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The contest consists of five major stages:

1. Registration (October, 1 - December, 10) - time for the participants to register at the contest.
2. Creation (October, 1 - December, 15) - time to create the video for the contest.
3. Screening (December, 15 - December, 20) - qualifications for the finals.
4. Demonstration (October, 15 - January, 1) - time for demonstration of the vids.
5. Voting (January, 5 - January, 15) - at this time all the votings are held, the winners in all nominations are selected and the best video is determined.

Note: all dates are subject to change.


Only videos never displayed online heretofore may enter. In all cases, without exception, premiere of contest video must be held on, at the time, scheduled by the contest organizers. Do not add/upload your video on any other website (YouTube included) before the offical premiere on

After the official premiere on, author may freely upload his/her own video to any other websites. But, it is strictly forbidden to alter the content of the video, remove contest logo, or participate in other (online) AMV contests until the end of AKROSS Con 2018.


AKROSS Con 2018 accepts fan-made videos based on anime (or anime-style features, not neccessarily made in Japan) or Japanese video games. Official art and manga are also acceptable.

There are no restrictions on music style or language.

You must know the correct name of the anime/game as well as music performer and track that you are going to use in your video. Unidentified music and anime(games) are not allowed at the contest!

Inserting scenes and objects not belonging to an anime/game (e.g. 3D scenes, self draw/animation, live video, Western animation) is permitted, but foreign scenes should not exceed 1/3 of the total video time (production titles excluded).


1. The Standard version of the video, encoded with optimal quality for viewing and streaming, is mandatory and must strictly fit these encoding requirements:

Container: mp4
Video: H.264 (x264) (AVC)
Audio: aac (Nero AAC)
Framerate: 30 fps or less
Encoding: 8 bit
Maximum file size: 1 minute = 20 megabytes

We recommend to use our official tool AMVsimple, that automatically creates Standard version of your video within all technical requirements!

We highly recommend to make the Standard version by yourself. Otherwise, it will be made automatically, by re-encoding the best available version of your video with minimal quality settings.

2. At your will, you may also present an optional Alternative version of your video (up to 2). File format, codecs, framerate and file size can be anything of your choice.


1. In the beginning or the end of the video there must be displayed the author's name under which you have registered at the contest. Also there must be displayed correct names of all animes(games) and music tracks used in the production of your video. You can use whatever way for displaying this information but it must be easily readable.

2. In the beginning or the end of the video there must be displayed the contest logo. The way of displaying it or its elements can be altered but at least for 2 full seconds it must be visible in its original form (you're not allowed to remove or alter logo elements, change the fonts, etc). You can download contest logo here.

3. Watermarks or logos in the corner of the frame are not allowed (unless their presense is required conceptionally). This includes the watermarks built in the source originally (most common example - logo of Japanese TV channel in the top right corner), all of which should be deleted or heavily blurred (until it becomes unrecognizable) before you submit your video.

4. Fansubs are not allowed in the contest video. We recommend to add your own subtitles as a separate .srt or .ass file.

5. Contest video cannot be shorter than 1 minute or longer than 15 minutes (production titles excluded).


Primary nominations:

Best Video
Second Place
Third Place

Viewers' Choice

Genre nominations:

Best Action
Best Drama
Best Romance
Best Comedy
Best Fun
Best Dance
Best Psychedelic
Best Character Profile
Best Story

Technical nominations:

Best Original Concept
Best Technical Work
Best Design of Visual Effects

Additional nominations:

Will be appointed by the hosts after watching all videos. Possible options: Best Presentation, Best MEP, Best Horror, etc.

Note: Any nomination can be cancelled if there are not enough contenders.


After the hosts have seen all presented vids, the group of finalists will be selected. The finalists will continue to compete for the prizes and receive the voting right. The screeining is conducted in 2 stages:

Stage 1 - Jury selection

Most of the finalists will be appointed by the hosting committee (consists of the 1-3 place winners of the previous AKROSS Con contests) after having viewed all presented videos. Please have in mind that primarily the creative component of the video will be appraised. And only with those parts being equal we are going to look at the sources (videos using unique anime/game have more chances to make it into finals than those made from overused material), genre (same situation) or encoding quality.

Stage 2 - Viewers' selection (at least 10% of all finalists)

Finally, closer to the contest's completion, some more vids will be picked from the screened works based on the special voting of the viewers on the site.

Note: amount of finalists depends on the resulting amount of videos as well as their average artistic level (presumably, 40~45%).


For Best video will vote all creators who made their way into the finals. The voting will be done by filling in a special form in your "Participant's panel". In the form you will be requested to rank the best, in your opinion, videos. Based on its position, each vid will receive points. All points will be summed up and the videos will be ranked based on their total points. Creator whose vid gets the most points will be pronounced the winner of the contest. Second and third places are also considered winning.

Note: In the case if the gap in scores between videos, won 1st and 2nd place in the overall standings, would be less than one full vote, there will be held additional voting between those two videos.

AKROSS Prize is awarded through a closed voting of hosting committee members. Traditionally, this prize is awarded to the most promising debutant of the contest (given that he/she didn't get any other prizes).

Viewers' Choice is awarded to the creator that collects the most votes in a special voting held among all registered members of our site.


In Genre and Technical categories will vote all creators who made their way into the finals. Detailed instructions on each nomination and votng rules will show up in "Participant's Panel" immediately before the voting.

Note: One video cannot win more than one genre nomination. If one video gets the highest number of points in two genre categories, it will be declared the winner in the nomination with closest genre criteria (determined by the coordinator).

All issues not covered by these rules will be resolved by the hosts on as-needed basis.

Questions: official thread | (private message)

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