Cosplay rules and competition details

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Cosplay rules and competition details

Postby Happosai » Tue 15 Oct 2013 9:45 pm

The following are the rules for all cosplayers attending the Doki Doki Festival 2013, plus details of the cosplay competition, if you would like to enter that.

1. Overview

  • Please read through this carefully, especially the props rules, which apply to all attendees at the Doki Doki Festival (not just the cosplay competition entries).
  • Registration for the cosplay competition is on the day only. You can sign up at the Registration Desk after you enter the venue from 10am onwards and the desk will close at 4pm. Entrants should gather at the designated area at 4:30pm and the competition will start at 5pm.

2. Props Rules

  • All weapons and props must be checked at the Registration Desk on first arrival and approved by staff before allowed into the venue.
  • Your prop may not be allowed to enter the venue for one or more of the following reasons:

    • Too large/unwieldy.
    • Blocks corridors/doorways or is likely to hit or inconvenience others.
    • Too heavy - If it's heavy, it can hurt, especially if dropped.
    • Too hard - No props made of hard wood or any sort of metal.
    • Too sharp or spiky - No sharp bits or edges, make sure they're sanded/rounded/padded/covered or otherwise protected adequately.
    • Too realistic - No realistic replica weaponry without obvious 'Blaze' (brightly coloured) tips and the weapon itself being out of use, of course.
    • No weapons that can fire any sort of projectile, even foam darts or water, unless it can be shown to be empty and/or that only some parts have been used for the prop.
    • No actions which may lead event staff, attendees or members of the general public to believe you are in possession of a real, live weapon, even at a distance. In these cases, it is not only up to our staff discretion; we do also have venue security in place who will have to approve it.
    • No pyrotechnics, explosives (including cap-guns) or incendiary items.
    • Actual weapons (including airguns, deactivated guns, blunted/sharp knives or swords, live bows or slingshots) are expressly prohibited.
  • In all cases, the weapon or prop must be no longer than 1.6 m (5.2ft). Any items longer this may be used in the cosplay competition only and must be handed in to the Registration Desk for safekeeping until then. If they are not handed in prior to the competition, then they will not be permitted in the event itself
  • 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 be so kind as to do so, or in an extreme case you might risk being escorted from the event.
  • A general safe rule is: 'If you were to be hit with it repeatedly, would it break before you do?' If your answer is 'no' here, 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 don't get disappointed once at the event.
  • If you are in doubt whether or not you would be allowed to bring your prop, please send photos and a description of the prop to

3. Cosplay Competition Brief

3a. Registration, costumes and performance

  • Sign-ups take place on the day and are closed at 4pm, an hour before the competition. Thereafter, sign-ups are only allowed at the organiser's discretion.
  • There will be a limited number of slots available on the day, so register early to avoid disappointment.
  • As people are being judged on their individual cosplay, no group entries will be allowed.
  • The competition is open to all ages.
  • Please turn up at the Cosplay Zone near the Main Stage in Hall D at 4:30pm, 30 minutes before the competition is due to start, to be ordered and prepared for the event.
  • All types of costume may be entered, within reason, from film, anime, video games, music, TV, comics, books and theatre.
  • A hand made costume must be 80% your own work, and we do check! Bought costumes (as a whole or a separately-acquired outfit from a shop or from eBay) are allowed, but must enter the non-judged category. This category will have a separate prize.
  • It is preferred that entrants provide a reference picture if they wish to be judged for the Main Prize. This should be delivered when signing up for the event itself. Our judges accept no responsibility for not being able to recognise your character if you fail to provide a reference picture.
  • Props: NO confetti, fireworks, glitter, flash paper, rose petals, water or other small messy objects are allowed on stage. Also NO food, remote control devices AND definitely no throwing items into the crowd!

3b. Judging criteria

  • Costumes will be judged in three areas by our professional judging team:

    • Craftsmanship: the quality of the costume and how well it is made.
    • Accuracy: how much of a resemblance the costume and contestant have to the original; and how well you present the character's movements and mannerisms.
    • Performance: takes into account audience and performance reception. You will be allowed only a short time to perform, so no skits or sketches are allowed.

4. Other Information

  • You may be filmed or photographed during the cosplay competition and the rest of the the Doki Doki Festival and the event may wish to use your image. By entering the event, you agree to this.
  • There are male and female changing rooms with coin-operated lockers available on-site (make sure you bring change if you wish to use the lockers).
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Re: Cosplay competition

Postby Rinny_Leonheart » Tue 15 Oct 2013 10:09 pm

Hi, I have a costume I want to enter with but when you say it has to be 80% handmade, are there any restrictions on that, eg: if you had Tab Kimpton commission part of it for you? It was definitely handmade alongside several other pieces of my costume but I'd hate to attempt registering for the competition if I'm breaking any rules. Can someone clarify this for me?

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Re: Cosplay competition

Postby Tokyo15 » Wed 16 Oct 2013 4:33 pm

Rinny here is the amended rule to make it clearer we will be amending the above rules soon to incorporate the new ideas the current cosplay organiser is doing- A hand made costume must be 80% your own work, and we do check! Bought costumes (as a whole or separately-acquired outfit from a shop or from e-bay) are allowed but must enter the non-judged category. This category will have a separate prize.
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Re: Cosplay rules and competition details

Postby Rinny_Leonheart » Thu 17 Oct 2013 9:44 am

Lol thanks very much!
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