ANIMAINE is a little different than other cons.



ANIMAINE knows how to throw a party.



ANIMAINE takes community seriously. Since 2011.


Anime is still central to the ANIMAINE Story


ANIMAINE was first held in 2011 when 150 anime fans came together in November for a little shindig. We’ve been going strong ever since.


We're one of the smallest cons in New England, but you wouldn't know that from our fans. You also wouldn't know it from our guest lineup or our events. Just the short lines.


We have hours of 18+ programming - and 21+ programming, thanks to the support of some of Maine's best breweries.


We love our young fans, too! We have a bunch of events that are great for the young and young-at-heart, and our affordable Sunday badges are perfect for attendees under 12 and their families.

Here's what people say about OUR ANIME PROGRAMMING

But the biggest reason to love Maine? ANIMAINE.”
— Voice actress & director Terri Doty
Sure, there were industry guests and the exclusive showing of Log Horizon, but this con is more than that. It’s about a gathering of friends, both old and new ones that never met
— RT Gomer Productions
The guys at ANIMAINE could really stand to give a few tips to the larger conventions...
— Nerd Caliber
The guests are more accessible than at any other con I’ve been to.
— Japanator


Cosplaying at ANIMAINE

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ANIMAINE ♥ Cosplay

For the past few years, we have worked to increase our cosplay programming. We hope you enjoy the special events, workshops, and panels that ANIMAINE Cosplay has to offer.

We love all kinds of cosplay! We’re also honored to welcome other style choices including fursuits.

For your safety, ANIMAINE prohibits attendees from wearing masks or other face coverings while at Registration, Attendee Services, Autographs, or while lining up for Bootleg Bomber. You will also be asked to remove any face coverings when entering 18+ or 21+ events for age verification purposes. Please note that if you have heavy makeup or costume prosthetic pieces that Safety & Security volunteers may not be able to verify your age, so it’s best to remove these before attending 18+ or 21+ events.

The use of real blades (“live steel”) or functioning guns of any kind, including airsoft, pellet, and BB guns, is prohibited for any reason and at all times. Safety & Security reserves the right to inspect all cosplay props and to deny props at their sole discretion.

South Portland civil ordinances and ANIMAINE’s Convention Code prohibit attendees from exposing their nipples or genitals during the convention. Any attendee who violates these rules may be asked to leave the convention without further warning.

Cosplay Contest

Do you have a handmade cosplay or prop you're really proud of? Why not show it off and compete in our cosplay contest! We want cosplayers of all levels to show what they're made of in our friendly competition! You may even win some fabulous prizes! Details soon!

Other Cosplay Events

Details soon!



What's the difference between a panel and a workshop?

A panel is an event where one or more presenters discuss a topic, sometimes with audience participation. Examples of panels include ANIMAINE's I'm Not Gonna Lie and Bootleg Bomber.

A workshop is an event where one or more presenters works with audience members towards a final goal. Examples of workshops include ANIMAINE's Candy Taste Test and Art Contest.

Click here for the application


AMV Contest submissions will open in late spring 2019.


  • 75% of the footage in an entry must be from animated visual works or video games. There are no restrictions on country-of-origin for these materials.  

  • Entries may not contain any footage containing a watermark (i.e. the static image in the corner identifying the broadcaster or editor, such as TV Tokyo, MBS, Cartoon Network, etc.). This includes footage where the watermark is partially obscured. If it appears that a watermark was present, your video will be disqualified.

  • Entries may not contain subtitles from any commercial or fansubbed release. You may add your own subtitles where appropriate, but be aware that many people find them distracting and this may reduce your chances of your video being a finalist.

  • Entries may not contain audio from any derivative commercial version of the original release. This generally applies to the audio from the domestic or foreign dubs of a particular source.

  • 75% of the entry must be set to music. Trailer and commercial parodies are an exception to this rule.

  • Entries should not contain any title screens, logos, credits, or introductions before, during, or after the actual video. All title screens, logos, credits, or introductions before and/or after the actual video will be cut from the screening and replaced with ANIMAINE's standard title screen. Entries containing credits during the video may be disqualified or have the credits removed at the Coordinator’s discretion.

  • Entries must conform to CARA PG-13 rating standards. The official ratings guidelines (http://filmratings.com/downloads/rating_rules.pdf) define PG-13 as follows:

  • A PG-13 rating is a sterner warning by the Rating Board to parents to determine whether their children under age 13 should view the motion picture, as some material might not be suited for them. A PG-13 motion picture may go beyond the PG rating in theme, violence, nudity, sensuality, language, adult activities or other elements, but does not reach the restricted R category. The theme of the motion picture by itself will not result in a rating greater than PG-13, although depictions of activities related to a mature theme may result in a restricted rating for the motion picture. Any drug use will initially require at least a PG-13 rating. More than brief nudity will require at least a PG-13 rating, but such nudity in a PG-13 rated motion picture generally will not be sexually oriented. There may be depictions of violence in a PG-13 movie, but generally not both realistic and extreme or persistent violence. A Motion picture's single use of one of the harsher sexually-derived words, though only as an expletive, initially requires at least a PG-13 rating. More than one such expletive requires an R rating, as must even one of those words used in a sexual context. The Rating Board nevertheless may rate such a motion picture PG-13 if, based on a special vote by a two-thirds majority, the Raters feel that most American parents would believe that a PG-13 rating is appropriate because of the context or manner in which the words are used or because the use of those words in the motion picture is inconspicuous.

Technical Rules

  • Entries may not be shorter than 30 seconds, nor longer than 5 minutes.

  • Our video playback system can handle a wide variety of formats, but for your best results, we recommend the following settings:

    • Resolution: 1280x720 or 1920x1080 for widescreen; 960x720 or 1440x1080 for fullscreen.

