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metatxt ([personal profile] metatxt) wrote in [community profile] wiscon_vidparty2017-03-20 09:10 pm

GIMME YER VIDSSSS! AKA: How to submit your premiering vid

Hello our lovely, mysterious, enchanting, roguish, and righteous vidders. How are you? Did you miss us like we miss you? We want you....r vids! Please give us your vids! We need them. For breathing. Because in this dystopia I am inventing in this very moment to convey our desperate need and desire for your vids--in this dystopia here, the Capitalist Media Machine (CMM) has implanted a neurotransmitter that limits how we read and watch the media they create. The ONLY WAY to unprogram our minds and fight for the revolution is by vidding and watching the vids of other vidders, thereby linking our unique subjective experiences, expanding our consciousness, inspiring empathy, and ultimately (ultimately) saving the universe from CMM mind control™.

What kind of vids do we want?

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.

And of this year's WisCon we have an EXTRA SPECIAL opportunity for vidders: submitting a vid using source from a Kelly Sue DeConnick story for our Kelly Sue DeConnick playlist! Read more about this awesome playlist of premieres, nearly new, and classic vids here or here

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!

Deadline for Premiering Vids: Sunday, May 14th, 2017, 11:59pm CST


◦ 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 get a sense of how long our Premieres show will be. If you need flexibility with this deadline, please contact us at vidparty.wiscon[at] and we can discuss.

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 3rd, 2017) 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.


Ask in the comments here or email us at vidparty.wiscon at! You may also want to check out our master post for this year's programming.