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Contests

MomoCon 2017 Closet Costume Contest

Held each MomoCon on Friday night, the Closet Costume Contest involves getting into the spirit of cosplay and really becoming the character on stage!  Contestants are judged on screen accuracy and/or their spirit of cosplay, including poise, presentation, and enthusiasm!  This contest is intended for attendees who have made 60% or less of their costume by hand.

Rules
Example Signup Forms (available on site at the convention beginning Friday)
Walk-On Only form (you will not be judged, just participating in the catwalk)

MomoCon 2017 Craftsmanship Costume Contest

One of the largest MomoCon events each year, the Craftsmanship Costume Contest brings out competitors on Saturday night to display some top tier cloth craftsmanship and prop making!  Participants are judged on craftsmanship primarily, and as such this contest is intended for attendees who have made 60% or more of their costume by hand.

Rules
Example Signup Forms (available on site at the convention beginning Friday)
Walk-On Only form (you will not be judged, just participating in the catwalk)

Want to participate in either contest without being judged for prizes, just to show off your costume on stage?  Be sure to check out the Walk-On only options!

Disney Sing Along Contest
(Signups now closed, 2018 signups in January)

We’re back for a fifth year of Disney goodness at MomoCon 2017! Join a host of singers as they compete for fabulous prizes singing their favorite Disney songs!

Friday evening, 8:30pm
May 26th, 2017
Sidney Marcus Auditorium

New submissions will begin on January 1st and end March 1st. To compete you will need to sign up and submit samples within that window.  The beautiful Sidney Marcus Auditorium was a fantastic backdrop last year for some really incredible performances!

Submissions are now closed for the 2017 event (they open again in January for the 2018 event). For non-competitors, please join us on Friday of MomoCon to hear some great performances!

MomoCon is happy to host our fourth annual Disney Sing Along Contest! We had some really overwhelming demand for the event that goes up every year, so get your submissions in! Please read the rules and submission guidelines below for more details. The contest will be held Friday late afternoon/evening at MomoCon 2017. If you cannot be at MomoCon at that time, please do not submit, as pre-screened finalists will perform in the finals on stage at MomoCon at that time. Being present for the finals is mandatory for any finalists wishing to compete for prizes!

The Basics

We love Disney songs, and we hope you do, too! This contest is a platform for you to show off your best princess voice, or Randy Newman impersonation, to possibly win some great prizes! The best part? The Grand Prize winner will receive a ticket to Walt Disney World! No joke, straight up, a ticket to the most magical mouse-inspired Florida destination! We will have prizes for 2nd and 3rd place as well, TBA.

Please limit selections to Disney animated features, broadway plays based on features, muppets/Henson productions, claymation Disney (Corpse Bride, Nightmare Before Christmas), or other animated Disney (direct to DVD, etc.). Due to audience response, we will no longer accept unreleased songs from animated features.

How do I compete?

You’ll need to submit two vocal samples of the two song choices you are auditioning with! Please apply before March 1st, 2017 for consideration in the contest.

Judging

Pre-judging is 100% based on vocal performance and variety; we have a panel of judges with professional vocal experience ready for all entries. Stage judging for finalists will be 90% vocals and 10% presentation. Finalists will be notified of acceptance in mid-late March.

Prizes

First place will receive a one-day park ticket to Walt Disney World (no hopper option). This ticket can be used at any of the four major parks on the Disney property in Orlando (Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios) and is valid for one year. Second and Third place will receive prizes from MomoCon (manga, comics, plushes, DVDs, etc.)

MomoCon 2017 AMV Contest

Submit for the AMV Contest
Submit for the V-Mix Competition

MomoCon is now officially accepting submissions for the 2017 AMV Contest. The submission deadline is Monday, April 24th, 2017 @ 11:59pm EST, and each finalist will receive a free 4-day membership to MomoCon 2017! The top video in each category will also receive a trophy and $25 Amazon Gift Card.

