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Cosplay Contest

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! This year will be run a little bit different from previous years, there will now be two categories to the contest, Skits and Fashion walk.

1. Contest Format

1.1  Contestants are encouraged to preregister for the contest via the online form available on the Animethon website. Please check-in with the Cosplay Coordinator in person at the Cosplay Green Room (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 8, 2015 all contestants must arrive in the Main Events Room approximately 40 minutes before the start of the contest for instructions.

1.3  This year we will have a designated space for rehearsal. Our green room will be available for you to prepare for your skit, and check in with the cosplay staff.

1.4  The Cosplay Contest will last approximately 60 minutes, with an additional 30 minutes 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  This year the contest format will be broken down into two categories; Cosplay Skits, and Cosplay Fashion Walk. First portion of the contest will be for presenting all Cosplay Skits. There will then be a quick 5 minute intermission then there will be the Cosplay Fashion Walk portion.

1.6  Winners in the Cosplay Contest will be selected for the following categories:

  • Best Skit
  • Runner Up Skit
  • Best Novice Skit
  • Runner Up Novice Skit
Fashion Walk
  • Best Fashion Walk
  • Runner Up Fashion Walk
  • Best Novice Fashion Walk
  • Runner Up Fashion Walk
Special this year is a thematic award with Animethon 22’s theme, “Music Idol”. All contestants who dress up and/or perform to the theme will be recognized with a shiny Animethon “Idol Gakuen” certificate for your participation. The certificates will be handed out during preliminaries immediately after your performance.

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 Safety depending on circumstance.

2.2  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.

2.3 Skits

2.3.1 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).

2.3.2 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.

2.3.3 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. Music submission is for Skit entrants only, we will have background music for the Fashion Walk

2.3.4 Judges will give their ratings based on the following criteria.
  • Performance: (20 points, 5 points each)
  • Conception / Creativity of the Skit
  • Entertainment / Audience Enjoyment
  • Performance Skills / Authenticity to original work
  • Setting Aesthetics / Use of set and props

2.3.5 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.

2.3.6 There will be NO walk-ons for this portion of the Cosplay Contest. All walk-ons will be directed to the fashion show section of our contest.

2.4  Fashion Show Walk-on

2.4.1 Contestants will be given a number and will line up in numerical order during intercession. During the contest the MC will introduce the contestant, and the contestant will walk on to the stage

2.4.2 Contestant will proceed to 3 marker pose points and will pose for 5-10 seconds at each points. They will then leave the stage and line up back in order. At the end of the category all contestants will proceed back to the stage for judging.

2.4.3 Contestants are judged solely on the impression of their costumes and stage presence. There will be no prejudging on construction or creativity. Costumes do not have to be handmade by contestants to compete. All costume construction judging will be done through the Craftsmanship Contest this year. 

3. How to Register for the Contest

3.1  Pre-register via the website using the Cosplay Signup Form. The form will ask you for basic information such as 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 form here...

Cosplay Sign Up
3.2  You can also register on-site. Please register at the Cosplay Registration desk on Friday, August 7, (times TBA), or Saturday, August 8, (times TBA). If registering on site please bring a USB drive with your photos and music.  

3.3  If you have any questions or concerns, please email the Cosplay Coordinator at