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Vidders and Viddees, Partiers and Partees, Enthusiasts of SF/F and Remix! We merrily present:

"The Party Of Our Lives"
a filk, sung to the tune of "The Story of Tonight"...

I may not fly to see the party!*
You may not drive to see the party!

But I will gladly vid the night!
But you should gladly vid the night!

And when the fangirls link our premieres…
And when the fangirls fave our premieres…

They’ll squee for shiny new delight!

Let’s have another vid tonight!
Let’s have another vid tonight!
Let’s have another vid tonight!

Raise a Vid to WisCon!
A Party that will live on year to year
No matter how chaotic
Raise a vid to the sing-a-long

Even if we get the lyrics wrong!
Singing the story of our night

Please vid a story for this night

Raise a glass to WisCon!
I think the show gets longer every year

Our squee will fight exhaustion

Let’s have another vid tonight!

Raise a vid to the Vid Party!

Even if this filk is weak
We’ll Vid the Party of our lives

Let’s Vid the Party of our lives
Raise a vid to WisCon
Let’s Vid the Party of our lives
Raise a vid to WisCon
Let’s Vid the Party of our lives
Please vid a story for —


So that happened. I shamelessly (and poorly) filked the genius of Lin-Manuel Miranda… To further highlight his superior word mastery by botching his creation? No! To get your attention?! Well, yes. But also! Also, I know that you know, aliens, robots, mermaids, superheroes, dystopian monarchs, and revolutionaries all have a golden ticket to WisCon Vid Party. But, also invited are the feuding fathers of Broadway hip hop, the devoted fans of Cindi Mayweather, the codebreakers of Bletchley, the swooning eye-sex from film adaptations of classic 1950s lesbian pulp novels, and the yet-to-be-videographed stories from sf/f books. Let me further assure you still: this is not a comprehensive list.

We welcome all fanvids in all genres and from all traditions of fannish video production, so long as they have some connection to WisCon's focus on feminism and science fiction. WisCon defines feminism broadly, and we're interested in vids that engage with any aspect of gender, sexuality, race, disability, and/or class. We don’t want definitions to limit you; if you’re interested in WisCon’s themes and consider your vid to engage with these ideas, we’d love to have it at WisCon. We consider vid theme to be as relevant as source genre.

Each year we have some incredible premieres by experienced and newbie vidders. We would love to see your work at this year’s Vid Party!

And if your vid includes gorgeous shots of space, please send it our way. We are absolute trash for vids set in space. Some might even call us orbital debris.


If you’re looking for inspiration, please check out last year’s fantastic premieres!

- Just a Dream Away (Star Trek: the Animated Series) by [personal profile] starlady
- Hope In the Air (Pretty Deadly) by [personal profile] garrideb
- Cassavetes (Iron Man/MCU) by [personal profile] seekingferret
- Pipeline (multifandom) by [personal profile] brainwane


If you're submitting a premiere, your vid must never have been shown at a convention or posted online before.
We prefer that your vid is no longer than 5 minutes.
We welcome vids from fans who may never have submitted a vid to a convention before, or from newbie vidders.
You don't have to be attending Wiscon to submit a premiering vid!


If you're planning to submit a premiere vid, we'd love for you to let us know as soon as you can so we can begin to get a sense of how long our Premieres show will be.

The deadline is Monday, May 16, 2016, 10 days before the con.

If you need flexibility with this deadline, please contact us and we can discuss. Please follow [community profile] wiscon_vidparty, [community profile] wiscon/[ profile] wiscon, or [community profile] vidding/[ profile] vidding if you want to see more info, reminders, etc.

How to Submit a Premiere Vid

To submit, simply fill in this submission form, giving us basic information about your vid and letting us know where we can download it.

We'll download the vid and contact you within a few days to let you know we've got it, or to let you know if we had any problems. If you don't hear from us within a week, please ping us at vidparty.wiscon at

We can accept vids in any format that will play in VLC -- for instance Quicktime (.mov), AVI/DIVX, MP4, and WMV files are all fine. We recommend you do a high quality export -- no file size is too large for us! Though realistically, we've found that just about any .mov/avi/mp4/wmv in the 50MB-100MB range will be fine, and even down to around 30MB can be acceptable. If your export looks like it has problems, we'll let you know and give you a chance to re-export and re-upload.

By submitting a premiere vid to the Wiscon Vid Party, you're agreeing to the following:

You will post your premiere vid online within 1 week of the Vid Party (that is, by June 4th, 2016) and send us the link, either by email or by commenting on a post we will make for the purpose on [community profile] wiscon_vidparty. This is because we want to post links to all the vids we screened a week after the con, so your new fans can leave comments for you.

We encourage you to suggest any trigger warnings you think would apply to your vid. If we feel that additional/different warnings are necessary, we will work with you to come up with a mutually acceptable solution. Warnings are included on handouts made available to attendees of the vid party, and will be posted online at [community profile] wiscon_vidparty.

Additional details about our warnings policy

The Vid Party provides trigger warnings as an accessibility measure. Our warnings are intended to help attendees manage their risk if they are subject to common psychological or physical triggers. These warnings are not intended as a "rating" or censorship measure.

We will post warnings (behind a cut) here at [community profile] wiscon_vidparty before the party, and make them available in printed form at the party. We will also provide more information via email by request.

