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ANIMATE MIAMI is OCTOBER 23-25, 2015


Florida's Largest Anime Convention, ANIMATE! MIAMI returns OCTOBER 23-25, 2015 for three days of Anime, Animation, Cosplay, Video Games, and Comic Books as we take over the ENTIRE Miami Airport Convention Center. It's a full weekend celebration featuring some of the animation and anime industries' biggest names, world-famous cosplayers, comedians, entertainers, and much, much more! There will be hundreds of events, such as celebrity Q&As, costume contests, video games, comedy shows, exhibitors, artists, and much more! ANIMATE! MIAMI will take place at the Miami Airport Convention Center and the Doubletree Hotel, 711 NW 72nd Ave, Miami FL 33126. 

ANIMATE! MIAMI HOTLINE: 954.399.1330, info@floridasupercon.com. 

ANIMATE! MIAMI will take place at the Miami Airport Convention Center and Doubletree Hotel, 711 NW 72nd Ave, Miami FL. 33126. HOTEL PHONE: 305.261.3800.
Convention Event Hours / Exhibition Room Hours
Friday, 12:00PM - 2:00AM / 12:00PM - 8:00PM
Saturday, 10:30AM - 2:00AM / 10:30AM - 8:00PM
Sunday, 10:30AM - 10:00PM / 10:30AM - 6:30PM

Tickets are available as follows: CLICK HERE to buy tickets online

3 Day Event (Fri/Sat/Sun) Tickets:
SPECIAL EARLY PRICE $45 
if purchased before 3/22
$55 if purchased between 3/22 and 6/1
$60 if purchased between 6/1 and 10/1
$70 if purchased after 10/1 and at the show

2 Day (Sat/Sun) Event Tickets: 
$50 if purchased before 10/1
$60 after 10/1 & at the show


Friday - Single Day Tickets: $35
Saturday - Single Day Tickets: $35
Sunday - Single Day Tickets: $35

Children nine years of age and under are FREE with a paid parent or guardian. You do not have to purchase a ticket for a child nine years old and under. Just let us know that your child is with you when you check in at the show. Your child MUST be with you at the show when you check in so that they can get an admission bracelet.

There are Group Discounts for Groups of 20 or more

V.I.P. Admission Passes: $150 if purchased before 10/1, $199 if purchased after 10/1
Some of the highlights for Animate! Miami 2015 include:
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Over a dozen of the top names in Animation and Anime!

* Multiple costume and cosplay events each day of the show, with thousands of dollars in cash and prizes on the line! 
* Over 150,000 square feet of convention space featuring 300 booths and tables with vendors, celebrity guests, artists, filmmakers, and exhibits. 3 stages of entertainment, over 10,000 square feet of video games, plus a dozen rooms for panels, tabletop gaming and screenings. 

Want to see what our 2014 show looked like?
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE 2014 PROGRAM GUIDE

IMPORTANT LINKS

DIRECTIONS TO THE CONVENTION CENTER & HOTEL INFO:

HOTEL & TRAVEL INFORMATION FOR ANIMATE! MIAMI


The Doubletree Miami Airport Hotel, located at 711 NW 72nd Ave. Miami FL. 33126, is the host hotel for Animate! Miami. The Doubletree is directly attached to the convention center. Booking information will be available shortly.

Additional overflow hotels will be announced shortly.




ROBERT MCCOLLUM IS THE FIRST GUEST ANNOUNCED FOR ANIMATE MIAMI 2015

Robert McCollum is best known for his roles as Reiner in Attack on Titan, Seijuro Mikoshiba in FREE!, Jellal in Fairy Tail, Axton in Borderlands 2, Sweeden in Hetalia, Stiyl Magnus in A Certain Magical Index, Date Masamune in Sengoku, Kogami in Psychopass, Kaze in Kaze No Stigma, Donquixote Doflamingo in One Piece, Tozawa in Witchblade, and Shinobu Sensui in Yu Yu Hakusho: Ghost Files.

Robert has been working with FUNIMATION for over ten years,  voicing over 200 roles going all the way back to teen Goten in Dragonball GT.

A father of two living in Dallas and working as a commercial voice-over and on-camera actor, McCollum has also done work for the games Orcs Must Die and Brothers in Arms: Earned in Blood. 

