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Newgrounds Wiki: Movie Guidelines

In addition to the rules outlined in ourĀ Terms of Use:

Our focus is on animation. If you want to try live action here, it must be a short film with legit production value and an animation component done in post production.

Rights and Ownership

You must be the creator and owner of the content you are submitting.

You must credit and have rights to the music in your submission, or be using music that grants rights freely. Your favorite song from the radio can't be performed here. Here are some music resources.

Your submission must not be a modified version of someone else's work, including tutorial files.

Do not submit copyrighted video clips or photographs you did not create.

You may parody existing movie submissions but you must create your own artwork.

Tools such as GMod or 3D Movie Maker along with third party assets have generally been allowed, however one of our goals is to avoid shovelware, so low-effort entries made with third party assets may be removed. GoAnimateĀ is not accepted a majority of the time. We want people to share meaningful (even if silly or stupid) work, vs bulk uploads for promotional or spamming purposes.

Adult Themes

You may not submit photography or video of naked people.

You may not submit photography/video images of excessive gore and/or "snuff."

Do not submit illegal photography/video such as child pornography and bestiality. We WILL report you to authorities.

Sexual content involving underage characters is prohibited, please don't look for grey areas. Adding a disclaimer that all characters are 18+ or Over 18 does not get your submission around the No Grey Areas clause.

Make sure your submission has been properly rated.

If your animation is fetish content, please just mark at as adult; people get unhappy when fetish content appears in the non-adult listings.

Hate Speech

Your submission must not be racist or downright hateful towards specific groups of people.

Personal attacks towards other members of the community and targeted harassment campaigns will likely result in removal.

AI Animation

This will be an evolving area. If you are an artist who is using AI to assist you in your process, this is most likely fine. We will be removing things like AI slideshows, however. For example if you take an audio track and play it alongside static images generated by AI, that will likely be removed.

Our enforcement will be largely subjective as we get a handle on what cases are valid uses of AI and what cases are over-dependent on a computer doing the bulk of creative work.

Other Things to Avoid

Your submission must not simply be an advertisement. This includes short "low substance" videos intended to direct people to your Patreon. It's ok to promote a Patreon but your upload shouldn't feel like a gimmick to simply siphon viewers.

Your submission must not be a pointless "demo" or "preview" without any redeeming qualities.

Do not submit something that is merely a sound visualizer set to music, or a recording of your music project timeline. If you want to promote your song in the movie portal, it should be set to original animation like a proper music video; otherwise stick to the Audio Portal. Our goal here is to not have the Movie Portal be treated as a second Audio Portal. You might get a pass on a custom-made visualizer if it feels like it had real work put into it (vs running your song through a stock visualizer) but if you start uploading multiple songs the same way, they will be treated as shovelware; items being made in bulk with a template.

Do not submit Let's Play videos or anything that primarily depends on recorded video game footage.

Do not submit pictures in a slideshow format.

Do not submit speedpaint / art timelapse videos. We would like to accommodate these in the future but for now your best option would be to embed a YouTube video under your finished art entry in the Art Portal.

Do not swap out your original entry with something totally different.

Do not re-submit your entry after it has been BLAMMED without making noticeable improvements.

If you are uploading something that could be considered a variant or re-upload of an existing project, please check the "Opt out of any awards" box at the bottom of your project details form. Variants include style variations of something you previously published, dubs in different languages or a re-upload of something you previously unpublished. If you are merely updating an existing entry, we ask that you update the existing file rather than create a new entry.

Comic Dubs: This is an evolving area. If you are simply adding audio over static images from an existing comic, please refrain from sharing it here. If you have created a motion comic that introduces elements of animation along with audio, you can share it here but only if the artist themselves has an NG account and is co-authored on the piece. Please rate your entry appropriately; this category has been under much scrutiny after several mis-rated Adult comic dubs won daily awards. Rate your entry Adult if it contains nudity and sexual situations.