Cosplay

The Insomnia Cosplay Community Masquerade (1)

 The Insomnia Cosplay Community Masquerade

Honoring and welcoming all ability levels of cosplay, this is a great place to get started in the cosplay world or simply attend to show off your creation! The community Masquerade will carry a series of categories the judges may choose to award you with.

Who can enter and what are the general rules?* 

The Costume Part:

  1. Costumes from any genre of video game, television, film, anime, manga etc. may enter the Masquerade.
  2. A costume qualifies as handmade if it is 80% your own work. We ask that you provide detail on your application form to explain how your costume was made. The application form acts as a framework for you to provide this information. It is highly advisable you include construction photos and reference pictures for your application.
  3. An altered costume will be eligible to receive points in the Craftsmanship category for specific components which are heavily altered or handmade entirely. All costumes will qualify for Character Concept and Performance categories.
  4. Any size group may enter the Masquerade. However, if eligible for a prize, this will be split evenly between participants.
  5. The competition is open for all ages, but if you are under the age of 13 please make sure to get parental consent.
  6. A small selection of places will be open to those who wish to present a performance piece but not be judged. These entrants will not be eligible for a prize.

    The Performance Part:
  7. You may perform to music and/or use a microphone during your performance. If you do not provide music, generic music will be provided for you.
  8. Performances/Skits must be no longer than two minutes in length. Please state the length of your skit time or if you are posing (e.g three point system) on your application form.
  9. We highly advise you to visit the cosplay desk no later than two hours before the masquerade is due to start to check through your requirements. If you do not visit the desk, your requirements for your performance may be refused.
  10. Arrive at the designated area ready NO LATER THAN half an hour before the masquerade is due to start.
  11. We ask you to specify any requirements for your performance on your application form. This includes setting up a ‘cue’ for when you would like your music track to begin.

*All entrants must comply with the Cosplay Masquerade General Ruleset and Props Rules.

How will the competition be judged?

The judges have various awards that costumers can win ranging from 'best performance' to 'best family cosplay.' These categories will be awarded at the judges discretion. They are used to encourage you to think outside the box and have fun! All categories are weighed evenly when judging.

Craftsmanship

The quality of costume, props and accessories; and how well these elements are made.

Performance

Takes into account use of general performance conventions and how you interact with the audience; for example confident movements as well as general stage techniques used through performance.

Character Concept

This category is judged based on execution of your character concept and a clear display of character choice, be it accuracy to a character, a creative interpretation (e.g Steampunk Harley Quinn or cross play) or character likeness.  

Additional Points may be awarded for detailed application forms including reference pictures and construction notes but this does not form an active judging category for the community masquerade.

*Prizes

  1. Any size group may enter the Masquerade. However, if eligible for a prize, this will be split evenly between participants.
  2. Costume and Play handmade trophies are only awarded to first place winners. If the winner is a group, there will be one trophy only.

General Cosplay and Masquerade Ruleset

Costumes must be appropriate for a family friendly convention and include enough body coverage to be worn in public.

  • The judge’s decisions are final once made.
  • Large elements, such as wings, exceeding over two metres, must be collapsed when on the convention floor. (Please contact us to check if you are worried about your costume dimensions at cosplay@costumeandplay.co.uk)
  • All entrants must have a spare copy of their masquerade music track on USB/CD.
  • We reserve the right to decline or stop a skit/performance at any time for any reason.
  • Use or performance of the following will be immediately stopped and you may be disqualified from the competition or convention floor.
  • Excessive/inappropriate language such as swearing.
  • Committing an act which is viewed as something which may potentially harm yourself or others.
  • You agree to be filmed and photographed during the event, all rights of this belong to the event organizers and/or Costume and Play. 
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