• March 22-24, 2024
  • Lancaster County Convention Center, Lancaster, PA

AMV Contest

2023 Winners!

  • Best Action- Pack a Punch by Nashironeko 
  • Drama- Love is Not a Victory March by Doppler Do
  • Romance- Love Persevering by Rider4Z
  • Upbeat- Food Porn by Speedy 180
  • Comedy- Super Loid Bros. by SpuudStaaa 
  • Free Range Fandom- Purrgatory by Violet Skies 
  • Best in Show- Prodigal by Tyken
  • Coordinator’s Choice- Our Last Stand in Babylon by Krystal Kitty

Calling all content creators! The 2023 Zenkaikon Anime Music Video (AMV) Contest is upon us! Join us to celebrate fan-created videos across categories such as Action, Comedy, Romance, and new for this year, Non-Anime Music Videos (Free Range Fandom)! Vote on your favorites and crown the winners with us at our Sunday awards show!

We’re excited to see the great AMVs you’ve created, and we welcome participants of all skill levels to enter our contest. 

See our rules and submission guidelines below.

  • The deadline to submit your videos is March 2nd (3/2/22) @ 11:59pm EST.
  • You may submit up to three (3) videos, to three (3) separate categories.
  • Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Any attempt to submit work belonging to anyone other than yourself will result in a permanent blacklisting from future Zenkaikon AMV contests.
  • For quality and downloading purposes, entries should be submitted in .mp4 format (no quicktime, wmv, rp please) and with either a 720p or 1080p resolution.
  • All entries must be a minimum of one (1) minute in length up to a maximum of five minutes thirty seconds (5:30).
  • Entries must contain at least 75% Japanese animation, with the exception of Free Range Fandom submissions (see below).
    New category – FREE RANGE FANDOM
    Have you had an idea for a non-anime music video? Maybe a cool Marvel MCU video? Or something Star Wars-related? How about a Rick and Morty video? If you’ve had an idea for a non-Japanese live-action or cartoon video that you’ve not been able to submit to other cons because they only accept anime videos, now’s your time to shine! All contest rules apply to Free Range Fandom videos just as any other category (with the exception of videos containing at least 75% Japanese animation).
  • Any submission with significant audio/video degradation, watermarks, logos, anime titles, Japanese-produced opening and closing credits, and/or fan-produced (fansub) or licensed subtitles will not be accepted and result in disqualification.
  • For legal reasons, we cannot accept any submission that contains English audio. Japanese audio is acceptable, however.
  • Video submissions will be accepted via Google Drive (preferred method) or Dropbox links only. Any other form of submission will result in entry disqualification. Please ensure before submitting your video that your Google Drive or Dropbox link is set to allow anyone to download your video file.
  • Please have your video file labeled in your Google Drive or Dropbox as:
    Real Name_ Username_ category  (Example: Colin Langdon_ cdlang84_ Action) 
  • Please do not insert bumpers, video titles, or credits anywhere into your video. We will be creating Zenkaikon-specific bumpers to introduce each entry for the contest finals.
  • Our contest is rated PG-13 but the following excessive materials are not allowed: nudity, excessive blood, major dismemberment, overly foul language/lyrics, racial or verbal obscenities, and any form of suicide. Entries with this content will be immediately disqualified. If the content is questionable it will be put in a special screening to see if it’s acceptable for showing to a con audience.
  • DVD copies of the contest will not be available due to legal concerns.
  • Zenkaikon reserves the right to reject any video submission for any reason.
  • Contest rules are subject to change at any time.