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Holiday Runway Contest

J-POP/K-POP
Dance Cover
Contest

Dance Cover Application
Closed as of Nov 22

Day: Friday
Time: 1:00pm
Location: Main Events

Think you have what it takes to show off your amazing dance moves? Join the K-Pop/J-Pop Dance Cover Contest!

This contests follows all of the General Contest Rules. Click here to see the General Rules.

The J-Pop/K-Pop Dance Cover Contest is a fun-loving contest that allows you, and your group to show off your skills. To participate, you must pre-register. No signups will be permitted at the convention.

To sign up, you must have links to two videos on Youtube or Vimeo:

  • One video of your Dancing Skills. This does not need to be of the final dancing product, or in dress rehearsal.
  • One video of the Dance you intend to cover, with music.

All solo contestants and groups of all skill levels are encouraged to participate!

To signup, you must have links to two videos on Youtube or Vimeo. This section will cover the requirements of each:

Dancing Skills Overview

  • Video must be at least 45 seconds in length, but no longer than 10 minutes in length.
  • Video must be at least 480 pixels height by 640 pixels width.
  • Video must have adequate lighting, and should not be overlit that it cannot be determined what is going on.
  • Video must have all of the contestants that are applying in the video.
  • Video must have an angle that all contestants can be seen easily; e.g., no really far angles, or waist-down videos.
  • Video must show off the dancing skills of the contestants. The dancers do not need to be dancing to the final video/music that will be used at Holiday Matsuri.
  • Video must be on Youtube or Vimeo as an Unlisted or Public Video. Private Videos will not be accepted.

Reference Video

  • Video must be at least 45 seconds in length, but no longer than 10 minutes in length.
    NOTE: Your group may utilize between 45 seconds to 5 minutes of the video, and you must provide the time codes that will be utilized.
  • Video must be 1280px wide by 720px height.
  • Video must be reference material, including the final music that your group wishes to dance to.
  • Video must be on Youtube or Vimeo, as an Unlisted or Public Video.
  • Video must utilize J-Pop or K-Pop Music.

Pre-judging will take place on Friday in Pre-Judging, which is located behind the Main Events stage. Your pre-judging time will be emailed to you, and you must be at Pre-Judging 15 minutes prior to your scheduled time. The Practice Room is located adjacent to Pre-Judging and the stage will be taped out on the floor so your team can practice. Please note that no equipment will be provided in this room, and you must respect others while utilizing the Practice Room.

If the queue ends up taking place during Opening Ceremonies, you will be invited to sit on the front row at Opening Ceremonies, and return to the Practice Room right after.

One hour prior to the Competition, you will be required to appear in the Practice Room to get lined up and make sure you are checked in.

Any team that does not appear one hour prior to the show start will be disqualified.
The following awards will be given out.

General Stipulations:

  • Categories will be removed if there is not enough competition, or additional categories may be added if necessary.
  • All awards can only be awarded to a single solo/group.

Dance Master: One (1) team or solo performance will be awarded the top award: DANCE MASTER.

Prizes:

  • $100 USD in cash
  • One (1) Certificate of Award “Dance Master”
  • Holiday Matsuri Award Stars for all members
  • One (1) VIP Ticket to Holiday Matsuri 2018 and Invitation to be a Guest Judge for the 2018 J-POP/K-POP Dance Cover Contest.
  • Full weekend passes for the rest of the members
  • Vendor/Sponsor Swag

Stipulations:

  • Only one (1) person from the group will be selected to win the VIP Ticket + Guest Judge award. All others will receive a free weekend pass to Holiday Matsuri 2018.
  • VIP and Weekend pass awards have no cash redeemable value.
  • Weekend pass awards may not be used as a discount to a VIP Ticket.
  • Dance Master can be awarded to a single person or group, at the Judge’s discretion.

Best Group: One (1) group of 2 or more members will win Best Group.

Prizes:

  • $50 USD in Cash
  • Holiday Matsuri Award Stars for all members
  • One (1) free Single Day pass for Holiday Matsuri 2018 to all members
  • Vendor/Sponsor Swag

Stipulations:

  • Best Group can only be awarded to a single group of two or more members.
  • Single Day pass awards have no Redeemable Cash Value.
  • Single Day pass awards can be used to purchase a Single Day of the user’s choice free of charge, or used as a $40 discount towards a Weekend pass.

Best Solo: One (1) solo contestant will win the Best Solo.

