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. 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.

Submission Instructions

Read all of the rules, especially the rules for the event in which you wish to enter. Every year we must disqualify entrants due to not meeting the rules of the contests. Don’t let that happen to you!

All submissions should be in H.264 MPEG format. It’s also critically important that you review your video for audio sync issues. If you have any questions about video format and conversion, please contact us at videoart@awa-con.com.

We only accept submissions online through the following form. We will not obtain your video from any other website. The entire form with contact information must be completed for each video. Peer review online participants will be contacted at the email address provided with voting information. Multi-Editor Projects (MEPs) and other works created by more than one person will need to designate one person as the point of contact for the work. This person should complete the submission form listing all editors in the “Legal Name” field.

Rules for Submissions

The following rules apply to all music video events at Anime Weekend Atlanta. All events operate at the discretion of The Video Art Track and Anime Weekend Atlanta crew. Rules are subject to change without notice. Category and Award descriptions available on this website are guidelines only. Crew may add, change, or eliminate categories as they see fit. Awards have no significant cash value. Often, they have no tangible value whatsoever.

By submitting an entry to The Video Art Track, the video editor grants The Video Art Track non-revocable permission to exhibit and distribute that work. The video editor otherwise retains all rights and responsibilities relating to their creation. The Video Art Track and Anime Weekend Atlanta supports Remix Culture. All participants retain all rights to the value added by their creative endeavors, and respect the rights retained by the original creators of the material they transform. The Video Art Track does not dictate decisions of artistic judgment. The artistic design of your entry can be anything you choose and may draw from any type of source material, aural or visual.

We encourage all artists to seek out new and original projects. You may enter as many events as you wish, but a single work may not be entered into more than one of our events, present or past. The Music Video Exposition accepts works that have participated in other events, even those that have previously won awards. Other events require new works that have not been publicly exhibited in any fashion, either at an event or online.

Deadlines

The Expo – Sunday, September 26, 2021 @ 11:59pm Eastern Time

The Video Art Track Peer Review Online – Sunday, September 19, 2021 @ 11:59 Eastern Time

The Masters – Sunday, September 19, 2021 @ 11:59pm Eastern Time

The Music Video Exposition (AKA Expo)

The goal of The Music Video Exposition has always been to exhibit as many videos as possible from our wide array and styles of entries. Recognition is awarded as a way to thank the creators of our most outstanding entries. We generally recognize the standard categories (action, comedy, romance, etc.) as well as a wide range of one-off and legacy acknowledgments, including our “Grand Prize”, given to the most unconventional entry. Happy editing and best of luck!

Important Info

  • Deadline: All entries in The Music Video Exposition must be received by 11:59 PM Sunday, September 26, 2021, Eastern Time. This is an “in our hands”deadline. Your video should be completely uploaded by the deadline.
  • Quantity: There is no limit to the number of entries or duration.
    Participation: Anyone may submit a video to the Exposition, even if they will not be attending Anime Weekend Atlanta.
  • Participation: Anyone may submit a video to the Exposition.
  • Content: Videos exhibited during the Gala Awards Show and daytime hours are generally limited to the standards of an MPAA “R” rating. Any content exceeding an “R” rating will limit our ability to showcase the video, but will not disqualify it entirely.

The Video Art Track Peer Review Online

(Formerly: The Professional Contest, or simply “Pro”)

For the first Video Art Track, we wanted to offer something new in the way music videos were judged. Instead of having crew review the videos (which we do for the Exposition), or letting the audience vote on entries (common at many other conventions), an event was created to be judged exclusively by those who participated. Formerly named “The Professional Contest” this is an editors best opportunity to showcase their skills and unique styles to an audience comprised exclusively of fellow editors from within the hobby. Anyone, regardless of skill level, is invited and encouraged to participate.

How does the contest work?

