International AMV Competition

These are the rules for the 2020 edition of the Abunai! International Anime Music Video Competition. In 2019 this competition was called the ‘Advanced AMV Competition’. 

In this AMV competition, we welcome national and international competitors. Local AMV makers are welcome to participate, provided none of their created AMVs have ever been previously shown at any other Dutch convention. Experienced local AMV makers are particularly encouraged to participate in this competition.

You can enter two AMVs in all of the following categories: action, comedy, dance/fun, drama/romance and “conceptual”. The conceptual category is for AMVs that do not belong to any of the other mentioned categories. They may, for example, focus on a mood or aesthetic, or merely focus on showcasing editing skills matching the music.

You do not need to be present at this competition. You also do not need a valid Abunai! 2020 ticket in order to enter.

If you have any questions, please contact the competition team by sending an e-mail to amv@abunaicon.nl. Please be sure to consult the FAQ, where oft-expressed concerns are addressed, before contacting us.

Submission Rules

  • The submission deadline is Sunday, the 12th of July 2020 at 23:59:59.
  • You can enter the International AMV Competition and AMV Competition with different entries. You are not allowed to enter both competitions with the same AMV.
  • You can enter this competition with two AMVs in the following categories: action, comedy, dance/fun, drama/romance, and conceptual.
  • All submitted AMVs must have been finished or premiered after the 12th of July 2019.
  • Local AMV editors are allowed to enter, but can not enter if one of their AMVs has been shown at previous AMV Competitions at a Dutch convention.

Video Rules

  • Sources you are allowed to use in your AMV are as follows: Anime, Manga, (fan)art and game footage (the game must be of Japanese origin). There is no limit to the number of sources you are allowed to use. Usage of non-Japanese sources is allowed in moderation. If you are unsure whether your source is allowed or not, you can check by contacting our AMV team through e-mail.
  • We recommend the following resolutions: 1280x720p or 1920x1080p. Other resolutions will be accepted but we cannot guarantee they can be displayed in their full quality.
  • The maximum length is five minutes (excluding intro/outro), but shorter entries (about three minutes in length) are preferred.
  • A multi-editor project is allowed.
  • Title bumper/credits are not allowed. If you submit an AMV with a title bumper or credits we will request you submit a clean version. A title card will be added by us for the convention.
  • “Special thanks” screens are allowed, but cannot include material from sources.
  • The maximum file size is 500MB.
  • The preferred file type is MP4. Other file types may be rejected.
  • Excessive violence, gore, and/or other content not suitable for minors is not allowed.
  • Logos, subtitles and watermarks from sources are not allowed. You are allowed to add subtitles or texts to your AMV.
  • Frame blending which resembles ghosting in your entry, (example: http://amvnews.ru/images/news/mistakes/04.jpg ) can badly affect the general score to the point of disqualification if used excessively.  
  • Allowed frame rates are as follows: 23.976/24 fps, 29.97/30 fps, or 59.97/60 fps.

Audio Rules

  • Audio can be of any source and in any language
  • Minimum audio quality is 192 kb/s MP3
  • Vulgar language or language otherwise not suitable for minors is not allowed.

Submitting Your AMV

You can sign-up through the official form. You find the sign-up form here: Sign-up form International AMV Competition (https://forms.gle/DioEns6e4kNc9joF7).

  • The AMV filename should be named as follows: (nick)name – title of the video.extension, for example: Kitsune – My First AMV.mp4.
  • For uploading your AMV we recommend the following:
    • Dropbox
    • Google Drive
    • Mega

If any of the information required is missing, your sign-up will be rejected. We will notify you if your sign-up form has been received.