You do not need to make your own costume but you do need to be in cosplay.
You are required to perform a short skit, monologue, song, dance, or anything else entertaining!
You need to pre-register and there is no day-of registration as we do not have time to accept day-of entries.
You need to provide your music/audio as an MP3 either when you register, or by email before May 1st.
You can enter as an individual or a group, either way there is only one prize per entry.
Time limits for entries will be as follows: Every entry will be given a base time limit of 2 minutes. Every person beyond the first member will be given an additional 30 seconds. For example, a group of 3 people would receive a time limit of 3 minutes (2 minutes + 2 x 30 seconds). If you require an extension to your time limit, please contact the Cosplay Coordinators at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All performances must be at least 80% self choreographed. You may take inspiration from existing routines or performances (e.g. using recognisable dance moves or re-enacting similar movements for the character) however the majority of your performance must be self designed and choreographed. If you have questions about this rule, please contact us in advance of the contest.
All performers must be registered as part of your group. No member of the audience or unregistered person will be allowed on stage during the contest. You are not permitted to throw anything into the audience. Personal recording devices are not allowed on stage. You may have a friend come up to the photography area in front of the stage to record your performance if you like. Alternatively, Otafest will be recording the entirety of the contest and the footage will be posted for public viewing at a later date. Your performance will only be posted for public viewing if any music included in your entry is verified to be royalty free and available for free usage on social media, otherwise your performance may be modified or not included in our public postings. Please contact the cosplay team if you have questions about this policy.
We will meet you at the main events room approximately 30 minutes before the scheduled show time (check the schedule for Call Time) in order to confirm entry, set up, and get everyone in performance order. Similar to a traditional cosplay contest, entrants will line up off stage in performance order and wait their turn.
You will be called up to perform in front of the audience and judges and then you will leave the stage and the next entrant will perform. Seating will be provided at the front of the room for you to watch the rest of the show.
Once all entrants have performed, our judges will leave the room to deliberate, and when they’ve made their decision, will return and present the awards right away.