All videos submitted will be available to download along with an online ballot. You will be asked to download and review the contest entries then vote on [first] what categories are appropriate given the entries. Next there is the nomination process, we ask you to simply select all videos that are worthy of finals and fit them into those categories. Multiple videos can fit into a number of categories and you may nominate as many as you wish. The videos with the most nominations in each category are considered the finalists and the rest are removed from consideration. The final phase is simply voting on the single best finalist in each category.

This contest is completely driven by the editors that enter and as such should represent the pinnacle of one’s own capabilities.

  • Deadline: All entries in The VAT Peer Review must be received by 11:59 PM Sunday, September 19, 2021, Eastern Time. This is an “in our hands”deadline. Your video should be completely uploaded by the deadline.
    Participation: Anyone may participate, even if they will not be attending Anime Weekend Atlanta.
  • Participation: Anyone may participate.
  • Quantity: A maximum of 2 videos may be submitted by any individual. This includes collaborations and MEPs.
  • Identification: All videos must be void of bumpers, credits, personal/studio watermarks or any other creator identification. How you choose to handle identification outside of the video content is entirely up to you. Some participants do enjoy a blind viewing, so let’s respect everyone’s judging styles. Any identifiers in the video or file name will immediately disqualify that entry.
  • Content: There is no limit to the media used in your video. Be it anime, video game, live action, or an edited recording of your last LARP outing, we accept all forms of media.
    • Any video with mature or explicit material will not be distributed to anyone under the age of 18.
  • Length: The time restriction has been removed, but keep in mind your peers are judging your video. If you feel like your 35 minute, 5 act magnum opus deserves the admiration of your fellow editors, that’s your decision to make. However understand that they may not necessarily agree.
  • Right of First Exhibition: By submitting a video to this event, you are granting the Video Art Track the right of first exhibition of your submission. Submissions may not have been presented in any public venue nor published online in any fashion prior to their initial screening during the Gala Awards Show at Anime Weekend Atlanta (Saturday, October 30, 2021). This includes any other conventions during the same weekend.

In the event of disqualification the editor will be contacted via the email provided. Generally entrants are given the right to resubmit the entry into Expo. This will not be done automatically, we will always ask for consent prior to the relocation of a video.

The Masters

This is a Masters year! This contest, held every other year, represents our highest standard for both artistic and technical music video production. Masters is judged blind by the contest coordinator alone and, as expected of the flagship contest, all entries are held to the highest standards. Only one video will win Masters, but as many entries as possible will be given screen time at the Gala Awards Show.

  • Deadline: All entries must be received by 11:59 PM Sunday, September 19, 2021, Eastern Time. This is an “in our hands” deadline. Your video should be completely uploaded by the deadline.
  • Quantity: Each editor is allowed one entry.
  • Right of First Exhibition: By submitting a video to this event, you are granting the Video Art Track the right of first exhibition of your submission. Submissions may not have been presented in any public venue nor published online in any fashion prior to their initial screening during the Gala Awards Show at Anime Weekend Atlanta (Saturday, November 2, 2019).
  • Colabs/MEPs: The prize will not be duplicated or divided in the event multiple editors worked on the winning video. For this reason they are not recommended.
  • Participation: Anyone may enter regardless or age or experience level.
    Bumpers/credits: All entries must be void of anything that would identify the creator. This includes bumpers, tickers, scrolls, credits, watermarks, etc.

The Video Art Thunderdome

With the return of in-person AWA attendance comes the return of The Video Art Track  THUNDERDOME!!

This is AWA’s exclusive on-site MEP contest. Thunderdome allows attendees an opportunity to compete in a true community event with and against friends at the convention. We set you up with a dedicated room, the hardware, the footage; all you need to do is assemble a team and sign up for edit times.

  • Participation: Anyone attending Anime Weekends Atlanta may participate, regardless of prior AMV experience.
  • Footage and hardware: Everything needed to create your music video will be provided at the convention.
  • Song: Prior to the convention decide on a song and submit it. For each song submission The VAT team will choose an alternative and your first editor will be given an opportunity to select the song or the alternative (methodology for the selection changes from year-to-year.)
  • Judging: All MEPs will be shown at VAT closing and selected based on audience reaction.