DerpyCon 2019 - October 25 - 27, 2019 - Morristown, NJ


Online entries only!
Please read the rules thoroughly or else you will be disqualified!
Submission Deadline: September 29, 2017 ,11:59:59pm EST.


There will be no extension beyond this date
All entries must be submitted no later than September 29, 2015.
Any entry arriving later will not be considered, so make sure to get them in as soon as possible!

Please full out the PMV form, the link is beneath the rules on this page.
Any submissions outside the PMV form will not be accepted!

PMV Categories

There will be seven categories this year:

  • Action
  • Drama
  • Upbeat / Dance
  • Romance
  • Sentimental/ It makes me cry!
  • Comedy


  • Kicked some Butt Award (best in action)
  • Made me think Award (best in drama)
  • I want to cheer Award ( best in upbeat/dance)
  • Kiss me! Award (best in romance)
  • I need a tissue Award (best in sentimental)
  • Ha Ha Ha! Award (best in comedy)
  • You really like me! Award ( Viewers Choice)
  • Derpy Awards (PMV staff picks )

The audience will vote for the top videos in each category as well as You really like me! Award ( Viewers Choice).

Once the deadline passes and we have all entries, the PMV staff will screen them to determine the field of finalists. All finalist PMVs at the masquerade during half time.

Your entry must pass a quality check (sound clarity and video quality, mainly).
Then it will be judged on several in several factors

  • Plot ( what’s the story of the music video?)
  • Music ( does it fit/ enhance the plot?)
  • Editing ( does it flow?)
  • Entertainment ( does it move me?)
  • Video Quality (does it look good?)
  • Category ( does it fit the category it was submitted in?)

No one on the screening panel will be shown or told the name / identity of any of the creators.
Once all the numbers are in, the math will be done and the highest-scoring entries will pass on to the finals (The finalist will be posted as soon as possible.)

Submission Format

All submissions must meet the following standards:

  • At least 720 x 480 resolution (up to 1080p)
  • 29.97 fps -OR- 23.976 fps
  • Non-Interlaced video (Progressive scan)
  • Stereo sound

The following formats will be accepted, provided that they meet the above standards:


  • MPEG 2
  • MP4 (must be h264 or x264 compression – no exceptions)


  • Uncompressed wav (PCM)
  • MPEG audio (mp3, mp2, etc.)
  • AAC at 44.100kHz

PMV Rules

  1. This should go without saying, but plagiarism will not be tolerated! If you are caught violating this rule, you will be disqualified !
  2. All entries *must* conform to the formats listed above.
  3. No Credits or Bummpers! Only a Beginning Title is permitted!
  4. A maximum of two submissions per person, one per category, is allowed.
  5. Entries must be at least 45 seconds in length and not to exceed 5 minute running time.
  6. Do not enter a video if it has won awards at other conventions. If your video wins at another event after the DerpyCon 2015 submission deadline has passed, it will not count against you.
  7. This contest will be viewed by a general audience (all-ages) so try and maintain a PG-rating. Absolutely NO sexual content (save it for the 18+ category), excessive violence (disembowelments, organs, amputations, etc, again save it for the 18+ category), or profanity (save it for the 18+ category) will be permitted. Unless it’s for the 18+ category!
  8. Your video will be returned to you for alteration or disqualified if there are any logos, watermarks, subtitles, or fan-produced subtitles. The only subtitles that are allowed are if there is an audible line in Japanese in the music video.
  9. All entries must be accompanied by a completely filled-out submission form (see above). We can’t stress this enough!
  10. Submissions with significant audio or visual degradation will not be accepted. Do not make PMVs with downloaded video or poor-sounding audio.
  11. Prizes will be presented during a formal award show yet to be scheduled. If the contestant must leave before the award show, their awards will be mailed out after the convention courtesy of Derpycon. Please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery.
  12. DVD copies of the contest will not be available due to legal concerns.
  13. Derpycon is not responsible for lost, misdirected, or damaged entries, prizes, etc.
  14. We reserve the right to reject any video for any reason. Rules are subject to change. If any major changes are necessary to make your entry suitable for screening, we will contact you as soon as possible.
  15. All members of the Derpycon Staff are prohibited from entering this contest.

If you have any questions, fill out the Derpycon Contact Form for more details.

Bring us your best and tell your friends who edit AMVs that where watching!


Click here for the PMV Submission Form