Among his personal favorite anime roles are Sweden in Hetalia, Stiyl Magnus in A Certain Magical Index, Kaze in Kaze No Stigma, Donquixote Doflamingo in One Piece, Tozawa in Witchblade, and his first bad guy, Shinobu Sensui in Yu Yu Hakusho: Ghost Files.

Robert will be appearing on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. He will be signing autographs for FREE during scheduled autograph sessions. Check the EVENTS page for scheduled autograph sessions, panels, and events that he will be taking part in. 


IAN SINCLAIR IS COMING TO ANIMATE MIAMI 2015

Ian Sinclair is an actor, voice actor, and director best known for his roles as Dandy in Space Dandy, Nile Dok in Attack on Titan, Sosuke Yamazaki in Free! Eternal Summer, Toriko in Toriko, Romano in Hetalia, Chuck in Panty and Stocking, and Bardroy in Black Butler.

Ian Sinclair has been voice acting for FUNimation since he was a sophomore in college, where he studied theatre. Since then he's been working in the Dallas area as a professional actor in a multitude of arenas. He's performed on stage, on camera, and, of course, behind the mic.

A few of Ian's more popular anime roles include Dandy in Space Dandy, Brook in One Piece, Toriko in Toriko, Sosuke Yamazaki in Free! Eternal Summer, Nile Dok in Attack on Titan, Whiis in Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, Ryner Lute in Legend of the Legendary Heroes, Bardroy in Black Butler, Romano in Hetalia, Chuck in Panty and Stocking, Shu in Princess Jellyfish, Dallas in Baccano, Yomotsu Hirasaka (12th) in Future Diary,  Alcides in Appleseed XII, Seo in Sekirei, Takeru in Maken-Ki, Kawazu and Bora in Fairy Tail, Ginei Morioka in Rosario + Vampire, Shogo in Rin: Daughters of Mnemosyne, Zaki in Claymore, Toyama in Oh! Edo Rocket, Douglas and Steve in El Cazador de la Bruja, Shiro in Okami-san, Daisuke Matsuo in Yamada’s First Time, Marc in Spice and Wolf II, Hasegawa in Baka and Test, Takamy in Fractale, Akoz in Casshern Sins, Toraji in Bamboo Blade, Liam in Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Colin in Level E, and Hirato in Karneval.

Additionally, Ian can be heard as the voice of Montana in the video game Battleborn, Baron Flynt in Borderlands, Professor Nakayama and Jimbo Hodunk in Borderlands 2, Whiis in Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z, and as the "Cool" custom hero voice in Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Tenkaichi. Ian has worked as a director on Initial D, Spice and Wolf II, both Black Butler I and II, and The Shana movie. 

Ian will be appearing on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. He will be signing autographs for FREE during scheduled autograph sessions. Check the EVENTS page for scheduled autograph sessions, panels, and events that he will be taking part in. 

ANIMATE! MIAMI COSTUME COMPETITION

THE ANIMATE! MIAMI COSTUME COMPETITION
Saturday, October 24, 2015 @ 9:00PM on The Main Events Stage

A competitive costuming event with over $2,000 in cash and prizes at stake with $1,000 cash for Best in Show!  


PRIZES WILL BE AWARDED AS FOLLOWS:
BEST IN SHOW: $1,000 cash prize and Award trophy.
Con Chair Spotlight: $250 cash prize and Award Trophy.
Masters Award. $100 cash prize and Award trophy.
Craftsmanship Award: $75 cash prize and Award Trophy
Best Individual, Journeyman: $75 cash prize and Award Trophy
Best Individual, Novice: $50 cash prize and Award Trophy
Best Individual, Junior/Youth: $50 cash prize and Award Trophy
Best Prop: $50 cash prize and Award Trophy
Best Group, Journeyman / Masters: $100 cash prize and Award Trophy
Best Group, Novice: $50 cash prize and Award Trophy
Best Individual, Uncertified: $50 cash prize and Award Trophy
Best Group, Uncertified: $50 cash prize and Award Trophy.
Best Original Character: $50 cash prize and Award Trophy
Judges Awards (3): Award Trophy

COSTUME COMPETITION SKILL DIVISIONS
In the interest of fairness, and to allow for the best possible competition among peers, we have separate divisions for entrants based on skill and experience. This is to ensure that both novice and experienced costumers have a reasonably equal chance to win awards in the Costume Competition. The divisions include: Master – Journeyman – Novice – Junior/Youth. A competitor may always choose to compete in a higher division than that in which the costume competition director has placed him or her. He or she may not choose to compete in a lower division.

