ANIMATE FLORIDA MASQUERADE COSTUME & PERFORMANCE COMPETITION
Sunday, October 8, 2017 @ TBA
CLICK HERE to complete the Masquerade Competition entry form.
Scroll down to read information, rules, and regulations.
The ANIMATE FLORIDA Masquerade Costume Competition is where costuming and cosplay go to the next level! This is a competition based on performance and presentation. Contestants can enter as individuals or as a group and will be judged based on stage performance and costumes. Think of it as a costume talent show… more than just a cosplay contest, this is your chance to put on a performance as the character(s) you are portraying! OVER $1,500 IN CASH & PRIZES WILL BE AWARDED AT THE SHOW, with a $500 CASH PRIZE for Best in Show!
PRIZES WILL BE AWARDED AS FOLLOWS:
* BEST IN SHOW: $500 CASH PRIZE & AWARD TROPHY
* Con Chair Spotlight: $150 cash prize & Award trophy
* Best Individual: $150 cash prize & Award trophy
* Best Group: $150 cash prize & Award Trophy
* Best Junior / Youth: $50 cash prize & Award trophy
* 2nd place – Individual: $100 cash prize & Award Trophy
* 2nd place – Group: $100 cash prize & Award Trophy
* Judges’ Awards (3): Award trophies
Contestants can enter as individuals or as a group and will be judged based on stage performance and costumes. Think of it as a costume talent show; more than just a cosplay contest, this is your chance to put on a performance as the character(s) you are portraying!
AWARDS: All awards, with the exception of the Con Chair Spotlight and Judges’ Awards, will be chosen by majority vote of the Judging Committee. The Con Chair Spotlight will be chosen by the Convention Chairman at his discretion. Judges’ Awards will be chosen by the individual judges.
MASQUERADE COSTUME & PERFORMANCE COMPETITION RULES
1. One entry per person. No separate entries from the same person. If you enter as part of a group, you may not enter as an individual. If you enter as an individual, you may not enter as part of a group. Groups are limited to a maximum of 12 individuals on stage at the same time.
2. The competition is limited to 50 entries, with no exceptions. If you wish to compete, you may pre-register online via the Masquerade Competition Entry Form or register on site at the COSPLAY BOOTH, located at Booth #TBA, in the Main Exhibition Hall. There is a limit of 30 entries that will be accepted in advance. We will close the form when that number has been reached. The additional 20 spots will be held for people to enter at the convention. Any of the 30 advance slots not already reserved will be open at the convention in addition to the 20 already available. Once the roster of 50 entries is filled, additional entrants will be offered will call slots in the event of a no show, on a first come, first serve basis. All pre-registered attendees MUST check in at the Cosplay Booth by Sunday at 4:00pm or you will lose your spot, which will be given to one of the will call entries. There are NO exceptions to this rule.
3. There is a performance time limit of 90 seconds for individuals and 3 minutes for groups.
4. When you check in at the COSPLAY BOOTH, located at Booth #TBA, in the Main Exhibition Hall, the staff at the table will log you in as an entrant, read your form, and help you (if necessary) in composing the best announcement for your entrance. They will also need any audio CD that you wish to use in your performance at that time. There is no pre-judging. You will be given instructions on where to meet for roll call at the registration desk. Roll call will be at TBA on Sunday at the Main Events Stage. All participants must be at roll call to be set up for the contest, which begins at TBA
5. NO microphones may be used by the contestants. All vocals and music must be pre-recorded on a CD with the exception of a written emcee introduction. Contestants need to be aware that anything spoken onstage, without amplification, cannot be heard in the room, or even at the judges’ table located directly in front of the stage. To have music or dialog accompany your presentation, you must pre-record it on a CD and you MUST bring the CD when you register so that the track can be reviewed and loaded into our system. Your CD will be kept by the staff in case the track has to be re-copied. On your tech sheet, you will indicate when the track is to be played during your performance. Untested, unapproved, new, or changed CDs will not be accepted after registration has closed. We can use CDs with any music, dialogue, etc. that you wish, as long as there is no profanity.
6. If you have won an award at another major convention prior to 2017 with the same performance / costume(s), you will be disqualified. It’s a new year, time for a new performance. You may enter if you have won an award at another major convention in 2017 with the same performance / costume(s).
7. No Nudity. This is a family show and will contain young contestants. All costumes/skits must be PG-13, PG, or G.
8. No bad behavior. You know what that means. No trash talking, sabotage, or poor sportsmanship. Improper behavior will get you removed from the competition and possibly the convention. Remember, we’re all here to have fun.
9. No harmful or potentially harmful materials will be allowed. This includes, but is not limited to: water, cigarettes, flames, fireworks, silly string, and any other substance that can be fired, launched, or dripped.
10. PROP POLICY: You may pose with your prop at the costume competition, however, there is to be no waving of weapons around so that there can be an accident. It’s never planned for someone to get hurt… that’s why they call them accidents.
11. IMPRESS US! This is a competition based on performance and costume. The more the judges and audience are entertained and impressed, the greater chance you have to WIN!
How do I sign up for the contest?
There are two ways to register for the competition:
(1) Register Online. CLICK HERE to complete the Masquerade Competition entry form. You will receive an email confirmation with your contestant #. When you get to the show, you will need to sign in at the COSPLAY BOOTH, #TBA, where you will be given further instructions. You must check in by 4:00pm on Sunday. We will accept a maximum of 30 registrations via online entry. The online entry cut off is October 1, 2017 at midnight.
(2) Register at the convention. Participants will be able to sign up for the contest at the COSPLAY BOOTH, #TBA, located in the Main Exhibition Hall. Fill out and return the entry form to the registration table. You will be given a contestant # and further information. Everyone must be signed in and all forms must be handed in by 4:00pm on Sunday.
Roll Call: All entrants must show up 30 minutes prior to the competition for roll call at the Main Events Stage
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