Cosplay Challenge

There will be $2100 total in Cash prizes for the Anime Oasis Dynamite Cosplay Challenge.

Performance/Overall Awards:
Best in Show $500
2nd Place $300
3rd Place $150
4th Place $100
5th Place $50
Costume Awards:
Best Costume: Expert Division $300
2nd Place: Expert Division $200
3rd Place: Expert Division $130
Best Costume: Intermediate Division $120
2nd Place: Intermediate Division $80
3rd Place: Intermediate Division $50
Best Costume: Novice Division $60
2nd Place: Novice Division $40
3rd Place: Novice Division $20

The Anime Oasis Dynamite Cosplay Challenge is Idaho's #1 cosplay contest.
We allow for video introductions, live and/or recorded skit sound, and are often flexible to meet special requests.
Cosplayers will be allowed [and encouraged] to submit a video introduction for their skit. Video introductions will replace the standard introduction read by the event host. This will allow cosplayers to set-up their skits using video and sound to pull the audience into their skit. These introductions will be displayed on the Arena's big screen displays.

Using a purely mathematical system, we can eliminate the "magic" system of judging and produce results quickly. This system will also allow Anime Oasis cosplay staff to greatly reduce the effect of any possible judging fraud. Awards will be given directly following the contest.

Cosplay Challenge Rules:

#1. Stage Area.
20'x 16' Stage Area. there is a 10 person limit for cosplays using the stage.
The stage will be lit up while the remaining area of the arena will be dimmed.
The stage will now feature a low-grade ramp for easier access.

#2. Video Introduction.
It is highly recommended that you take advantage of the video introduction, although it is not required.
Video introductions are intended to replace a written intro that is read by convention staff and allow for maximum impact.
The video intro will be played just prior to your group taking the stage for competition.
The maximum length of a video intro is 45 seconds.

#3. Performance Time Limit.
The time limit for your performance is *5 minutes*.
Your time will start immediately following your introduction [either Video Intro or Written Intro].

#4. Cosplay Sign-ups.
Cosplay Sign-up will take place Saturday Morning and Early Afternoon.
Sign ups will take place from 11am-12:30pm and 1:00pm-3:00pm. There will not be any reserved sign up times.
To sign up, you will need:
Every member of your group who wants to be judged from craftmanship in costume.
Any skit music and/or video introduction you will need played.
A completed sign up form (available in the same area as sign ups)
Acceptable formats are mp3,mp4, wmv, avi, mkv or other standard formats. Files CAN be taken from phones, but we will not keep your phone during the contest (the file must be transferable). Files can also be on a CD/DVD/SD Card/USB Drive. We CANNOT access the internet for any reason, please prepare your files in advance. Your files must be able to be transfered to our computer via normal means or it will not be accepted!

#5. Acceptable Costumes.
As Anime Oasis is a convention dedicated to Japanese Animation costumes for the Cosplay Challenge are required to meet the focus of the convention. The costumes must be from Japanese anime, manga, tokusatsu and video games, in which the original copyright holder is Japanese. Variations of acceptable characters that remain true to the concept such as genderswap versions or pokemon gijinka (human version of a non-human character) are acceptable
* Dojinshi and unique characters from live actor movies based on anime or manga are not permitted. (i.e. Dragonball Evolution etc.)

Original costumes are not acceptable.
If you have questions, you must contact us in advance, or you may prevented from entering. Exceptions can only be made by the convention chairman. Current exception(s): RWBY; Overwatch

#6. 1 skit rule.
Each person may only be involved in 1 skit in any way.
No exceptions.

#7. Acceptable Content.
Content in every performance must be acceptable for everyone age 10 and up.

#8. Costume Skill Level Divisions.
There are 3 different Skill Level Divisions for costume craftsmanship. Each participant may select their own skill level, even if someone in their group has selected a higher skill level division or if they don't meet the recommended guidelines for a higher skill level divison. Anime Oasis reserves the right to move cosplayers to a higher skill level dvision, based on skill level and history. We would prefer, however, that participants honestly select the appropriate skill level division.
Expert Level: This level is intended for those who have significant costume building history and have won major awards at previous Anime Oasis events or other anime conventions. To participate at this level, please prepare AT LEAST 2 reference pictures and a details written explanation of techniques used in the desing process and/or a photographic account of the dseign process.
Intermediate Level: This level is intended for those who have moved past the novice level and are ready for more intense competition. To participate at this level, please prepare AT LEAST 2 reference pictures.
Novice Level: This is for those who are new to cosplay and haven't much experience. At least 1 reference picture is recommended to participate at this level.
For those only interested in the craftsmanship competition: All entries are required to appear on stage during the competition. We will allow for "walk ons" that appear on stage without doing a skit. We will schedule all "walk-ons" during the first part of the conest. All awards will be presented after the completion of all skits.
#9. Attendees 12 years old and younger.
We welcome cosplayers of all ages into the Cosplay Challenge. We do ask that those attendees 12 and under have an adult present to help them complete the registration process.
A special award will also be presented to one of our younger attendees.

#10. Anime Oasis badge is required to enter.
You must bring your Convention Badge with you when you sign up and when you take part in the contest.
Any attempt to enter a group containing someone without a valid badge type can result in disqualification.
An actual performance found to contain such person is instant disqualification and potential ban from future events.