Sakura-Con 2012 AMV Contest Screeners’ Guidelines


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Section 1 – Pre-Screening
Section 2 – Who may participate in the Screening
Section 3 – Re-Categorization of Entries
Section 4 – Anonymity of Entries
Section 5 – Scoring
Section 6 – Disqualifications
Section 7 – Disqualification Flag Category
Section 8 – Exhibition Category
Section 9 – Judges’ Awards
Section 10 – Cutting Videos


Section 1 – Pre-Screening

The AMV Contest Coordinator will collect and review all entries for the contest. Any entries that do not meet contest requirements for any reason will be marked with a Disqualification Flag and their entrants will be notified no later than ten days before the screening. Any entrant so notified will have the option of either re-working or removing an entry with a Disqualification Flag from the contest. Any entrants that fail to respond before the screening risk disqualification from the AMV Contest. A Disqualification Flag categorization is not final until validated by the screening panel.
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Section 2* – Who may participate in the Screening
Convention Executives and their Assistants receive an invitation to the Contest Screening as a courtesy to them. Executives are also invited to bring a spouse, significant other, or their children. This open invite is because Sakura-Con is a family-friendly organization.

No one else may receive the invitation without the consent of both the AMV Contest Coordinator as well as the Executive Board. Only Executive Officers of Sakura-Con and their Assistants may receive a Screeners’ Ballot for the purpose of determining the final cuts of the contest. Spouses, significant others, and children in attendance are welcome to watch the videos being screened but are asked not to score videos.
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*Note: Section 2 may only be overruled by a majority vote of the Executive Board no later than two weeks before screening.


Section 3 – Re-Categorization of Entries
The Screening Panel may choose to re-categorize an entry if they feel it would be better displayed in a different category. This is done through a simple majority vote. One member from the screening panel will be responsible for noting which entries belong in which category.
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Section 4 – Anonymity of Entries
All entries shown in the Screening will only have their unique entry number attached. At no time during the Screening will the creator of each entry be revealed. After the Judges’ Awards have been voted upon, a list of entries will be made available to those interested.
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Section 5 – Scoring
Entries will be scored on a scale of 0 – 5, with 0 being the worst score possible. Negative values are not valid scoring options. Decimal points may be used to further diversify a score (such as 3.5) to help denote entries which are close in overall score.
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Section 6 – Disqualifications
Entries will be automatically disqualified if they contain any of the following:
• Graphic nudity
• Excessive violence/gore
• Foul language – certain words may be deemed acceptable by the panel as needed
• Videos containing less than 80% Japanese animation or Japanese video game footage in origin
• Videos containing subtitles that are not added by the editor to enhance the video
• Videos containing bumpers that cannot be cut out
• Videos containing watermarks of any sort – examples: DIVX Logo, Cartoon Network logo
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Section 7 – Disqualification Flag Category
Entries marked with a Disqualification Flag will be presented to the screening panel separately from the main contest categories. These entries will not receive scores. If the panel feels that an entry has been marked in error, they may remove the flag, allow the entry back into the contest, and score it accordingly. Entries that have been disqualified for any reason will no longer be shown in the AMV Theater during the all showing block.
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Section 8 – Exhibition Category
The Exhibition Category will be shown in a separate showing in the AMV Theater and thus is not eligible for awards, and the only disqualifications that will apply are those for content, or entries containing a majority of footage not of Japanese animation or video game origin, or original animation.

No entries may be re-categorized into, or out of, this category.
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Section 9 – Judges’ Awards
After the Screening has concluded, the panel will be asked to vote on three awards. This vote will be done by anonymous ballot and will decide the recipients of the Most Artistic, Technical, and Judges' awards.
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Section 10 – Cutting Videos
After the Screening, the Contest Coordinator will average the scores per entry. Entries will be cut based on scores and validated DQ Flags. To keep categories balanced, cuts may be made based on the scores of entries in the relevant category.
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Tom Allmendinger
AMV Contest Coordinator
September 20, 2011