You need to be in cosplay and strike a pose at our posing points on the stage, it’s a good idea to practice your poses.
There will be no performances, and you don’t need to make your own cosplay.
You’ll be able to sign up day-of but please be aware of the cut-off time; we will not be able to accept new entrants afterwards.
We may also have to cap entry if we reach capacity so turn up early if participating is important to you.
We will meet you at the main events room approximately 30 minutes before the scheduled show time (check the schedule for Call Time) to check you in and get everyone in order before the show starts. You’ll need to come to the registration room before the contest to register and get your category and entry number.
At call time, you’ll be put in order within your category group and will come on stage in that order once the show begins.
On stage, you’ll be announced by the host with your name and character. Then you’ll have about 30 seconds to strike a pose for photos on the posing points marked on the stage. That’s 30 seconds in total, not on each point! When finished, you’ll leave the stage and return to the waiting line in the same order as before.
Once all the beginners have had their individual time on the stage the whole beginners group will parade on to the stage in order and the judges will present their awards. The group will then leave the stage and the process will be repeated for the Intermediate and Advanced category groups.
Registration is in-person at Otafest only (see the Format section)! There is no pre-registration for this event.