About the Con
What is VidUKon?
VidUKon is a fan-run vidding convention based in the UK. It's a weekend for vid watchers and vidders to gather together and watch vids, talk about vids, and have fun.
What is vidding, and what is a vid?
A vid is a fan-made music video that takes visuals from one source and audio from another and puts them together in a new way. You might also see them called fanvids, edits, tributes, fancams, MVs, etc. Vidding is the art of making these videos.
Do I need to have made vids to attend the convention?
Not at all! Most of the programming is accessible to anyone who enjoys watching vids. The most common programme items are vidshows - that is, curated playlists of vids. Depending on the year, there may also be panels or roundtables that explore vids from a viewer's perspective.
The occasional programe item might be more technical and geared to vidders in particular, but non-vidders are welcome to attend and listen in if they're curious, or spend those timeslots relaxing elsewhere.
There are also lots of opportunities to socialise with other fans between programme items.
Be warned though, plenty of people come to the con as non-vidders and come back next year having made their first vid! VidUKon is a great way to learn more about vidding in a low-pressure way, if it's something you think you might be interested to try.
What happens at VidUKon?
A ton of things! The con begins on Friday afternoon. On Friday evening we break the ice with a quiz, followed by a couple of vidshows. For the rest of the weekend, programming is a mix of vidshows, discussion, talks, workshops and social time.
There’s only one stream of programming, so attendees can attend every programme item if they choose to (and if they have the stamina!).
What are vidshows like?
Each vidshow is a playlist (usually about 45-60 minutes long) of vids on a particular theme. You can watch each vidshow through Conline by navigating to it via the schedule.
What vids are shown?
All fannish vids are fair game - in all genres and styles. Which means that some panels and shows may not be suitable for people under 18.
We prefer to have the vidders' permission to show vids, but the transitory nature of the internet means that can be difficult sometimes. If we are contacted by a vidder and asked not to show a vid, we will not show it.
What is my display name?
Your display name is the name that you will be known by at the con. You can amend this in your account details after you register if needed, but once that's done you should use the same name in all con spaces, including on Conline and the con Discord server.
I have a question about my registration, who should I contact?
For any question, please ask on the forum or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Vid Shows and Uploading Vids
What is a premiere?
A premiere is a vid that hasn't been shown in any previous convention or event and has not been released online prior the con. It will be shown for the first time ever at the Premieres show on Saturday night at the con, and will also be included on the Premieres DVD/USB that some attendees receive after the con. Anyone is welcome to submit a premiere - you do not have to be registered for the con. Vids can be any fandom, theme, or style, and there is no minimum level of experience required.
What is Vidder's Choice?
Vidder's Choice is a show where con attendees can choose an existing vid from their back catalogue to be shown. This can be absolutely any vid as long as it won't be showing for the first time at VidUKon. You might want to submit a crowd-pleasing favourite, or highlight a deep cut that you wish got more love!
What is the deadline to submit a vid?
The Premieres deadline for VidUKon 2021 is May 9.
The Vidder's Choice deadline for VidUKon 2021 is May 1.
Should I inform you about the premiere I'm doing?
No, you don't have to. We might poll about it just to get a rough idea of how many vids we'll have and to check if we can fill them all in, but you don't have to inform us, just submit your vid on time for it to be included in the show.
If I'm submitting a vid, how do I get it to you and what format should it be in?
We will need an unpassworded streaming link to your vid to include it in the con. (This can be unlisted or under a dummy account if needed, for example for keeping premieres a secret.)
For Premieres and Vidder's Choice we may also ask for a download link for your vid. Any common video format is fine, but please give us the highest quality version you have available.
Submission will be via a Google Form which will be available shortly.
What is your Refund Policy?
We offer full refunds until the close of registration. After that date, all refunds are discretionary. We do not want to be jerks about this, so please do contact us, and we may be able to assist, however, after the close of registration, our financial commitments are firm and we have bills to pay. As a non-profit voluntary association with very little surplus cash, we may not have the luxury of refunding tickets at that late stage.
What is your Accessibility Policy?
Vidukon is committed to making the con environment an accessible and enjoyable place for all attendees. If you have specific access needs that you'd like to discuss with us, please contact us at email@example.com, and we'll do our best to help.
The con programme has regular breaks scheduled into the main programming.
We are going to be asking VJs, panelists, and vidders submitting premieres to include content information about their vids. The options are:
+ No standard content notes apply
+ Choose not to use content notes (could be anything)
+ Contains graphic violence
+ Contains sexual violence
+ Contains physical triggers such as rapid cuts, strobe lighting or bright flashes
+ Other (free text if someone wants to provide other info)
If any attendee would like further detail about the content of vids being shown at the con (eg you have a specific trigger that is not included in that standardised list), please get in touch with the ConCom and we'll do our best to help. Anonymous queries welcome. The more notice we have the more thorough we can be in getting content information for you, so ideally email us at least a couple of weeks before the con, but if we get less notice than that we'll do our best to accommodate you.
The content information we collate will be available in the Conbook and on the website for ease of reference of attendees.