Competition with one’s peers is the cornerstone of fairness. We believe it’s unreasonable for somebody who is new to costuming to compete against competitors with years of masquerade experience for every award.
I borrowed this statement from the International Costumers Guild Website. I have believed in and agreed with their guidelines for skill division for over 30 years. I have personally competed under these guidelines and believe they are fairest way to separate the amazing talent we have to offer and to highlight them so everyone has the opportunity to Shine!
Anime Detour’s Cosplay/Masquerade uses a three tiered skill level competition:
Special Qualification and Considerations
So how do I know where I qualify?
If you are part of a group presentation. The division level is determined by the member of the group with the highest skill level.
Example: I am competing with two other individuals that have never been in competition. They are novices, but I am not. Therefore the entry would be based on my skill level as a master/pro, not a novice.
If you are unsure which category you should enter please speak with the staff. Cosplay staff reserves the right to place an entry in another category.
We also have two sub-categories:
If you are unsure which category you should enter please contact the Cosplay Contest staff.
Due to time constraints for our show extended performance times are not available. Please plan accordingly.
My promise to contestants- A message from your director
I will work to the best of my ability to use the tools available to present you and your costume in the best way possible. If you you adhere to the rules as set forth to the contestant, and work with the cosplay staff as a member of our team we will strive to produce the best presentation possible.