2005 Cosplay Rules
Before signing any forms, please read
the information carefully!!!
These pre-registration/registration forms are
legal bindings saying that you have read the details and understand
that you must abide by the rules. Failure to do so, or the
excuse that you did not read it may result in severe consequences.
*** REGISTRATION FEE ***
There will be a fee of $5 for each participant
in cosplay this year - entry will include an 2005 Otafest
Lanyard which will be used to identify competitors during
the event. Please bring the cash when signing in at the registration
participate in the Otafest cosplay you must be fully registered
at the main information desk. Once registered, individuals
or groups must register with the cosplay director or staff.
This can be done before the event by using the pre-registration
form available on at the bottom of the page
or directly at the event via the cosplay information desk.
who wish to participate have until 1 hour and 30 minutes before
the event to register. Late comers will not be accepted.
(only for pre-registered cosplayers)
Check-In is required to participate in the event. Participants
have until 1 hour and 30 minutes before the event to check
in. Individuals who pre-registered but did not check-in will
not be allowed to participate.
Required From You at the Event:
Your Full Name
Series Anime/Video Game/j-pop/j-rock/use your imagination.
are allowed to be judged individually or in groups no larger
then 10. (If your group is larger then 10, please contact
the cosplay director to make arrangements. Look on the contact
page in the information section of www.otafest.com)
will be judged on two main categories:
This category rewards the costume maker for quality and accuracy.
Judges will be focusing on the portrayl of the character.
Questions that the judges will be asking themselves and what
you should be asking yourself are: Does the costume look accurate
to the character? Is the costume properly stiched? Does it
fit properly? Is it fraying or falling apart? Is it held delicately
together with a piece of duct tape? How do the accessories
look? Is it obvious to the viewer that time and energy was
spent in the creation of the costume? Was the costume thrown
together in 30 minutes?
judging is done prior to the event. As this is the most time
consuming part of the cosplay experience, keeping things organized
is very important. Cosplayers will have to meet 1 hour and
15 minutes prior to the event for this judging to occur. Participants
who have not been judged on the technical category will not
be allowed to participate in the event.
This category rewards the costume wearer for their live performance.
Judges will be focusing on the skill levels of the participants.
What can you do to perform? Singing, dancing, drama, skits,
improvisation (as long as you know what you are doing of course),
poetry, public speaking, music......Nearly everything is an
option. Please check with the cosplay director if what you
are planning to do is not on the list above.
you have to do a performance?
Not necessarly. If you do not wish to perform, it is not required.
You can just appear on stage and show off your costume in
what is called a walk-on. In this case, you willl be judged
soley on your technical score. YOU CAN STILL WIN IF YOU DO
A WALK-ON! That being said, half the fun of cosplay is performing
in front of a large audience! DonÕt worry about making
a fool out of yourself....You are in a costume any way right?
am a terrible singer/dancer/actor......
The judges will be instructed to be fair and understanding.
They will give you a theatrical score that matches the effort
put into your performance. If you make a mistake but itÕs
obvious that you did do preparation for the event you have
absoutely nothing to worry about. That being said, if itÕs
obvious you spend 10 minutes prior to the event making up
something on the spot, it will be obvious to the judges and
will be judged accordingly.
are not looking for the Celine Dion of cosplay. They will
reward effort and thought that was placed into the theater
work. Better preparation will result in better scores, as
well as more audience reaction, so start thinking up what
you would like to do now! ^_^
Stuff Concerning the Performance:
will be two microphones available to participants. If you
plan on havinging a group of 10 singing, you will have to
huddle around microphones or sing at the top of your lungs.
One of the microphones will be corded while the other will
be cordless. It is your choice if you wish to use them or
not. Please speak loudly and properly into them to prevent
interference and to make your self heard!
are allowed to bring props WITHIN REASON. Keep it simple and
keep the amount of them to a decent level. Make sure that
the props you plan on using are not on the list of banned
are allowed to bring their own music. Please be sure to have
them in CD format so they can play on a CD player. It is preferable
to have a cd with the music you wish to use as the first track.
If this is not possible, please use a post it note to label
the track you wish to play on the case of the cd. Please limit
the amount of music you use to 1 or 2 tracks to avoid confusion.
Otafest will not be responsible for any lost, stolen, scratched
or damanged cds.
may only make use of the lighting available in the room.
should be aware that they are recorded on video and audio
and by participating, allow Otafest to use footage, pictures,
and audio samples without further warning or authorization.
Weapons and Banned Items:
Law prevents weapons from being disclosed. Participants are
asked not to bring the following items:
Daggers, Guns, Maces, Spears, etc.
who have weapons on their person will be required to leave
the weapon must at the security desk. They will only be available
to the owner when they are leaving Otafest Even if these weapons
are properly stored, we ask you kindly not to bring them to
Otafest. They are not to be used during skits and they will
be confiscated. Non-compliance will result in ejection from
The following items are also not permitted at Otafest or the
Water guns, Cap guns, Realistic Model Guns, Fireworks, etc.
(Realistic Model Guns will be allowed if the tip of the gun
items will be confiscated if they are found. Please leave
these items at home. If you are in doubt if an item or prop
you are planning on taking with you to Otafest, please contact
the security director or the cosplay director prior to attending.
Plastic, wooden, paper mache or cardboard facimilies of blade
weapons are permitted at Otafest provided they are peace bound.
For those who are unsure what peace bounding is, it is making
sure that the blades cannot be drawn out of the sheaths. This
can be done by wax, rope, or tape, provided that the blade
is unable to come out of the sheath. If there is no sheath,
it must be tied firmly to your costume such that it cannot
The use of animals in the Otafest cosplay is not permitted.
Service dogs are exempt.
Participants must obey federal, provincial, municipal, and
university laws and by-laws while guests at Otafest. Those
who do not obey these laws will be ejected from Otafest without
Participants should limit their conversations during judging,
the run-through, backstage, and the event it self. Individuals
participating in sword fights, being loud or causing discomfort
to our guests will be asked to leave. Mock sword fights are
not permitted at Otafest.
Participants must take care in listening to the direction
of the cosplay director as well as the volunteers. Those who
do not pay attention will not be able to fully participate.
Participants who abuse our staff will be ejected from Otafest.
is not responsible for lost, damaged or stolen items. Keep
important belongings at home. Avoid taking things you do you
do not need. Otafest does not provide an area to store items.
machines are not permitted at Otafest.
is not provided for rehersals or costume design. Change rooms
are provided through the public washrooms. Please do not use
space that is being used by classes or the general public.
If you are asked to leave, please do.
does not provide any materials for costumes.