1. Applicants may not register multiple times with multiple costumes. A contestant can only enter once and only wear one costume.
2. Group costumes are allowed.
3. The competition itself consists of registration, prejudging and the performance. Registration is done online via form, prejudging will be held in a dedicated location and the performance itself will be on the main stage of the event. The dedicated location will be communicated to all applicants at least 2 days before the event or at the info point at the event itself.
4. Prejudging: At an assigned time you will be called into prejudging where you will discuss the process of working on the cosplay. After that you are free up until the performance portion.
5. Entrants must provide a written description that the announcer will read during their appearance on stage. This may describe the details of the costume or provide a story about the character being portrayed. You may offer details about the construction process, materials, number of work hours, or anything that might impress the judges and fans. This description is limited to 100 words.
6. All accepted contestants must check in for prejudging on the contest day. Failure to appear at prejudging will result in disqualification. If accepted, we will notify you when and where the judging will take place. Information will be provided to you closer to the competition.
7. To be judged for accuracy, a visual reference, preferably a front and back color photo, must be uploaded with your application. You may not be eligible for accuracy points if the judges do not receive good reference material of your character.
8. Please provide music and/or images to be displayed during the performance when applying to the competition.
9. Physical media (i.e. CDs) will not be accepted nor will bringing a laptop or video device (i.e. iPods) to prejudging.
10. No profanity allowed on stage. That includes messages on signs or clothes. Anyone who violates this may be disqualified from the competition.
11. No political or religious statements are allowed on stage or during judging. Anyone who violates this may be disqualified from the competition.
12. Costumes used for the competition must not have been used for any previous international cosplay or costume contest final.
13. Costumes cannot promote alcohol, illegal drugs, tobacco, firearms/weapons (or the use of any of the foregoing), or any activities that may appear unsafe or dangerous.
14. Costumes cannot be obscene or offensive, endorse any form of hate or hate group.
15. Costumes cannot depict, and cannot themself, be in violation of any law.
17. Please refrain from wearing or using any substances that may potentially interfere with another participant’s costume. If you are wearing body paint or make-up, please make sure it will not come in contact with others. Do not bring anything on stage that could damage the other costumes. Do not leave anything on stage after your costume demonstration.
18. No nudity. All costumes should provide enough coverage to be worn in public and should be in good taste and appropriate for a family-friendly show. Gore, graphic violence or other objectionable elements may be grounds for disqualification as determined by the judges.
19. Contestants are responsible for their own belongings. We are unable to provide a secure area for personal items. We recommend bringing an assistant to help with belongings.
20. Any participant may be disqualified from the contest by convention management, staff, or official costume judges for failure to comply with any of these rules. All decisions made by the judges are final.
21. Pre-fabricated, store-bought costumes cannot compete in the Cosplay Contest. All costumes must be made by the wearer. A portion of the costume (i.e. leotard, tights and shoes) may be from purchased, finished goods, but at least 60% of the costume should be constructed by the creator of the costume. If you have made heavy alterations to a store-bought garment and wish to enter it into the construction part of the contest, you must be able to explain how you have altered it and the processes that such an endeavor entailed. Unaltered, store-bought assemblies of clothing to represent a character or “costume” are not allowed.
22. No electrical power connections will be provided. If your costume requires power it must be part of your costume design.
23. Wings, large props, or large costumes are allowed, but if your costume is over 2,5 m tall, or 1m wide you may not fit through the doors. If possible, make wings and other parts that make up your costume detachable. We have no limit on the size of costumes or props, but ask that you be safe and aware while on stage. You will be responsible for any damage to the stage, lighting, technical aspects or any convention property.
24. Your costume must allow movement with minimal assistance. Your costume must not impede your ability to get on and off stage. Furthermore, your costume cannot be built on stage.
25. All props must be checked for safety regulations at the info point in accordance to the following rules:
Prop weapons will be allowed providing they are composed of cardboard, foam, wood or other light materials. Prop firearms are allowed only if they cannot be mistaken for real weapons. The barrel of all prop firearms must be covered with brightly-colored caps. Prop bows are allowed provided all arrows have soft tips.