Prizes:

  • $50 USD in Cash
  • Holiday Matsuri award star
  • One (1) free Single Day pass to Holiday Matsuri 2018
  • Vendor/Sponsor Swag

Stipulations:

  • Best Solo can only be awarded to a single entry with one member.
  • Single Day pass awards have no Redeemable Cash Value.
  • Single Day pass awards can be used to purchase a Single Day of the user’s choice free of charge, or used as a $40 discount towards a Weekend pass.

BEST TECHNICAL: One (1) solo or group entry that has the best technical skills, with flips, moving and/or performance will win Best Technical.
Prizes:

  • $25 USD in Cash
  • Holiday Matsuri award star for all members
  • Vendor/Sponsor Swag

Stipulations:

  • Best Technical can be awarded to a group or solo entry.

BEST DRESSED: One (1) solo or group entry that has the best uniforms.
Prizes:

  • $25 USD in Cash
  • Holiday Matsuri award star for all members
  • Vendor/Sponsor Swag

Stipulations:

  • Best Dressed can be awarded to a group or solo entry.

Holiday Runway Contest

J-POP/K-POP
Dance Cover
Contest

Karaoke Contest Application
Closed as of November 30

Day: Friday
Time: 4:00pm
Location: Main Events

Think you got the golden voice? Prove it!

This contests follows all of the General Contest Rules. Click here to see the General Rules.
Thank you to all that signed up for the Karaoke Contest! We have received an unprecedented number of signups, and, as such, at the door signups will not be accepted. Thank you for your understanding!

The Karaoke Contest is a fun-loving contest that allows you, and your group to show off your skills. To participate, you must pre-register. Signups will be permitted at the convention, but will cap at 30 entries. Also, to signup at the convention, you must have audio available when you arrive.

To pre-sign up, you must have links to two videos on Youtube or Vimeo:

  • One video of your Singing Skills. This does not need to be of the song you intend to sing.
  • One video of the Song you intend to cover, with music.

All solo contestants and groups of all skill levels are encouraged to participate!

To signup, you must have links to two videos on Youtube or Vimeo. This section will cover the requirements of each:

Singing Skills Overview

  • Video must be at least 45 seconds in length, but no longer than 10 minutes in length.
  • Video must be at least 480 pixels height by 640 pixels width.
  • Video must show off the singing skills of the contestants. The singers do not need to be singing to the final music that will be used at Holiday Matsuri.
  • Video must be on Youtube or Vimeo as an Unlisted or Public Video. Private Videos will not be accepted.

Reference Video

  • Video must be at least 45 seconds in length, but no longer than 10 minutes in length.
    NOTE: Your group may utilize between 45 seconds to 2 minutes of the video, and you must provide the time codes that will be utilized. All entries must be two minutes or less in length.
  • Video must be 1280px wide by 720px height.
  • Video must be reference material, including the final music that your group wishes to sing to.
  • Reference video must have separated vocals if possible.
  • Video must be on Youtube or Vimeo, as an Unlisted or Public Video.

Pre-judging will take place on Friday in Pre-Judging, which is located behind the Main Events stage. Your pre-judging time will be emailed to you, and you must be at Pre-Judging 15 minutes prior to your scheduled time. The Practice Room is located adjacent to Pre-Judging and the stage will be taped out on the floor so your team can practice. Please note that no equipment will be provided in this room, and you must respect others while utilizing the Practice Room.

If the queue ends up taking place during Opening Ceremonies, you will be invited to sit on the front row at Opening Ceremonies, and return to the Practice Room right after.

One hour prior to the Competition, you will be required to appear in the Practice Room to get lined up and make sure you are checked in.

Any team that does not appear one hour prior to the show start will be disqualified.

The following awards will be given out.

General Stipulations:

  • Categories will be removed if there is not enough competition, or additional categories may be added if necessary.
  • Each awards can only be awarded to a single solo/group. Winning one award will not allow you to win any other award.

Golden Voice: One (1) team or solo performance will be awarded the top award: GOLDEN VOICE.

Prizes:

  • $100 USD in cash
  • One (1) Certificate of Award “Golden Voice”
  • Holiday Matsuri Award Stars for all members
  • One (1) VIP Ticket to Holiday Matsuri 2018 and Invitation to be a Guest Judge for the 2018 Karaoke Contest.
  • Full weekend passes for the rest of the members
  • Vendor/Sponsor Swag

Stipulations:

  • Only one (1) person from the group will be selected to win the VIP Ticket + Guest Judge award. All others will receive a free weekend pass to Holiday Matsuri 2018.
  • VIP and Weekend pass awards have no cash redeemable value.
  • Weekend pass awards may not be used as a discount to a VIP Ticket.
  • Golden Voice can be awarded to a single person or group, at the Judge’s discretion.

