Rules

Video & Audio Content

1. The contest is PG-13 (video & audio). Subtitles and watermarks will result in disqualification. Video length must be between 30 seconds and 6 minutes.

  • At least 75% of each entry must be set to music.
  • At least 75% of each entry must contain moving footage. Still images or text set to music are not permissible.
  • Entries must not be shorter than 30 seconds or longer than 6 minutes in length.
  • Your entry must be your own work and no one else's. Anonymous submissions cannot be accepted.
  • The Connecticon Music Video Contest is rated PG-13. As such, all entries will be expected to follow the official MPAA ratings guidelines which define PG-13 as follows:
    • PG-13 is thus a sterner warning to parents, particularly when deciding which movies are not suitable for younger children. Parents, by the rating, are alerted to be very careful about the attendance of their under-teenage children. A PG-13 film is one which, in the view of the Rating Board, leaps beyond the boundaries of the PG rating in theme, violence, nudity, sensuality, language, or other contents, but does not quite fit within the restricted R category. Any drug use content will initially require at least a PG-13 rating. In effect, the PG-13 cautions parents with more stringency than usual to give special attention to this film before they allow their 12-year-olds and younger to attend. If nudity is sexually oriented, the film will generally not be found in the PG-13 category. If violence is too rough or persistent, the film goes into the R (restricted) rating. A film's single use of one of the harsher sexually derived words, though only as an expletive, shall initially require the Rating Board to issue that film at least a PG-13 rating. More than one such expletive must lead the Rating Board to issue a film an R rating, as must even one of these words used in a sexual context. These films can be rated less severely, however, if by a special vote, the Rating Board feels that a lesser rating would more responsibly reflect the opinion of American parents.
  • Please be aware that profanity in your music will result in your video's disqualification. "Profane" language is defined by the FCC as:
    • Words that do not "describe or depict" a sexual or excretory activity may be profane, even if they are not indecent. Profanity is: a "personally reviling" epithet "so grossly offensive to members of the public who actually hear it as to amount to a nuisance." Profanity consists of "the most offensive words in the English language, the broadcast of which are likely to shock the viewer and disturb the peace of the home." The profanity standard is a return to the idea that some words, such as the "S-Word," and the "F-Word," are presumptively prohibited. They have been excused only in news actualities and war movies.
  • You may not use obviously pirated video footage, such as video where the subtitles or watermarks are visible, or a movie recorded from the screen of a movie theater. We often have industry guests from anime and film in attendance, and we do not want them to assume that the convention as a whole condones piracy.
    • You are free to add your own subtitles where appropriate. Be warned, many people find subtitled text distracting and it may dramatically lower your chances of making it to the finals.
    • Watermarks and other similar video artifacts will result in the disqualification of your video. Watermarks are the little emblem in the corner of video, often found on footage taped from TV or on fansubs. They could be XviD logos, TV station logos, or any other indication that the video source was not obtained legally.
  • "Borrowing" clips from other fan-made music videos may result in the disqualification of your video. Utilizing uncut clips may be acceptable, but using footage which has been heavily edited or utilizes multiple special effects (without the permission of the creator) is very bad form and will result in disqualification from the contest.
  • Inflammatory or questionable content (such as obscene violence or swastikas) MAY result in us not being able to show your video. This will be decided on a case-by-case basis and all situations will be assessed by the FMV Coordinator, staff, and the convention chairman.
  • DO NOT include any title screens, logos, credits, or introductions before and/or after the actual video. All title screens, logos, credits, or introductions before and/or after the actual video will be cut from the screening and replaced with Connecticon's standard title screen.

2. Your video must have been completed in the last 2 years. Videos submitted to previous ConnectiCon FMV Contests are ineligible to compete. ConnectiCon does not have an "anti-trolling" policy.

