Competition Rules

All contestants must adhere to the Performance Rules as detailed below:

  1. Check in at the Convention Masquerade Desk located on the second floor of the convention center near Cosplay Gatherings on Friday or Saturday to get your official ‘Backstage Pass’ and turn in your music that you have not already provided. Otherwise, you will be dropped from the Masquerade.
  2. MAXIMUM stage time:
    • Maximum performance entry time is 2 minutes 30 seconds. You must get permission from the Masquerade Director if you need to have more time.
    • Maximum display entry (walk-ons) time is 90 seconds.
  3. Number of Contestants:
    • Up to 12 contestants are allowed to appear on stage. You must get permission from the Masquerade Director if you need to have more people.
    • ALL members of a performance must be present at the pre-Masquerade meeting on Saturday, May 27th, at 3:00 pm in the Masquerade room at the Convention Center second floor 211A.
    • Each person can only participate in one performance. You cannot appear in multiple performances unless cleared in advance by the Masquerade Director.
  4. Any costume purchased or rented from a costume shop, designer direct, eBay, Yahoo Auction, Yahoo Japan Auctions, Cospa, or any other costuming store, online resource, or any costume made for you by a designer or seamstress is prohibited from entering the Craftsmanship competition. Modified or enhanced costumes will be reviewed on a case by case basis.
  5. Cosplays from previous Fanime conventions will automatically be considered non-competition.
  6. All entries must be based on the following requirements:
    • Asian film, such as characters from 13 Assassins (Japan) or The Flying Swords Of Dragon Gate (China), 47 Ronin
    • Asian animation, such as the Japanese animation Naruto, the Korean animation Wonderful Days, Asian inspired anime like Big Hero 6
    • Asian comics, such as the Japanese Fairy Tail, Korean Breaker, or Chinese Story of the Tao
    • Asian-origin video game, such as Final Fantasy or Ragnarok Online, or Street fighter
    • Asian music stars (such as Girls’ Generation)
    • Asian-inspired sources; including your own inspiration, such as an Avatar
    • The rule of thumb is: if the series and/or character originated anywhere other than the Pacific, it doesn’t qualify. If you aren’t sure, ask cosplay@fanime.com.
  7. All performance rules must be followed. Make sure you read and understand our performance rules for the Masquerade.
  8. AUDIO/VIDEO REQUIREMENTS: All entries must provide an audio clip or a movie clip (with embedded music / dialog) or we will provide it for you. There will be a sound technician on call to assist you.
  9. WEAPONS: Make sure you read and understand our Weapons Policy for the Masquerade (see below).
  10. PROPS: Make sure to read and understand the Props Policy (see below).

Ninjas
We have a set staff of ninjas to help contestants; their primary function is the safety and smooth performance of the show. If you need to use ninjas as part of your performance to hold props or be part of the act, you are required to inform the Masquerade Director in advance at cosplay@fanime.com or bring your own. We highly encourage you to bring your own ninjas in these cases.

Weapons Policy
Masquerade allows some Display Weapons, which are not allowed to be carried in the halls at Fanime. You must follow these steps for these items to be acceptable:

  1. You must check the box on the registration form for “Requires Weapon Master review.”
  2. You must pass inspection from the Masquerade Weapons Master, including choreography, and make any changes required by them.
  3. For safety reasons, all edges must be blunted or protected.
  4. Weapon must be transported to the Masquerade event either boxed or covered. Being part of the Masquerade does not exempt you from rules on the street or in the convention center.

Props
All large props (including scenery, backgrounds, etc.) must be:

  • Easy to assemble and disassemble. You have only a few hours before the show. To plan ahead, see this page for more information on the stage.
  • Easily moveable, you have 30 seconds (each) to get the props on and off the stage.
  • Brought to rehearsal and stored on-site for the competition.
  • Described in detail on your registration forms. Please send your completed forms to cosplay@fanime.com.
  • Immediately disassembled after the Masquerade.
  • Picked up after the competition or it will be moved to the Masquerade room on the second floor of the Convention Center.

If you are concerned about being able to meet these rules, please contact cosplay@fanime.com to make special arrangements.

Music

  1. All music must be provided in advance (online or during in-person registration) and confirmed by close of registration, or you will not be allowed to participate.
  2. DIALOGUE / MUSIC LENGTH: You have a MAXIMUM of 2 minutes and 30 seconds for your dialogue or music.
  3. We accept mp3.
  4. Provide two separate copies of your audio in case of damage.

Video

  1. If you choose to show a video during your skit, it will serve as a replacement for your music track. Your video must play for the entire skit; fade to black, or a logo for the rest of your skit.
  2. VIDEO DUE DATE: Two copies of your video must be provided in advance.
  3. REQUIRED REHEARSAL ATTENDANCE: You must attend the Masquerade Rehearsal if you choose to use video for your skit. If you do not show up for the rehearsal, we will not play your video and will default to the audio-only version.
  4. Video featuring real people is only allowed if they are participating members of your performance or they have signed the waiver and release form. Please send your completed forms to cosplay@fanime.com.
  5. VIDEO LENGTH: Videos must be no longer than 2 minutes and 30 seconds.
  6. VIDEO FORMAT:
    • The screens in the Civic are 16:9 HD format.
    • We will accept entries recorded on CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW.