2012 METROCON Cosplay Contest
Thank you for showing interest in the 2012 METROCON Cosplay Contest! Here is everything you will need to know in order to qualify and compete.
We are accepting online entries for Cosplay Contest. Simply email your entry form to the Cosplay Director at firstname.lastname@example.org with “2012 Metrocon Cosplay Contest Registration” as the subject. Online registration for the Costume Contest ends June 1st; any entries after that date will not be valid.
2012 Cosplay Contest Entry Form
IMPORTANT: You must arrive half an hour before the contest starts to lineup for the competition in the Special Events room. (At 7pm Saturday) The Cosplay Contest will take place on Saturday at 7:30pm.
Please read all the rules carefully before entering.
You may only submit one (1) skit for upload. (Note: that the upload is for approval only and you will be required to bring an actual CD to the convention.)
You must upload the skit/music/sounds you are using so that we may view it for approval. To do so, you must make an account with My Cons Online and then upload your file in the Contest Uploads section for METROCON 2012.
When filling out the upload form, please include a description of the skit, if you will be doing anything special on stage, or any special needs you may have.
You may upload a MP3, WAV, AVI, MPG, or MPEG file of your music/skit. No other types will be accepted.
You MAY NOT send in your performance to us in the mail.
All skits MUST be PG-13. Those we deem are not will be disqualified.
You will be notified of your approval within one week after the contest entry deadline.
Convention Performance Rules:
Please read all of this information so that there is no confusion of what will be expected of your performance.
If chosen, you must perform the same skit at the convention that you sent in. No substitutions are allowed.
All individuals/groups that will be performing at METROCON must be in line at the appointed time before the Cosplay Contest. If the individual/group is not there, they will be subject to possible disqualification.
IMPORTANT: All music/skit must be brought to the convention and turned in prior to your performance. You must have your music/skit in hand when you line up. Before you go on stage, you will present the music/skit to the sound manager.
IMPORTANT: At the convention, the music you are performing to must be a single track which is burned to a CD that can play in any standard CD player. Please put ONLY the single track on the CD - nothing else. We WILL NOT accept MP3s. You will be disqualified if we cannot play your music or you do not have it with you.
Your real name and or group name must be legibly written on the CD along with the skit name.
Please do not request specific lighting.
Weapons and props must follow METROCON’s weapon policy.
Commissioned costumes and store bought costume pieces are allowed for the Cosplay Contest.
You can only compete in ONE skit. For instance: if you play Luffy in your friend’s One Piece skit, you may not run and change costumes and then play Naruto in another skit in the competition. Entry is limited to one skit and one entry per person.
You have up to 3 minutes on stage to impress the judges. All of your dialog, music, dead time, sound effects, whatever, must be combined into one track on a CD and be the only track on the CD. Please make sure to test your audio prior to the convention to ensure the CD plays properly. Cosplay Staff will be unable to start your audio on a specific cue so plan accordingly.
There will be no Mics, I repeat NO MICROPHONES. Do not simply expect your voice to carry and for people to hear you either. The main events room is very large and your voice cannot carry that far.
Judges will consider several factors when judging your skit. Was it original? Funny? Did it make sense if you haven’t seen the series? Was it repetitive or boring? Were there too many inside jokes? Ask yourself a few of those questions and it might help you improve your skit, or you can always try performing your skit for a few friends to see what they think!
If you have any questions feel free to email the Cosplay Director at email@example.com!
I want to do backflips and stuff on stage! It would be cool!
NO. All that is done during the presentation is walking and posing.
Even with a handler, I can’t go up stairs with my costume or because of other reasons. What do I do?
If this is the case, you will be allowed to walk in front of the stage or next to it.
I’m going to enter my prop and get it approved by the con later.
Unless you prop is registered, it cannot be entered, even if you have in progress photos. You must have a registration sticker on your prop. If you need your prop registered, please take it to the registration area and they will take care of it for you.
I don’t have my badge yet. I’ll get it after I register for the contest.
Unless you have your official METROCON badge on your person, you cannot register. This also goes for group entries, handlers, and models. Every person involved in the contest must have a badge.
I’m going to swordfight like they do in the Chess Match! If they can do it, I can too!
Sorry, but no. Chess cast trained for months under professionals hired by METROCON to be able to perform and perform safely.
I am going to perform a skit where I just sing to music just like Anime Idol.
If you are not doing a parody or cosplay skit involved with your song, you should be trying out for Anime Idol instead. For our cosplay contest, unless it involves something more, we do not consider just singing to a karaoke track to be cosplay oriented.
I want to throw some really cool stuff out into the audience or to the guests.
We do not allow object to be thrown from the stage. This includes anything that might hurt people or damage the stage or carpeting: liquids, silly string, hard candies, and other cosplayers.
We have this really great skit that involves perfect timing with several songs and sound effects and lighting. Your DJ can handle that no problem, right?
We'd like to have skits stay simple when it comes to music and lighting. The more that's involved, the more likely things are to go wrong with your skit. If you make your skit too complex, we probably won't be able to accommodate you to your satisfaction.
We have a cool fight scene where someone gets thrown off stage and/or we want to use real weapons.
I don't think my voice is loud enough to be heard. What can I do?
You will not be allowed to use microphones at all. You MUST pre-record EVERYTHING! This way, everyone will be able to hear your performance.
There was only a limited amount of people who could participate in the Cosplay Contest at METROCON and I didn't get signed up in time. What can I do?
We're sorry, but there’s a limit to the amount of contestants we can have in the contest as in we have a limited amount of time. If you didn't get in, please try again next year or sign up to perform you skit at another convention.