SATURDAY JANUARY 19, 2013 @ 7:30PM
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OVER $1,800 IN CASH & PRIZES WILL BE AWARDED AT THE SHOW!
$500 CASH PRIZE FOR BEST IN SHOW!
PRIZES WILL BE AWARDED AS FOLLOWS:
- Best in Show: $500 cash prize. 2 Full Weekend Passes to Animate! Miami 2014 ($90 value). Award trophy.
- Con Chair Spotlight: $75 cash prize. 2 Full Weekend Passes to Animate! Miami 2014 ($90 Value). Award Trophy.
- Masters Award. $75 cash prize. 2 Full Weekend Passes to Animate! Miami 2014 ($90 Value). Award trophy.
- Craftsmanship Award: $25 cash prize. 2 Full Weekend Passes to Animate! Miami 2014 ($90 Value). Award Trophy
- Best Individual, Journeyman: $25 cash prize. 2 Full Weekend Passes to Animate! Miami 2014 ($90 Value). Award Trophy.
- Best Individual, Novice: $25 cash prize. 2 Full Weekend Passes to Animate! Miami 2014 ($90 Value). Award Trophy.
- Best Individual, Junior/Youth: $25 cash prize. 2 Full Weekend Passes to Animate! Miami 2014 ($90 Value). Award Trophy.
- Best Prop: $25 cash prize. Award trophy. 2 Full Weekend Passes to Animate! Miami 2014 ($90 Value). Award Trophy.
- Best Group, Journeyman / Masters: $75 cash prize. Award Trophy.
- Best Group, Novice: $25 cash prize. Award Trophy.
- Best Individual, Uncertified: $75 cash prize. Award Trophy.
- Best Group, Uncertified: $75 cash prize. Award Trophy.
- Best Original Character: $25 cash prize. Award Trophy.
- Judges Awards (3): Award Trophy
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.
(a) Any competitor may enter the Master division
(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.
(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.
(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 January 19, 2013 in 2 separate sessions. There will be a morning session from 10:00am – 11:30am 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 2013 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 2013 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 #900 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 #900. 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 Contestants who will be entering the costume competition will be required to attend pre-judging. Contestants will be given specific information on pre-judging at the cosplay registration desk located at Booth #900. Pre-judging will occur on Saturday in 2 separate sessions. There will be an early morning session from 10:00am – 11:30am 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. Pre-judging gives the judges a chance to look over costumes and ask questions about their construction prior to the event so the costume's creator should be in attendance with the model. Judges will be evaluating costumes based on the following criteria: accuracy, creativity, and technique. Judging will decide upon the costume winners following pre-judging and winners will be announced following the contest.
All entrants must show up 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 email@example.com prior to the advance registration deadline of January 8, 2013. Any entries not sent in advance by January 8, 2013 must be entered at the convention at the cosplay booth (#900).
1. Full Name
2. Contest you are entering. In this case, it is the Animate! Miami Costume Competition
3. Email Address
7. Zip Code
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 firstname.lastname@example.org All entries will be contacted back via email with a contestant # and pre-judging information