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Cosplay Contest

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One of the biggest highlights of Animethon is the Cosplay Contest, a live event which allows contestants to show off their costumes in a live setting for prizes! Eternal Glory! Bragging Rights!

1. Contest Format

  • 1.1 Contestants are encouraged to pre-register to the contest via the online form available on the Animethon website. Please check-in with the Cosplay Coordinator either by email at or in person at the Cosplay Registration table (date and time TBA), so we can be sure you are still participating! If you do not check in, your spot may be given to someone else.
  • 1.2 On Saturday, August 9, 2014 all contestants must arrive in the Main Events Room approximately 30 minutes before the start of the contest for instructions.
  • 1.3 This year we will have a designated space for rehearsal, and there will be a pre-judging for the Best Costume Award in the Rehearsal Hall. If you wish for your costume to be judged for craftsmanship, please come to this room (time TBA). No Costume Judging will be taking place while contestants are on stage or otherwise.
  • 1.4 The Cosplay Contest will last approximately 60 mins, with an additional 30 mins for judges’ deliberations and award presentation. After the judges have finished deliberating, the winners will be announced. Contestants must be on site to accept awards. 1.5 Winners in the Cosplay Contest will be selected for the following categories:
    • Best in Show
    • Best Costume
    • Best Performance
    • Fan Favourite
    • Honourable Mention
    • Best First Timer

2. Rules and Regulations

  • 2.1 Costumes, props and skits must be suitable and appropriate for all ages. Costumes should have a theme consistent with what Animethon celebrates – anime, comics, video games, and pop culture. Costumes and props should adhere to general Animethon Rules and Regulations including the Weapons and Props Policy. Questions may be answered, and exceptions may be made, by the Cosplay Coordinator or Head of Security depending on circumstance.
  • 2.2 Skits should adhere to a family-friendly rating, including but not limited to no profanity, nudity, or overly-violent content. No exceptions will be made on this point, so if you are concerned about your content, please ask beforehand; any violation of this rule will result in disqualification and possible removal from further contests with Animethon or A Taste of Animethon (ATOA).
  • 2.3 Only handmade costumes are eligible to win the Best Costume award. Costumes created with the help of friends or family is accepted, however more than 50% of the costume has to be made by the contestant. Prefabricated costumes will be allowed as long as it has been substantially altered by the contestant (at least 70%).
  • 2.4 Contestants can enter the contest individually, or as part of a team. If you enter as part of a team, your team will be judged together for the purposes of the Best in Show and Best Performance awards. However, your costumes will still be judged individually for the purposes of the Best Costume award.
  • 2.5 There is a 2 minute time limit for all performances, group and individual. If the performance goes over the time limit, the contestant will be disqualified. Exceptions can be made on a case by case basis.
  • 2.6 Music is optional. If you have a music track you’d like to use for your performance, please send the mp3 to the Cosplay Coordinator as part of your pre-registration. Alternatively, if you are registering on the day of Animethon, then please provide a copy of the mp3 on a USB stick at the time of registration. The music must be in mp3 format, and must be on a USB stick. No other format of music will be accepted at the event itself. If you are doing a walk-on, generic music will be played unless requested otherwise.
  • 2.7 Judges will give their ratings based on the following criteria, please see the Judges Scoring Sheets here [link]. Performance: (20 points, 5 points each) · Conception / Creativity of the Skit · Entertainment / Audience Enjoyment · Performance Skills / Authenticity to original work Costume: (20 points) · Effort, Time, Choices, and Props (10 points) · Construction / Alteration (5 points) · Authenticity or Originality (5 points)
  • 2.8 Devices such as flash bombs, any kind of pyrotechnic device, or any type of device that causes staining or a large scattering of objects are prohibited. Scattering of some objects is allowed, but the cleaning up of said objects will cut into your running time of no more than 2 minutes. Using fire and liquids on stage are prohibited. Smoke related special effects are prohibited.
  • 2.9 Permission is granted to Animethon to use any photographs/video taken as future promotion material for future events and dealings. Secondary Media coverage may be present at the event. All media captured by Secondary Media will be under their rules and regulations of fair media usage and not that of Animethon’s.

How to Register for the Contest

There are 2 ways to enter the contest:
  • 3.1 Pre-register using the Cosplay Sign-Up Form available on the website. The form will ask you for basic information including your name, contact information, the character and show you are performing, as well as a summary of your skit. For more information, please see the Cosplay Contest Sign Up Form
  • 3.2 You can also register on-site. Please register at the Cosplay Registration desk on Friday, August 8, or Saturday, August 9.
If you have any questions regarding registration, please contact the Cosplay Coordinator via the following email: