Otafest 2022

Cosplay Showcase

Calgary Telus Convention Centre

May 21 - 22, 2022


You must have made 80% or more of your cosplay yourself.

You don’t have to wear your cosplay, you can have a friend model it for you if that’s your preference.

There are no performance requirements and no audience.

We strongly recommend that you pre-register, it saves us time and you’ll be called up before the day-of registrants.

Pre-registering also guarantees you a spot- we fill the contest regularly and are forced to turn some day-of entrants away!


The contest will run over three hours during which we will check in, judge, and photograph our entrants. Once the contest starts we will call any pre-registered entrants to the sign up table first to check them in, once all pre-registered entrants have been checked in we will then ask everyone else to form a line and sign up if there are still places available!

You will be assigned a number badge and a category (Prop/Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced). Your number is your judging call number, your category is decided based on your previous cosplay experience. The judges may move you into a different category at their discretion based on the information you provide. 

You will then wait for the judges to call your number. Be aware of those before you so you know roughly when to expect to be called. We strongly suggest you remain in the room while you wait so you don’t miss your turn. Unfortunately it can be a long wait so bring something to occupy the time. If you want to minimize the wait then pre-register and turn up promptly.

Once your number is called head to the judging table, our judges will ask you questions about your cosplay, they are experienced costumers and in some cases professional guest judges. Be very honest about your work as they’ll know if you’re fibbing 😉 You will get 3 minutes of time with the judges, we have a timer so it’s fair to everyone. Once you have been judged we’ll take your photo and you are free to leave the room.

Awards will be announced and presented after the judges have finished their deliberations. You don’t have to be on hand to receive your award but it is preferred.


*If we don’t have any prop-only entries then we will assign the awards as Judges’ Choice Awards.


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