2023 Masquerade Contestant Application

Thank you for your interest in participating in the 2023 FanimeCon Masquerade Cosplay Contest! The following pages will familiarize you with our application process and rules. Since every convention and competition has unique rules, processes, and requirements, it is required that you read and understand ours.

All contestants must do the following:

  1. Be an attendee of FanimeCon.
  2. Check in to the Masquerade Desk at Room 231B in the San Jose Convention Center (SJCC). 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 2023 Release and Waiver of Liability.
  4. If you are under 18, please bring a 2023 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 (Opens March 4, 2023, at 12:00 pm PST)

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

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 waitlist. If other contestants drop out, you will be moved from the waitlist to a confirmed slot and the primary contact on your application will be notified.

The Online Masquerade Contestant Application will be available until May 19, 2023. We typically have people who can’t make it to the convention, so all 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 email 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 email masquerade@fanime.com with any changes or modifications to your performance.

If you have any questions, please 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
  • Best in Show, Craftsmanship

Performance (Skits):

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


  • Best Master Group, Craftsmanship
  • Best Master Individual, Craftsmanship
  • Best Intermediate Group, Craftsmanship
  • Best Intermediate Individual, Craftsmanship
  • Best Novice Group, Craftsmanship
  • Best Novice Individual, Craftsmanship