Rewards Imagined by Community of Editors

RICE is the first contest run by the BentoVid Discord server.
You must be a verified member of the server to participate in RICE.
If you are not already in the server, you can use this invite link to join:

RICE is a contest made by editors, for editors.
The categories are decided on during the contest, only after all entries have been received. There can be standard categories and/or custom ones. What videos apply to which categories are voted on by everyone who has entered into the contest.
Likewise, the winners of those categories are also voted on by those same people. This means that RICE has no judge panel. The only people who vote, review, and judge entries to the contest are the editors who submitted something to it.

2023 Theme

(click to reveal)SKIPS & TRIPS
It's open to interpretation. ;)

Categories and Prizes

  • Best Overall Video has a prize of 100 USD.
    This is a guaranteed recurring category and it can be renamed if there are enough votes for a custom name.
  • Coordinator's Choice has a prize of 25 USD
    This is a guaranteed recurring category and it may have a different name when awarded. This is the only category in the contest that is chosen by the coordinator and is not voted on by entrants.
  • The Themed Category has a prize of 25 USD.
    The theme is changed every year and announced at the end of the previous year's RICE Awards video. The coordinator chooses the theme, but the entrants ultimately decide what qualifies and wins the themed category. Participation in the theme is optional and has no bearing on the other awards.
  • Eight (8) Other Categories, as voted on by contestants.
  • The "Wandering Samurice" is a 25 USD prize and assigned by vote to a category after submission has closed.
    This prize is unattached to a category when the contest begins. Once entry submission has closed and the initial categories have been finalized, entrants will vote on which category should have this 25 USD prize. The prize can be voted/assigned to any category except the theme, coordinator's choice, and best video categories.
  • Every winner of every category will be emailed an award certificate in pdf form for at-home printing if they wish.
Winners have the choice of receiving the monetary prizes via the form of paypal transfer, giftcard, or Discord Nitro subscription.


Video Entry Rules

  • You must be a verified member of the BentoVid Discord server in order to participate in RICE. You become verified by reading #rules-and-info. If you can send messages in more than one channel, you're verified.
  • You can submit up to 2 videos.
  • Your video must be Safe For Work.
    Some flexibility of interpretation is okay, but use the USA's PG-13 MPAA rating and/or the "16" rating used by other countries for movies and games as a guide. No porn, no excessively vulgar song lyrics, no excessive gore.
    If you have any questions, feel free to DM Vars#3616 on discord.
  • Your video can be anything, as long as it was edited by you alone.
    Any video and audio source is acceptable. It doesn't have to be anime or even animated. Maybe you couldn't even really call it a music video. As long as you edited this thing, you can enter it.
    Unfortunately, this also means we don't accept MEPs or collabs.
  • Blind judging is a central component of RICE, so videos must not identify you.
    The video you create 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.
    RICE is semi-exclusive. You can submit your video to other places, as long as it's reasonably certain the other 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.
    If there is not a reasonable amount of ambiguity to who edited your video, it will be disqualified from RICE.
  • 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 can not potentially identify specific people, figures, or communities.
    No mentions, allusions, inferences, or parodies of discord servers, communities and/or user groups, individual users, or popular and/or political figures. This includes mentioning them by name or their logos/avatars, "anonymized" screenshots, uncredited quotes, and using their voice in audio. This includes yourself and BentoVid and its members.
  • Submissions must be at least 30 seconds and no longer than 5 minutes in length.
  • Submissions must be in mp4 format.
  • Good faith attempt to compress your entries below 250MB should be made.
    If your video is not under this, it will be re-compressed and you may not like the results.
    All entrants must download all submitted videos. The size adds up quickly and not everyone has high speed internet. Trying to limit 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.


Server & Contest Culture

The RICE contest was created as a reward for BentoVid regulars and its community.
New server members are welcome to participate, but know that this contest is run differently from most.
The event organizer actively participates in discussions and sometimes video feedback. (The coordinator does not submit videos or vote outside the coordinator's choice category). There are familiar group dynamics. Participants are encouraged to run their own streams and voice chats.
Everything takes place over discord. Nothing is emailed.
You will not be able to fully participate if you are not active in the server during the contest, and you will likely miss out on many references if you have not been a BentoVid member for long.
Click to read more... VPR - Vidding Photosensitivity Relay
RICE is a testing ground for our VPR system. We use the contest to actively use VPR, get feedback, and improve our system throughout and following the contest.

Your video does not have to be safe for photosensitive people to watch, but RICE specifically accommodates our members with those conditions by giving detailed VPRs for every video. Entrants do not need to make VPRs, but know that your submitted videos will receive them. The content of the VPR is not a judgment on your video or your editing. Here's an example of what the detailed VPRs can look like.

That being said, entrants are encouraged to create "photosensitive versions" (PSVs) of their videos. PSVs are entirely optional to make and submit, but we get more every year as accessibility information improves.

There is no one way to make a video friendlier to photosensitive viewers, but removing certain effects and/or flashes, replacing particularly problematic scenes, and/or covering the video with a gray overlay at ~70% opacity helps. If you're interested, please see our VPR page for lists of common triggers to look out for, and/or feel free to ask questions about methods of inclusion on our #photosensitivity channel.

RICE also functions as a workshop to improve our videos and our feedback. All videos, unless they explicitly opt out in the entry form, will likely get detailed feedback, many down to specific timestamps. All members are encouraged to participate in doing this.
The feedback given does not preclude any video from winning. Critique that is not constructive is removed and users warned/disqualified based on the content. Look to #vid-critique for examples of how this feedback may look.

Critique is separated from the main contest channel, so there is the option of ignoring this facet of the contest entirely. However, if you do so, understand that you are missing out on roughly 70% of the activity.


How It Works / Schedule

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

1 January - Submissions open

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

Week of 15 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 17 February.
The form for submitting initial categories opens as soon as the videos become available to download. The deadline for submitting initial categories is 20 February.
The form allows you to submit any category - "defaults," custom names for already-suggested categories and guaranteed categories, and/or your own custom categories. All category submissions are made public in real-time or close to it, so you'll always know what's already been suggested.

20 February - Deadline for the submission of initial categories.

21 - 22 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 of 8 (not including best, coordinator's choice, and theme categories).

24 February - Deadline for category finalization form submissions.

24 - 25 February - Video nomination form opens. Nominate the finalists for each category.
Final categories are released/decided. Contestants vote for the finalists for each category. They also vote for which category should receive the Wandering Samurice money.

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.

3 - 4 March - Deadline for finalists form submissions.

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 choose to identify themselves and their videos at this time. The theme for next year is revealed. The contest is finally over! :)

The submission form opens at 12:00am EST (05:00 UTC) January 1, 2022.
All submissions must be received by 12:00pm EST (17:00 UTC) on February 15, 2022.

Submit to RICE

If you have any questions, please DM Vars#3616 on Discord.