Commissioned costumes (paying a person to make your costume), or costumes which have been created by a person not at the event with the entrant may be classified as Uncertified, as long as the creator of the costume is available to speak with judges and go over the costume creation via Google Hangouts during pre-judging. Costumes entered as uncertified are eligible for consideration in the following award categories: Best in Show, Con Chair Spotlight, Best Individual: Uncertified and Best Group: Uncertified. If the creator of the costume in unavailable to speak with judges, the entrant will only be able to enter as an Exhibition Costume and therefore only eligible for a judges award.

Master:
(a) Any competitor may enter the Master division

Journeyman:
(a) Professional (Master) costumers may not enter as a Journeyman
(b) A contestant who has competed and won in the Master division at another major competition in the past may not enter in the Journeyman division.
(c) A contestant who has won Best Journeyman at another major competition may not enter the Journeyman division.
(d) A contestant who has won more than three major awards in the Journeyman division at other major competitions may not enter in the Journeyman division.
(e) Minor awards may be counted towards placement at the discretion of the costumer.

Novice:
(a) Professional (Journeyman or Master) costumers may not enter the Novice division
(b) A contestant who has competed and won in any division other than novice at another major competition may not enter in the Novice division.
(c) A contestant who has won Best in Show or Best Novice at another major competition may not enter the Novice division.
(d) A contestant who has won more than three major awards at other major Competitions (in either the novice division or a non division event) may not enter in the Novice division.
(e) Minor awards may be counted towards placement at the discretion of the costumer.

Junior / Youth
(a) The Junior/Youth division is for any child under age 13
(b) A child wearing a costume designed and built entirely by an adult should be entered either in the adult’s appropriate skill division or entered as an exhibition (out of competition piece). We wish to encourage creativity among the junior division in an effort to help them grow into accomplished costumers.

SPECIAL NOTE FOR GROUPS: Each member of the group must note which skill division they belong to on the costume competition entry form. Group members may belong to any skill division. The judges will use their discretion to determine which skill division to judge the group as a whole.

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.

COSTUME COMPETITION RULES

1. One costume per person. No separate entries from the same person.

2. All costumes must come from an established cartoon, comic book, anime, video game, manga, novel, movie or jrock/jpop artist. Please bring reference photos or drawings of the original character.

3. All costumes must be entered by their creator, with the exception of uncertified entries. Costumes may be worn by models, but prizes will be awarded to the person who created the costume, so both applicants must be present at the pre-judging and the contest. If you choose to use a model, be sure to include this information on your application. Uncertified entries (costumes created by a person or persons not in attendance) may be entered by the model, but are only eligible for consideration in the following award categories: Best in Show, Con Chair Spotlight, Best Individual: Uncertified and Best Group: Uncertified. Creators of costumes entered in the uncertified category must be available during pre-judging to speak with judges via Google Hangouts. If the creator of the costume in unavailable to speak with judges, the entrant will only be able to enter as an Exhibition Costume and therefore only eligible for a judges award.

4. Store bought costumes are not allowed. The following items are allowed to be store bought parts of a costume: Wigs, Notions & Trims, Belts, Shoes, Jewelry, Most accessories and Props (which will make you ineligible for a prop award). Other items will be allowed at the discretion of the judges. Please email in advance if you have a question regarding a store bought item. Remember: This is a competition that focuses on craftsmanship… the more you create, the more impressive the finished costume is. If you wish to wear a store bought costume, you can enter as an exhibition entry (non-judged).

5. Commissioned costumes may only be entered in the creator of the costume is in attendance. As well, commissioned costumes may be entered into the uncertified category. See above rules for requirements for uncertified entries.

