All genres of costume are allowed, however original costumes are not allowed. Each costume must have an original source (e.g. movie, tv show, manga, video game, etc.). All costumes must be at least 75% made or altered by the contestants themselves. If a contestant has help or has commissioned part of their costume the person must be present during pre-judging to have that part of the costume count towards their overall score.
No costume can have won a major (Best of) award at any convention or recognized event prior to AM; in addition, professional or industry personnel are restricted from entering.
Contestants will be given 2 minutes for stage presentation. While there is some leeway with time, if a contestant grossly disregards the time limit it will result in disqualification. Performances must be PG: offensive language and/or vulgar performances are not allowed. Dancing is only allowed if the choreography is completely original (no Hare Hare Yukai, Para-Para, etc.). Performances that include those dances or songs within are accepted as long as they are not the main concept.
Contestants must move at 3/4 speed for all combat and action sequences. Stunts must be approved by the Cosplay Staff. Nothing is to be left on the stage after the performance including, but not limited to, glitter, confetti, and streamers. Liquids and pyrotechnics are not allowed.
All pre-judging will occur before the contest on Saturday, August 22nd from 1:30–3pm. We are not doing time slots this year, so it is required you are in Room 322 at 1:30pm.
Contestants must have their costumes on for pre-judging.
Each entry will be assigned a maximum time of 3 minutes to meet with the judges for craftsmanship evaluation. Printed reference images and a WIP book for the judges are strongly encouraged but is not required.