  • In order to keep the contest fresh, entries must be less than two years old as of the convention. 
  • Videos which have previously been submitted to Connecticon are ineligible.
  • "Remastered" versions of videos which have previously been submitted to Connecticon are ineligible.
  • An "anti-trolling policy" is a rule enforced by some conventions that prevents editors from submitting videos that have won prizes at larger conventions, or won a prize at any other convention at all. ConnectiCon does not choose to enforce this particular rule, but if your video has already won a prize at a larger convention(s), it may reflect poorly in your scoring by the judges.

Video Submission Format & Deadline

  • The deadline for all submissions is May 31, 2015. All entries MUST be in our hands by that date.
  • Late entries are ineligible for the contest, but may still be shown during a non-competition (overflow) music video screening if they are received in time and if scheduling permits.
     

1. Accepted Formats

  • Your video must be encoded in one of the following formats: Uncompressed (only if you have to), Lagarith, HuffYUV, UTVideo, MPEG2, (H.264) MP4. No Quicktime, no RealPlayer, no WMV, no exceptions.
  • Resolution must be 640×480 or higher. We can offer HD playback this year – resolutions up to 720p are encouraged.
  • Audio should be in AAC, PCM WAV (44.1kHz or higher), MP3 (192kbps or higher), or for MPEG2 video, Layer 2 audio (224kbps or higher)

2. You may submit three videos to the contest if you are attending the convention, two if you are not planning to attend.

  • Due to time constraints, contestants are limited to submitting TWO entries to the contest – unless you are attending the convention, in which case you may submit THREE entries. If you are not pre-registered by the FMV submission deadline, your third video will not be considered for finalist selection. If you plan on registering at the convention, you must provide the FMV coordinator with this information prior to the deadline. Your third video will be considered for finals, but if you do not attend the convention, it will be disqualified and a runner-up will take its place.
  • If you worked with someone else in the creation of a video, that video counts as one entry for all people involved (although you only have to submit it once). For example, if you submit three videos that you created on your own to the MV contest and someone else submits a fourth video that you helped to create, that would count as a fourth entry from you for that specific contest and violate these rules.
  • You may not submit videos under false names to circumvent our entry limit. Doing so will result in possible disqualification from this and all future Connecticon FMV contests.
  • If you submit more than three entries, we will only view the first three entries.

Categories, Preferred Seating at the Convention & Prizes

1. Explanations of the 6 Categories

  • The music video contest coordinator reserves the right to change a video category if it is judged that the video would fit better in a different category than the one intended by the creator. In such an instance the creator will be contacted in advance.
  • On your submission form, you will be asked to choose your Category. If you're unsure of which category your video belongs in, select "I don't know" and our judges will decide for you. The categories are as follows: (descriptions courtesy of the A-M-V.org VCA awards)
  • Romance - This video best employs both audio and visual aspects in order to create a romantic mood. The end result is a video that tugs at the heart strings and leaves feelings of happiness, sadness, or any others, but above all, a feeling of romance that the viewer experiences.
  • Drama - Some videos are out there for the purposes of making you laugh, others are out there to give you an extra jolt of adrenaline, but there are also videos that will make you cry, or feel things you don't on an every day basis. Drama is an important part of what makes music videos truly a form of art. This category is for videos that have captured a feeling or an emotion and conveyed it extremely well.
  • Action - This video is adrenaline... excitement... suspense... This video is a roller-coaster ride. It might involve fighting, flying, playing tennis or anything you can think of - but if this video captivates you and gets your blood pumping then it is the best action video.
  • Comedy - Comedy is possibly the most difficult genre to master. What is funny to one person may be just plain stupid to another. The Best Comedy award goes to the video which made the best jokes or comical situations. It's the video that made you laugh the most but it's also the video that made you laugh not just because of the song or anime used but of the clever way they are put together and presented.
  • Fun/Upbeat - This category is for videos that make you want to get up and dance!
  • Other – This category is for videos that don’t precisely fit into the rest of the categories. Movie Trailers, horror, experimental videos, they all go here.