6. All contestants must fill out the costume competition registration form. This is a pre-judged competition. Pre-judging will occur on Saturday in 2 separate sessions. There will be a morning session from 10:45am – 1:00pm open only to those who have pre-registered for the competition online or at the show on Friday (at the official cosplay desk). This session is done so that as few people as possible have to miss out on any other aspect of the show… remember, we’re all there to have fun… and nobody really wants to have to wait in a long line when there’s cool stuff to do. The second session is for contestants who register at the show, or can’t make the morning session for some reason. The second session will occur from 3pm-5pm.

7. All contestants (with the exception of juniors) must submit reference photos at pre-judging. We need accurate reference photos or drawings of your character/costume. Remember: It may be your favorite character from one episode of your favorite anime that only showed once in Japan or a costume worn by a character in one comic book issue… but to the judges it may be something entirely new. We need in-progress photos of you making your costume (at least 3 or 4). The higher the division the more reference we expect. We want to see your costume from conception to creation. Show us how good you are… impress us!

8. THE RERUN RULE: If you have won an award (any award) for a costume at a previous Supercon Event you may NOT enter the costume again. It’s time to make a new winning costume. Minor changes to a costume do not constitute a new costume. If you are presenting a costume that has won an award at another major competition – the following rules apply: (A) Any costume that has won an award at another major competition prior to 2015 is not allowed. It’s a new year, time for a new winning costume. You may present the winning costume as an exhibition entry if you like – but it will not be eligible for judging (B) Any costume that has won an award at another major competition in 2015 is allowed.

9. No Nudity. This is a family show and will contain young contestants. All costumes must be PG-13, PG or G.

10. 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.

11. No harmful or potential 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.

12. WEAPONS POLICY: You may pose with your weapon at the costume competition, however:(A) 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. (B) This is the only time allowed at the show where weapons do not need to be peace bonded. Thru the rest of the show (in other words – every minute of the show other than when you are on stage for the costume competition) ALL WEAPONS MUST BE PEACE BONDED. NO EXCEPTIONS! This includes all swords, guns etc…. anything that looks like a weapon, is a weapon. In addition no dangerous props are allowed on the convention floor. If it’s a prop that can hurt someone if you accidently touch them with it… it’s not allowed.

13. If participants are seen using a weapon inappropriately (play fighting, waving it around, etc.) they will be automatically disqualified and might potentially be removed from the con.

14. The number of entries will be capped at 175

When you first arrive at the show, there will be a COSPLAY BOOTH located at Booth #402 in the Exhibition Room. This is where all questions regarding the completion can be answered and where you will need to sign up and/or check in.

All attendees who have a entry badge or bracelet for Animate! Miami can enter this contest. Participants can enter as individuals or in groups (up to 10 per group)

There are two ways to register for the competition

(1) Register Online. This is the most preferred method. The registration info is posted below – When you register online you will receive an email confirmation with your contestant # and a time to arrive for pre-judging. When you get to the show you will need to sign in at the cosplay registration desk and will be given further instructions.

(2) Register at the convention – Participants will be able to sign up for the contest at the cosplay registration booth #402. Fill out and return the entry form to the registration table. You will be given a contestant # and a time to arrive for pre-judging. Everyone must be signed in and all forms must be handed in by 3:00 p.m. on Saturday.

All entrants must show up at 8:30pm (30 minutes prior to the competition) for roll call in the Main Events room.

Costume Contest Entry Information: 

Please send an email, with the following information to info@floridasupercon.com prior to the advance registration deadline of October 16, 2015. Any entries not sent in advance by October 16, 2015 must be entered at the convention at the cosplay booth (#402).

1. Full Name

2. Contest you are entering. In this case, it is the Animate! Miami Costume Competition

3. Email Address

4. Address

5. City

6. State

7. Zip Code

8. Phone

9. Are you entering as an individual of group?

10. Character name that your costume is based on

11. What series or property does your character come from?

12. What skill level are you entering as? Master, Journeyman, Novice or Junior/Youth

13. Please let us know which of the following categories you are entering in: (A) Regular competition costume, (B) Uncertified w/creator available via Google Hangouts or (C) Exhibition (non-judged)

14. Tell us about your costume. Include any construction details you'd like us to know about. This section is where you get the chance to share all of the work you put into creating your costume.

