Cosplay/Costume Policies

All cosplayers under 18 must have a parent sign the cosplay liability form or they will not be allowed on stage. No exceptions. If a parent or guardian will not be attending the convention, please use the space on the liability form to obtain the signature of a notary public along with guardian's signature. This is for insurance purposes.

Entrants participating in the event will be split into the following skill divisions:


If you are unsure which category you should enter please speak with the event staff. Entrants compete ONLY against other entrants in their division for both performance and workmanship. The exception to this is Best In Show and the Judges Awards for which all entrants are eligible. Entrants may compete in a skill division higher than the one for which they qualify, once they have competed at a level they may not compete at a lower level. For group entries the group's highest ranking member determines the skill division for the group.

Performances will be split into the following categories:


Total number of entrants/people will be capped at the following:


Contest entries will be capped at following:


Contest entries stage time will be capped at following:


Awards:


In order to participate all entrants must abide by event rules/policies regarding security/weapons/decency, present all forms/materials on time and in a correct truthful manner, and attend all required orientation/rehearsals/checkins on time.

Skill Category/Performance Category DEFINITIONS:

Skill Categories: An entrant's skill category is determined on an individual basis by their experience and acquired skills. The winning of awards does not determine one's skill level, but does automatically graduate them to the next level. Examples:


Entrants may compete in a skill category higher than the one for which they qualify, once they have competed at a level they may not compete at a lower level. For group entries the group's highest category member determines the skill category for the group. If you are unsure which category you should enter please speak with the event staff. Event staff reserve the right to place an entrant in a higher category.



If you are unsure which category you should enter please speak with the event staff. Event staff reserve the right to place an entrant in a higher category.

Judging/Awards:

Workmanship Judging:
Judging for Workmanship Awards will take place backstage prior to the start of the Masquerade. All entrants are to arrive to workmanship judging in full costume and makeup. These awards, for excellence in construction, will be given out in addition to/in conjunction with the major Masquerade awards. Workmanship applies to original costumes and re-creation entries in any of the Divisions, except the Out-of-Competition/Exhibition Division. Quality is quality and effort is effort, no matter the Division, and a beautiful job deserves recognition. Our Workmanship Judge(s) will look for technical skill, finishing, fit, handling of fabric and materials, etc. If you did not make your costume (IE, "storebought costumes"), do not enter Workmanship judging. Workmanship judging is optional, so please indicate on your entry form if you wish to be included in this judging. By opting out of workmanship judging you will not qualify for the major awards, but may still qualify for performance awards.

Judging for Performance Awards will take place during the Masquerade. These awards, for excellence in performance, will be given out in addition to/in conjunction with the major Masquerade awards. Performance applies to original costumes and re-creation entries in any of the Divisions, except the Out-of-Competition/Exhibition Division. Quality is quality and effort is effort, no matter the Division, and a good performance deserves recognition.

Re-Creation Costumes:

Re-creation costumes will be judged in the above Divisions according to the skill and experience of the costumer. Re-creation costumes are costumes copied directly from a live-action or anime motion picture, a television program, a stage presentation, a comic book or manga, or any form of artwork, including book covers. Judges will consider the accuracy of the reproduction, and contestants entering re-creation costumes are advised to provide documentation for the Judges to look at.

Original Costumes:

Original costumes will be judged in the above Divisions according to the skill and experience of the costumer. Original costumes are costumes designed by the entrant to either be completely new ideas or based in part/inspired by a live-action or anime motion picture, a television program, a stage presentation, a comic book or manga, or any form of artwork. Judges will consider the production of the design, and contestants entering original design costumes are advised to provide documentation of their design and inspirations of design for the Judges to look at.

Documentation:

Documentation can include any pictorial representation of your costume. Provide copies only; do not bring originals. It is strongly recommended that you provide documentation for costume entries. DO NOT count on the Judges to know what your costume is or what it is supposed to look like...there's A LOT of anime out there and hard as it may be to believe, some folks don't watch it all. If you are entering your costume for workmanship judging, bring two copies of your documentation. Printed materials that the judges can keep are best.

Awards:

Costumes or performances that have won awards in other competitions are not eligible for awards competition and if entered must be an exhibition entry. All questions and concerns regarding the judging process/scores/awards are to be addressed to the event staff and not the judges.

Entry/Orientation Rules/Guidelines:

In order to participate all entrants must present all forms/materials on time and in a correct truthful manner by the required turn in time. Any entrants that do not have all required forms completed forfeit participation in the event. Forms and items include but are not limited to:

All entrants are required to attend orientation/assigned rehearsals/checkins on time. Any entrants that do not attend on time forfeit participation in the event.

Greenroom Rules/Guidelines:

Failure to follow any of the following may result in disqualification.

The Greenroom is set up adjacent to the event stage to hold entrants during the event. It will be open prior to beginning the event and participants will have a required checkin time. Any entrants that do not checkin on time forfeit participation in the event.

