Cosplay General & Competition Rules

The Warped Con Cosplay Masquerade – Professional

Saturday 3.30pm

To enter this competition please use this formClick Here For Entry Form

Prize Categories & Prizes

  • 1st Place – Cash Prize £750 | Free VIP tickets for WarpedCon 2020 | Trophy & Certificate
  • 2nd Place – Cash Prize £425 | Free Early Bird Tickets for WarpedCon 2020 | Certificate
  • 3rd Place – Cash Prize £255 | General tickets for WarpedCon 2020 | Certificate
  • Honour Mention – £50 HMV Voucher | General tickets for WarpedCon 2020
  • Honour Mention – £50 Entertainer Vouchers  | General tickets for WarpedCon 2020
  • Additional Honour Mention at judges discretion –  | General tickets for WarpedCon 2020

How will the competition work?

Cosplay at Warped Con will be coming to the cosplay stage allowing you to present your hard work, perform as your character and enjoy the experience of costuming together.

How can I enter?

The Warped Con Cosplay Masquerade will be taking place on the cosplay stage at 3:30PM on the Saturday. You can take part by using the signup form. A confirmation e-mail with all the details you need. But we do ask that if your performance requirements are complex to visit us nice and early to check these through. Please arrive at least half an hour before the competition is due to begin. 

How will the competition be judged?

Costumes will be judged in three areas, weighted evenly, by our professional judging team.  Including reference images and construction notes on your application will be viewed favourably.

Craftsmanship

The quality of costume, props and accessories; and the making of these elements.

Performance

Takes into account the use of general performance conventions and how you interact with the audience. For example; confident movements as well as general stage techniques used throughout the performance.

Character Concept

This category is judged based on execution of your character concept and a clear display of character choice. Be it accuracy to a character, a creative interpretation (e.g Steampunk Harley Quinn or cross play) or a character likeness. 

Who is eligible to enter? 

The Costume Part:

  • Costumes from any genre of video game, television, film, book, anime, manga etc. may enter the Masquerade.
  • A costume qualifies as handmade if it is 80% your own work. Altered costumes will be eligible to receive points in the craftsmanship category for those specific components heavily altered or handmade entirely. Points will be awarded at the judge’s discretion. All costumes will qualify for Character Concept and performance categories. (If you need help identifying your costume e-mail us:[email protected])
  • Handmade original characters will be accepted but must be accompanied with concept of the character. This must be no longer than one A4 page.
  • The Cosplay team will be checking all applications. This will not influence any judges decisions and you will be notified of competition conformation.
  • Any size group may enter the Masquerade. However, if eligible for a prize, this will be split evenly between participants.
  • The competition is open for all ages. If you are under the age of 13 a parent/guardian must sign your form to participate. If you are under the age of 18 we may seek parental consent to award you a prize directly. We may also request to send your prize to your parent/guardian in this event.
  • In the event pre-judging is occurring this will be listed in the event and information will be sent through to participants. If it does not take place for the masquerade, we highly encourage you to include as much detail as possible within the application.

The Performance Part:

  • Performances/Skits must be no longer than two minutes in length. Please state the length of your skit time on your application form.
  • We always encourage entrants to the masquerade to enter with a skit/performance (up to two minutes, music must be sent to us beforehand). Please state the length of your skit or if you are posing (e.g three point system) on your application form.
  • Music, pre-made track and/or microphone (handheld) may be used during your performance. This must be with us no later than two days before the event. If you do not provide music, generic music will be provided for you.
  • Elements permitted during your performance are as follows – Lighting choice, props, sound and microphone use. Please email us if you have any queries.
  • We highly advise you to visit the cosplay desk no later than two hours before the event is due to start to check through your requirements. If you do not visit the desk, your requirements for your performance may be refused.
  • Arrive at the designated area ready NO LATER THAN half an hour before the masquerade is due to start.
  • Your application form must include any performance requirements and details. Requirements and/or skill performances are subject to review in good time before the show. This includes setting up a ‘cue’ for when you would like your music track to begin.

*All entrants must comply with the Cosplay Masquerade General Ruleset and Props Rules.

