R.I.C.E


General Info

RICE: Rewards Imagined by Community of Editors

RICE is a community feedback event & contest made by editors, for editors.
The categories & the videos that apply to them are decided through voting during the event by the participants.
That means the only people who vote, review, and judge entries are the editors who submitted something to it.

You must be a verified member of the server to participate in RICE.
If you are not already in the server, you can click here to join.

The Basics

  • RICE is an annual event with the same dates every year. Video submissions open in January with a deadline of 1 February. The event is completed in the first week of March.
  • Meant for BentoVid regulars, not the general public (although there is no membership age requirement)
  • Takes place on Discord
  • Blind submission and review
  • Use any medium as a source
  • Up to 2 video submissions accepted
  • Submitted videos must be SFW
  • Everyone encouraged to review all submissions (feedback and/or constructive criticism)
  • Award categories decided by peers after seeing all the videos for that year

2024 Umami

TOP CUTS

Editing, food, hair, weapons, blood, other?
What makes the top cut(s)?

The Umami is the theme for that year's RICE.
It is changed every year and is announced at the end of the previous year's RICE Awards video.

Participation in the theme is optional, but it is the only (genre-related) category announced before the event starts.

The submission form opens at 12:00am EST (05:00 UTC) January 1, 2024.
All submissions must be received by 12:00pm EST (17:00 UTC) on February 1, 2024.

Submit to RICE

If you have any questions, please DM @standardquip (Vars) on Discord.


Rules

Video Submission Requirements

  • Blind judging is a central component of RICE, so videos must not identify their editors.
    RICE is semi-exclusive. You can submit your video to other places, as long as it's reasonably certain the other RICE participants won't see it and/or know it was made by you until RICE voting ends, which is approximately one month after the submission deadline.

    • The video must not have been posted online publicly, and must not have been seen in an identifiable state by any other participants of the contest, to the best of your knowledge.
    • If there is not a reasonable amount of ambiguity to who edited your video, it will be disqualified from RICE.
    • It is generally best practice to refrain from sending your RICE videos to any conventions or contests that announce their winners during the months of February and March.
  • You must be a verified member of the BentoVid Discord server in order to participate in RICE.
    You become verified by agreeing to the #rules-and-info. If you can send messages in more than one channel, you're verified.

  • Submissions must be at least 30 seconds and no longer than 5 minutes and 30 seconds in length.
    This is a hard limit. Any video that does not fit it in either direction will be rejected.

  • You can submit up to 2 videos.

  • Collaborations between 2 editors are allowed.
    The collaboration counts as 1 video submission for each editor listed. If a video credits more than 2 editors, it will be rejected.

  • All video types and sources are accepted.
    It can be live action, animated, or other. As long as you edited it, you can enter it.

  • Videos should not contain any elements that may identify the copyright holder of the original sources.
    Submissions should not contain subtitles, company logos, TV watermarks, etc., unless they were an intentional inclusion for artistic/comedic purposes and do not attempt to identify the editor/studio.

  • Videos must also follow the content restrictions and know of the technical specifications.

    • No porn, realistic gore, general 16+ rating.
    • h264 MP4 is the only format guaranteed to stream properly, submissions over 250MB will be re-compressed, and the awards show will be shown at a particular resolution and framerate.

Content Restrictions

Your video must follow a general "16+" rating or below.
If your video does not meet the specifications listed below, it will be rejected.

  • No porn.
    1. No bare genitals on screen.
    2. Sexual arousal of the viewer should not be the intended effect of coital scenes.
  • No detailed/realistic gore.
    1. If you can see organs, such as intestines, guts, brains, eyes popping out, etc., this is considered “detailed.” If the art style is life-like or the video source appears so (such as live action or well rendered 3d models), it is “realistic.”
    2. No visibly detached body parts. An arm cannot fly through the air, a head cannot be detached from a body.
    3. Exemptions to the above:
      • Hidden or censored open wounds (such as covered by clothes)
      • Unrealistic colors (like purple or green blood)
      • The absence of blood
      • Silhouettes
  • No obscene/harassing lyrics.
    1. No lyrics mostly concerned with intercourse and/or sexual acts (kissing is ok).
    2. No racial epithets, racial slurs, or hate speech of any kind in lyrics.
    3. Cussing is okay, as long as those words comprise less than approximately 30% of the overall content/words.
    4. Songs with lyrics that do not follow these rules must be cut or otherwise censor the words that do not comply.
  • No videos with malicious intent.
    1. No entry should harass a person or group, online or offline, even if the names are censored.
    2. No entry should be made with the intent to harm (e.g. "bending the rules" or using upsetting content specifically to injure, shock, and/or upset people).
    3. If you can assume many people will want to avoid watching your video because of its subject matter, do not submit it to RICE.

