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The VAT Updates!

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Announcing the Video Art Thunderdome!

The VAT has added a new event to its line up: The Video Art Thunderdome, completely new this year, is a music video editing event. During the convention teams of editors work to complete a Multi-Editor Project using footage provided and to a song selected from a limited list. The resulting videos compete on Sunday with you the audience being the final arbiter!

What is The Video Art Track?

More than just the home for anime music videos, The Video Art Track is the single largest event for fans and editors of amateur music videos, fan parodies and amazing and astounding original video art. Now in its 16th year, the Video Art track has always promoted remix culture and participatory fandom by supporting the creation and exhibition of fan works of art in video media.

This year, amongst nearly 80 hours of programming, the Video Art Track hosts several major events:

The Music Video Exposition (sometimes “The Exposition” or just “The Expo”) started in 1995 at the very first Anime Weekend Atlanta. Its goal has always been to exhibit as many videos as possible while awarding recognition to as many deserving videos as is practical. The Exposition is just that, an exposition and not a contest. Recognition is awarded, but there are no prizes.  Entries are judged by the Video Art Track Crew members, taking into account primarily artistic elements. Often new awards are created on the spot for innovative and creative entries.

The Professional Awards, much like the Academy Awards, is an opportunity for editors to recognize the outstanding work of their peers, and thus is a higher standard for those who wish to participate.   The categories are selected and prizes awarded by the very participants of the contest.

The Masters is hosted every two years and represents our highest standard for both artistic and technical music video production. The Masters is judged exclusively by The Video Art Track director. While the director may consult with anyone on matters artistic or technical, the final decision is theirs alone. The judging for the Masters Competition is blind, and the director’s only consideration is the finished submission.

To learn more, or enter your video, please visit The VAT’s page here:

Model Applications Now Open!

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Thank you for your interest in modeling in the 2015 Anime Weekend Atlanta galaxxxy Fashion Show!

Before submitting your application, here are a few things to know:

  • All completed applications are due no later than Monday August 31, 2015. There will be no exceptions.
  • You must purchase your own badge to the convention. If you are selected to model, in return for your participation, you will receive professional modeling photographs – 1 head shot and 1 full body shot, as well as a unique and unforgettable experience!
  • You must be available on: Friday, Sept. 25th from 7pm to 9pm for model fittings and on Saturday, Sept. 26th from 7am to 2pm for hair, makeup, dress rehearsal and the show itself. We cannot make accommodations for anyone who cannot come to the Friday fittings, so please do not apply if you cannot be on time and present the entire time.
  • Bring your own shoes to the model fittings and show day. We will give you details on what style of shoes to bring.
  • You will be required to provide your own food/snacks/drinks. Leaving the premises on show day is not permitted, so please plan accordingly.
  • If you apply and are selected to model for us, we expect you to act in a professional manner with our guests, staff, other models and attendees. You will be changing clothes in front of other models, so please wear appropriate undergarments (neutral or nude color is preferred, especially for show day).

Please email if you have questions or require assistance of any kind.

Apply Now

Submit Your Demo Now

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Submit Your Demo Now!

We are now accepting applications and demos to play the AWA Saturday Night Dance!

To apply, please submit the following via email:

  • Full name
  • Stage Name
  • Days/Night of Availability (the dance is on Saturday)
  • What equipment you use
  • Link to listen/download your demo

Demo Requirements

  • Minimum time of 20 minutes
  • No maximum time limit
  • The judging will focus on how you spin, not what music you use
  • Use the demo to showcase the range of your abilities
  • Anime/video game mixes are not required, but are helpful to have since this is an anime convention

Double check the email and demo requirements, and then send it off to Good luck and happy spinning!

Pre-Registration Pricing

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Due to the overwhelming amount of support for the show, we are allowing people to register at our reduced pricing until 11:59 PM tonight, June 1st. Get together with your friends to get 4 days of the most Japan has to offer in the Southeast for only 42 dollars each.

Register Now!


Hotel Update

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If you’re still looking for a hotel for AWA, there are still some rooms available at the following hotels:

We’ve also added a new sorting function that will allow you to sort the hotels on the page by distance or price. for the master list of hotels we have special rates with, as well as a map of all the hotels in the area!

Crew Applications are Open!

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AWA is now accepting applications to become part of Crew! Not only do you get to join a huge family of otaku who share your love and interest in anime, and get a back stage view of the show, volunteers get other great perks too!

Incentives for becoming a crew member include:

Hours worked are based on previous years. Hours worked this year qualify you for incentives and benefits for the following year.

  • 10 hours throughout the weekend / new volunteers = discounted crew badge
  • 12 hours throughout the weekend = free crew badge for following year
  • 13 hours/new volunteers = free crew t-shirt
  • Discount on Formal Ball Ticket
  • Dead Dog Party and New Year’s Kick off Party admission

To learn more about the requirements and how to apply, please visit our Crew page:

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Now Accepting AA Applications

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We are now accepting applications to vend in the Artist Alley at AWA 2015!

Please head on over to our artist registration page for info on how to apply, and what the new and improved process will be like. Of course, we recommend checking out the rules for what can be sold in the artist alley before submitting your application just to make sure you meet the requirements.

Please contact us at if you have any questions! We look forward to seeing all of your art!

Hotel Block Opens 2/2/2015

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Mark your calendar and save the date because the hotel blocks for AWA will be opening up starting February 2! We have a variety of hotels at different price points and distances that will offer you a special Anime Weekend Atlanta rate, so don’t miss out! The Renaissance, Embassy Suites, and Sheraton hotels all sell out very quickly, so if you want to be close to the action, have your browser ready.

Hotels in our block include: