JAFAX 19 AMV Contest Rules

Contest Format


The competing AMVs will be shown once each day of the event. The audience at the Saturday showing will be given ballots to vote for the Audience Choice award. Specific times and locations will be listed online and in the event program.


AMVs will be organized into five categories: Action, Comedy, Drama, Upbeat, and Staff, with at least two AMVs from different creators competing in each category. Creators may indicate a preferred category on the Entry Form, but the Contest Coordinator has final say on how AMVs will be categorized. If the category of an AMV is changed by the Contest Coordinator, the creator will be notified in advance of the contest.

AMVs created by JAFAX staff will compete in the Staff category.

In the event that an insufficient number of videos are submitted for one or more categories, the Contest Coordinator may combine categories or eliminate the use of categories altogether.


AMVs will be judged by a panel of at least three judges, including at least two AMV creators (who are not participating in the contest). AMVs will be judged on their technical and artistic merits using a points system. Judging will take place before JAFAX.

Awards and Prizes

The following awards will be determined by the judges:

The highest scoring AMV will be awarded Best of Show. From the remaining AMVs, the highest-scoring AMV in each category will be awarded the respective Best of Category award. AMVs in the Staff category are not eligible to win the Best of Show award.

In the event that categories are not used, judges will give a Best of Show award to the highest scoring AMV and a Runner Up award to the second-highest scoring AMV.

An Audience Choice award will be determined by the audience of the Saturday showing.

Honorable Mentions may be given at the judges’ discretion.

Awards will be announced at Closing Ceremonies.

Prizes will be given to all award winners (except Honorable Mentions), and will be distributed at Closing Ceremonies. The nature and value of prizes is determined at JAFAX.

Attendance Requirement

To participate in the contest, the creator of an AMV or a designated proxy must be present at Closing Ceremonies.

AMV Distribution

A DVD of contest entries may be made available free of charge to all contest participants at the end of Closing Ceremonies. If a participant does not want their AMV(s) included on the DVD, they may opt out on the Entry Form.

Contest entries may also be submitted to an archive for use in convention AMV/VAT programming. If a participant does not want their AMV(s) submitted to the archive, they may opt out on the Entry Form.

Content Guidelines

AMVs should meet the following guidelines:

AMVs will be evaluated for content using a standard approximately equivalent to the MPAA PG-13 rating. Videos that exceed a PG-13 rating may be disqualified from the contest.

Exceptions to these guidelines will be made on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the Contest Coordinator. If you aren’t sure if your video will be accepted, email the Contest Coordinator at amv@jafax.org.

Submission Rules


AMVs with multiple creators may be submitted, but JAFAX does not guarantee that more than one prize will be awarded per video.

Creators may submit up to three AMVs. Up to two videos by a creator may compete in the same category. Participation in a multiple-creator AMV counts toward both of these limits.

AMVs must have been completed on or after June 16, 2012, and may not have competed in any previous JAFAX AMV Contest.

AMVs that have won more than three major awards from any AMV contest are not eligible to participate. Major awards include but are not limited to Best of Show, Best of Category, and Audience Choice. Any number of minor awards, such as Honorable Mention, Category Runner Up, etc., are permitted. Distinction between major and minor awards is made at the discretion of the AMV Contest Coordinator.

Entry Forms must be submitted by June 14, 2014, 11:59pm. AMVs submitted by mail must be postmarked by June 7, 2014. AMVs submitted online must be uploaded by June 14, 2014, 11:59pm. Deadlines may be extended at the discretion of the Contest Coordinator.

AMVs must be original compositions by the individual(s) submitting the AMVs. Submitting another creator’s AMV as one’s own work or incorporating part or or whole of another creator’s AMV into a separate AMV without express written permission from the original creator will result in immediate and permanent disqualification from the current and all future JAFAX AMV Contests. However, parody or satire of another creator’s AMV may be permitted on a case-by-case basis.

Video Format

Submitted AMVs must meet the following specifications:

Video and audio should be encoded for high quality (without going overboard and causing decoding problems). Variable bitrate encoding is fine.

If a creator is unable to submit an AMV that meets these guidelines due to limitations of software or hardware, they may contact the Contest Coordinator to obtain permission to submit a video DVD.

Each AMV must include 2 seconds of black silence at the beginning and end. This does not count toward the time limit.

Videos will be played with the latest version of VLC for all showings. We recommend testing your AMV with VLC before submitting it.

How to Submit AMVs

  1. Fill out and submit the online Entry Form once for each AMV being submitted. Do not submit multiple AMVs on one Entry Form. Do not send the Entry Form via mail. The form must be completely and accurately filled out. Incomplete or false information is grounds for disqualification.
  2. Send a copy of your AMV(s) to JAFAX via physical mail or electronic submission.
  1. For submission via mail, record your AMV(s) to a CD or DVD. Your AMV(s) must be recorded as files (a data disc), not as an authored Video CD or DVD (a video disc), unless you have obtained permission from the Contest Coordinator. Label the disc with your real name, your email address, and the title(s) of your AMV(s). Use a permanent marker to label the disc. Send the disc in a padded envelope to the address below. All physical media become the property of JAFAX upon submission and will not be returned.
  2. For electronic submission, upload your video at the AMV Contest Submission Upload web page.
  1. Check the email account you provided on the Entry Form for confirmation that your entry was received. Allow two weeks for a confirmation.

The mailing address for AMV Contest submissions is:

PO Box 7
Jenison, MI 49429

Disclaimers and Miscellaneous Rules

These rules are subject to change at any time without notice.

JAFAX is not responsible for discs or other items lost or damaged in the mail or parcel service.

The Contest Coordinator reserves the right to reject an AMV for any reason.

Last Revised: 05/16/2014