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Sunday, October 25 @ 5:45pm
The Animate Miami Masquerade Costume Competition is where costuming and cosplay go to the next level! This is a competition based on performance and presentation. Contestants can enter as individuals or as a group and will be judged based on stage performance and costumes. Think of it as a costume talent show... more than just a cosplay contest, this is your chance to put on a performance as the character(s) you are portraying! Enter the competition at

Best in Show: $500 cash prize. Award trophy.
Con Chair Spotlight: $150 cash prize. Award Trophy.
Best Individual: $150 cash prize. Award Trophy.
2nd place - Individual: $100 cash prize. Award Trophy.
Best Group: $150 cash prize. Award Trophy.
2nd place - Group: $100 cash prize. Award Trophy.
Best Junior / Youth: $50 cash prize. Award Trophy.
Judges Awards (x3): Award Trophy

Contestants can enter as individuals or as a group and will be judged based on stage performance and costumes. Think of it as a costume talent show... more than just a cosplay contest, this is your chance to put on a performance as the character(s) you are portraying! 


1. One entry per person. No separate entries from the same person. If you enter as part of a group, you may not enter as an individual. If you enter as an individual, you may not enter as part of a group. Groups are limited to a maximum of 10 individuals on stage at the same time.

2. The competition is limited to 45 entries. If you wish to compete, you may pre-register before the convention via email or register on site at Booth #1011 (Cosplay Booth) in the main Exhibition Room. The registration info can be found below. All pre-registered attendees MUST check in at the cosplay booth by SUNDAY at 4:00pm or you will lose your spot, which will be given to one of the will call entries. There are NO exceptions to this rule.

3. There is a time limit of 2 minutes for individuals and 3 minutes for groups.

4. NO PETS! Pets are not cosplay props. Anyone who enters the contest with a pet will be immediately disqualified. 

5. When you check in at the registration booth (#1011), the staff at the table will log you in as an entrant, read your form, and help you (if necessary) in composing the best announcement for your entrance. They will also need any audio that you wish to use in your performance at that time. There is no pre-judging. You will given instructions on where to meet for roll call at the registration desk. Roll call will be at 5:15pm on SUNDAY by the stage. All participants must be at roll call to be set up for the contest, which begins at 5:45pm sharp.

6. NO microphones may be used by the contestants. All vocals and music must be pre-recorded on a CD of Flash Drive with the exception of a written emcee introduction. Contestants need to be aware that anything spoken onstage, without amplification, cannot be heard in the room, or even at the judges' table located directly in front of the stage. To have music or dialog accompany your presentation, you must pre-record it and you MUST bring the CD / File when you register so that the track can be reviewed and loaded into our system. Your audio will be kept by the staff 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 audio will not be accepted after registration has closed - SUNDAY at 3:30 p.m. We can use audio with any music, dialogue, etc. that you wish - as long as there is no profanity.

7. If you have won an award at another major convention prior to 2015 with the same performance / costume(s), you will be disqualified. You may enter if you have won an award at another major convention in 2015 with the same performance / costume(s).

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

9. 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.

10. 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.

11. WEAPONS POLICY: You may pose with your weapon at the competition, however: No waving of dangerous weapons so that there can be an accident. It’s never planned for someone to get hurt… that’s why they call them accidents.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 this 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. If participants are seen using a dangerous weapon inappropriately (play fighting, waving it around, etc.) they will be automatically disqualified and might potentially be removed from the con.

12. IMPRESS US! This is a competition based on performance and costume. The more the judges and audience are entertained and impressed the greater chance you have to WIN!


(1) Register Online. This is the most preferred method. Enter the competition at – When you register online you will receive an email confirmation with your contestant #. When you get to the show you will need to sign in at the cosplay registration desk and will be given further instructions. You must check in by 4:00pm on SUNDAY. We will accept a maximum of 30 registrations via online entry. The online entry cut off is October 16, 2015 at midnight.

(2) Register at the convention – Participants will be able to sign up for the contest at the cosplay registration booth #1011. Fill out and return the entry form to the registration table. You will be given a contestant # and further information. Everyone must be signed in and all forms must be handed in by 3:30p.m. on SUNDAY. Please be advised, the EARLIER you enter, the better chance you have of getting a spot on the show. There are a LIMITED amount of spaces and they do fill up FAST!!! When in doubt, register online in advance.

Roll Call
All entrants must show up 30 minutes prior to the competition for roll call in the Main Events room at 5:15pm.

Masquerade Costume and Performance Entry Information: 
Enter the competition at 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 (#1011).