At least 70% of the costumes that are entered must be created by the cosplayers who are entering. Allowances will be made for shoes and other items that are difficult to make from scratch. Wigs will be expected to have been styled by the competitors who are entering.
Any props/weapons that are made for the costume are expected to have been made by the contestant. 3D printing, laser cutting and other modern crafting techniques are allowed. If you think your prop will breach Otafest rules but feel it is important to your performance please let the organizer know as soon as possible so that we can decide whether we can allow it on stage or not.
Progress books containing references, work in progress images, and descriptions of the costume construction are expected from the competitors. Ideally these would be submitted with the rest of your performance information however they will be required on the day of the performance to present to the judges. Progress books can be submitted as a PDF or as a physical book/folder.
Props and wigs that have been commissioned for the the competitors are not allowed. If you have any queries about this please contact the organizer.
Costumes cannot be from a live action movie/TV show, original costumes, or fan art. No alternative designs will be accepted either (e.g. no designs inspired by artists like No Flutter, Hannah Alexander, Zach Fisher, or Gladzy Kei).