Best Group: One (1) group of 2 or more members will win Best Group.

Prizes:

  • $50 USD in Cash
  • Holiday Matsuri Award Stars for all members
  • One (1) free Single Day pass for Holiday Matsuri 2018 to all members
  • Vendor/Sponsor Swag

Stipulations:

  • Best Group can only be awarded to a single group of two or more members.
  • Single Day pass awards have no Redeemable Cash Value.
  • Single Day pass awards can be used to purchase a Single Day of the user’s choice free of charge, or used as a $40 discount towards a Weekend pass.

Best Solo: One (1) solo contestant will win the Best Solo.

Prizes:

  • $50 USD in Cash
  • Holiday Matsuri award star
  • One (1) free Single Day pass to Holiday Matsuri 2018
  • Vendor/Sponsor Swag

Stipulations:

  • Best Solo can only be awarded to a single entry with one member.
  • Single Day pass awards have no Redeemable Cash Value.
  • Single Day pass awards can be used to purchase a Single Day of the user’s choice free of charge, or used as a $40 discount towards a Weekend pass.

BEST TECHNICAL: One (1) solo or group entry that has the best technical skills will win Best Technical.
Prizes:

  • $25 USD in Cash
  • Holiday Matsuri award star for all members
  • Vendor/Sponsor Swag

Stipulations:

  • Best Technical can be awarded to a group or solo entry.

Holiday Runway Contest

J-POP/K-POP
Dance Cover
Contest

HRR Contest Sign Up at the Door

Day: Saturday
Time: 2:30pm
Location: Main Events

Show off your amazing cosplays! Relaxed, fun event to bring every cosplay to the stage, regardless of how it was made, or what was involved in it. 🙂

This contests follows all of the General Contest Rules. Click here to see the General Rules.

The Holiday Runway Contest is a relaxed, fun, craftsmanship-only contest. This contest has no pre-signups. All contest entries will be accepted until we hit a cap. Judging will take place live on stage.

All solo contestants and groups of all skill levels are encouraged to participate!

Two hours prior to the Competition, you will be required to appear in the Practice Room to get lined up and make sure you are checked in.

Once the competition hits a cap, no more entries will be allowed in, please show up early.

The following awards will be given out.

General Stipulations:

  • Categories will be removed if there is not enough competition, or additional categories may be added if necessary.
  • All awards can only be awarded to a single solo/group.

Best in Show: One (1) team or solo performance will be awarded the top award: Best in Show.

Prizes:

  • $100 USD in cash
  • One (1) Certificate of Award “Dance Master”
  • Holiday Matsuri Award Stars for all members
  • One (1) VIP Ticket to Holiday Matsuri 2018 and Invitation to be a Guest Judge for the 2018 Holiday Runway Contest Contest.
  • Full weekend passes for the rest of the members
  • Vendor/Sponsor Swag

Stipulations:

  • Only one (1) person from the group will be selected to win the VIP Ticket + Guest Judge award. All others will receive a free weekend pass to Holiday Matsuri 2018.
  • VIP and Weekend pass awards have no cash redeemable value.
  • Weekend pass awards may not be used as a discount to a VIP Ticket.
  • Best in Show can be awarded to a single person or group, at the Judge’s discretion.

Best Group: One (1) group of 2 or more members will win Best Group.

Prizes:

  • $50 USD in Cash
  • Holiday Matsuri Award Stars for all members
  • One (1) free Single Day pass for Holiday Matsuri 2018 to all members
  • Vendor/Sponsor Swag

Stipulations:

  • Best Group can only be awarded to a single group of two or more members.
  • Single Day pass awards have no Redeemable Cash Value.
  • Single Day pass awards can be used to purchase a Single Day of the user’s choice free of charge, or used as a $40 discount towards a Weekend pass.

Best Solo: One (1) solo contestant will win the Best Solo.

Prizes:

  • $50 USD in Cash
  • Holiday Matsuri award star
  • One (1) free Single Day pass to Holiday Matsuri 2018
  • Vendor/Sponsor Swag

Stipulations:

  • Best Solo can only be awarded to a single entry with one member.
  • Single Day pass awards have no Redeemable Cash Value.
  • Single Day pass awards can be used to purchase a Single Day of the user’s choice free of charge, or used as a $40 discount towards a Weekend pass.