2. Explanations of the 4 "Technical Categories" (aka Judged Awards)

  • Best Editing - A nice visual effect is something, but a nice integration is another thing. Editing matched to perfection with the flow of the video, playing in accordance to the music, note by note, image by image, fused to the music video with harmony and integrity. Something that if misplaced or done incorrectly would have made the video forgettable, but because it was done with perfect accordance it became unforgettable. The music video which exemplifies this deserves the Best Editing award.
  • Best Concept - The things that never happen, the story that never exists, the point of view that you've never met before. Something that makes you imagine things. Alternative ways of thinking, imagining and creating. Alternative stories, relationships and concepts. An elusive something that makes a video different and stands out will earn the Best Concept award.
  • Coordinator's Choice – It's a tough job, going through all these videos! This award is for that one video which put a smile on my face everytime I had to watch it - once when I got it, once for the re-encode, once for the staff pre-screening, three or four times during the course of the convention..... You get the idea. If I had to watch it that many times, and still loved it and wanted to watch it again, you deserve this award.
  • Staff Choice – Competition is by nature survival of the fittest. This award is for that special video that astonishes us with imagination and creativity that we want to recognize, that may end up being overlooked otherwise.

3. Audience Choice Voting system & Prizes

  • The audience will be voting for "Best Romance", "Best Drama", "Best Action", "Best Comedy", “Best Fun/Upbeat/Other”, and "Best of Show" out of the entire field of finalist entries.
  • A video is eligible for only one audience choice award. If a video is selected to win 2 awards, (say Best Action and Best of Show), the video will be awarded the higher award (Best in Show) and the runner up will be awarded the category award (Best Action).
  • A video may win both an audience choice award and a judged award, for instance, Best Action & Best Editing.
  • We have some nice little trophies for our winners, featuring original artwork of the convention mascot. If you are not present to accept your trophy, it will be mailed to you after the convention.
  • Winners of the 6 Audience Choice Categories will receive $250 gift cards in the mail, by December 31, 2015.

4. Preferred Seating for FMV Creators in Main Events

  • If your entry makes it to the final competition, you will be on a list for preferred seating during all Music Video screenings at Connecticon. Your real name will be used, along with your badge name or nickname. You may bring one guest with you to the reserved seating area for all events.
  • Although you will get preferred seating at the Music Video Contest screenings & Masquerade, this DOES NOT qualify you for complimentary admission to the convention as a whole.
  • You may receive a secondary badge in addition to your convention membership badge, which will grant you VIP access to FMV events. These badges are provided personally by the FMV Coordinator.
  • To claim your preferred seat, arrive thirty minutes before the contest starts and approach any CTCon staff or volunteer near the door. Your name will be checked against the list of contestants and you will be shown to the reserved seating area.
  • If you are not in your seat at least fifteen minutes before the scheduled start of the screening, we'll assume you're not coming and give up your spot to anyone still waiting to get in.
  • Music Video Contest award winners will be announced and prizes presented during the Masquerade intermission on Saturday night. If you are at the Masquerade and are announced as a winning entry, you can come up on stage to receive your award. If you (or your proxy) are at the convention but miss the Masquerade, your award can be picked up on Sunday at the tech stand in the back of Main Events. Ask for Lyndsey (or Kiarrens). If you do not attend the convention, your award will be mailed to you sometime after the convention.

The Tiny Type (ie, Legal Concerns)

  1. By submitting an entry, each contestant agrees: they have read, understand and will comply with these official rules; and, or to the extent permitted by law, consent to the use of the entrant's name, likeness and/or biographical data for purposes of advertising and promotion by Connecticon, without further consent, compensation or approval.
  2. Submitted materials become the property of Connecticon and will not be returned. By submitting a video to Connecticon, the video creator grants Connecticon non-revocable permission to exhibit that video. The video creator otherwise retains all rights and responsibilities relating to its creation.
  3. The prizes being awarded may constitute income under applicable federal, state and local tax laws and winners shall be solely responsible for payment of any and all taxes, which may be due with respect to the acceptance of the prize.
  4. We cannot be held responsible for lost or misdirected entries.
  5. Do not submit anyone's videos other than your own or your group.
  6. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law.
  7. We reserve the right to modify these rules at any time without notice.
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