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MessageSujet: Level up 2016    Lun 18 Avr - 2:48

Minstrel a écrit: holds the seventh thematic contest of Level Up series. The main idea behind the contest is to join forces of pro and novice music video creators and make them work in pairs. Partners exchange experience, and novice gains new skills in video making from his/her "elder" teammate, thus increasing his/her level drastically. As the previous contests (2009, 2011,2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015) showed, this concept draws much interest of creators as well as of viewers' audience.

In case you have some questions concerning the contest, you may contact the main organizer via the private message: Turbo

Thе contest is opened for pairs of AMV makers, Pro (experienced and acknowledged creator) + Novice (a beginner without significant achievements). A team’s goal is to create a small AMV through joint efforts, with the assumption that Pro doesn’t do editing and does not work on effects but does what he/she can to support the Novice technically.

Novice’s duties include: project settings adjustment, clips cutting, making of effects, AMV encoding and making of preview

Pro’s duties include: thinking the AMV concept over together with Novice, software using advice, advice on effects making, help in searhing for sources, beta testing, advice on video encoding, video upload and filling in the site form

Contest schedule
1) Registation of pairs till June 15th, 2016
2) Submission of videos from July 1st till August 1st, 2016

Supplementary rules:
1) If a participant is a prize winner (in any category) of AMVNews: Big Contest, AKROSS Con or CreaCon contest series, he/she cannot register as Novice
2) A Pro can participate in several teams (but no more than 3)
3) You can register as Pro, as Novice or as a pair Pro+Novice
4) Pro is obliged to provide links to his/her videos. Novices are recommended to do so, because Pros rarely choose totally unexperienced Novices.
5) As the number of Pros is rather limited, we recommend Novices to contact a Pro you want to work with directly (via private message, for example) with a request to participate in contest together.

Signing up for the contest

You can register in a special topic on forum

You can sign up as an individual participant, in this case you must choose one of the following groups:

1) Novice group – can participate only as Novice
2) Pro group – can participate only as Pro
3) Unsure – leaves it to the contest organizers to decide what team to sign him/her into.

Or you can register as a pair formed on previous agreement

Registration as an individual participant does not bind you to anything, it’s just a preliminary list. When your name appears in the list of participants, it is only to show the other contestants that you wish to take part in the event. There will be no random pairs of participants. You must define your partner and register for the contest as a pair up to the deadline, which is the 31st of December. Videos will only be accepted from registered pairs.

The contest will be held only if there is no less than 10 videos accepted from registered teams

Prize fund:
The prize is to be divided in equal parts between the members of winning team:

1 place – (2000+2000) roubles + 2 statuette
2 place – (1500+1500) roubles + 2 statuette
3 place – (1000+1000) roubles + 2 statuette

Video Requirements
Contest video can be made either of anime movies, anime series and Japanese videogames or of manga, arts can also be used, including author’s arts. Other footage can be used if it takes no more than 50% of the video. No restrictions on music styles and video genres. Each registered pair is allowed to submit one video only. You must know exactly the title of anime/videogame used for your video, as well as the title of the music composition and the name of its performer. It is not recommended to use in your work pieces of a video / music somebody else created. In case such pieces are used, they should be listed in credits among other sources, without exception. An obvious plagiarism is strictly prohibited and is to be banned from participation. The length of contest video may not be less than 60 seconds (without credits). The contest title, Level Up 2016, and the site address,, must be mentioned in the video, how exactly to mention is to participant's choice. A line in credits should be enough.

Rules of premier screening
1) The contest video should not be shown at any other websites (including YouTube, Vimeo etc) until the publication at in the course of the contest. In case the video is found in free access somewhere in the internet before the contest publication, it will be banned from participation and published on the site as a regular non-contest video.
2) Right after the publication at Level Up the contest video can be uploaded to other video hosting services and sites, with obligatory link to this video page at
3) If you want to provide the link to your video at YouTube when filling in the submission form, you can upload it to YouTube as an unlisted video (means that only people who know the link to the video can view it) and make it public after the contest premiere.

A video won't be accepted, if:

1) There are significant compression artifacts.
2) Footage is of poor quality
3) TV resolution of full version is far too low (480x360 or 480x270)
4) There are hard subtitles or logos not justified by artistic intent.
5) Broken aspect ratio or interlace is visible in most parts of the video.
6) There are black bars on the top and bottom of the video (if those are not used in any way during most part of the screening)
7) There are violations of Russian Federation legislation, in particular concerning the incitement of ethnic hatred.

Video format/encoding:

Video codecs allowed for the contest: Main: x264.
Audio codecs allowed for the contest: Main: AAC. Reserve: MP3, OGG
Containers allowed: Main: MP4, MKV (for full version). Reserve: AVI

It’s recommended to use AMVSimpleGUI to encode the video, see the following article:

- Full version is to be compressed at the rate of no more than 50 MB per minute of the video.

How to enter your video:

1) Videos can be submitted in terms mentioned above only by Pro of a registered team. A Novice may add the video only in case that Pro had posted his/her approval via private message.
2) Fill in the application form located here: Choose “Level Up 2016” as one of the categories. Make sure there was a site message "Thank you, your video has been added successfully" after the upload. Here you can see whether your video was added to the list for moderatorial check.
Then you’ll either wait your turn to see the AMV on site or you’ll get a private message from administrator requesting to correct the deficiencies found during the tech check.


There will be two rounds of voting via the on-line form on the site. All Pros of all registered teams take vote, as well as the members of a specially chosen jury. If a team’s contestants do not take vote, a small fine will be imposed on the team. You can register here: [Register as jury]

Nota bene

Contest organizers reserve the right to change the contest date, as well as to change/add some details owing to unforeseen circumstances.

Contest banners:
Horizontal and vertical contest banners required, as well as trailers. Universal materials are welcomed (i.e without any dates), the ones which can be used year after year.



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