AAC Costume Contest 2018 Rules
By entering the AAC Costume Contest you are agreeing that you have read, understand, and will abide by all rules of the convention and event. Failure to meet all rules will result in disqualification and possible ban from entering future events.
- In order to enter the AAC Costume Contest the group leader has to be registered for the convention. The group leader is also the contact person for the group. All notices will be sent to this person and all materials needed, such as audio tracks, and any questions or concerns, must be sent from this person.
- No Convention Staff are allowed to enter the competitive portion of the costume contest. Even if the group leader is not staff. Staff are allowed to enter an exhibition skit.
- If any law is broken you will be immediately disqualified, expelled from the convention, and the proper authorities will be notified. This is including, but not limited to; live weapons, nudity, and any illegal substance use.
- To enter the Costume Contest your character(s) must originate from a Japanese Anime, Manga, or Video Game. We have a separate contest for other media that also presents with the Masquerade. If you have a character in your performance group that is not Japanese in origin (example: We would like a Lady Gaga cosplay to walk across the stage to help with the punch line of this joke.) Please contact the Coordinators with more details or any questions.
- Each person participating in the Costume Contest may only perform in one entree. If you choose to participate in two entrees then both groups risk disqualification.
- Only Staff, and participants are allowed in the staging area back stage, unless a minor is participating and their guardian wishes to accompany them.
- No overly sexulized acts or inappropriate language will be allowed. This is a family friendly convention, please keep all Presentations to a PG-13 rating. Failure to do so will result in an immediate disqualification and you will be put in jeopardy of being allowed to enter again.
- All costumes must follow the convention dress code.
- The Costume Contest has 30 spots to be filled on a Juried First Come Biases. This means that entrees will be reviewed before accepted into the Masquerade, but the first entrees received will be the first to be reviewed. We will have some places reserved for at convention sign ups.
- The Costume Contest has 3 skill categories, you must select one. If you have a mixed skill level group you will compete at the highest members level. Example; A group of 3 has 2 novice and a master members. The group would compete at the master level. You are always welcome to select a higher skill level than you qualify for. If it is discovered you are competing at a level lower than what your qualify for you will be disqualified.
- Novice – No more than one major award won previously at a comparable-sized convention or larger for their costumes or performances. These include “Best” awards and placed (2nd or higher) awards. Judges’ award and Honorable Mentions do not count as a major award. Exception, If you have won a Best In Show you no longer qualify for the Novice category.
- Journeymen– No more than three major awards won previously at a comparable-sized convention or larger for their costumes or performances. These include “Best” awards and placed (2nd or higher) awards. Judges’ award and Honorable Mentions do not count as a major award. Exception, If you have won a Best In Show you no longer qualify for the Journeymen category.
- Master – Four or more major awards won previously at a comparable-sized convention or larger for their costumes or performances.
- Judges Awards/ Honorable Mentions
- Best Novice Craftsmanship
- Best Journeyman Craftsmanship
- Best Master Craftsmanship
- Best Overall Craftsmanship
Craftsmanship/ Pre Judging
- All costumes and props presented for Craftsmanship/ Pre Judging must have been made by yourself or someone with in your competing group. (Exception for the youth category)
- Costumes can consist of bought/ found materials that have been 75% or more altered. Example: Found a shirt at Good Will, to use it for Judging you must alter it such as; dying, painting, alter the neck line, sleeves, and/ or hem line.
- Any bought or commissioned/ unaltered parts of the costume will not be considered in Judging. If you are using any such parts please be up front with the judges.
- If you try to use a bought piece or someone elses work as your own and it is reveled to the Judges/ Masquerade staff, you will be disqualified, striped of any award received, and future participation will be in jeopardy.
- You are required to* bring at least 1 printed reference* picture of your character to Pre Judging/ Craftsmanship. You are welcome to bring a tablet or other device to show multiple pictures and progress work.
- Progress pictures are not required, but are encouraged.
- Please come 5-10 minuets ahead of your scheduled judging time.
- If you miss your time a new judging time is not guaranteed. You may be asked to come back at the end of the judging times and we will try to fit you in.
- If you are involved with another event and would like a specific judging time we will do our best to accommodate you. Please make sure you notify the Coordinators if this is the case.
Performance Audio Requirements
Please submit and audio track you wish to walk on stage to.
- All audio will be screened for content and quality.
- AAC Masquerade Staff holds the right to refuse audio if the content is questionable or the quality presents a clarity issue.
- If a content or clarity issue presents itself you will be notified and have a chance to resubmit.
- Please send all audio files in an MP3 form
If you are accepted to the Costume Contest:
- You will receive an email notification of your acceptance.
- A follow up email will be sent with specifics such as entree numbers, judging and rehearsal times, judging locations, and other information you will need prior to the convention.
- You are expected to respond and send in all needed information and audio files by the dates given.
- Failure to meet these deadlines may result in removal from the Masquerade and your spot will be filled from the wait list.
- At the Masquerade its self we urged all people to please be careful of your surroundings on and off the stage. People have spent countless hours and money on their costumes and props.
- AAC does not hold any responsibility if your prop or costume is damaged at the convention.