Masquerade

All participants in the Masquerade must register in order to be considered.  All skit entries must pre-register. A small number of walk-on slots will be reserved for registration at the convention. Space is limited and will fill up quickly.  Once opened the Pre-registration form will close March 31st and no other online submissions after this date will be considered.


All participants must have purchased a membership to Anime Central valid for the current year.

There is a limit of eight (8) people per entry. The only exception to this is group craftsmanship, where the group limit is four (4).

Each cosplayer is allowed to cross the stage once. For example, if you are in a skit you cannot compete in the walk-on entry category as well.

Those registering online must check in to confirm their registration at the Masquerade Registration Room during the times listed in the Program Book and at the Information Desk(s). All entries will need to sign off on their pre-registration form at the convention or they will not be able to participate. If you pre-register and cannot make it to the event, please let the management know so your spot can be reassigned.

All skit entries must pre-register. Additionally, skit entries must provide a script no later than April 7th. Please note that skits will be subject to review, both the script and an at-con “dress rehearsal.” If the Masquerade staff is concerned about content or preparedness, you be turned away.

Event Location and Time
Hyatt Regency O’Hare – Grand Ballroom

Saturday6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Want to show off your costume on the big stage? Have a performance you’re dying to show your fellow con-goers? Interested in having a panel of judges review your costume as part of the masquerade?

Awards include:

  • Best Novice: the best novice-level craftsmanship participating in the masquerade.
  • Best Journeyman: the best journeyman-level craftsmanship participating in the masquerade.
  • Best Master: the best master-level craftsmanship participating in the masquerade.
  • Best Group: the best craftsmanship we saw from a group of people participating in the masquerade.
  • Best Walk-on: the best showing-off of a costume by a group which was not performing that our panel of judges saw during the masquerade.
  • Best Performance: the best performance our panel of judges saw during the masquerade.

Space is always limited, and it is possible to pre-register for this event.

Masquerade Office Hours
Hyatt Behind Info Booth Near Main Programming

Thursday6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Friday9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Saturday8:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Masquerade Feedback Session
Hyatt Behind Info Booth Near Main Programming

Sunday 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Hall Cosplay

Would you like to have a panel of judges review your costume but:

  • You aren’t comfortable being in front of large groups of people or can’t dedicate the time that participation in the Masquerade requires?
  • You have a costume which doesn’t quite fit the Masquerade’s categories?
  • You have multiple costumes you’d like judged?

If any of the above describe you, participate in the Hall Cosplay contest!

Awards Include:

  • Best Individual Novice: the best novice-level craftsmanship judged (Two awards, one awarded on Friday and the other on Saturday).
  • Best Individual Journeyman: The best journeyman-level craftsmanship judged (Two awards, one awarded on Friday and the other on Saturday).
  • Best Group: The best craftsmanship we judged from a group of people throughout the weekend.
  • Best Prop: The best craftsmanship on a prop we judged throughout the weekend.
  • Best Child: The best child craftsmanship we judged throughout the weekend.
  • Best American Based Cosplay: The best craftsmanship of a costume of non-Japanese/South Korean origin we judged throughout the weekend.
  • The Thriftiness Award (Closet Cosplay): The best example of closet cosplay we judged throughout the weekend. (What did you find at stores or in your closet to make your entire costume?)

Hall Cosplay Office Hours
Hyatt Regency O’Hare – North Central

Friday 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Saturday10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Rules

Standards of Behavior

Stage Entrance and Exit

Skit

Costume Size

Skit Music and Sound Guidelines

Skit Reviews

Time Limitation

Contact

Craftsmanship

Costume Themes

Weapons/Effects Policy

Costume Usage

Costume Interaction

Costume Containment

Time Commitment

At-Con Check-In

Showtime Requirements

Stage Combat

Demerits

Entry Limit

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