15. Emergency Contact Name

16. Emergency Contact Phone Number 


Please email this information to info@floridasupercon.com All entries will be contacted back via email with a contestant # and pre-judging information

SIRENS OF ANIMATION COSTUME CONTEST

SIRENS OF ANIMATION COSTUME CONTEST
Friday, October 23 @ 11:00pm


A special costume contest showcasing our favorite good and bad girls of animation & anime! This contest will be judged by a special panel consisting of some of industry guests and professional costumers. This is a runway style contest with no pre-judging. Costumes may be of any female character that appears in anime, cartoons or video games. Costumes may be handmade or store bought. Since this contest takes place late at night, no one under the age of 17 may enter this contest.

AWARDS WILL BE GIVEN IN THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES:
(Additional awards may be created at the judges discretion. Prizes will be announced soon.)
Best in Show
Best Good Girl
Best Bad Girl
Best Group
Costuming Directors Choice
Judges Award #1
Judges Award #2
Judges Award #3

COMPETITION RULES

1. One costume per person. No separate entries from the same person.

2. There is a limit of 50 entries.

3. All costumes must come from an established cartoon, anime or video game.

4. All contestants must fill out the costume competition registration form. Sign up will be at the Cosplay Booth (#402) all day Friday and at the event before it begins. 

5. No Nudity. While this is a 17+ event, we still can't allow any nudity. Costumes may be a little racy and suggestive... but may not cross the line into nudity.

6. 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.

7. No harmful or potential 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.

What to expect at the contest:
When you first arrive at the show, there will be a COSPLAY BOOTH located at Booth #402 in the Exhibition Room. This is where all questions regarding the completion can be answered and where you will need to sign up and/or check in.

Who can enter?
All attendees who have a entry badge or bracelet for Florida Supercon can enter this contest. Participants can enter as individuals or in groups (up to 10 per group)

How do I sign up for the contest?
There are two ways to register for the competition
(1) Register Online. This is the most preferred method. The registration info is posted below – When you register online you will receive an email confirmation with your contestant # and further instructions. 
(2) Register at the Cosplay Booth (#402) at the convention. Fill out and return the entry form to the registration table. You will be given a contestant # and further information.
(3) Register at the contest. Show up to the contest at least 15 minutes before it starts to check in and get registered.

Roll Call
All entrants must show up 15 minutes prior to the contest for roll call.

Costume Contest Entry InformationPlease send an email, with the following information to  info@floridasupercon.com prior to the advance registration deadline of October 16, 2015. Any entries not sent in advance by October 16, 2015 must be entered at the convention at the cosplay booth (#402).
1. Full Name
2. Contest you are entering. In this case, it is the Animate! Miami Sirens of Animation Costume Contest
3. Email Address
4. Address
5. City
6. State
7. Zip Code
8. Phone
9. Are you entering as an individual of group?
10. Character name that your costume is based on
11. What series or property does your character come from?
12. Please verify that you are over the age of 17
13. Emergency Contact Name
14. Emergency Contact Phone Number


Please email this information to  info@floridasupercon.com 


All entries will be contacted back via email with a contestant # and pre-judging information

ANIMATE! MIAMI RULES, REGULATIONS, WEAPONS/PROP POLICIES, COSTUME POLICIES, ETC...

As always, we hope everyone has a great time at Animate! Miami. Our policies are simple and basic, so have fun and enjoy the show!

1) You must have an admission wristband or badge on at all time while at Animate! Miami. If you are found on the show floor without an admission wristband or badge you will be ejected from the convention.

2) Do not cut off your wristband. If you cut off your wristband, it will become invalid and void. You will not be allowed into the convention with a wristband that has been cut off or altered. 

3) Things that are illegal outside of the convention are illegal here. Please obey local, state and federal laws or you face ejection from the convention.This applies to the use of illegal substances and drugs as well. The convention center, hotel and Animate! Miami staff has the right to eject anyone who is not in compliance.

4)  No stealing. Again, see rule #1. If you steal, the local police will be called and that will not be fun for anyone.

5) No fighting. Real or Play... you fight, you go home.

6) Room Parties: If you are hosting a room party, you - the person renting the room - are responsible for the legality and well being of your party goers, as well as any damage or clean up costs associated with it. Keep it clean and keep it legal.

7) Keep all pathways, sidewalks and doorways clear. Do not create a fire hazard.