MomoCon also has a separate Video Remix (V-Mix) Competition that welcomes submissions using non-Japanese animation, original animation, machinima, video game, cosplay and even live action footage. Anime Music videos that would either be ineligible or do not fit into a main contest category are also welcome. Winners will receive an award and a free membership to next year’s MomoCon (MomoCon 2018).

This year, MomoCon is encouraging editors to submit videos that match our 2017 theme of “High Fantasy”. Any entry to either contest that our judges feel represents the theme will be eligible to win MomoCon’s 2017 Theme Award and a $25 Amazon Gift Card. This award doesn’t have a designated category, and so participants will still need to determine the best fit genre of their video if submitting it to the AMV Contest. All accepted submissions will be eligible to win regardless of their genre, content, or whether or not they make finals.

We’ll also be giving editors that submit to either competition the opportunity to participate in online voting for our Editors’ Choice Award. After the AMV Contest finalists are announced, each participant will be given a unique access code to vote for the video that they would like to win this award. Votes submitted by ballots at the convention will have a weighted value of 3x the value of votes submitted online. Editors are encouraged to attend the convention to submit their votes both online and in person.

Rules and Guidelines

General:
1a) All submissions to the AMV Contest must consist of at least 50% Japanese animation, anime-style video game cutscenes or anime-inspired stills.

1b) The V-Mix Competition is open to submissions using non-Japanese animation, original animation, machinima, video game, cosplay and even live action footage. Anime Music videos that would either be ineligible or does not fit into a main contest category are also welcome.

2) Videos must not contain watermarks or subtitles that were not inserted by the editor. Also, MomoCon will be making title cards for each finalist, so we ask that your submissions not include intros, credits, studio bumpers, lead-ins, or lead-outs not directly related to the video content.

3) Videos must be of reasonable video and audio quality. We suggest that your video resolution be at least 640x480p, and your frame rate be 23.976fps or higher. But we don’t recommend submitting files that that are greater than 1280x720p or 29.97fps.

4a) Videos submitted to the AMV Contest must be under 8 minutes and only consist of footage edited solely by the entrant(s). Entries that use footage taken from other AMVs will be disqualified.

4b) Videos entered into the V-Mix Competition must be under 10 minutes.

5) Videos modeled after AMV Hell or similar styled “blipvert” formats will not be accepted into the main AMV Contest. Instead, we recommend that those videos be sent to the V-Mix Competition where they will be eligible to compete and win awards. Collabs and MEPs are allowed, but each participant must be listed on the submission form, and the video must only use a single audio track or a congruent audio mix.

6a) Entrants are only allowed to submit (1) video to a category. Also, entrants are only allowed to submit to (2) of the (6) categories. Entrants will be allowed to submit a 3rd entry if one of their submissions is to either the Trailer/ Parody or Comedy category. And lastly, a single video can not be submitted to more than one category.

6b) The V-Mix Competition does not have any categories, and so all videos submitted to it will be judged against every other video submitted. Entrants can submit up to 3 videos, and those videos will not count against any submission totals or restrictions for the AMV contest.

7) Submitted videos must not contain excessive violence, language or content that would place it above a PG13 rating. This rule will be enforced on a case-by-case basis.

8) Videos that were submitted to prior MomoCon AMV Contests are not eligible to participate. Also, videos that premiered before May 1st, 2016 are discouraged.

9) All submissions must be in MomoCon’s possession by 11:59 pm (EST) on Monday, April 24th, 2017. Attendance to MomoCon is not required to enter the competition and will not improve your odds of winning.

10) During the judging process, all submissions to the AMV Contest that are not selected as finalists will be moved to the V-Mix Competition and be eligible to win awards.

Categories:
The AMV contest is split into six categories. Entrants are allowed to select the best fit category for each of their submissions, but if our judges strongly disagree with the genre of a submitted video, it may be moved to a better fitting category. The categories are as follows:

Action
Comedy
Fun / Upbeat
Drama / Serious
Romance / Sentimental
Trailer / Parody

*The V-Mix Competition does not have any categories, and so all videos submitted to it will be judged against every other video submitted.

