|Shuto Con 2013 Cosplay Competition Rules|
|Topic Started: May 9 2012, 11:43 PM (532 Views)|
|lunaladyoflight||May 9 2012, 11:43 PM Post #1|
Pre-registration is open December 20th, 2012 through March 31st, 2013.
Pre-registering for the contest is RECOMMENDED. There are LESS time slots available than last year to allow our judges proper deliberation time. We have added times on Friday evening to allow for more entries. We are not sure how many slots will be left for at-con registration. Early birds get the worm!
Shuto Con Cosplay Competition Categories
Junior: 15 and under regardless of awards in craftsmanship or presentation.
Novice: 16+, 0 - 1 major awards (best in show, best in category) OR more than 3 minor awards (honorable mention, judges awards).
Journeyman: 16+, 2 - 4 major awards (best in show, best in category) OR more than 6 minor awards (honorable mention, judges awards).
Master: 16+, 5 or more major awards (best in show, best in category) OR more than 8 minor awards (honorable mention, judges awards).
Junior: 15 and under regardless of awards.
Adult: 16+ regardless of awards.
In order to compete you must have a valid convention badge. Those without badges will not be admitted to the competition areas (judging rooms, backstage, etc.). You must register online or in person at the convention to participate. Due to the high volume of turnout last year, we expect registration to fill up quickly. Online registration will be open from: December 20, 2012 - March 31st, 2013.
Costumes that were previously competed at Shuto Con are not allowed into competition the current year. Costumes that have previously won HALL COSPLAY awards at other conventions are allowed in the competition. If your costume has won a major masquerade or cosplay competition award you may not compete it. Hall awards are considered minor awards.
If you or your group breaks or harms any equipment belonging to the hotel or the convention at any time, you will be held liable for its replacement.
The golden rule of the Shuto Con Cosplay Competition, have fun! We are here to entertain our fellow attendees and show off your hard work and preparation. You are all part of the show.
You may enter a costume of any character from any show, as long as it is PG-13 appropriate and street legal (no nudity). It MUST be an existing character. Fan art of an existing character is not acceptable and is considered an original design. This includes Steampunk/Military/Victorian etc Homestuck designs, they are fan art. Original designs, original characters, lolita, and other street fashions are not eligible for competition. Characters from pornography/hentai are not allowed. Because of this new rule we want to reiterate that IF competing for craftsmanship you must have made 80% of your costume. This means you sewed it yourself. You cannot purchase a suit at the mall and call yourself The Doctor. You also may not paint horns and a t-shirt and call yourself a Homestuck character. YOU MUST CRAFT 80% OF YOUR COSTUME FROM SCRATCH. If you are unsure about the nature of your costume feel free to contact the cosplay director at cosplay (at) shutocon.com.
Groups may be no larger than five entrants. If you must have more than five entrants please contact the cosplay director at cosplay (at) shutocon.com.
Junior entrants must have completed 50% of his or her costume, with 50% assistance allowed from a friend or family member. Junior entrants under 13 must be accompanied by an adult at all times during the pre-judging process, before, during, and after the competition. We are the cosplay department, not babysitters.
To compete in the craftsmanship competition an entrant must have made 80% of his or her costume. Commissioned, purchased, and rented costumes are not permitted to enter for craftsmanship, however they may be worn for skit presentation. Costumes purchased on eBay, from commissioners, Milanoo, or other online retailers and sellers are not permitted in the competition and will be disqualified. We ask that entrants be honest about the origins of their costume. Cheating will not be tolerated and will result in a lifetime ban from competition, as well as notification of other competitions at other conventions. There are a few exceptions to this rule: if you did not create the costume the creator must be present at judging and to receive the award. For those competing in a group, one person, some, or all persons in the group must have made their costumes to be eligible for an award. If you require clarification or are not sure about your entry please contact the cosplay director.
Craftsmanship entrants must have printed, full-color, reference images to present to the judges at the time of your judging appointment. You will surrender a printout for us to attach to your judging form. Laptops, iPads, iPhones, Android phones, cell phone images, iPod images or other digital forms of media are not allowed as reference images. It is also not recommended to bring us your prized $500 artbook. A simple printout of your character from whatever angles you can find will do. It is a requirement to present reference images in your judging appointment. If you do not present them you will receive a zero score for accuracy.
When you register online for the cosplay competition you will receive a list of pre-judging times that you may sign up for. These pre-judging times are for CRAFTSMANSHIP entrants only. PRESENTATION entries are not pre-judged, however department head or assistant department head will judge the appropriateness of your presentation in pre-screening. Keep it PG-13. If the panel finds something they are concerned with, they will work with the entrant to fix the problem. We love skits and want them to be able to compete. Presentation time slots will differ from craftsmanship time slots. Judging appointments will last no longer than 5 minutes for 1-3 people, and 10 minutes for 4-5 people. Judging appointments will take place all day Saturday of the convention, with times added on Friday only if necessary. Your judging appointment is your spotlight. Please prepare ahead of time what you plan to tell the judges. If you get stuck the judges will prompt you with questions about your costume. Share the best parts, do not point out the flaws. Progress photos are always welcome and encouraged. You must be yourself while you are in the judging area. Entrants are advised against acting in character while speaking to the panel of judges. We want to get to know you in the short time we have. Please be prepared for the judges to flip your seams and check as much of the inside of your work as possible. Please arrive in a timely fashion. It is recommended entrants check in with the cosplay department as early as possible on Saturday, and show up for their appointment ten minutes early.
Best in Show
Honorable Mention and Judges awards subject to number of outstanding entrants.
Number of awards is always subject to the amount of entries in any given category. If no masters enter, we will not be giving a masters award.
Performance specific directions:
Performance entries will be limited to two minutes for one to two persons, and three minutes for three to five persons. YOU MAY HAVE MORE THAN 5 PEOPLE. BUT YOU MAY NOT GO LONGER THAN 3 MINUTES. You will be judged on originality, writing, performance (includes quality of audio recording), and musicality (if a musical act). Performance entries must pre-record their audio. Performance entrants must have their tracks on a CD. Our sound engineers will not be able to mix your audio for you, and we will not have enough microphones for your entire cast to have one. Please bring your finished soundtrack to your pre-judging appointment. You will at that time submit your CD to the cosplay department. CD's will not be returned after the competition. It is recommended you have at least one backup copy nearby in case your CD fails to work the first time. The competition is not karaoke time. Musical acts must be more than simply singing a song. Lip sync is acceptable. Dance group numbers are acceptable.
Part of the performance pre-registration process is to write a short intro for the emcee's to read regarding your group and your performance. Also please specify if your group begins with the music or before to prevent any confusion. The skits perform first, therefore debris cannot be onstage after your performance that was not there to begin with. Confetti, streamers, silly string, and other things of this nature are prohibited from the competition. Please be courteous to the craftsmanship entrants who will be crossing the stage after you. It is unknown at this time if there will be a chance for a dress rehearsal. The information will be posted closer to the convention.
Best Junior Skit
Best Presentation Runner Up
Honorable Mention and Judges awards subject to number of outstanding performances.
Rules are subject to change as we see fit.
Edited by lunaladyoflight, Feb 24 2013, 10:30 PM.
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