8) Please treat everyone with respect. You want to be treated with respect and so does everyone else. Everyone is here to have a good time. Please don't ruin it for anyone.

9) NO HARASSMENT OF ANY TYPE IS ACCEPTABLE OR ALLOWED! Do not harass any other attendees or guests. The words "No", "Stop", and "Go Away" are not suggestions. We will NOT tolerate abusive, insulting, intimidating, or bothersome behavior, nor will we tolerate anyone acting in an unsafe or illegal manner. We will NOT tolerate physical assault, battery, deliberate intimidation, stalking, or unwelcome physical attentions. If people tell you “no” or to leave them alone, your business with them is done. Leave them alone. Do not follow them or attempt to disrupt their convention experience in any way. If you continue to attempt to have contact with those people, you will be removed from the premises. If someone is bothering you, please locate a staff member (a person wearing an Animate! Miami shirt, with a Staff or Security badge). These individuals will investigate and have the right to REMOVE any attendees badge and eject them without refund for not respecting these simple rules. Any harassment that violates the law will lead to the involvement of law enforcement authorities. 


WEAPON & PROP POLICIES

Animate! Miami is dedicated to the safety and security of ALL attendees. In light of recent events, we have chosen to tighten security around the event and have recently updated many of the rules. This is done to protect our attendees and make sure that everyone may enjoy the convention without concern. Use common sense and remember what seems harmless to you may appear like a threat to someone else. All attendees must adhere to Florida State Law at all times during the weekend of Animate! Miami, including laws regarding firearms and weapons. If it is illegal outside of the convention, it is illegal inside the convention.

ZERO TOLERANCE FOR WEAPONS. You may not carry or possess any item considered an illegal weapon, openly or concealed at any time at or around the convention space, including the surrounding parking lots. As well, no firearms, antique firearms, or any forms of ammunition are allowed. Even items that may be legal for you to own or carry are not welcome and are to be left at home. Props may be used for costumes, however, a "prop" is something that you carry around as part of your costume in your hands or on your person that fall under certain terms, rules and exceptions outlined below. We use the term "weapon" to describe any prop that is viewed as related to combat or violence regardless of how you may be acting.

Prop weapons are homemade or commercially rendered costume prop weapons that support the overall look of a costume or character, including futuristic prop weapons made to look like phasers, ray guns, light sabers, etc... Removing or tampering with the peace bonding is a violation of the Weapons Policy and will result in immediate expulsion from Animate! Miami. Any approved prop weapon may be revoked at any time at the discretion of Animate! Miami staff or security, for reasons including, but not limited to, the item being utilized or brandished in an inappropriate fashion or if complaints are received regarding its improper display.

Prop weapons are to be displayed only as costume pieces and are not allowed to be swung, jabbed, brandished, and utilized in a threatening manner, thrust, or actively used on the convention grounds or in the surrounding parking lots. Doing so can injure others, create unsafe situations and possibly injure others. You may pose with a Prop Weapon in a brandishing manner, so long as no reasonable person would interpret the posed brandishing as anything but a pose for dramatic effect. Such posed brandishing may be stopped at the sole and absolute discretion of Animate! Miami security or staff members.

BOWS/CROSSBOWS: Bows and crossbows will only be permitted if they're absolutely prop in nature - no tension on the string beyond what it takes to keep it straight, and arrows should not have any form of tip. You are NOT permitted to bring arrows with metal tips into the event under ANY circumstances.

BATS: Wooden and Metal Bats are permitted as props, but may not be swung around or used in a threatening manner. If you brandish your bat in a threatening manner, you will be removed from the premises.

BLADED WEAPONS: Swords, knives and other bladed weapons are allowed, BUT MUST BE PEACE BONDED at ALL TIMES. If you brandish a bladed weapon in a threatening manner, you will be removed from the premises. No brandishing or swinging of bladed weapons allowed at the show. NO EXCEPTIONS!!! If you remove the peace bonding of a bladed weapon, you will be kicked out of the convention, with no refund issued. If you use a bladed weapon, or any weapon for that matter, in a threatening manner, the local authorities will be called and you will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

BOKKEN / WOODEN WEAPONS: These may be used as props. There is to be NO real or mock fighting on or near the premises. Not inside the convention center, not in the parking lot, not in the hotel... nowhere near the convention center. Violation of this rule will be cause for expulsion from the event.

