Contest Rules

COSPLAY CONTEST

Cosplay Contest

Location: Yakima Valley Sundome

Date/Time: Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 5:00pm-6:30pm
(Time subject to change do to amount of entries.)

Rules & Guidelines

    1—Contestants can only enter in one category, Individual or Group. Due to the unpredictable size of groups, a prize for each member cannot be guaranteed.

    2—No skits during judging or catwalk.

    3—No nudity. No costume is not a costume.

    4—No profanity allowed on stage. That includes messages on signs or clothes. Anyone who violates this may be disqualified from the competition.

    5—No political or religious statement during the catwalk. Anyone who violates this may be disqualified from the competition.

    6—Do not use any sort of projectile at all! Nothing must leave your person while you are on the catwalk. Anyone who violates this rule may be disqualified from the competition and may be asked to leave the convention area.

    7—No flashpots, explosive devices, or similar special effects are to be used. Anyone who violates this rule may be disqualified from the competition and may be asked to leave the convention area.

    8—All prop weapons must conform to the Central City Comic Con Weapons Policy, which is as follows: All weapons must be non-working and peace bonded. No functioning projectile weapons – including water pistols, silly-string guns, and ping-pong pistols. Bladed weapons must be cased or sheathed at all times. No clowning around or showing off in the common areas. Any weapon used in an offensive manner will be confiscated. Anyone who violates this rule may be disqualified from the competition and may be asked to leave the convention area. We expect you to use good judgment; with your help, we can continue to allow peace-bonded weapons.

    9—All applications must be submitted by 3:00pm on the day of the contest, and applications will be available until that time.

    10—To be judged for accuracy, a visual reference, preferably a front and back colour photo, can be turned in with your  application. You can submit a photo with your online application, or include one with your physical application if entering at the convention. This is not required. However, you may not be eligible for accuracy points if the judges are not familiar enough with your character.

    11—All judging will be done on-stage. There will be no pre-judging.

    12—Costumes must be self-contained.

    13—Do not enter or exit the catwalk except at the designated points.

    14—Each contestant may only enter one costume into competition.

    15—Large elaborate costumes must be handled by the contestant and/or assistants the contestant brings to help. Central City Comic Con will not be able to provide assistants.

    16—After your performance, you will return to the backstage area to await the judge’s results. Children and their parents (maximum of 2 per contestant) will be seated in a reserved area of the auditorium to see the rest of the show.

    17—Entrants will compete under one of four categories for the cosplay contest:

Master: A contestant who has won at least one major award (Best in Show) in competition.

Journeyman: A contestant who has won at least one, but less than four, category awards in competition.

Novice: A contestant who has never won an award (as indicated above) in competition.

Junior: Any contestant under 16 (There will be two groups – ages 1 – 10, and ages 11 – 16).

MASQUERADE CONTEST

Masquerade Costume Contest

Location: Yakima Valley Sundome

Date/Time: Sunday, October 22, 2017 from 4:00pm-5:00pm.
(Time subject to change do to amount of entries.)

Registration for the Masquerade will be available until 2:30pm Sunday at the con. This form will require you to agree to abide by the rules of the Masquerade.  Please make sure you have read them before you register.  The rules are listed below. Please check in at the registration table on Sunday to let us know you are here. Simply drop by the Contest Registration Desk during the con.

*NOTE: REMINDER – TIME LIMITS FOR CONTESTANT PERFORMANCE – INDIVIDUALS ARE LIMITED TO NINETY SECONDS ( A MINUTE AND A HALF) AND GROUPS TO THREE MINUTES.

**NOTE: REMINDER – YOUR CD WILL BE RETAINED BY THE MASQUERADE  STAFF AFTER THE TRACK IS APPROVED AT CONTEST REGISTRATION.

Rules & Information

    1—There will be a limit of fifty entries, at the Director’s discretion and depending upon the “mix” of contestants. A group performance is considered to be one entry. Registration will be at the Convention or by utilizing the on-line pre-registration form.  Online registration closes the Wednesday before the Con.  On-Site Registration closes on Saturday at 3:00pm.

    2—Individual presentations are limited to ONE AND ONE HALF minutes; group sketches and skits are limited to THREE minutes. The Director reserves the right to remove contestants who violate these time limits.

    3—NO microphones may be used by the contestants. Except for the written emcee introduction, all audio material must be pre-recorded on a CD (see rule 4). Any contestant who attempts to address the audience will be removed from the stage immediately. (Contestants need to be aware that anything spoken onstage, without amplification, cannot be heard in the hall, or even at the judges’ table located directly in front of the stage.)

    4—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, approved, and loaded onto our equipment. Once approved, your CD will be kept by the volunteer 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 – Saturday at 3:00pm. If your track exceeds the time limits (see rule 2), it will be truncated (cut off at the time limit).

    5—To be judged for accuracy, a visual reference, preferably a front and back colour photo, can be turned in with your  application. You can submit a photo with your online application, or include one with your physical application if entering at the convention. This is not required. However, you may not be eligible for accuracy points if the judges are not familiar enough with your character.

    6—All contestants under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult at all times; if not, they will be turned over to convention security.

    7—No profanity allowed. Any contestant who violates this rule will be removed from the stage immediately. Your CD will be checked for profanity when you register. If you attempt to shout profanity to the audience you will be removed (see rule #3).

    8—No nudity allowed; this is a family costume show. No costume is not a costume.

    9—No flash pots or explosive devices. The Yakima Fire Department will shut us down.

    10—If you plan to carry a weapon, you must conform to the following: No illegal or loaded weapons. No whips may be used onstage.

    11—You must demonstrate that you can carry the weapon without injury to yourself or others. Transportation of weapons to and from the Masquerade must follow the convention’s weapon policy.

    12—Props will have to be carried on and off the stage by the contestants. If your props require more people to move them, you will have to provide the manpower. When you register for the contest, you must tell us why you need helpers and how many helpers you will have, and get backstage authorization  for each of them.

    13—There is no pre-judging session. Registered contestants will report to the Yakima Convention Center prep area for set-up activities and information at 7:00pm; child entrants can report to the area (with an adult) at 7:45pm. You must have your “Masquerade” authorization to gain access to the area. We will do pre-show direction in the prep area of the convention center. There is not a large backstage area and there are no private dressing rooms; show up ready to go onstage. We will have a costume repair kit and your den mother may be able to help with repairs and make-up touch-ups.

    14—After your performance, you will return to the backstage area to await the judge’s results. Children and their parents (maximum of 2 per contestant) will be seated in a reserved area of the auditorium to see the rest of the show.

    15—Entrants will compete under one of four categories for the masquerade contest:

Master: A contestant who has won at least one major award (Best in Show) in competition.

Journeyman: A contestant who has won at least one, but less than four, category awards in competition.

Novice: A contestant who has never won an award (as indicated above) in competition.

Junior: Any contestant under 16 (There will be two groups – ages 1 – 10, and ages 11 – 16).

 

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