BEST PROP: One (1) solo or group entry that has the best prop(s) will win Best Prop.
Prizes:

  • $25 USD in Cash
  • Holiday Matsuri award star for all members
  • Vendor/Sponsor Swag

Stipulations:

  • Best Technical can be awarded to a group or solo entry.

BEST DRESSED: One (1) solo or group entry that has the best costume.
Prizes:

  • $25 USD in Cash
  • Holiday Matsuri award star for all members
  • Vendor/Sponsor Swag

Stipulations:

  • Best Dressed can be awarded to a group or solo entry.


IDOL FEST

IDOL FEST

Day: Saturday
Time: 7:00pm
Location: Main Events

Holiday Matsuri is excited to announce our first Idol Festival!

IDOLFEST is a concert style event featuring dance Cover Groups who will be covering performances from a variety of Japanese Anime and Video Game Idols. Pack your Glowsticks, cheer on the idols, sing~a~long to your favorite songs, and live the Idol experience!

Stay after the concert for a meet & greet with the idols and Photo opportunities 🙂

Performances by:

Holiday Runway Contest

J-POP/K-POP
Dance Cover
Contest

Cosplay Showcase Application
Closed as of November 30

Day: Sunday
Time: 2:00pm
Location: Main Events

Got an amazing cosplay you made? Bring it to the Cosplay Showcase! Win international prizes!

This contests follows all of the General Contest Rules. Click here to see the General Rules.

The Sunday Cosplay Contest is a highly competitive Contest which requires you to create your cosplay, and prove you have created it. To participate, you must pre-register. No signups will be permitted at the convention.

Winner(s) of the Cosplay Contest will receive a trip to Japan!

All solo contestants and groups of all skill levels are encouraged to participate!

Proof of Creation Overview

In order to participate, you must submit the following:

  • One (1) headshot (without Cosplay)
  • One (1) action shot. This action shot can be you in or out of cosplay. This will be used publicly.
  • At least six (6) in progress pictures. At least one must include you in the picture.

Creation Requirements

  • Your cosplay must be at least 70% Handmade.
  • Your cosplay cannot have won a cosplay contest award (besides Judges awards) at any previous Official Holiday Matsuri Contest.
  • You must be able to explain your cosplay creation process to the Judges.
  • You may use a model, but you must highlight that you are utilizing a model to show off the cosplay. You and your model must be present at all stages, and your model must also purchase a badge to Holiday Matsuri 2017.
  • You may utilize assistance, but the major processes must have been completed by the contestant/costume designer.

Skit Requirements

If you wish to apply for the entire contest, you must put on a skit. If you wish to only apply for the Craftsmanship side, you may opt out of putting on a skit, but you will not be eligible for any international awards.

  • Your skit cannot have won a skit award (besides Judges awards) at any previous Official Holiday Matsuri Contest.
  • You must submit an overview of your skit.
  • You must submit a video which will be used as the background for your contest.
  • The skit must be at least 45 seconds in length, with a maximum of 300 seconds in length.
  • The skit must be PG Rating, with no curse words, gore or nudity.

Pre-judging will take place on Saturday/Sunday in Pre-Judging, which is located behind the Main Events stage. Your pre-judging time will be emailed to you, and you must be at Pre-Judging 15 minutes prior to your scheduled time. The Practice Room is located adjacent to Pre-Judging and the stage will be taped out on the floor so your team can practice. Please note that no equipment will be provided in this room, and you must respect others while utilizing the Practice Room.

If the queue ends up taking place during a judge’s panel, you will be invited to sit on the front row at their panel, and return to the Practice Room right after.

During Pre-judging you must be able to show off your cosplay, put on your skit (if you have opted into the full contest), and explain about your cosplay/skit. If your skit requires you to destroy part of your props, you may elect to instead not include them in the skit show off during Pre-Judging. Please note, that you will not need to be wearing your cosplay during Pre-Judging.

One hour prior to the Competition, you will be required to appear in the Practice Room to get lined up and make sure you are checked in.

Any team that does not appear one hour prior to the show start will be disqualified.

During the competition, you will need to be wearing your cosplay, and put on your skit (if you have elected for the full contest.)

The following awards will be given out.

General Stipulations:

  • Categories will be removed if there is not enough competition, or additional categories may be added if necessary.
  • All awards can only be awarded to a single solo/group.

Best in Show: One (1) team or solo performance will be awarded the top award: BEST IN SHOW.

