SacAnime AMV Contest Info:

The SacAnime AMV Contest will take place both Friday and Saturday night. Come laugh, cry, or “awwww” at the great entries from our talented contestants, then fill out your ballot to vote for the winners! If you are interested in submitting an AMV, please be sure to read through all of the rules and submission guidelines.

General Guidelines

There are two types of AMVs we will be accepting:

Competition: Videos submitted for consideration of an award. Competition entries may only be submitted by SacAnime attendees with any badge. (Friday, Saturday, Sunday and/or Weekend badges.

Exhibition: Videos submitted only to be played for the audience, but not considered for an award.

Entering into the Sacanime AMV Contest does not guarantee your video to be in the competition. You can submit up to five videos which will be judged by the AMV staff with all the other videos submitted. The best videos that have been submitted will be allowed to compete and/or be shown for exhibition. When you submit a video you will get a confirmation email that we have received your video within 24 hours of your submission. If you do not get a confirmation email please email to make sure we got your amv submission. After submissions close and before the convention you will get a second email if your AMV made it into the AMV Contest or not.

We will be attempting to show all videos that made it into the contest. However, priority is given to Competition entries, and if we are running short on time, Exhibition entries will be cut first.

We are aware that mistakes can be made, both on the editor’s end and our own. Be sure you have given yourself enough time to be able to work with us to correct any such mistakes before the con begins by not waiting until the last minute to submit your video.

AMV Contest Rules:

Changes have been made to the AMV rules which are posted on the AMV Contest page.

-For “Competition” entries, you must be a registered attendee of SacAnime. Can have any badge to enter the competition. Friday, Saturday, Sunday, &/or weekend badge to be eligible for a prize.
-You may submit up to FIVE (5) videos to this contest. This does not guarantee that any or all of your videos will be in the contest but you can enter five for the chance to compete.

-Each video may be up to five minutes in length.

-No live action. Has to be a type of animation and/or gaming. PG-13 rating.
-Editors can NOT use clips from other people’s AMVs. If the AMV staff finds a video that uses clips from another amv it will be disqualified.

-Any animated clips can be used in the competition, i.e. anime, cartoon, video game etc. Fan art or animation can be used as well, however to be entered into the competition an editor must ask the artist permission if they can use their work. To prove this the editor must email a screenshot of asking the artist if they can use their work in a competition where they could potentially win money from and the artist’s response. Without screenshots or other word from the artist the video can only be entered into exhibition. Fan art/animation are allowed to have their original watermarks in the competition.

-No vulgar language, extreme violence, or extreme sexual themes. We do understand that this is an anime con, and some artistic content will be permitted, but the AMV staff reserve the right to disqualify any video they deem in poor taste. If you are unsure if your video qualifies please email to check.

-Do not include title bumpers to your videos. Title bumpers are anything before or anything after the video itself that says what the video is, or who made it. We will be adding uniform title bumpers to each video shown in the contest. If your video is submitted with a title bumper, we will ask you to resubmit the video without the bumper. We are not responsible for late entries due to re-editing time.

-Do not submit any videos that includes subtitles, watermarks, or other logos not associated with the video. (I.E. no subtitles unless it is important to the video and no Cartoon Network/Disney/TV Tokyo logos etc.).
-No videos entered into a previous SacAnime AMV contest are allowed to be entered again. If you entered a video in the past but it did not make it into competition or exhibition you are allowed to resubmit it.

-You may submit to any category or the same category multiple times. However we suggest with the ability to submit up to five videos to enter into multiple categories if you are submitting multiple amvs. Certain categories get a lot more entries than others so you might have a greater chance getting into the contest by submitting to multiple categories. If you ever want to know how many entries are in a particular category feel free to email to ask.

SacAnime AMV staff reserves the right to make changes to these rules at any time.

Video Formats:

We can convert several types of formats such as .WMV and others, but we prefer that you handle the conversion yourself so you are happy with the quality output. We have a lot of hard drive space available, so please do not be afraid to send us the best quality video you have. We are projecting on large screens and want your video to look good as much as you do. Also, please if possible, have the video name written in the file name when submitting a video. We take a great deal of care to match up the correct video with the correct editor, but with over a hundred entries, it can be hard to distinguish files when they all read (narutoAMV.mpg) or (FFXvid.avi)


When submitting a video you will choose what category your video belongs in. Typically the competition will be separated by categories but if there is not enough videos in one category it will be combined with another. If a video does not seem like it is in the correct category it will be moved to the appropriate category and the editor will be emailed about this change.

  • Action: Fast paced videos usually showing adventure, action, or horror anime.
  • Drama: Slower videos that show usually more sadder or serious situations.
  • Comedy: Make the crowd laugh using hilarious anime or music.
  • Romance: Videos with romantic interests or love stories.
  • Fun: Something fun to watch that doesn’t really fit in any of the other categories, including video trailers. More experimental videos tend to be placed into this category.

Last day to submit AMVs will be December 15th,2017.


AMV Registration Form:

* required

NOTE: If you are using footage from more than 3 different anime, list as "various".

Due to the large file size of videos, submissions should not be sent by email. Instead, please upload your video to a server of your choice, and provide us with a link so we may download it directly.

SacAnime would like to post winning entries on our website and social media pages.

If you have any questions regarding the event, please do not hesitate to contact the AMV staff at anytime so that we may assist you. The staff email is Also please check SacAnime forums for frequently asked questions and updates regarding the event.