Music Video Competition

Momiji's Challenge 2018

Momiji has recently been watching film noir and black and white movies. She wonders what can be done with this style.

This year’s challenge is an editing one. The video must be in black and white, from beginning to end. Editing points will be awarded based on how this effect is used. Any amv can be easily turned black and white with a filter, but using the effect well may have unforeseen challenges.

As always, the AMV must subscribe to the qualification and eligibility requirements in order to be accepted.

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Eligibility Criteria for all Entries

The Anime North Anime Music Video Contest is open to all interested contestants, except for AN AMV staff. You do not have to be attending the convention to enter an AMV. Please consult the following eligibility guideline checklist before submitting. Your video may be ineligible to compete or may be disqualified if it fails to conform.

Did you...What we need
Check what format the video is in? The codec of the file must be MPEG-2 or MPEG-4, but the container of the file must be MPEG-2, MPEG-4, or AVI.
Include your full name, address, and all applicable fields in the submission form? All Fields MUST be filled for the submission to be accepted
Submit a maximum of 2 videos? A contestant may only submit 1 video in each Division (for a total of two): one in Challenge/Exhibition and one in Novice/Open)
Check when you premiered the video? The first time the video was available for public viewing must be after October 1 2017 to be
accepted for the 2018 AMV contest. Remakes of AMVs are not acceptable.
Ensure no corporate logos or personal watermarks are included in the AMV? We can’t have watermarks or any logos which might connote corporate licensing in the AMV
Ensure the length of the AMV is appropriate? AMVs must be longer than 1 minute, and shorter than 6 minutes
Ensure your video meets the minimum resolution? In order for a video to be shown on a big screen the minimum resolution is 640x480. We have no maximum resolution.
Use only ONE audio stream? We only accept videos with a single audio stream (if you are using more than one they must be combined into a single audio track)
Ensure your bumpers or credits (if you include them) are of correct format? Bumper or Title cards are acceptable so long as they contain no animation or audio and they are less than 10 seconds in duration
Ensure your amv is the proper size? The maximum size of an amv is 800 Mb.

All of the following criteria must be met for a video to be accepted for judging:

Qualification Requirements

Anime North is predominantly a family friendly convention, and the AMV contest itself is not a carded event, as such there are certain things that are not allowed. If you are in doubt please contact the coordinator for clarification.

What is ProhibitedWhat can be Shown
Western animation (such as Rwby and MLP: Friendship is Magic, etc) and Live-Action. A maximum of 1/3 of the visuals may be taken from these sources. Visual Material for the AMV must be taken primarily from Japanese Sources (Japanese comics, games, shows, movies etc). At least 2/3 of video sources must be of Japanese origin, but the remaining 1/3 of the visuals can be chosen from any source.
Extreme gore, entrails, extreme violence to animals, mutilation etc. Over the top cartoon violence, blood spatter, and general violent actions
Profanity and Coarse language The Canadian Broadcast Standards Council Code for Radio Broadcasts must be followed for lyrics. Properly censored versions of songs can be used
Hentai, sexual violence, exploitation of minors, graphic sex Ecchi and eroticism are allowed
Multi Editor Projects* may only be entered in Exhibition, and must have permission from all editors Collaborations** are allowed, provided all editors are on the entry form (note only one trophy will be issued, but all names will be engraved)

* Multi Editor Projects: Each editor has their own section of the AMV (usually with splits/bumpers to show where one person’s work finished and another’s begins). They are more of a collection of AMVs than a single AMV.

** Collaboration: Looks like a single AMV (editors worked together rather than each having own section of work stitched together).

Please contact the contest coordinator in advance of the deadline if you are concerned or have specific questions about what is allowed.

Anime North reserves the right to disqualify any AMV.

Submission Requirements for Online Entries

We accept online submissions. To submit your entry online please follow the following steps.

Send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with an attached submission form, and a link to download the AMV from the list of acceptable methods.

We only accept the following methods for submitting AMVs: Dropbox,, Google Drive,, and personal private servers.

If you are having difficulty with one of the above methods please contact us and we will find a solutino.

The email with the link must be submitted before 11:59 PM on April 1, 2018. If you submit in advance of the deadline and there is a problem with the submission, staff will try to contact you to fix the problem to allow for resubmission.

Submission Requirements for Mailed Entries

DO NOT SEND ORIGINALS. DVDs and CD-ROMs cannot be returned and become the property of Anime North.

If you are sending a disc from the States, we only accept USPS (United States Postal Service)

All discs must be clearly labelled with the real full name, e-mail address, and name of AMV.

A printed entry form or entry form file must be included with the mailed entry.

All mailed entries must be postmarked no later than March 30, 2018.

The mailing address for DVDs/CD-ROMs is:

Anime North Music Video Competition
6226 Ravine Way
Orleans, Ontario, CANADA
K1C 2V4

Contest Divisions

Momiji’s Challenge:

This year’s Challenge is a Visual challenge. The video must be in black and white. The judging criteria will be based on how this effect is used, and how the AMV is enhanced by this effect.

As always the AMV must subscribe to the submission, eligibility, and technical requirements in order to qualify.

The winner of this division wins the Momiji’s Challenge Award.


This division is open to any and all AMV creators who want to pit their entry against some of the best in the business. The winner of this category will receive the Northern Lights Award.


This division is for entrants who do not feel comfortable entering the Open category. These neophytes have never won an award or prize for their work. In the spirit of fairness, you should consider entering the Open category if you have made more than 10 videos. The winner of this category will receive the Newbie Award and a promotion to the Open category next year.


This division is not judged and is open to anyone who wishes to submit a video for the general viewing pleasure of the convention attendees. The AMVs in this division are exempt from certain eligibility restrictions: including premiere date, origin of footage, and length of AMV. However, Exhibition videos are still subject to all other requirements and may be disqualified if they fail to conform.

Judging Criteria

Music videos will be judged based on the following criteria:

Editing (How it’s put together): This includes the technical aspects of the AMV, including technical execution of special effects, cutting, fading, and pacing of the images to the music. (35% of the objective mark)

Cinematography (How it looks): This includes the overall quality of the AMV visual and audio components. This also includes how special effects enhance or detract from the video. Choice of images and placement to the soundtrack also play a role. (25% of the objective mark)

Creativity (How original it is): This includes the creative use of footage and music to make the video into something unique. (20% of the objective mark)

Artistic Vision (Was there a message or theme?): This is an assessment of the boldness and clarity of the editor’s vision or theme. It also includes the mood and atmosphere created by the audio and visual selections and the visceral impact it has on the audience, good or bad. (20% of the objective mark)

Judges’ Choice: This is the most subjective of the criteria - how well the judges like the video. (Not included in the objective mark)

Each Category has its own award for Excellence, and may be awarded to an AMV from any category except for Exception.

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