Cosplay Contest

Saturday, August 13 at 2 PM

Fandom Fest’s Masquerade Cosplay Contest is where cosplayers can show off their performance and craftsmanship skills in one exciting show! Performers will be judged for their ability to captivate and entertain a crowd, bringing their favorite series and shows to life through dance, song, or even comedy. While tailors and seamstresses show off their work by bringing beloved characters on to the MainStage at Proctors Theatre!

Click here to sign up for the Cosplay Contest

General Information:

Open to all ages (anyone under the age of 13 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian).
Click here to familiarize yourself with our policies and cosplay rules.

Entry types
Walk-On: Contestants walk onto the stage and do several different poses for up to 45 seconds to show off their costumes.
Skit: Contestants perform on stage. Performance can be a skit, music, dancing, martial arts, etc. Skits are restricted 3 minutes on the stage.

Walk-On
There will be no pre judging. Your costumes will be evaluated by 4 professional judges on the MainStage.
Walk-On contestants MAY NOT submit their own music.
Walk-On contestants will be limited to 45 seconds on stage.
Walk-On entrants will be limited 50 – day of sign ups may be accepted depending on availability.
Will be first half of the Cosplay Contest.

Skits
Skits MUST provide their own audio track (mp3 or mp4, must be able to be submitted via entry form).
Skits will be limited to 3 minutes. Anything over 3 minutes will be cut.
Skit entrants will be limited to 15.

Divisions and Awards

Divisons are only intended for fairness of the cosplay contest. Entrants are required to self identify as one of the following:

Youth: Anyone 16 and under.

Novice: Basically, a novice is an entry-level contestant (source). According to ICG, anyone can compete in the novice division except for:

  • A professional costumer
  • A contestant who has won in any division other than novice
  • A contestant who has won “Best In Show” or “Best Novice”
  • A novice who has won many awards in the novice division is encouraged to compete in the journeyman division.

Journeyman: A journeyman is most simply defined as a cosplayer who won in a novice category in a bigger con (source). According to ICG, anyone can compete in the journeyman division except for:

  • A professional cosplayer
  • A contestant who has won in the Master Division
  • A contestant who has won “Best in Show” or “Best Journeyman”
  • A contestant who has won three major awards in the Journeyman Division.

Master: Master is the level you go to after journeyman (source). The ICG says:

  • Any competitor can compete in the master’s division.

Awards
Contestants will be allotted up to 5 points for the following areas: Craftsmanship, Performance, Accuracy, and Presentation. Judging will be out of 20 points.

  • Best in Show: This award is to be granted to the entry that shows an overall exceptional degree of craftsmanship and execution. This award may be given to an entry in any division. 
  • Best in Division: Given to an entrant who has shown an exceptional degree of craftsmanship and presentation for their division.
  • Best Craftsmanship: Given to an entry which displays an exceptional degree of craftsmanship. 
  • Best Performance: Given to an entry which demonstrates exceptional performance and execution.
  • Judges’ Awards – Each judge may grant an award to any entry that they feel is exceptional.

    Winners will receive a trophy and special prize!

Prizes!

1st place winners of each of the following will receive a Dundie Award and 2 tickets to My Chemical Romance on August 30th at the MVP Arena!

Best in Show

·      1st Place will receive a Dundie and 2 My Chemical Romance tickets

·      Runner up will receive a ribbon

Best in Division (trophy for each & 2 MCR tickets each)

·      Youth

·      Novice

·      Journeyman

·      Master

Best Craftsmanship

·      1st Place will receive a Dundie and 2 My Chemical Romance tickets

·     Runner up will receive a ribbon

Best Performance

·      1st Place will receive a Dundie and 2 My Chemical Romance tickets

·      Runner up will receive a ribbon

Judges Award

·      One award per judge will receive a ribbon.

Thank you to the MVP Arena for providing the My Chemical Romance tickets!