the total number of submissions shown limited to the exact amount that will fit within the maximum time allotment for the event. Since the MRS factor is based solely on the total number of entries and their cumulative running times, it is not considered as a factor during the judging process and, therefore, is not disclosed to the judges at any time. This also means that there is a possibility that some submissions will not be shown at the convention.

At this time, we are not providing any alternative showings for event submissions which are eliminated by the final MRS factor; however, we are considering an overflow event which would accommodate these submissions in the future. All requests to show an eliminated submission will be declined. Please do not ask.

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My video has been moved to another event. What has happened?

The A-Kon® Video Events Staff does not regulate based on the decisions of artistic judgment of content set forth by each creator; however, we do reserve the right to move entries between events to provide a consistent viewing experience for the fans. For example, if you submit a music video that contains content better suited to a theme handled by another event, then it will be moved so that it may compete with submissions that contain similar material.

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How are my submissions judged?

Each submission receives an individual scoring in the following categories from each judge:

  • Artistic Composition: A number of factors contribute to the artistic composition of a submission. Several of the factors that will be weighed by the judges are video concept, appropriate use of footage, mood matching, audio/visual transitions, and the clarity of the message or concept being delivered.
  • Technical Artistry: This is perhaps one of the most misunderstood categories. Technical Artistry does not equal the insertion of special effects, but more clearly the skill in which they are applied and utilized. Often the best special effect is the one that isn’t noticed. Other factors weighed here are audio clarity, visual cleanliness, the smoothness of cuts and transitions, and the display of expertise in utilizing common tools of the technical trade.
  • Aesthetic Enjoyment: This, simply put, is a measure of how enjoyable the video is. Factors that contribute to this score are originality, creativity, personality, and overall uniqueness.

Your submission's final score is the sum of the cumulative value of each of the categories listed above. For certain events, both the single highest and single lowest scores are discarded.

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What is your distribution policy?

Due to the increased visibility and potential legal risk in distributing our events material without the proper licensing, our legal team has determined that distribution is not in the best interest of A-Kon® or the Video Events staff. Therefore, we will not be providing type of official distribution for our contest material.

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Can I get a copy of one or more of the videos from your events?

Although we are prohibited from distributing the material directly, some creators choose to make their material available to the general public. After the events each year, we publish a list of all of the submitted material shown during the event. Each creator is given the ability to post external links to their material as part of their submission notes. This information is released as part of the master listing. Please note that A-Kon® and its affiliates bear no liability for the content presented on any links that are not specifically maintained by the Phoenix Media Group, Inc. or its subsidiaries.

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Do you accept alternative submissions such as mock trailers/video game content?

Yes, but these types of submissions will not directly compete with AMVs, but instead compose a unique mini-segment within each contest format. For each contest event, we have provided the parody and other categories to accommodate mock trailers and special animated features that fall outside of the traditional music video format. And, for music videos containing video game or CG footage, all of the standard categories may be used.

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Do you accept submissions that are short films or contain live action content?

Yes. We are brining back support for this content in 2011. These types of submissions will not directly compete with AMVs, but, like trailers and video game content material, will compete in the mini event format which was very successful last year. Due to the format change up from 2009, short films and live action content must meet the same time limit and content requirements as the contest to which they are submitted.

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How long is the running time of my submission allowed to be?

The maximum runtime length of a submission is unique to each event. Some of our events have a restriction on submission length and others do not. If your submission exceeds the maximum submission length for the event, it will be disqualified and will not be shown at the convention. Events which do not specify a maximum submission length do not have a runtime restriction on their submissions. Please refer to the section of our website which details each event to check the maximum number of allowed submissions.

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