Masquerade Contestant Application

Thank you for your interest in participating in the FanimeCon Masquerade Cosplay Contest! The following pages will familiarize you with our application process and rules. Every convention and competition is unique in their rules, process, and requirements, so it is required that you read and understand this page.

All contestants must do the following:

  1. Be an attendee of FanimeCon.
  2. Check in to the Masquerade Desk at the San Jose Marriott Think Tank. You must check in before Sunday at 12:00 PM (Noon). Failure to do so will forfeit your Masquerade entry number and prevent you from participating in the event.
  3. You will be required to fill out a 2020 Release and Waiver of Liability.
  4. If you are under 18, please bring a 2020 Parent or Guardian Consent Waiver and Release signed by a parent or legal guardian.
  5. Read and understand the Masquerade Competition Rules.


Online Masquerade Contestant Application (Opening TBA)

Once your application is confirmed, you will be sent a confirmation of entry by e-mail.

There are only 50 available slots in the contest. Slots are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. If we receive more than 50 entries, you will be placed on the wait list. If other contestants drop out, you will be moved from the wait list to a confirmed slot, and the primary contact will be notified.

The Online Masquerade Contestant Application will be available until May 17, 2020 at 3:00 pm. We generally have people who can’t make it to the convention. The remaining spots (if any) will be available during FanimeCon at the Masquerade Desk during scheduled hours.

Please visit the Masquerade Competition Rules for more information.


Masquerade will e-mail the primary contact for your group on a regular basis with important updates.

If you need to change your application information or drop out of the competition, please e-mail with any changes or modifications to your performance.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us.


There are two categories of awards that are judged separately: Craftsmanship and Performance.

Best Overall:

  • Best in Show

Performance (Skits):

  • Best Performance, Group
  • Best Performance, Individual
  • Judge’s Award, Performance
  • Judge’s Award, Performance
  • Honorable Mention, Performance
  • Honorable Mention, Performance


  • Best Craftsmanship, Group
  • Best Craftsmanship, Individual
  • Judge’s Award, Craftsmanship
  • Judge’s Award, Craftsmanship
  • Honorable Mention, Craftsmanship
  • Honorable Mention, Craftsmanship