Kawaii Kon 2020 Video Art Showcase Theater Contests Rules
This year at Kawaii Kon 2020, we have not three showcases, but four showcases you can enter your videos in. Rules for each are detailed below.
- Video Art Contest (VA)
- Varied Theme Contest (VTC)
- 30 Seconds to VASTness (30-VAST)
- Video Medley (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.
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 Sunday, April 5, 2020 @ 11:59 pm 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).
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.
2. Varied Theme Contest Rules (VTC-04)
The Varied Theme Contest (or VTC) is a special sub-category of our main VAST Video Art Contest that requires all entries to follow a specific theme. As 2020 will be an Olympic year and it will be in Tokyo, we thought it was fitting that this year’s theme would be Sports!
For the VTC, we define ‘sports’ as any and all forms of competitive activities. Examples include such things as: basketball, shogi, archery, karuta, wrestling, etc.
As a sub-category from the main VAST Video Art Contest (VA), all VTC entrants will be judged and showcased separately, so you can win prizes for each contest.
All rules for the VAST VA Contest applies to the VTC with the following modifications:
- You may enter up to two videos into the VTC.
- Entries into the VTC cannot also be entered into the Main VA Contest: you must choose to enter your video into one or the other contest, and not both.
- To see an example of what we consider a sport entry, see the video below:
Work This Body – Katie K
3. 30 Seconds to VASTness (30-VAST)
In an homage to AWA’s Short Attention Span Theater (meaning we loved the idea and are totally ‘borrowing’ it), Kawaii Kon 2020 presents – 30 Seconds to VAST (or 30-VAST for short). This gives editors a chance to be as creative, funny, entertaining, scary, or whatevers all within a 30 second time frame.
All rules for the VAST VA Contest applies to 30-VAST with the following modifications:
- You may enter up to three videos into 30-VAST
- Maximum time limit per video is 30 seconds (+/- a second or two).
- The required video format is MP4. Other video formats won’t be accepted.
All entries of the 30-VAST will be grouped and showcased as a stand-alone event outside of the main VA Contest and will not be judged.
4. Video Medley Showcase Rules (VM)
The Video Medley is a chance for editors to have their work shown in a non-competitive environment outside of our main VAST Video Art Contest. If you would like to have your Video Art shown in the Video Melody, please follow the rules listed below
All rules for the main VAST Contest will apply with the following exceptions:
- Entry Time Length: entries can be of any length, but shorter entries (about three minutes in length) are preferred as they offer us the most flexibility of programming.
- Maximum Number: you are allowed to submit no more than three videos into the Expo. We will try to show as many different video creators as possible, so the more you send us, the less likely we will be able to show them all.
- VAST Contests Exclusion: you may not enter the same video in both the Expo and either the main VA Contest or the VTC in the same year – you must choose which category it will be entered in. You may send in a video to Expo that has already been entered into previous year’s VAST contests, just not the same one to either contest in the same year.
- Video Content: Kawaii Kon is an all ages convention, so family-friendly content is preferred but not required. Non family-friendly videos can be submitted, but their inclusion into programing would be very limited.
- Credits: Unlike the contests, credits are encouraged in Expo, but not required: just note that custom bumpers may not be provided for videos that lack credits.
- Expo Form: There is a separate form for Expo. If you are entering a video for Expo, please don’t use the VAST Contest form.