Detailed list of warnings we provide:

Psychological triggers

We warn for: Sexual assault and coercion; abusive relationships; suicide and self-harm; extreme violence or gore; torture, police brutality, and institutional violence.

We don't warn for: Nudity; sexual activity; non-heteronormative sexuality; general violence including action sequences, shooting, martial arts, etc; explicit language; other "mature" themes.

Physical triggers

We warn for: Strobing and flashing effects, very fast cutting, "shaky cam", other effects or source material deemed likely to trigger seizures or migraines.

We don't warn for: Incidental bright lights in source (eg. explosions); also please note that vids are by their nature bright and fast moving, so we only warn for those that are particularly so.


Thanks to incredible volunteer participation and support, 100% of last year's Vid Party screened with subtitles. We would love to continue this support for accessibility and inclusion at this year's Vid Party. We will be working to make subtitles available for as many vids as possible, either during the screening or for download afterwards.

Please provide a subtitle file for your vid if you can! Our preferred format is a .srt file to go alongside the video itself, but text as part of the video itself is also fine. Instructions for subtitling your vids can be found at the vid party Dreamwidth community here and here, though you are welcome to use any technique that works for you.

Other notes

Our viewing environment is not pristine and theater-like. Our vid party environment is fairly low key and casual (though people definitely focus on the vids!); the party runs entirely on donations and people are able to pop in and out of the room. Although we do our best to provide good quality audio/video within those limitations, we want to be up-front about the fact that it's not perfect, if that is a concern for anyone.


Playlist sign-ups will open next Saturday, February 13th at 10am CST! We wanted to give you a bit of notice because sign-ups can fill-up pretty quickly.


Ask in the comments here or email us at vidparty.wiscon at!

Stay tuned for further announcements regarding Playlists, Vidder notifications, Sing-A-Long, and our Vid Development posts...

* Uhhhhm, I’m totally flying to WisCon, but there’s not a lot of shared risk if I say, “hey I’m going to WisCon and also I lead our merry band of Vid Partiers. Please make a vid even if you’re not attending!” Also, there was the consideration of symmetry, yo.

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Date: 2016-02-07 05:29 am (UTC)
kiki_miserychic: A Dinosaur and Kate Spade Shoes Fairytale (Default)
From: [personal profile] kiki_miserychic
Count me in for a premiere. I even have a couple clips down already. :)

I got a playlist in mind too. ;)

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Date: 2016-02-07 11:25 pm (UTC)
kiki_miserychic: A Dinosaur and Kate Spade Shoes Fairytale (Default)
From: [personal profile] kiki_miserychic
Will do!

I have a couple themes on the back burner, then when I come across something throughout the year I can toss it in there. It's been working well so far. Some will get full, then I'll order them and fill in gaps. Best thing I started doing last year. 😀

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Date: 2016-02-07 05:16 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] futuransky

So, karaoke singalong of this either at either the beginning or the end of Vid Party, y/y? I'll make the subtitle file....

I have a Premiere idea and I think I'm going to try to do it. \o/

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Date: 2016-02-07 05:17 pm (UTC)
futuransky: socialist-realist style mural of Glasgow labor movement (Default)
From: [personal profile] futuransky
And a playlist, obv.

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Date: 2016-02-07 06:24 pm (UTC)
eruthros: Delenn from Babylon 5 with a startled expression and the text "omg!" (Default)
From: [personal profile] eruthros
[personal profile] thingswithwings and I are making a premiere!

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Date: 2016-02-08 04:22 am (UTC)
eruthros: Delenn from Babylon 5 with a startled expression and the text "omg!" (Default)
From: [personal profile] eruthros
lol us being us step one is like "watch nine million hours of source." Oops?

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Date: 2016-02-08 02:41 am (UTC)
futuransky: socialist-realist style mural of Glasgow labor movement (Default)
From: [personal profile] futuransky

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Date: 2016-02-11 12:28 am (UTC)
sasha_feather: Retro-style poster of skier on pluto.   (Default)
From: [personal profile] sasha_feather

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Date: 2016-02-13 07:47 pm (UTC)
bironic: Neil Perry gazing out a window at night (Default)
From: [personal profile] bironic
\o\ /o/ \o\ \o/

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Date: 2016-02-13 07:49 pm (UTC)
bironic: Neil Perry gazing out a window at night (Default)
From: [personal profile] bironic
I have an ongoing project that may be good for Wiscon! I'll try my best to finish for May 16. Length-wise, I don't think it'll be more than a couple of minutes.

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Date: 2016-03-09 10:27 pm (UTC)
garrideb: Ms. Marvel flying over New York (ms. marvel flying)
From: [personal profile] garrideb
I am making a premiere! I finally picked out a song, but I'll probably cut it down so I'm not sure how long it will be yet.

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Date: 2016-04-15 01:20 pm (UTC)
magnetgirl: (Default)
From: [personal profile] magnetgirl
Hi, I plan to have a vid for you :) The song is just over 5 minutes but the final is like to be a bit shorter.

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Date: 2016-05-05 12:48 pm (UTC)
magnetgirl: (Default)
From: [personal profile] magnetgirl
I sent in the form w/my vid Tuesday but did not list my DW username (cuz I barely ever use DW) so that was mine ;)

PS I <3 that user icon.


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