Prizes:

  • Two (2) members will receive a trip to Japan!
  • $500 USD in cash
  • One (1) Certificate of Award “Best in Show”
  • Holiday Matsuri Award Stars for all members
  • One (1) VIP Ticket to Holiday Matsuri 2018.
  • Full weekend passes for the rest of the members
  • Vendor/Sponsor Swag

Stipulations:

  • In order to receive this award, your solo/group must put on a skit.
  • All those wishing to try for this international award:
    • If you are a United States Citizen or National: You must already have, or be willing and able to acquire a US Passport, and apply for a Tourist Visa to Japan.
    • If you are Japan National/Citizen: You must be willing to travel to the designated location during the time selected. You must hold a Japanese Passport, and acquire a Visa to the United States during Holiday Matsuri.
    • If you are not a US or Japanese Citizen/National: You must be willing to acquire a Tourist Visa to Japan. As well as you must have a Passport for your home country, and acquire a Tourist Visa to the United States during Holiday Matsuri.
  • If the Best in Show is for a single person (or only one person in the group qualifies), the second ticket can be given to a family or friend.
  • “Japan trip” will include travel for two people to Japan.
  • Japan Trip will occur in 2018 and cannot be exchanged or traded. Exact duration, time and location will be announced later.
  • Only the contestant winner(s) from the contest will be selected to win the Hm2018 VIP Ticket.
  • Trip, VIP and Weekend pass awards have no cash redeemable value.
  • Weekend pass awards may not be used as a discount to a VIP Ticket.
  • Best in Show can be awarded to a single person or group, at the Judge’s discretion.

Best Craftsmanship: One (1) group or solo with the best costume(s) will win Best Craftsmanship.

Prizes:

  • $50 USD in Cash
  • Holiday Matsuri Award Stars for all members
  • One (1) free Single Day pass for Holiday Matsuri 2018 to all members
  • Vendor/Sponsor Swag

Stipulations:

  • Best Craftsmanship can only be awarded to a solo competitor, or a group, at the judges discretion.
  • Single Day pass awards have no Redeemable Cash Value.
  • Single Day pass awards can be used to purchase a Single Day of the user’s choice free of charge, or used as a $40 discount towards a Weekend pass.

Best Skit: One (1) skit contestant will win best skit.

Prizes:

  • $50 USD in Cash
  • Holiday Matsuri award star
  • One (1) free Single Day pass to Holiday Matsuri 2018
  • Vendor/Sponsor Swag

Stipulations:

  • Best Skit can only be awarded to a solo/group that puts on a skit.
  • Single Day pass awards have no Redeemable Cash Value.
  • Single Day pass awards can be used to purchase a Single Day of the user’s choice free of charge, or used as a $40 discount towards a Weekend pass.

Best Group: One (1) group of 2 or more members will win Best Group.

Prizes:

  • $50 USD in Cash
  • Holiday Matsuri Award Stars for all members
  • One (1) free Single Day pass for Holiday Matsuri 2018 to all members
  • Vendor/Sponsor Swag

Stipulations:

  • Best Group can only be awarded to a single group of two or more members.
  • Single Day pass awards have no Redeemable Cash Value.
  • Single Day pass awards can be used to purchase a Single Day of the user’s choice free of charge, or used as a $40 discount towards a Weekend pass.

Best Solo: One (1) solo contestant will win the Best Solo.

Prizes:

  • $50 USD in Cash
  • Holiday Matsuri award star
  • One (1) free Single Day pass to Holiday Matsuri 2018
  • Vendor/Sponsor Swag

Stipulations:

  • Best Solo can only be awarded to a single entry with one member.
  • Single Day pass awards have no Redeemable Cash Value.
  • Single Day pass awards can be used to purchase a Single Day of the user’s choice free of charge, or used as a $40 discount towards a Weekend pass.

BEST TECHNICAL: One (1) solo or group entry that entered into the skit contest that has the best technical skills, with flips, moving and/or performance will win Best Technical.
Prizes:

  • $25 USD in Cash
  • Holiday Matsuri award star for all members
  • Vendor/Sponsor Swag

Stipulations:

  • Best Technical can be awarded to a group or solo entry.

Hottest Men in Anime

J-POP/K-POP
Dance Cover
Contest

Day: Friday
Time: 12:00 midnight (Midnight between Friday and Saturday, Official start is 12/16/2017 at 12:00 am ET)
Location: Special Events

Want to see the steamy side of HolMat? Come to the Hottest Men in Anime, and check out these hot bods try to win your cheers.

