Cosplay contest

If you have no idea what cosplay is don’t fret, you’ll find explanation in following lines. The word ‚cosplay‘ is a combination of two words and those are ‚costume‘ and ‚play‘. The first one is pretty self-explanatory, it’s about the costume of a certain character, but it’s not just any Halloween costume without any point. What makes cosplay different is the second word ‚play‘ which means, that you should not only look like your character, but act like them too - you try to be your character. Cosplayers become some kind of multi artists, who beside sewing and making the costumes and props also perform, try to act as their character, for what you definitely need to be a bit creative! Cosplayers try to present their character as best as they can in all the possible ways.

Do you have your own RPG character, that you would like to bring into reality? Do you like competitions or you would like to present your original character to the audience? The don't hesitate to take part in the new competition category Original Costume and show your creativity! The competition category is also suited for costume fans that don't have enough experiences with making of costumes. Therefore the minimal requirements for the competitions are less restrictive than classical cosplay (it is permitted to use bought parts, more in rules section). During the competition the competitors will present the history or features of their character with a short performance or in discussion. The difficulty is really not that tough so don't hesitate and take part!

 

Rules of Cosplay

  • The cosplay registration will be open till 10.11.2018.
  • All the contestants are required to provide organizers with an image of their character (good quality) and music/video cosplay.nipponfest@gmail.com as well as with all the required information in the application form by the end of the registration period.
  • You can only participate in the competition with self-made costume (the person wearing the costume is its creator). Costumes sewn to order or purchased are prohibited. Competitors are required to be able to provide documentation from the production of the costume (photos, etc.) to confirm its authenticity it asked so by the judges.
  • The contestant can participate with costume from other competition, but the condion is that he didn't won any prize with it.
  • Costumes can not contain dangerous objects (e.g., any weapons, which could be considered functional). Self-made weapon props (from wood, paper, foam, etc.) are allowed at your own risk.
  • Costumes should be appropriate for minor viewers, so no nudity and vulgarisms.
  • The character must have a visual model, for example characters that you cosplay may have their source in manga/ anime, cartoons, movies, TV series, comic books, video games etc. (Example: if your character is from a book but it is only described in words how it looks like then it is an entry in „Original Costume contest“. But if exists an illustration to the character in book then it is a cosplay.)
  • The results are announced in two categories:
    • Jury Award: Jury evaluates the quality of the costume, originality, presentation and role play on stage. Jury determines the three winners.
    • Audience Award: Audience votes for their favorite by handing over the voting sheets. One winner will be announced in this category.
  • The organizer has rights to change the competition rules.
 

How the contest will proceed

  • Competition will consist of two rounds:
    • First round: Judging. Each competitor will spend few minutes with the judges. They’ll mostly judge the quality of the costume and if all the rules were met.
    • Second round: Presentation of the costume/character on stage.
  • All the competitors must join both rounds.
  • It’s possible to join the competition in two categories: Solo, Group. The group must cosplay characters from the same source. Both categories will compete together. Only one prize is per group so the group will have to split the prize.
  • For promenade the max time limit is 1 minute and 30 seconds. The cosplayers with scene have max 3 minutes. Competitors don’t have to use all this time, it’s just a maximum.
  • Competitors can use music or video in their performance (.mp3 and .avi). Send the music in the exact length of your performance. The medial file can be music or self-made voice recording combined with every sound effect. The performance can be without music (in case of bigger group we can't guarantee microphones for everyone, if you can speak loud then it should be sufficient).
  • To your performance you can prepare light direction. Please inform us beforehand using registration.
 

Registration

Registration into the contest send on cosplay.nipponfest@gmail.com The subject of mail must be „Original costume registration“. Registration mail must also contain filled registration form and music or video attached if it is part of your performance.

 

Example of registration form

Contest category: cosplay 
Name and Surname:
Nick:
Type of performance: (if you don't have a scene then the moderator will ask you few questions)
Character that you cosplay:
Source, from which your is your character:
Light direction:

(In case of Nick please mention also how it is spoken).

Further information you will receive per mail before the festival. Any queries should be sent to the mail cosplay.nipponfest@gmail.com

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