Props, costume and general rules. 

Props and Costume Rules

Weapons and props must be approved by security staff before being allowed into the convention. This may include checks carried out by the cosplay team. Decisions made by the venue security and staff are final and these rules serve as a guide only.

The general rule is;

‘Were you hit with the prop, would it break before you do?

If your answer is ‘no’ then it means that someone could get hurt were this to happen. In which case, we would recommend you leave it at home just so you are not disappointed.

Please make sure that you have a safe way to transport your props, and that you have them sufficiently covered when outside of the convention hall. Take extra precaution when travelling through high traffic areas such as the airport and railway stations, so as not to cause alarm or issue to others.

  • Live weapons (deactivated guns, metal knives, swords, axes, live bows or slingshots, bokken, hanbo) are expressly prohibited, whether sheathed or peace bonded.
  • Airsoft is allowed provided it can be proven to be unable to fire any sort of projectile and are clearly marked with a brightly coloured tip.
  • No pyrotechnics, gas canisters, explosives (including cap-guns) Laser pointers or incendiary items.
  • No metal weapons including but not limited to; Blades, sharp or blunt, baseball bats etc.
  • Weapons that can fire any sort of projectile, including foam darts or water are strictly prohibited. Unless it can be shown to be empty, with a visible brightly coloured safety tip and/or that only some parts have been used for the prop.
  • No sharp points, protruding points or sharp edges, make sure they’re sanded, rounded, padded, covered or otherwise protected adequately.
  • Props made out of wood cannot be too heavy, large or unwieldy (I.e blocks corridors/doorways or is likely to hit, hurt or inconvenience others e.g wooden baseball bats.)
  • You cannot perform any action which may lead event staff, attendees or members of the general public to believe you are in possession of a real live weapon.
  • Costumes must not exceed 3 meters from any point to any point excluding fabric trains or collapsable items.
  • Large elements, such as wings, exceeding over two meters, must be collapsed when on the convention floor. (Please contact us to check if you are worried about your costume dimensions at [email protected])
  • If a costume is bulky and made of hard materials or includes parts outside of usual human dimensions you must have at least one person with you as a guide.  Examples include full fur suits, armour, wings, and robots.
  • Costumes with racist, hate crime themes and uniforms, emblems, or flags of organisations responsible for crimes against humanity and the state will not be tolerated and such costumes may result in removal from the event.
  • It is the responsibility of attendees to ensure that a wristband or hand stamp  (at WARPED CON’s discretion) can be placed directly on your left wrist. This must not go over costume or clothing. Take this into account with designs or adjustments to the costume.

No exceptions will be made regardless of any special licences, training or memberships! 

Please be aware that these rules are here to ensure we have a safe event for both staff and attendees. If you have been asked to put your prop away, please do so. In an extreme case you may be escorted from the event.

If there is any doubt, please send photos and a description of the prop to [email protected]. 

General rules;

  • Your costume must be appropriate for a family friendly show and include enough body coverage to allow appearance in public. Nudity and adult fetish content is forbidden.
  • All entrants must have a spare copy of their masquerade music track on USB/CD. If you cannot provide music, generic music can be provided for you.
  •  We ask that you bring I.D to enter any competition as proof of age.
  • By entering the competition, you agree to filming and photography during the event. All rights of this belong to the event organizers and/or Costume and Play.
  • Costume and Play, any staff, venue or organiser reserves the right to decline or stop a skit/performance at any time for any reason.
  • Costume and Play, any staff, venue or organiser reserves the right to change or revise these rulesets at any time.
  • Use or performance of the following will be immediately stopped. You may also be disqualified from the competition or convention floor:
  • Excessive/inappropriate language such as swearing.
  • Committing acts viewed as something which may potentially harm yourself as well as others.

The judge’s decisions are final once made. 

  • Any size group may enter the Masquerade, however if eligible for a prize this will be split evenly between participants.
  • Costume and Play accepts no responsibility towards receipt and time frame for prizes awarded by the event in question.
  • If you are under the age of 18 we may need to seek parental consent to award you prizes directly. We may request to send your prize to your parent/guardian in this event. Please bring I.D with you as proof of age. In addition, we also ask that a parent/Guardian sign your form if you are under 13.
  • If the winner of the competition is a group, there will be one trophy only.
  • No cash or alternative prize will be awarded in replacement of items such as (but not limited to) trophy, items, certificates, sponsor prizes etc.

