• All participants and assistants must have an Anime Impulse admission badge.

  • Contest will take place at 6 PM on Sunday (January 20th)

  • Purchased costumes are prohibited from entering the contest. However, exceptions can be made for costumes that contain “found” pieces, “modified” or altered from its original design or purpose; although this may affect the total craftsmanship score of the participant, it is not meant to discourage participants from entering the contest. Costumes that are considered “kits” are allowed so long as kit was assembled by the participant. All participants should be prepared to briefly explain the process through which their costume was created, altered, or modified. Costume(s) should be 80% “hand-made”.

  • Note: Costumes do not have to be worn by the creator of the costume. Costume creators may have a model. 

  • Entries may be by individuals or groups, and may be of an existing character from any television show, film, comic, or literary property, or a custom creation by the entrant.

  • All costumes must abide by the rules of the convention dress code and weapons policy. All costumes should provide enough coverage to be worn in public and should be in good taste and appropriate for a family-friendly show.

  • No profanity will be allowed on stage. That includes messages on signs or clothes. Violators will be removed from the competition.

  • If a policy violation is discovered by any of the Anime Impulse staff or judging panel, that entry will be disqualified.

  • No glitter, confetti, pyrotechnics, live flame or smoke generators of any kind are allowed in the convention center.

  • No electrical power connections will be provided. If your costume requires power, it must be part of your costume.

  • 4 winners (1st, 2nd, 3rd and 1 for Audience Vote) will be selected

  • All entrants must check-in at the main stage area 30 minutes prior to the start of contest.

  • Previous winners of Anime Impulse’s cosplay contests are allowed to re-enter for 2019’s cosplay contest.

  • Groups are allowed to enter the contest but will be judged as if the entire group were as 1 person entering.

  • Pictures and video may be taken during both the Pre-Judging as well as Performance portion of the judging process of the participants. These pictures/video are the property of Anime Impulse for the purposes of advertising and promotion of future events and contests.

  • You must remain in the Main Stage for the entirety of the contest. Please arrive at the Main Stage area 30 minutes prior to contest. You will have designated areas for waiting pre and post judging during the Performance phase of the contest. Please listen to the directions given by Anime Impulse volunteers and be respectful to your fellow contestants. If you have special needs, please let the judges’ panel be aware at the pre-judging portion of the contest or during check-in at the Cosplay Table.

  • Each participant will have 60 seconds of time to walk on stage and are encouraged to make the most of their time. “Skits” are not allowed, but participants are encouraged to be as “over-the-top” and/or act in character during their turn on stage.

  • Extra time will be allotted for groups. For each additional person beyond two you will granted an additional 30 seconds, not to exceed 2 minutes. For example 3 participants will be granted 1 minute 30 seconds, up to a maximum time limit of 3 minutes.

  • Your costume must allow you the freedom of movement so that you can go up and down steps. Should assistance be needed, you may have up to two assistants help you but they will not be provided by the AI staff. Should a costume be deemed as “excessively large” some accommodations can be made so that the contestant no longer in required to go up or down steps.

  • Each entry may only appear on stage one time. Each person may only participate in one entry.

  • Anime Impulse will accept pre-registered and on-site entrants to the cosplay contest. While there is no cap on total entrants, priority will go to pre-registered cosplay entries.


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