Competition Rules

All contestants must adhere to the Performance Rules as detailed below:
Check in at the Convention Masquerade Desk (location TBD) on Friday or Saturday to get your official “Backstage Pass” and turn in any music that you have not already provided. If you fail to check in, you will be dropped from the Masquerade.

  1. 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.
  2. 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 in a performance must be present at the pre-Masquerade meeting on Saturday, May 26, at 3:00 pm in the Masquerade room (room number TBD).
    • Each person can only participate in one performance. You cannot appear in multiple performances unless cleared in advance by the Masquerade Director.
  3. Rehearsal
    • A rehearsal will be held on Sunday, May 27, (time TBD), in the Civic Center Auditorium.
    • There will be sign-up times available at a first-come, first-served basis on when you want to rehearse. Each performance will be given up to 5 minutes to talk with the stage manager and rehearse on stage. Please arrive 10-15 minutes before your allotted time.
    • This is a courtesy rehearsal to practice entering, lighting, and music. To plan ahead, see this page (The Stage) for more information on the stage.
    • A running order of your performance’s lighting, music, and/or video requirements with time stamps must be provided in advance (via e-mail or during in-person registration) and confirmed by close of registration, or a generic entrance, lighting, and exit will be chosen. Example of running order: (Music start, 0:05 fade up, 0:15 green light, 1:15 fade to black, fade music.)
  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 FanimeCons 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) or 47 Ronin.
    • Asian animation, such as the Japanese animation Naruto, the Korean animation Wonderful Days, or Asian-inspired anime like Big Hero 6 or Avatar the Last Airbender.
    • Asian comics, such as the Japanese Fairy Tail, Korean Breaker, or Chinese Story of the Tao
    • Asian-origin video games, 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.

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

  • Described in detail on your registration forms (form to be released soon). Please send your completed forms to cosplay@fanime.com.
  • 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 movable. You have 30 seconds (each) to get the props on and off the stage.
  • Brought to rehearsal and stored on-site for the competition.*
  • All cosplay/props must be disassembled and ready for transport directly following the end of the Masquerade.
  • Your prop must accompany the costume that you are wearing in order to be peace-bonded.
  • No firearms, airsoft weapons, or replicas of guns. No functional bows and arrows. Any prop guns must look like a prop from 50 feet away. This is for your safety and for the safety of our other members.
  • No live steel. Live steel is defined as swords, knives, or other objects made of metal, which can take an edge. Dull metal weapons are considered live steel, and therefore are not permitted.
  • No metal or wood bats, metal pipes, or long metal chains.
  • Any item that is designed or manufactured with the intent to cause bodily injury or death; any item that is illegal in the state of California; or any other item that appears dangerous or may pose a risk of harm will not be allowed on the premises. This will be up to the sole discretion of qualified FanimeCon staff.
  • Operating a prop to shoot an object of any material is not allowed at FanimeCon and will result in your peace-bond being removed.

*FanimeCon will not be responsible for any damage or loss to a prop brought on site. If you are concerned about being able to follow these rules, please contact cosplay@fanime.com to make special arrangements.

Audio/Music

  1. All music must be provided in advance (online or during in-person registration) and confirmed by close of registration, or a generic song will be chosen for you.
  2. You have a MAXIMUM of 2 minutes and 30 seconds for your dialogue or music.
  3. We accept audio in MP3 format via e-mail, and via disc or USB drive for on-site deliveries.
  4. Provide two separate copies of your audio in case of damage.
  5. Nothing is allowed that would be banned in a PG-13-rated film. Actions, dress, or mannerisms that would not be allowed on a public street or thoroughfare must be avoided. Specifically, you must avoid the following: explicit sexual gestures, nudity, and explicit swearing. Violating these rules will disqualify you and possibly result in your being escorted off the stage.

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, or fade to black or to a logo for the rest of your skit.
  2. You must provide two copies of your video in advance (via e-mail or during in-person registration) and confirm by close of registration.
  3. VIDEO DUE DATE: TBD
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. VIDEO LENGTH: Videos must be no longer than 2 minutes and 30 seconds.
  7. 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.
  8. Nothing is allowed that would be banned in a PG-13-rated film. Actions, dress, or mannerisms that would not be allowed on a public street or thoroughfare must be avoided. Specifically, the following must be avoided: explicit sexual gestures, nudity, and explicit swearing. Violating these rules will disqualify you and possibly result in your being escorted off the stage.