Please note: This is an 18+ Event. As such, Unexpired Photo Identification is required to attend this event. Attendees without valid photo identification will not be permitted into the event.

Adult Cosplay Contest

J-POP/K-POP
Dance Cover
Contest

Adult Cosplay Contest Application
Deadline: November 30!

Day: Friday
Time: 10:00pm
Location: Special Events

Hosted by Cosplay Deviants

Sometimes less is more, and the more the merrier. Win the judges and crowd by showcasing how well you wear and work your cosplays in the inaugural 18+ costume contest. This event is a contest designed for all adult cosplayers who want to show off more than just their sewing skills.

This contests follows all of the General Contest Rules. Click here to see the General Rules.

Thank you for your interest in the inaugural “18+ Costume Contest”! If you have any questions, please ask here or email Events@CosplayDeviants.com

Naughty, or Nice?
The two main prizes are “Top of the Naughty List” and “Top of the Nice List”. Is your costume themed to be Naughty or Nice? Hero or Villain? Tsundere or Moe?
Adaptation & Theming
How creatively have you adapted and themed your costume as compared with the actual character in the series, game or original artwork and to the event?
Construction & Fit
How well constructed or assembled is the costume? Are the seams straight and finished? Has the cosplayer chosen materials appropriate to the costume? Does the costume fit properly?
Presentation & Display
How does the cosplayer present themselves on stage? Does their presentation fit their character and theme?
Audience Reaction
How does the audience react to your cosplay or presentation?

1. Contestants and audience members all must be over the age of 18 at the time of the event. Valid ID will be required.
2. All contestants must be registered members of the convention for the day of the event. Valid badge will be required.
3. All costumes must cover themselves to a point found acceptable by Orange County’s nudity laws. When in doubt think “is this pool appropriate”
4. All props used or displayed must adhere to the conventions weapon policy.
5. Time limit on stage is one minute.
6. Any media must be submitted one week in advance.
7. One entry per person / group.
8. All contestants must be wearing foot protection of some kind, no bare feet on stage.
9. Remember that this contest is for fun, and all are encouraged to participate!

There will be two main prizes:
Top of the Naughty List
Top of the Nice List
Each top prize will be awarded a $250 cash prize.
Other prizes may be awarded based on entries and presentations. 

AMV Contest

J-POP/K-POP
Dance Cover
Contest

AMV Contest Application
Closed as of Nov 30!

Day: Thursday
Time: 3pm
Location: OWCM Main Pool

Come kick back at the Orlando World Center Marriott Pool and enjoy some awesome anime!

This contests follows all of the General Contest Rules. Click here to see the General Rules.

Thank you for your interest in the AMV Contest! The AMV Contest will be held this year at the pool, and, as such, there are additional requirements.

Categories:

  • Action/horror
  • Drama/Romance
  • Comedy
  • Experimental
  • From the Vault
  • Holiday

Each category will only show 3 amvs for the “finals”. All qualifying AMVs not in the finals will be shown in a small panel room.

All submissions must follow the following rules:

  1. AMVs must be G rated (borderline PG rated is accepted, on a case-by-case basis). This means, ZERO Gore, ZERO Blood, ZERO Cursing, ZERO Sex, ZERO Nudity. Bleeped curse words may be accepted, but only if it is very rare. Bleeps must cover the entire word, not just the middle syllable, and reversed words are not acceptable.
  2. AMVs must be at least 29.97 FPS, 720p.
  3. All AMVs must have a Youtube submission, and must provide a Dropbox link to the full content.
  4. Youtube Submissions may have ending and beginning title cards.
  5. Dropbox Submissions may not have the following:
    1. Beginning/Ending title Cards
    2. Mentions to other conventions
    3. At least 1 second of silent, black before and after the music fades to 0 db.
  6. Submissions must have clear audio with no artifacts.
  7. Dropbox submissions must be playable on VLC Media player, in MP4 format preferable.
  8. Videos with video or audio artifacts will be disqualified.
  9. Videos that have won at previous Holiday Matsuri contests will be rejected.
  10. Videos must be at least 30 seconds in length, and must not exceed 6 minutes in length.
  11. Videos must use the original anime versions when footage is used.
  12. Subtitles are not accepted except when stylized into the video itself.

There will be one grand prize of $100 USD, mailed after the convention ends (or allowable to picked up if you are present at the convention).

Each category winner will get a prize of $20 USD.

All winners will receive an official winning certificate.

Some categories may be removed or added depending on the level of competition. Prize pools may increase, or prizes may be added at the discretion of Holiday Matsuri.