    • Frame Rate: 23.976 frames per second

    • Video Codec: H264, 2 mbps or higher

    • Audio Codec: AAC, 160 kbps or higher

    • Audio Sampling Rate: 44.1 kHz or 48 kHz *Lower sampling rates will be disqualified*

    • Container: MP4 or MKV

  • The maximum file size of each entry is 1000 MB.

  • An excellent tool for converting your video to these recommendations is Zarx264GUI, found here: http://www.amvhell.com/stuff/zarx264gui/

  • Entries with video quality issues (e.g. macroblocking, pixelation, blurring, interlacing, etc.) may be disqualified. Such entries will be played during the Overflow showing if there is sufficient time.

Submission Rules

  • Your entry must be your own work and no one else's. Anonymous submissions cannot be accepted.

  • The entry deadline is October 26th, 2018. All entries must be IN OUR HANDS by 11:59PM on this date.

  • In order to keep the contest fresh, entries must be less than one year old as of the convention. Any video publicly premiered prior to November 9, 2017 is ineligible. A video’s public premiere date is the date it first showed at a convention or was uploaded to a public video site (e.g. YouTube, Vimeo, AnimeMusicVideos.org, etc.).

  • Videos which have previously been submitted to ANIMAINE are ineligible.

  • "Remastered" versions of videos which have previously been submitted to ANIMAINE are ineligible.

  • Due to time constraints, contestants are limited to submitting ONE video per category. There is no other limit to the total number of submissions.

  • The AMV contest coordinator reserves the right to change a video category if it is determined that the video more properly belongs in a different category than the one intended by the creator.

  • Entries may be submitted by filling out the electronic submission form.

  • Entrants will receive an email when their entry is received and processed. Due to the high volume of entries near the submission deadline, this email may be delayed. Please be patient.

At the Convention

  • Preferred Seating

  • If your entry is selected for the final competition, you will be on a list for preferred seating during all Animated Music Video Contest screenings at ANIMAINE. Your real name will be used, along with your badge name or nickname, if provided.

  • Although you will get preferred seating at the Animated Music Video Contest screenings, this DOES NOT qualify you for complimentary admission in any way.

  • To claim your preferred seat, arrive fifteen minutes before we open seating to the audience (30 minutes before the contest starts.) Your name will be checked with the names of contestants and you will be shown to the reserved seating area.

  • If you are not in your seat at least fifteen minutes before the scheduled start of the screening, we'll assume you're not coming and give up your spot to anyone still waiting to get in.

  • Audience Voting

  • There will be 5 finalist videos per category.

  • The audience will be given a ballot with all the finalist entries in the contest listed, and be asked to choose which videos they think are the best in each respective category. The audience will be voting for "Best Action", "Best Fun/Comedy", "Best Drama", "Best Other", "Best Romance/Sentimental", and "Best Upbeat" from the finalists in each respective category.

  • Best of Show will be determined by the video that gets the most total votes.

  • During audience voting, a video may only win one award. If a video is selected to win 2 awards, (e.g. Best Action and Best of Show) then the winning video will be awarded the higher award (Best in Show) and the runner up will be awarded the category award (Best Action).


  • Action - This video is adrenaline... excitement... suspense... This video is a roller-coaster ride. It might involve fighting, flying, playing tennis or anything you can think of - but if this video captivates you and gets your blood pumping, then it is a good action video.

  • Fun/Comedy - The Best Fun/Comedy award goes to the video which made the best jokes, comical situations, or conveyed an overall sense of fun and adventure. It's the video that made you laugh or smile the most, and not just because of the sources used.

  • Drama - Some videos are out there for the purposes of making you laugh, others are out there to give you an extra jolt of adrenaline, but there are also videos that will make you cry, or feel things you don't on an everyday basis. This category is for videos that have captured a feeling or an emotion and conveyed it extremely well.

  • Other - This category is for videos that don’t precisely fit into the rest of the categories. Movie Trailers, Horror, Experimental Videos, WTF’ers, etc., they all go here.

  • Romance/Sentimental - This video best employs both audio and visual aspects in order to create a romantic or sentimental mood. The end result is a video that tugs at the heartstrings and leaves feelings of happiness, sadness, or any others, but above all, a feeling of romance or sentimentality that the viewer experiences.

  • Upbeat - This category is for videos that make you feel good. They get your body moving, feeling the groove, or just bring a smile to your face. Dance, Trance, Techno, Happy slice of life pieces and other types of the sort.

  • If a category does not receive a sufficient number of entries, the Contest Coordinator reserves the right to remove the category and distribute each entry in it to the next most appropriate category. In such a case, the moved entries will not be counted against an editor’s one entry per category.

Legal Mumbo-Jumbo

  • By submitting an entry, each contestant agrees: they have read, understand, and will comply with these official rules; and, or to the extent permitted by law, consent to the use of the entrant's name, likeness and/or biographical data for purposes of advertising and promotion by ANIMAINE, inc, without further consent, compensation or approval.

  • Submitted materials become the property of Animaine, inc. By submitting a video to ANIMAINE, the video creator grants Animaine, inc. non-revocable permission to exhibit that video. The video creator otherwise retains all rights and responsibilities relating to its creation.

  • The prizes being awarded may constitute income under applicable federal, state and local tax laws and winners shall be solely responsible for payment of any and all taxes, which may be due with respect to the acceptance of the prize.

  • We cannot be held responsible for lost or misdirected entries.

  • Do not submit anyone's videos other than your own or your group’s. If you are caught fraudulently submitting videos, you will be barred from participating in all future ANIMAINE Animated Music Video Contests and your information will be shared with the coordinators of other contests, who may take further action at their discretion.

  • No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law.

  • We reserve the right to modify these rules at any time without notice.