SPRAY CANS: No spray cans are permitted as a part of a costume for any reason. No spraying from an can will be permitted at the convention. If you use a spray for a costume, you must use the spray outside of the convention. If you are caught spraying in the convention center you will absolutely be evicted from the premises, and the police may be brought in to handle any vandalism.

GUNS: NO REAL GUNS may be used as props at Animate! Miami regardless of being unloaded, stripped down, barrel filled, or any other precaution that could be taken. Prop or toy firearms, such as Airsoft and BB guns, NERF guns, etc..., will be permitted under the following circumstances and regulations:
(1) All "prop" guns MUST have an orange tip at the end of the barrel, and be easily identified as such from a distance.
(2) These "prop" guns must be unloaded, with NO AMMUNITION in them under any circumstances.
(3) ALL "PROP" GUNS MUST BE CHECKED IN, APPROVED & TAGGED BY SECURITY AT A WEAPONS CHECK TABLE. Security must make sure ALL prop guns are unloaded of any ammunition, as well as zip tie the trigger so that the prop or toy gun is incapable of firing. If at any time you are caught with a prop or toy firearm not meeting any of these requirements, you may be ejected from the show. WE HAVE ZERO TOLERANCE FOR DISOBEYING THE RULES!
(4) Plastic prop or toy firearms are preferred. Metal or wooden prop or toy firearms will receive more scrutiny from security and staff throughout the weekend.
(5) Animate! Miami maintains a ZERO TOLERANCE policy on discharging a projectile, even from an approved prop or weapon. Water pistols, NERF gun, airsoft, it does not matter, discharge it, and you will be removed from the show. These rules apply to any prop or toy firearms purchased in the dealer’s room. There will be police at the convention, so please act accordingly.

All prop weapons must be registered and peace bonded before entering the convention. There will be several security stations / tables set up to facilitate registration and peace bonding. Your prop will be marked with an indicator that you are permitted to carry your prop or weapon. EVERY prop will be handled on a case-by-case basis. You may be asked to take further measures to make the prop safe before it will be given approval. Be prepared for this contingency. Those who have their props and weapons approved at Weapons Check MUST keep them under their physical control at all times. We WILL be checking to make sure that the owner and the item are together. If you loan your prop to someone else, or you fail to register your prop/weapon with security, you may be removed from the convention.

Animate! Miami reserves the right to refuse entry of any prop/weapon it deems unfit for any reason. Any misuse of a prop/weapon (horseplay, dueling, fighting, running/swinging, firing, etc.) is grounds for removal and or ejection from convention premises without recourse, up to and including legal action depending on the severity of the offense. Remember - your attitude goes a long way with how each and every situation is handled.

Cardboard, paper mache, resin, fiberglass, wood and plastic weapons are preferred. We ask that ALL PROPS be constructed of light and flexible materials, and as little wood and metal as possible. As stated before, any "prop" may be considered a "weapon" in a certain situation, at the discretion of the staff. Props and weapons that are constructed of the preferred materials will certainly receive less hassle at Weapons Check and throughout the weekend by security and staff.

EXEMPTIONS: During costume competitions and photo opportunities, CERTAIN policies will be given more leeway regarding costumes, props, and weapons. While posing at photo booths (not in the hallways or aisles) for a picture, you may temporarily brandish your prop for the pose. As well, you may pose with your prop during costume competitions on stage. This does not apply to weapons and props that have not been approved at Weapons Check. Safety, Public Exposure, Questionable Material, Signs/Banners, and any other Weapon/Prop policies must be adhered to even during photo ops.

PURCHASED PROPS AND WEAPONS: If you purchase a weapon or prop from the Vendors Room that does not comply with the Animate! Miami Weapons/Prop policy, you must either leave it boxed and taped or take it to your room or vehicle, If it does meet the above Weapon and Props policy, when exiting the Vendors Room please go directly to Weapons Check to get it approved and peace bonded.

