Heavy Metal Knitting World Championship is a serious competition. That is why the competition has rules.

Read the rules before applying to the competition.

HMK Rules 2020

1. Organisers

The organiser of the competition is WTF Productions Ltd.

2. Entry

All individuals aged 18 or older can enter the competition (Heavy Metal Knitting World Championships) by sending the application form on the application page on 31st of March by latest. The application must include a 1 minute long video of heavy metal knitting. Groups are also allowed to enter the competition – with the maximum of 5 individuals in one group.

By entering the competition and sending a video the participant allows the organiser to share and use the content in the video for the promotion purposes of Heavy Metal Knitting.

3. Tools for the performance

Knitting needles are a compulsory prop in the performance and they must be held in both hands by at least one of the members in the performance group. A proper knitting project must be on needles. You don’t need to knit all the time, but you do need to knit during the performance.

4. The competition program

Qualification round

Internet – December 20th 2019 – March 31st, 2020

Use the Entry Form provided by the organiser to sign in for the Qualification round. Upload your one minute long video to YouTube and add a link to the video clip of your performance in the Entry Form. Use one of the three (or two or all three) official Heavy Metal Knitting songs in your application video. You can choose freely which part of the song will be used as long as the duration of the video is one minute.

The style of the performance is free and there is no dress code. The contestant will benefit if the performance is well planned and exercised (for example there is a practised choreography and there are well thought clothing / costumes).

The number of contestants to be admitted from the Qualification round the to the Finals is 12 and will be selected by the organiser together with a jury consisting of individuals selected by the organiser.

The Qualification Round performances will be rated by the following aspects:
• attitude
• originality
• the suitability to the official Heavy Metal Knitting 2020 song(s) used in the video clip
• artistic impression
• knitting presentation

The organisers will contact every admitted contestant personally.

Finals

Joensuu, Finland – July 15th & 16th, 2020

In the Finals, the 12 contestants perform in an order determined by drawing lots.

The duration of the performance is one minute.

The songs for every performance at the final will be determined by drawing lots.

5. Participation fee

There is no participation fee for the Heavy Metal Knitting World Championships. The travel and accommodation will be at contestant(s)’s own cost.

6. Prizes

The jury will decide the best three performances.

The grand prize is the title of Heavy Metal Knitting World Champion 2020 and a prize that will be given only to the winner. All top three acts will win a prize.

Prizes cannot be exchanged for cash or goods. The organisers reserve the right to make changes if they deem it necessary to avoid actions that may be considered harmful to some individuals or groups. The winner is responsible for any extra costs resulting from accepting the prize, as well as any other costs related to the prize.

7. Jury of the competition

Jury of 3 individuals at the Heavy Metal Knitting World Championships will be selected by the event organiser. The organisers have determined the following aspects of the contestants’ performances when making decisions: Attitude, originality, the suitability to the song, how the stage is used, crowd reaction, artistic impression, and knitting presentation.

Each member of the jury gives marks between 1-10 for each performance. The marks are added together and the contestant who gets the highest total score wins. If there are two or more contestants who have the same highest score the winner will be decided with a replay round. The replay performances are judged with the same principles as the first round.

8. Organisers’ responsibility.

The organisers’ responsibility with regard to participants does not exceed the value or amount of the prizes mentioned in these rules. The winner shall release the organisers from all accountability that may come from or be alleged to come from entering the competition or accepting the prize.

9. Official rules apply to all participants.

The Rules are subject to change by the organiser. Participants agree to observe these rules and respect the organisers’ decisions concerning the competition.