All participants must have a Phoenix Comicon member badge (this includes Media, Exhibitor, and other specialty badges). Members of the Phoenix Comicon paid staff and volunteers directly involved with the Masquerade are ineligible to compete in the Masquerade Costume Contest.
Registration and Pre-Judging
There will be an online registration for the contest. Prejudging will take place Saturday, May 30th from 4:00pm - 7:00pm in room 132A located on the first floor of the North Building at the Phoenix Convention Center. If you do not register online prior to the cut off time, you can sign up before and during pre-judging on site. Once registered, please keep track of your assigned pre-judging time and location. Be punctual and courteous of the judges' as well as your fellow contestant's time.
Entries will be separated into four categories:
Youth - Contestants under 12 years of age. Costumes must be made, not store-bought. They can be made by a family member, but modeled by the contestant.
Novice - First time contestants who have never entered a costume contest or contestants who have entered, but not won an award at any convention.
Journeyman - Contestants who have entered two or more costume contests or masquerade/cosplay events but have not yet won any major awards.
Master - Contestants who have won two or more major cosplay/costume contests.
Groups may be allowed to enter the contest and will be judged as if the entire group were one person entering. The group's category will be determined by the participant with the most cosplay/costume awards. For example, a group with three participants enters. Two participants have never entered a competition before (Novices), but the remaining member has entered two major contests, the group will be placed in the Journeyman category.
Previously Used Costumes
Costumes that have won any major awards at any convention may be entered into the 2015 Masquerade Costume Contest into the Master category.
There are both ranked and unranked awards given at the Masquerade. Ranked awards include, but are not limited to, the following: Best in Show, Best in Category, First Place, Second Place, etc. Unranked awards include, but are not limited to the following: Best in Show, Best in Category, Judges' Award, Honorable Mention, etc. Unranked awards are not considered major awards for the purposes of this contest.
Pictures will be taken during the Performance portion of the judging process. These pictures may be used by Phoenix Comicon for promotion of future events and contests.
This is an open genre costume contest. Genres include, but are not limited to: Sci-Fi, Anime/Animation Comics/Manga, Fantasy, Novels, Steampunk, TV, Film, and Games.
Costume and Weapons Policy
All costumes must abide by the rules of the convention dress code and weapons policy. If a policy violation is discovered by any of the Phoenix Comicon Staff or the judges panel, that entry will be disqualified.
No glitter, confetti, pyrotechnics, live flame, or smoke generators of any kind are allowed in the convention center.
No electrical power connections will be provided. If your costume requires power, it must be part of your costume.
The Master of Ceremonies (MC) and/or other members of the Masquerade Costume Contest Staff can not be used as part of your presentation in any way. Any people part of your presentation must be supplied by the participants. This includes moving any props or set pieces on stage for you. If you require assistance onto the stage due to costume restraints, staff will be on hand to help you up and down the stairs.
Hand-Made Costumes Only
Purchased costumes are prohibited from entering the contest. However, exceptions can be made for costumes that contain pieces that are modified from their original design or purpose. Although this may affect the total craftsmanship score of the participant, it is not meant to discourage participants from entering the contest. Costumes that are considered "kits" are allowed so long as kit was assembled by the participant. All participants should be prepared to briefly explain the process through which their costume was created, altered, or modified. Costume(s) should be 70% hand-made.
All entries are strongly encouraged to bring reference material for their costume(s). While we will not turn away entries that do not bring reference material, the absence of reference could affect your final score. Not all judges know all characters and creatures, so it's in everyone's best interest to bring a color photo (or several). If a costume is an original design, reference images of inspiration or in cases of characters from novels, a printed description from the literary work will be most helpful. Digital devices may be used to present reference photos to the judging panel, but hard-copy printouts would be best for future reference by the judges.
One Costume per Participant
Each contestant may present or wear one and only one costume, or in cases of group entries, each member may wear one costume per person or may wear one costume together (i.e. large costumes that require several people inside to move).
Should a participant decide to enter but chose not to model their costume, or rather have it be presented by a model, the designer must be present at all stages of the contest and be prepared to explain how the costume had been created.
Contest Performance Portion
Your costume must allow you the freedom of movement so that you can go up steps. Should assistance be needed, you may have up to two assistants help you but they will not be provided by the Phoenix Comicon Staff.
You must remain in the green room before your stage appearance, and in the main ballroom for the entirety of the contest. Please arrive early before the contest starts. You will have designated areas for waiting pre and post judging during the performance phase of the contest. Listen to the directions given by the Phoenix Comicon volunteers and be respectful to your fellow contestants. If you have special needs, please let the judges' panel be aware at the pre-judging portion of the contest.
Each single participant will have 60 seconds of time to perform on stage. This is your time to shine so make the best of it.
In cases of groups, for each additional person, you are granted an additional 30 seconds, not to exceed 3 minutes, or 180 seconds. For example two participants will be granted 90 seconds, a three person group is granted 120 seconds and so forth.
No microphone will be available for contestant's use during the Masquerade Costume Contest. Only the use of prerecorded audio is allowed.
Entrants are allowed and encouraged to provide their own music or audio for their presentation. Audio must be edited to the allowed performance time (60 seconds for a single participant, 90 seconds for two participants, 120 seconds for 3, up to 180 seconds or 3 minutes).
If an entrant wishes to provide their own audio (music, dialogue with music and sound effects, etc.), it MUST be in MP3 format and emailed to the event coordinator (email@example.com) no later than Saturday, May 23rd, 2015 and use the following format: Category_ContactName_costumeName.mp3
For all pre-recorded audio: The Masquerade Costume Contest is open to all ages and there will be children in contest and the audience. We work very hard to present an event that is family friendly. The audio will be screened to ensure that it adheres to the following rules. The tech crew has been instructed to immediately cut off sound and lights if any of the following happens:
Any obscenity or swearing
Any derogatory references to other contestants
Any innuendos or off-color jokes
Anything that sounds like it could be offensive based on (but not limited to) race, gender, orientation, religion, etc.
Prizes will be presented to “Best In Show” and the first, second and third place winners in the following categories: Youth Novice Journeyman Master
Rule Updates and Changes
While no changes to these rules are foreseen, certain circumstances may require the rules or times be changed. Any changes will be noted in bold and all capitalization. A copy of these rules will be posted at the information booth.
Questions and Contact
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the event coordinator, Kevin G. O'Connor (TD-0013) at firstname.lastname@example.org.