Rulesets and materials are provided for use at the event at the discretion of Costume and Play. Participants may not copy or alter these without prior permission from Costume and Play.

The Warped Con Cosplay Community Masquerade – Fun For All!

Sunday 3.30pm

To enter this competition please use this formClick Here For Entry Form

Honouring and welcoming all ability levels of cosplay, this is a great place to get started in the cosplay world or simply attend to show off your creation! The Community Masquerade will carry a series of categories the judges may choose to award you with.

Prize Categories

  • 1st Place – £150 HMV Vouchers | Trophy | Certificate
  • 2nd Place – £100 HMV Vouchers | Certificate
  • 3rd Place – £75 HMV Vouchers | Certificate
  • Best Performance – £50 The Entertainer Voucher
  • Best Junior – £35 Entertainer Vouchers
  • Junior Runner Up  – £35 Entertainer Vouchers

Who can enter and what are the general rules? 

The Costume Part:

  • Costumes from any genre of video game, television, film, book, anime, manga, original design etc. may enter the Masquerade.
  • All costumes including those that are bought, are allowed to enter the cosplay community masquerade.
  • An altered costume will be eligible to receive points in the Craftsmanship category for specific components which are heavily altered or handmade entirely. All costumes will qualify for Character Concept and Performance categories.
  • Any size group may enter the Masquerade. However, if eligible for a prize, this will be split evenly between participants.
  • The competition is open for all ages, however, if you are under the age of 13 a parent/guardian must sign your form to participate. If you are under the age of 18 we may seek parental consent to award you a prize directly, we may request to send your prize to your parent/guardian in this event.

The Performance Part:

  • You may perform to music and/or use a microphone during your performance. If you do not provide music, generic music will be provided for you.
  • Performances/Skit tracks must be no longer than two minutes in length. Please state the length of your skit time or if you are posing (e.g three point system) on your application form. If you have additional requirements for stage (such as placing something on stage for you,) this does not count towards your track time allowance, however you must contact us beforehand and make sure we can complete these for you in a reasonable time frame.
  • We highly advise you visit the cosplay desk no later than two hours before the masquerade is due to start to check through your requirements. If you do not visit the desk, your requirements for your performance may be refused.
  • Arrive at the designated area ready NO LATER THAN half an hour before the masquerade is due to start.
  • We ask you to specify any requirements for your performance on your application form. This includes setting up a ‘cue’ for when you would like your music track to begin.

*All entrants must comply with the Cosplay Masquerade General Ruleset and Props Rules.

How will the competition be judged?

The judges have various awards ranging from ‘Best Performance’ to ‘The One to Watch Award.’ Judges also have the ability to award special honour mentions for something they love, they are used to encourage you to think outside the box and have fun! Costumes will be judged in three areas, weighted evenly, by our professional judging team.

Craftsmanship

The quality of costume, props and accessories; and the making of these elements.

Performance

Takes into account use of general performance conventions and how you interact with the audience; for example confident movements as well as general stage techniques used through performance.

Character Concept

This category is judged based on execution of your character concept and a clear display of character choice, be it accuracy to a character, a creative interpretation (e.g Steampunk Harley Quinn or cross play) or character likeness. 

Additional Points may be awarded for detailed application forms. These may include reference pictures and construction notes but this does not form an active judging category for the community masquerade. Each portfolio should be 5-10 pages long and not exceed 20 pages. Portfolios longer than 20 pages will not be printed.

 Props, costume and general rules. 

Props and Costume Rules

Weapons and props must be approved by security staff before being allowed into the convention. This may include checks which will be carried out by the cosplay team. Decisions made by the venue security and staff are final and these rules serve as a guide only.

The general rule is:

If you were hit with the prop, would it break before you do?

If your answer is ‘no’ then it means that someone could get hurt were this to happen. In which case, we would recommend you leave it at home just so you are not disappointed.

