The next step after registering for the contest is the PREJUDGING phase.
When: July 7th from 1-4pm
What this is:
Prejudging is on a First come First Serve basis, no time slots will be given for prejudging. Contestants have the opportunity to come during the stated times, (1pm to 4pm) but are strongly urged to come as early as possible. We will cap the line directly at 3pm, so please make sure that your have a plan A and B for getting to the venue in time, (just in case anything happens). We would hate for you to miss out on this part of your scoring for the contest.
Please come in FULL cosplay to prejudging. The judges need to see you in what you plan to enter into the competition. Make sure you come ready with anything that is crucial to your cosplay. (This includes makeup.)
Times have been changed from 9am to noon to 1pm to 4pm!
What we need you to bring:
Please provide us with a proper documentation! This will help the judges compare and contrast your outfit with the original to give an appropriate score. This may include:
- Printed or copied photos of your character for reference.
- Receipts of purchased items, (if you have any).
- Progress photos of how you made your cosplay are encouraged, they show us how you made it.
- Any other appropriate evidence that you “created” for your presentation.
Note: if you have completed your cosplay and it is difficult for you to bring certain kinds of documentation in for prejudging, no need to worry. You will have time to talk with the judging panel and explain how you created your cosplay and answer their questions. Documentation always acts as proof, but we understand that some people either don’t know or might have forgotten to document certain things. We never want anyone feeling like they will automatically lose because they do not have ALL of their documentation. It helps to have documentation, but we can try and work out any issues at prejudging.
Each competitor will be given anywhere between 3 and 8 minutes with the Judges. We cannot guarantee a specific amount of time in front of the judges yet. This is because online registration is still open, and we need to make sure we can accommodate all of the competitors that need to be seen.
Craftsmanship – The quality of construction, material choice, design and fitting are all elements of craftsmanship. Basically, the costume should be well made. For instance, messy seams would count against the costume. A simple thing done well can often be better than a complex thing done poorly.
Originality/Accuracy – If the costume is based on an existing character from a movie, anime, comic, game, novel, etc. then it should look like that character. It should be accurate to the source material. If the costume idea is original, then it should show originality. Innovative uses of material, original props and solid design aesthetics can definitely help your original costume creation.
Level Of Difficulty – Does the costume exhibit a variety of material uses? Are there moving parts or electronics involved? Are there multiple pieces that have been worked together to make the costume? IE: Using wood, fabric, plastic, rubber in any combination.
Overview: Judges will stick to these 3 main criteria for scoring. They will also take into account your category of difficulty. A “Novice,” won’t be held to the same difficulty standard as a “Master.”
All contestants will be seen on stage the night of July 7th in room TBD. The contest starts at 7pm and will go no later than 8pm.
Your check in time for the contest is at 6:30pm in room TBD. We will get everyone in their correct groups and orders before walking everyone to room 200 A for the stage contest.
We will start with Youth then Novice, Intermediate and Masters. Judges will then take a short break to tally the scores, and finally announce the winners.
While on stage, each contestant has a maximum of 1 minute to “perform” or showcase their cosplay. They can take as much or as little of that time as they want.
During this portion of the contest, they will be judged on STAGE APPEARANCE and PERFORMANCE. This will add to your total score, so practice those moves and poses! We understand that some characters are less energetic or agile than others. The judges will take this into account, but do your best to try and convey the character you have chosen to the audience.
We are excited to have you compete in our event and wish you good luck in the competition!