Technical Considerations

  • Submissions must be in mp4 format.
    h264 or x264. Other codecs will not be rejected, but they will very likely not stream properly on the platform we use to view and comment on videos.

  • Submissions should be below 250MB.
    If your video is not under this, it will be re-compressed automatically to make a "streamable" version and the original file will be deleted.

    • Limiting your filesize is a courtesy to others. You can use tools like AMVtool, Handbrake, Adobe Media Encoder, etc., to help limit filesize.
    • Please don't hesitate to ask in #editing-help if you'd like assistance in encoding your files.
  • The finalists and awards shows will be shown at 23.976 fps and 1920x1080p.
    This only applies to the finalists and awards shows. During the event, your videos will remain in their natural state.

    • Submissions not at the framerate will be played at this framerate and may stutter.
    • Submissions that are larger than 1920x1080 will be downscaled.
    • Submissions that are smaller than 1920x1080 will be scaled up to fit as much as possible without cropping.

Discussion Rules

In addition to the Server Rules,

  • Please use the kollab comments for anything you want the editor see, especially in-depth critiques.
    They are exported to PDF at the end of the event.

  • Don't critique videos marked with [nc] at all - positive comments only, including on Kollab.

  • Do not reveal which video(s) you edited.

  • Do not guess who edited which video.

  • When reviewing videos, do not emphasize video quality.
    We asked for videos under a certain size and many people aren't experienced with compressing to specific file sizes.
    Video quality may be lower than usual because of this.
    Don't discount an otherwise good video due to compression issues.

  • When creating an event, you must state the "theme" in the description or title.
    Anyone is allowed to schedule/host voice chats (VCs) with any theme. Want to host a viewing where no one is allowed to talk? A VC where only positive things are allowed to be said? How about a VC that is a roundtable of feedback?
    You can do it, just make sure you state what it is about before you start.
     
    All VCs must still follow our rules, which includes any criticism-geared VCs.
    Read our guide on how to give feedback here.

  • Refrain from playful jabs or joke insults.
    What you say affects more than the person you're talking to.
    Even if you think the those jokes are okay between you and the person you're joking with, it can (and often does) give the wrong impression for people who are not in on the joke, are not close to you, and/or are new to the event. Even if your joke may have been fine at another time, during RICE it may be interpreted incorrectly due to the stressful nature of the event. This goes for both voice chats and text chats.


Schedule


December Initial notification of the event, release of the basic rules and info for early motivation.

1 January Submissions & RICE channels open to the public.

1 February - 12PM EST (17:00 UTC) Video submission deadline. Submissions form is closed.

1 - 4 February Videos become downloadable for contestants. Category submission form opens.
It is a range to give the coordinator time to finalize/certify submissions, give everyone the proper discord roles, etc. Generally speaking, everything should be available no later than 2 February.
The form for submitting initial categories opens as soon as the videos become available to download.
The deadline for submitting initial categories is 15 February.

The form allows you to submit any category - more typical categories like "best drama," custom names for already-suggested categories, and/or your own custom/funny categories. All category submissions are made public in real-time or close to it, so you'll always know what's already been suggested.

15 February Deadline for the submission of initial categories.

15 - 17 February Category finalization voting form opens.
All submitted categories are collected and repeats discarded. Contestants now vote again on the final categories, as there is a hard limit depending on number of entries.

22 February Deadline for category finalization form submissions.

22 - 23 February Video nomination form opens. Nominate the finalists for each category.
Final categories are released/decided. Contestants vote for the finalists for each category.

28 February Deadline for video nomination form submissions.

28 February - 1 March Finalists form opens.
This form takes the top 5 most voted videos for each category and displays them for contestants to vote for the winner of these categories.
A When2Meet is also posted to determine participant availability for the awards stream.
They also vote for which category should receive the Wandering Samurice and which video should win Tomago Don (most-liked non-finalist).

3 - 4 March Deadline for finalists form submissions.
A thread for video/editor reveals is made after finalist voting has ended.

2 - 7 days later Winners announced!
Actual date of announcement varies based on scheduling availability of entrants.
All winning videos are announced. The Wandering Samurice category is revealed. Editors can upload/show their videos publicly at this time. The theme for next year is revealed. The event is finally over! :)


RICE In-Depth

The overly verbose description about how RICE works.
Navigate using the menu on the left.
( You DO NOT need to read this to participate in RICE. )


RICE Event History

Lists past RICE event information and downloads.
Use the menu to the left to navigate.