All entrants are to arrive at the Greenroom in full costume and makeup. Special consideration may be provided to entrants with difficult costumes if notice is given to event staff prior to the event.

Once checked in entrants will be assigned to an area/seat and a staff member to tend to their needs and questions. All entrants are required to follow the direction of the event staff once checked in and are not allowed to leave the Greenroom for the duration of the event unless other arrangements are submitted to event staff prior to entering the event. Do not count on your request being allowed; each will be taken on a case by case basis. Permission will be granted in cases of medical needs or for children.

Prohibited in the Greenroom:

Stage/Performance Rules/Guidelines:

Failure to follow any of the following may result in disqualification.

Performances are split into 2 types, all performances must have prerecorded sound. There is no live speaking on stage. If you are unsure which category you should enter please speak with the event staff.

All entrants are to arrive at the Greenroom in full costume and makeup. Special consideration may be provided to entrants with difficult costumes if notice is given to event staff prior to the event.

Time On Stage:


Stage and Rehearsals:

Information, such as stage dimensions, will be provided as it becomes available. If at all possible, we will make rehearsal times available to contestants, but on-stage rehearsal time cannot be guaranteed. Please rehearse your presentation in advance of the convention. All skits MUST attend cosplay orientation and their assigned rehearsal time. Failure to meet these requirements will result in disqualification. Walk-ons are only required to attend cosplay orientation, rehearsal time for walk ons is not guaranteed but time will be scheduled.

Performance:

Entries which include children may request to go on early if they do so at the time of registration. If there are any special circumstances that would affect your place in line please discuss them with the Cosplay Director when you check in at the convention. The Cosplay Director will attempt to comply with your requests, but cannot guarantee placement.

Weapons Policy:

Please see the convention's weapons policies. SECURITY, not Cosplay, will make any and all final decisions on props and replica weapons. Replica weapons are the order of the day. You will not be penalized/awarded in judging if you are/are not brandishing a real steel blade or peace tied replica.

Stage Combat:

Any stage combat is done at your OWN RISK, and only after 1) signing the liability release and 2) demonstrating at your skit rehearsal that you are capable of performing your skit without injury. Walk-ons are not allowed to do stage combat. If you cannot prove at your rehearsal that you've been TRAINED in what you're doing, you will not be allowed to do it. This applies to skits that involve any weapons including but not limited to bows, batons, or staffs. If you can't demonstrate proficiency with it, you can't use it. You may not draw a live blade on stage, nor remove it from its bonds at any time during the rest of the convention.

No hitting about the waist, especially with any sort of prop weapon. If you must "punch" someone, it must be exaggerated and you may not come close to their face. Gun props may not be pointed at anyone, even other skit members. Aim at the ceiling or the floor or off to the left or right of the person, just not directly at them, definitely not at their face, and not at the audience.

Microphones and Sound:

There will be NO microphones provided for the contestants. No microphones will be allowed onstage, nor may any contestant directly address the audience. If you have narration or dialogue included with your presentation it must be recorded on a CD. ALL dialogue must be on CD. You may not speak from stage. If you have any special introduction for the M.C. to read, please have it typed or printed clearly so they can easily read it. If you do not supply an introduction, the M.C. will announce only your entry number, division and title at the beginning of your presentation. After your presentation is complete, they will announce your credits.

If you have an introduction, music or sound effects to accompany your presentation, record it on a standard CD. It is strongly advised that you bring two copies of your CD in case of any problems encountered with the original. Make sure you label the jewel case with your name, costume title, and the correct side to be played. For a CD write the track number to be played legibly on the CD. CDs must be audio format or MP3 only. File formats such as .avi, .wav, and .ogg will NOT be accepted.

Music/soundtrack is to be submitted by the appropriate time on CD only. Do not submit valuable or rare original CDs. Other forms of audio not accepted include but are not limited to the following:


There will be a form at orientation to indicate your sound cues. Submit one copy of your CD to Masquerade registration by Cosplay Orientation. Bring the other copy to Masquerade technical rehearsal, and backstage with you on the night of the Masquerade. If there are any problems with your original copy it should show up at the rehearsal, but it is always best to have a back-up copy with you during the Masquerade.

On/Back Stage:

When back stage/going on stage you will be directed by the back stage ninja crew. You will enter on one side of the stage and exit on the other, unless other arrangements are submitted in writing to event staff prior to entering the event. Do not count on your request being allowed; each will be taken on a case by case basis.

All performances and props are subject to approval by event staff. Please inform the event staff on your entry form prior to the event if you need anything set up onstage prior to performance or plan to leave anything on stage after performance. If anything is left onstage by accident after performance stage ninjas well retrieve it prior to the next entrant taking stage. On stage use of the following is prohibited but not limited to:


If in doubt of any prohibited items, please ask the event staff.

Points to be stated: