Otafest 2022

Cosplay

Calgary Telus Convention Centre

May 21 - 22, 2022

Cosplay Staff

The cosplay events at our festival are carefully planned, administered, and implemented by our dedicated Cosplay Team. Please take note of our team so you know who to find if you have any questions!

Cosplay & Contest Manager

Cosplay Staff

Preparation

So you want to enter a cosplay contest, eh?

The very first thing you should do is to decide on which contests you would like to enter and determine if your cosplay would qualify for entry. Read up on the contest’s rules and requirements. If you have any questions at all please, please, please email us.

Here are a few tips to help your experience be as smooth as possible:

Our Contests

Otafest offers four cosplay contests of varying time commitments and skill levels. We hope to provide something for every cosplayer no matter where they are in their cosplay career.

Cosplay Skit Contest

Saturday
2.5 Hours Time Commitment
  • Must make your cosplay
  • Must wear your cosplay
  • Appear in front of audience
  • Performance required
  • Pre-registration
  • Day-of registration
  • Awards presented immediately

Cosplay Showcase

Sunday
2 Hours Time Commitment
  • Must make your cosplay
  • Must wear your cosplay
  • Appear in front of audience
  • Performance required
  • Pre-registration
  • Day-of registration
  • Awards presented immediately

Cosplay Fashion Show

Saturday
1.5 Hours Time Commitment
  • Must make your cosplay
  • Must wear your cosplay
  • Appear in front of audience
  • Performance required
  • Pre-registration
  • Day-of registration
  • Awards presented immediately

Stars of Cosplay

Sunday
10 Minutes Time Commitment
  • Must make your cosplay
  • Must wear your cosplay
  • Appear in front of audience
  • Performance required
  • Pre-registration
  • Day-of registration
  • Awards at Closing Ceremonies

Frequently Asked Questions​

What about the traditional Cosplay Contest?

We’ve listened to your feedback and noticed that cosplayers really want simple contests that are fun and don’t take all day.

We’ve spent a long time researching and developing the new multiple-contest approach, and we find that people can enjoy the entire Otafest experience more if they aren’t caught up for long periods of time just for one event.

I have questions, who should I ask?

You can email us at cosplay@otafest.com. Please allow a couple of days for us to reply as we do receive a lot of emails.

I missed out, what can I do?

We’re sorry about that, we’d love everyone who wants to participate to have their chance but in this situation you can only learn from the mistake and be better prepared next time. We would love to see you next year!

Why do I have to wait so long to be judged for the Showcase Contest?

The same reason you have to wait to see a doctor: there are people ahead of you, they most likely pre-registered and got there before you. You can save time by pre-registering yourself! We always do our best to keep things flowing as fast as possible, but we also want to give you and everyone else the time and attention you deserve.

How many contests can I enter?

You can enter any and all of them as long as you meet their requirements!

How can I be a judge?

Demonstrate to us that you are a very experienced and talented cosplayer. Ideally you will have been a winner in our previous contests at the Advanced (formally Expert) level. Usually our judges are retired or semi-retired multiple contest winners or cosplay guests.

Can Otafest staff enter a contest?

Usually the answer is no except at the Cosplay Director’s discretion. No staff who has any part in organizing and implementing any of the contests can enter under any circumstances.

How will I be placed in a category (Skit/Showcase/Fashion)

When you sign up for a contest you answer a short series of questions about your past cosplaying experience, we use these answers to place you in the categories. Be honest when answering these questions. The judges may move you between the categories at their discretion based on their conversations with you.

Who decides who wins an award?

We appoint judges for each contest. As organizers we have no say in who wins unless the judges’ decision is against the contest rules. The one exception is the Stars of Cosplay contest in which your fellow attendees vote for their favorites.

Why so many contests?

Our festival is growing and so are our cosplayers’ time demands and skill levels. We want to provide a wide range of events with reasonable time commitments for our attendees.

Why do I have to be there earlier than the time in the schedule?

When you see a cosplay contest in the schedule, that means the show starts at that time. This means that we need time beforehand to get you and everyone else ready to begin the performance on time!

If you don’t turn up early then we can’t set up on time and the contest is delayed. Since there are events following our contests in the same room we’re forced to start at the scheduled time. Unfortunately this means if contestants are late we will start without them. We don’t like turning people away so please don’t put us in that position. Pay attention to our instructions and arrive at the time given for set up.

Is it a good idea to pre-register?

YES! Pre-registering allows you to fill out your own information without us asking “How do you spell that again?”, it saves time on the day, and it guarantees that you have a place in the contest (but you still need to show up on time!).

Are there any entry caps?

There’s always the chance we’ll have to limit entry numbers. While this could happen at any contest it is most likely we will have to cap entry for the Showcase Contest specifically.

What if my pre-registration details are incorrect or I changed my entry?

Email us, we’ll update your information. Don’t submit another entry.