Cosplay Contest Application

2020 Cosplay Contest

Unprecedented times bring unprecedented change. This year, the 2020 Anime Matsuri Cosplay Contest calls for a union and celebration, encouraging cosplayers of all calibers to sign up. Our goal this year is to simply put on a show that will bring joy, awe, and inspiration to the hearts of all attendees. Be a beacon of happiness and let your talent shine bright. Cosplayer, the stage is yours. Apply!

Personal Info

First and Last Name
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Your Email
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Cosplay Name
Ex Angry Dog Studios
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Profile Picture
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  • Albania
  • Algeria
  • American Samoa (US)
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  • Barbados
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  • Malawi
  • Malaysia
  • Maldives
  • Mali
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  • Marshall Islands
  • Mauritania
  • Mauritius
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  • Mexico
  • Micronesia, Federated States of
  • Moldova
  • Monaco
  • Mongolia
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  • Morocco
  • Mozambique
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  • Nauru
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  • Netherlands
  • New Caledonia (France)
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  • Nicaragua
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
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  • Norway
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  • Western Sahara
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  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • District of Columbia
  • Florida
  • Georgia
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Entry Info

Division
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  • Novice
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced
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Type of Entry
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Category
Walk-ons are up to 90secs and Skits are up to 180 secs
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Character/s and what show/game they are from
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If Team, how many participants?
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Cosplay Character Info

Cosplay Photo 1
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Cosplay Photo 2
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Stage Assets

Background (jpg or mp4)
This will appear on the LED Wall behind the stage
Still image or video file (with audio) - 1920x1080px please
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Audio File
If your background is a still image, please upload yoru audio file here
mp3 please
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Your Intro
This will be used to introduce yoru entry on stage. It will also be sued in the App.
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As participants in the contest are representatives of the community, positive behavior is expected. Any kind of harassment, including harassment on social media or improper conduct, will not be tolerated and will be grounds for dismissal from the convention as well as possible criminal charges. The maximum number of participants allowed in a group is 8; this number includes stage ninjas or other non-competing helpers. Changes to entries need to be emailed to cosplay@animematsuri.com. If you wish to change the entire entry, including series and/or characters, please submit a new entry and send an email to cosplay@animematsuri.com communicating the change in the entry. No changes will be accepted after TBD, 2020, midnight CST.

If you have any questions about the Cosplay Contest contact us at cosplay@animematsuri.com – You can also join our Facebook Official Anime Matsuri Community.

Costumes

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.

Stage Presentation

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.

Pre-Judging

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.

Media Requirements

Required Items

  • Profile picture for the program guide and display. 750 x 500 pixels. This photo does not need to be of the costume you will compete in. We ask that you submit a picture of high quality that does not have any text overlay.
  • Backdrop for the screen on stage. 1920×1080 pixels minimum. Acceptable formats for the backdrop include MP3, avi, mp4, and jpeg. You must own the licensing rights or have permission if it is copy-righted material. If you are using a video you do not need to submit a backdrop. Audio or Video Video only: 1920×1080 pixels minimum You must own the licensing rights or have permission if it is copy-righted material. No longer than 2 minutes

How to Name Your Files

Replace ‘YourCosplayName’ with the pseudonym you submit with your entry. Example: YourCosplayNameBackdrop.jpg

YourCosplayNameProfile.jpg

YourCosplayNameVideo.mp4

YourCosplayNameAudio.mp3

YourCosplayNameReference.jpg

For large files that cannot be emailed please use Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive etc. and include the link in an email. Please note that submissions from YouTube and Soundcloud are not accepted. All materials that will be used during the contest must be submitted by the deadline; failure to do so will result in your entry being dropped from the contest. If the submitted media is not to specification, the convention staff reserve the right to replace the media with appropriate ones.

Divisions

Novice

Novice

The novice category is intended for cosplayers with little or no prior experience making costumes and/or people with little to no contest experience. No contestant can have won a major award (i.e. Best Craftsmanship, Best Performance, Best in category, etc.) at previous conventions and enter the novice division.

Intermediate

Intermediate

The intermediate category is intended for people with some experience making costumes and/or contest experience or having a few awards for costumes. No contestant can have won more than two major awards (i.e. Best Craftsmanship, Best Performance, Best in category, etc.) at previous conventions and enter the intermediate division.

Advanced

Advanced

The Advanced category is intended for people with much experience in making costumes and/or contest experience or have won three or more major awards (i.e. Best Craftsmanship, Best Performance, Best in category, etc.) for costumes; however, anyone may register for this division. Bring your creativity and skills to the limit.

Awards

If you have any questions about the Cosplay Contest contact us at cosplay@animematsuri.com – You can also join our Facebook Official Anime Matsuri Community.

Be a champion in your field

Awards will be given through a point-based system. The scores of the highest contestants will be pulled for Best in Show, followed by the highest scores in each division for awards. The Honorary Mentions will be given out regardless of the score, but instead as a judge’s recognition of a particular cosplayer.

 

  • Best in Show
  • Best Advanced
  • Best Intermediate
  • Best Novice
  • Best Stage Performance
  • Judges Honorary Mentions

Judging criteria

Craftsmanship Pre-Judging:

Complexity: difficulty of the design, materials used, and methods of construction

Execution: overall craftsmanship

Creativity: problem solving, uniqueness, details

Stage Presentation:

Physicality: embodiment of character, facial expressions, mood/feeling Effectiveness: pacing/flow, theme, consistency, overall believability Staging: use of space, blocking, and props/sets