When outside of the convention hall, please make sure you have a safe way to transport your props and that they are sufficiently covered. Take extra precaution when travelling through high traffic areas such as the airport and railway stations, so as not to cause alarm or issue to others.

  • Live weapons (deactivated guns, metal knives, swords, axes, live bows or slingshots, bokken, hanbo) are expressly prohibited, whether sheathed or peace bonded.
  • Airsoft is allowed provided it can be proven to be unable to fire any sort of projectile and are clearly marked with a brightly coloured tip.
  • No pyrotechnics, gas canisters, explosives (including cap-guns) Laser pointers or incendiary items.
  • No metal weapons including but not limited to; Blades, sharp or blunt, baseball bats etc.
  • No weapons that can fire any sort of projectile, including foam darts or water. Unless it can be shown to be empty, with a visible brightly coloured safety tip and/or that only some parts have been used for the prop.
  • No sharp points, protruding points or sharp edges, make sure they’re sanded, rounded, padded, covered or otherwise protected adequately.
  • Props made out of wood cannot be too heavy, large or unwieldy (I.e blocks corridors/doorways or is likely to hit, hurt or inconvenience others e.g wooden baseball bats.)
  • You cannot perform any action which may lead event staff, attendees or members of the general public to believe you are in possession of a real live weapon.
  • Costumes must not exceed 3 meters from any point to any point excluding fabric trains or collapsible items.
  • Large elements, such as wings, exceeding over two meters, must be collapsed when on the convention floor. (Please contact us to check if you are worried about your costume dimensions at [email protected])
  • If a costume is bulky and made of hard materials or includes parts outside of usual human dimensions you must have at least one person with you as a guide.  Examples include full fur suits, armour, wings, and robots.
  • Costumes with racist, hate crime themes and uniforms, emblems, or flags of organisations responsible for crimes against humanity and the state will not be tolerated and such costumes may result in removal from the event.
  • It is the responsibility of attendees to ensure that a wristband or hand stamp (at WARPED CON’s discretion) can be placed directly on your left wrist. This must not go over costume or clothing. Take this into account with designs or adjustments to the costume.

No exceptions will be made regardless of any special licences, training or memberships! 

Please be aware that these rules are here to ensure we have a safe event for both staff and attendees. If you have been asked to put your prop away, please do so. In an extreme case you may be escorted from the event.

If there is any doubt, please send photos and a description of the prop to [email protected]. 

General Rules;

  • Your costume must be appropriate for a family friendly show and include enough body coverage to allow appearance in public. Nudity and adult fetish content are forbidden.
  • All entrants must have a spare copy of their masquerade music track on USB/CD in addition to that provided. If you cannot provide music, generic music can be provided for you.
  •  We ask that you bring I.D to enter any competition as proof of age.
  • By entering the competition, you agree to filming and photography during the event. All rights of this belong to the event organizers and/or Costume and Play.
  • Costume and Play, any staff, venue or organiser reserves the right to decline or stop a skit/performance at any time for any reason.
  • Costume and Play, any staff, venue or organiser reserves the right to change or revise these rulesets at any time.
  • Use or performance of the following will be immediately stopped. You may also be disqualified from the competition or convention floor:
  • Excessive/inappropriate language such as swearing.
  • Committing acts viewed as something which may potentially harm yourself as well as others.

The judge’s decisions are final once made. 

  • Any size group may enter the Masquerade, however if eligible for a prize this will be split evenly between participants.
  • Costume and Play accepts no responsibility towards receipt and time frame for prizes awarded by the event in question.
  • If you are under the age of 18 we may need to seek parental consent to award you prizes directly. We may request to send your prize to your parent/guardian in this event. Please bring I.D with you as proof of age. In addition, we also ask a parent/Guardian signs your form if you are under 13.
  • If the winner of the competition is a group, there will be one trophy only.
  • No cash or alternative prize will be awarded in replacement of items such as (but not limited to) trophy, items, certificates, sponsor prizes etc.

Rulesets and materials are provided for use at the event at the discretion of Costume and Play. Participants may not copy or alter these without prior permission from Costume and Play.