Submissions:
Submit for the AMV Contest
Submit for the V-Mix Competition

Both forms require you to provide a download link of your video via a file sharing service like SendSpace. If using Google Drive or Dropbox, please ensure that the URL you send is a “shared” or “public” link. If your AMV is available for local download on A-M-V.org, you also have the option of instead providing a link to it’s video information page. Note: Youtube or ”streaming only” links will not be accepted.

If your video meets the necessary rules and requirements, a confirmation e-mail will be sent to you within 72 hours. Note: At any time, MomoCon reserves the right to not show or ultimately disqualify any submitted video for any reason.

File Formats:
MomoCon is able to accept videos in a wide variety of file types and resolutions, but please do not upscale your videos. The preferred file type is MP4, but we also accept AVI, MPEG-2, WMV, MKV and many more. We strongly discourage submitting QuickTime, DivX, Real Media or Flash Video.

Judging:
After the submission deadline passes, our panel of judges will rate each video, and the top five AMVs from each category will be selected as a finalist and screened during the convention. Finalists will be announced and notified via e-mail about a week after the submission deadline passes. During the AMV Contest screening (May 28th, 2017) , MomoCon attendees will have the opportunity to vote on which video they feel should win each individual category. Once the votes have been tailed, the winners will be announced at the contest screening and via twitter https://twitter.com/MomoConAMVs . The AMV contest will also be streamed LIVE on MomoCon’s twitch channel http://www.twitch.tv/team/momocon

In addition to the awards voted on by the audience, there will also be a “Judges Choice”, “Director’s Choice” and “Editors’ Choice” award.
*Judges’ Choice Award: Chosen solely by MomoCon staff prior to the convention.
*Director’s Choice Award: Chosen solely by the Co-Chair/ Founder of MomoCon, Jess Merriman (with a giant trophy)
*Editors’ Choice Award: Chosen by participants that submit to either the AMV or V-Mix competition

Winning the “Judges’ Choice”, “Director’s Choice”, or “Editors’ Choice” award will not disqualify a video from also winning an award from one of the main categories. Accepted videos that do not make the finals of the contest are still eligible to win the “Judges’ Choice” and “Director’s Choice” award, but only the finalists are eligible for “Editors’ Choice” award.

We’ll also be giving editors the opportunity to label themselves as a “rookie” or “novice” on their submission forms. By selecting these classifications, participants will become eligible to receive the “Best Rookie” or “Best Novice” awards which are meant to recognize the hard work of editors at different levels of experience. For the purpose of our judging, a “Novice” is someone who has been editing for a year or less, and has little to no prior experience in video editing. A “Rookie” is someone who may had prior experience in video editing, but has been editing for a year or less, or has never won a major category award in a contest (Best Action, Drama, Comedy, etc). Selecting either of thee options will not disqualify a participant from making finals or winning additional awards.

Unlike the AMV contest, there will be no finalists for the V-Mix Competition. After the submission deadline passes, our panel of judges will choose videos to receive specific awards that will be announced during the V-Mix Competition screening (May 28th, 2017).

Note: Our panel of judges consists of over a dozen members of MomoCon’s AMV and general staff. This includes various editors from AMV groups such as PixelBlended Studios, Chaotic Bad Raptor Studios, editors that aren’t affiliated with any group, and also non-editors. MomoCon does not show any bias or favoritism to any particular group or editor, and takes steps to ensure that each video is judged fairly.

Prizes and Awards:
Each finalist in the AMV Contest will receive a free 4-day membership to MomoCon 2017. The top video in each category, and the winners of the “Judges Choice”, “Director’s Choice” and “Editors’ Choice” awards will also receive a trophy and $25 Amazon Gift Card. Winners that are present at the convention will be required to show a photo ID in order to claim their prizes. Anything not claimed will be shipped out immediately after the convention.

Each winner present at the V-Mix Competition will receive an award, and a free membership to next year’s MomoCon (MomoCon 2018). Anything not claimed will be shipped out immediately after the convention.

Contact:
If you have any questions or comments about either contest, you can contact MomoCon’s AMV Department at momocon.amvs@gmail.com

 

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