PLEASE NOTE that if you violate any of the above rules your weapon or prop WILL be confiscated or you WILL be removed from the convention. THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS! If you are asked by a member of Animate! Miami security or staff, you are required to comply with their requests or risk removal from the convention. These decisions are based on the discretion of the staff member you are dealing with at that exact moment. Do not attempt to skirt the rules. Do not attempt to play games with security or staff. Use common sense. If you cannot abide by the rules, please stay home. We will not endanger or put any of our attendees at risk because you want to have a more authentic costume.

Animate! Miami reserves the right to amend or change these rules at anytime for any reason to provide for the safety, security and general well being of attendees and the general public.


COSTUME & MASK POLICIES
Since many of our attendees come in costume, we only have a few rules.
1) All costumes at Animate! Miami must be PG during regular exhibition room hours. After hours, please keep it PG-13. We are a family friendly show. Use common sense. Anything that is illegal outside of the convention is illegal inside the convention.
2) Animate! Miami reserves the right to deem a costume as unacceptable and request the wearer make modifications as necessary, change out of the costume entirely into more appropriate clothing, or require you to leave the convention.
3) If your costume hinders your vision or movement in any way, you should have a friend, or "handler", with you at all times who can move and see freely. Leashes are permitted; however, if you are wearing the collar, you must be holding the handle. Leashes should not be extended between two or more people, as this causes an issue for the other patrons.
4) Masks are allowed, however security and staff may ask you to remove your mask at any time, for any reason for identification purposes.
5) No public exposure. No flashing. Florida State law says that a violation of public decency laws has occurred when the genitals, buttocks, or breasts are exposed to public view for any reason. You must wear shoes at all times (no bare feet) for safety purposes.
6) QUESTIONABLE MATERIAL: 
Some costumes from anime, comic books, sci-fi, video games, and other sources may contain questionable material. You may wear a costume that is an accurate representation of an existing character in fandom, but shock costumes, or costumes which have the sole purpose of offending and disrespecting other individuals, cultures, or religions in any way, will not be tolerated. We ask that you be respectful of other attendees.
7) UNIFORM COSTUMES: Costumes that may be confused with LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OR OTHER EMERGENCY RESPONSE PERSONNEL UNIFORMS are not permitted. Animate! Miami has the absolute right and sole discretion to determine whether a uniform costume is permitted or too close to a real world uniform and to ask an attendee who is wearing a costume that is too close to a real world uniform to adjust it or remove it.
8) ROLLER SKATES:
 The Miami Airport Convention Center has banned roller skates, bicycles roller blades, skateboards, scooters, Segways, wheeled shoes such as Heelys, etc. inside the convention. You may carry these items as a prop, but you may not ride them at any time in the convention center.
9) THE "PROXIMITY RULE":
 Any part of your costume that extends more than four inches (4") off of your body is officially considered a "prop" (wings, spikes, helmets, etc.) and should adhere to both the costume policies and weapon policies above.
SIGN & BANNER POLICY
All signs and banners must follow all of the rules of both costumes and props, and are also subject to the general rating of the convention (PG-13) and all other convention policies. Signs and banners may not contain solicitation ("Will _____ for _____.", or any variation). We have a strict NO SOLICITATION POLICY! Signs and banners must also contain zero profanity and offensive material. You may carry a sign as part of your costume, so long as the sign is clearly relevant to the character you are portraying. Examples include: "Objection!" signs for a Phoenix Wright costume, "Hey, listen!" signs with a Navi costume, etc. Signs and banners that do not comply with this policy or any other will be confiscated, and may result in your removal from the convention. This policy also applies to white boards and other writing surfaces being displayed to the public. Regardless of whether the sign is acceptable or not, no sign or banner may be affixed to any surface in or around the Miami Airport Convention Center.

PLEASE NOTE: 

Animate! Miami attendees may be photographed or filmed at any time on convention and hotel grounds. By purchasing admission to Animate! Miami, the attendee consents to being recorded (by audio, visual and/or other means) for exhibition and exploitation by any means in all media now known or hereafter devised worldwide in perpetuity. In other words, by attending Animate! Miami, you give your consent to be photographed and appear on camera. 

Animate! Miami reserves the right to amend or change these rules at anytime for any reason to provide for the safety, security and general well being of attendees and the general public.

Announced Events and Guests are subject to change and/or cancellation without notice. Every effort will be made to announce changes on the Animate! Miami website, and via our social media channels, but sometimes last-minute changes will occur... Sorry!

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