Kawaii Kon 2022 Video Art Showcase Theater Contests Rules
This year at Kawaii Kon 2022, we have two showcases you can enter your videos in. Rules for each are detailed below.
- Video Art Contest (VA)
- Video Medley Showcase (VM)
1. Video Art Contest Rules (VA)
Who can enter?
The contest is open to all participants. Although it is strongly encouraged participants in the contest be attendees, attendance is not a requirement for entry. The crew and judges of VAST are not eligible to participate, however other Kawaii Kon crew are free to enter. Please read and understand all the rules listed below.
What can I enter?
Video art is defined as a video production work of editing, mixing audio sources (mostly, but not limited to, music) and video sources (again mostly, but not limited to, anime). Original production video art is welcome and encouraged. Live action and/or self-animated works (by computer or otherwise) are also welcome, but may be judged separately if warranted by the number of entries submitted.
To enter, you must be the creator (or one of the creators if it is a multi-editor project) of the video production work being entered. You may not enter a video that you did not create nor can you enter a video anonymously.
For the main VAST Contest, there is a limit of two videos per entrant / group. The preferred video limit length is to 4 minutes or less. Although discouraged, videos will not be disqualified if it exceeds this length.
The only exclusion is for videos that have been sent to previous Kawaii Kon contests or entered into other VAST showcases in the same year. These videos are ineligible for competition in the VAST Contest.
Where can I enter?
You can enter your video into the contest electronically only by public file transfer websites that do not require a membership to download the files or through your own hosting website. Youtube entries are not acceptable. No entries will be accepted by mail.
As the contest will be judged prior to the convention, no entries can be accepted at Kawaii Kon in person.
Google Drive is one of the better public file transfer websites to upload your entry to as it offers 10GB+ of cloud storage.
When can I enter?
Video submissions will be accepted starting NOW!
Entries will be accepted until Friday, February 25, 2022 @11:59pm HST.
Why do I enter?
To see your video on the big screen in front of a live audience and for the chance to win recognition and fortune! Okay well, not fortune, but if you are one of the winners, you can “win some wood”!
Additional prizes and awards may be awarded at the discretion of the VAST Department. All prizes and awards have a negligible cash value.
How do I enter?
To enter your video, you must submit a completed an online entry form along with each of your video entries. If you enter multiple videos, you must complete multiple entry forms. It is one form for each video.
Note: If submitting a multi-editor project, list all the editors in the real name and editor name sections in order above, with the contact person as the first person listed. For the address, phone number, and email address, only the contact person’s information is required.
The VAST Department will send you a confirmation email when your entry is received and tested in our system.
Please upload your video to any public file transfer websites such as Google Drive or Sendspace etc so that the url will be available to download. Copy and paste the url under “Video File URL” on the online entry form.
File Naming Convention
All video files submitted must be named in the following format:
Creator – Title.file type
Creator – your editor name (or real name if you prefer)
Title – the title of your video (if any)
Video Entry Requirements
Bumpers, title screens, credits, or any other form of creator / footage / audio identification are discouraged, but allowed: you will not be disqualified for their inclusion. We will be adding custom title screens to identify each video so there really isn’t a need for them on your submitted files please submit a video without them if possible.
Addition of two seconds of blank / black is optional and not required.
For judging purposes, videos will be scored on the actual submitted file. For contest playback purposes, submitted files will be converted to the preferred format (see below) for optimal playback at show.
Preferred container format – MP4/MKV. The VAST Video Art contest is run on Windows Media Player Classic – Home Cinema on PC using GPU acceleration, so the preferred container format for video submissions is either MP4 or MKV.
MP4 / MKV Container Profile (Preferred Format):
Resolution: 640×480 minimum, 1920×1080 maximum
Framerate: 23.976 / 24 fps minimum
Audio: AC-3/AAC at 44 kHz, stereo audio, 224 kps or higher
Video: H.264 or x.264
Other video formats are welcome except for AVCHD video (.m2t) and QuickTime (.mov). Just in case, be prepared to create other file types if we are unable to convert your file to the preferred format.
Non-MKV / MP4 Profile:
Resolution: 640×480 is the recommended minimum
Framerate: 23.976 / 24 fps minimum
Audio: any suitable audio format per your container files at a suitably high (192 kbps or higher) bitrate.
AVI containers using the following codecs – DIVX, XVID, HuffYUV, Lagarith, DV-AVI, or the standard compliment of codecs installed by Windows.