Come see amazing costumes and skits as contestants compete in this year?s Masquerade. Judging in Cochise between 12-5PM.
Con-nichiwa 2017 Masquerade Rules
- The Con-nichiwa Masquerade is an amateur costume and skit competition. Contestants may either perform a Walk-On or a Skit.
- Costumes related to Anime/Manga, Video Games and J-Rock are allowed to be entered in the competition.
- All Masquerade contestants must comply with Con-nichiwa’s Code of Conduct.
- The Masquerade will have a limit of 50 entries.
- Each person may only participate in one entry.
- Each entry may only appear on stage one time.
- Groups are limited to 10 members.
- Each contestant or group contact person must check in at the Cosplay Desk before the Masquerade. Times for the Cosplay Desk will be given at a later date.
- Contestants must report to Craftsmanship Judging on time. Times will be given at a later date.
- Contestants must report to the Masquerade Green Room on time. Times will be given at a later date.
- Online registration will close on Monday, March 20th at midnight.
- At Con registration will be available if space is available.
- All Skit entries must be 3 minutes or less and all Walk-On entries must be 1 minute or less.
- There will be no microphones on stage for contestant use.
- All audio for the performance must be prerecorded.
- All performances must be PG-13.
- Any performances with stunts must receive approval from the Masquerade Director before the event.
- The use of open flame, flash powder, fireworks, lasers, smoke machines, etc. is prohibited.
- Any props used on stage must be able to be removed easily and must leave the stage in the same condition as it was before the prop was used.
- Interaction with the MC is prohibited.
- The Masquerade Director reserves the right to eliminate anyone from competition on the basis of taste, danger to the audience or other contestants or for any other reason deemed sufficient.
- Costumes related to Anime/Manga, Asian Origin Video Games and J-Rock are allowed to be entered in the competition.
- 80% of costumes and props must be made by either the contestant wearing the costume or by other members of the contestant’s group.
- Purchased or Rental costumes can only be entered as “Out of Competition”. “Out of Competition” entries will be allowed if space permits.
- All Props must conform to Con-nichiwa’s Weapon’s Policy.
- Costumes that have previously won any major awards at other conventions are prohibited from entering. (This excludes Judges Awards)
Costume Judging Guidelines
- Any costume being presented for Craftsmanship Awards must attend Craftsmanship Judging.
- Costumes are not required to be worn during Craftsmanship Judging but it is highly encouraged.
- Reference and progress pictures of costumes are highly recommended for Craftsmanship Judging.
Audio and Music Rules
- Music will not be provided for entries.
- All dialogue/music must be submitted at the Programming Desk during check in before the Masquerade.
- Recordings that run over the 1 minute Walk-On time limit or the 3 minute Skit time limit will be cut short.
- Dialogue/music must be submitted in an audio CD format or USB drive.
- Dialogue/music must be the only track on the CD or USB drive.
- CDs and USB drives will not be returned to the contestants.
- Any contestant 12 years of age and under at the time of the masquerade may compete in the Youth Division. The Youth Division is divided into two subdivisions.
- Youth Self-Made- A Youth contestant who has constructed the majority of his/her own costume.
- Youth Adult-Made- A Youth contestant whose costume has mostly been constructed by an adult.
- Professional costumers may not enter in the Novice division.
- A contestant who has competed and won in any division other than Novice may not enter in the Novice division.
- A contestant who has won "Best in Show" or "Best Novice" at any masquerade competition may not enter in the Novice division.
- A contestant who has won three or more major awards in the Novice division at masquerade competitions will need to enter in the Journeyman division.
- Professional costumers may not enter in the Journeyman division.
- A contestant who has competed and won in the Master division at any masquerade competition may not enter in the Journeyman division.
- A contestant who has won "Best in Show" or "Best Journeyman" at any masquerade competition may not enter in the Journeyman division.
- A contestant who has won three or more major awards in the Journeyman division at any masquerade competition may not enter in the Journeyman division.
- Any contestant may enter in the Master division.
- Any questions about Con-nichiwa’s Masquerade can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org