Brand new prelims at Abunai!2017 appear!
Here you find the rules for the duo acts for the International Cosplay League preliminaries. You will be judged on costume (50%) and act (50%).
This preliminairy round will be on Saturday the 26th of August. (may be subject to changes)
You must be:
- At least 18 years old on or after 15th September 2017.
- A registered citizen or permanent resident for at least 3 years of the country the Partner Event takes place in.
- Not directly involved with the organisation of a Partner Event.
- Already hold a valid passport (ID card) for Spain.
- All the contestants must be over 18 years old by the 15 of September 2017, and must havethe Dutch
- The registration will only take place online, that is, there won’t be an opportunity to register at the event.
- The total number of participants is of 10, everyone registered after number 10 will be appointed into reserve.
- Each spot must be occupied by 2 cosplayers wearing costumes from the same source. It is a pair competition.
- All the contestants will have to be ready for the costumes’ pre-judging a couple of hours before the contest. The participants will have to respect the line and will not be evaluated before the turn or after. Cosplayers will be judged following the order of registration. If not present on time for the pre-judging, they will be disqualified without any exceptions.
- Cosplays have to proceed from an official commercial source (Comics, Manga, Books, Cartoons, Anime, Movies, TV-movies, Musicals, Videogames), meaning that the design cannot be based on a fan art. Flesh and bone characters will be allowed if they are from works of fiction. The only non-official designs allowed are the Sakizo illustrations.
- Cosplays that have previously won international qualifying rounds or international competitions. Costumes which have received any type of award at any other event cannot participate.
- Effects of fire, sparks and smoke are forbidden, as well as crackers with gunpowder and laser lights. Objects cannot be thrown on the stage, it is forbidden to dirty, mark or damage the stage.
- Using weapons: it is absolutely PROHIBITED use real weapons. Some examples (for the rest: follow the Dutch weapons law): a) imitations of firearms SHOULD contain the special “red cap”; b) replicas of real weapons metal can be unlined ONLY for plastic pose (no fighting, no hitting objects, no movements).
- Abunai!con and Japan Weekend will be allowed to make free use of the photographs taken during the contest without any economical compensation for the participants or photographers.
- Participants will be allowed to subscribe only once for the whole competition.
- The performance of the participants will follow the order of registration.
- During the performance it is forbidden to jump off the stage closer to the public and/or the jury; violating cosplayers will be disqualified.
- Pets: it is forbidden to bring animals on stage.
- The performance is to take place on stage: if the costume and/or the set is not suitable size and/or is unable to go on stage, you can’t do the performance and take part in the competition.
- The rules can go through any type of modifications until the day of the contest according to the needs of the organization. The participation in the contest implies the recognition of these rules.
- The jury is not allowed to follow the process of the creation of costumes, presented by the participants. In case it happens, the jury will not be allowed to take this information into account when judging.
- All the participants will be evaluated before the contest. During the pre-judginga dossier of 4-8 pages showing the process of the work will have to be handed in. The dossier shall have English translation for any writing. The cover page will contain the reference picture of the character and will not be included into the 8 pages allowed. Without the dossier the participant will be disqualified. The dossier shall contain English translation of the performance.
- The jury will not debate on the contest or on the participants before or after the contest. In case a participant approaches a member of the jury, the organization will be informed and will take necessary measures. If a participant needs advice on the future contest, it will be given without taking into account the current one: the judges can’t talk about the deliberation with the cosplayer but they can give advice for future competitions.
- The decision of the jury will be irrevocable.
- A “second place” will be announced as back-ups in case the first place is not able to attend or disqualified for non-compliance discovered after the award (see Craftsmanship paragraph).
40% of the grade will be given for the cosplayers’ costumes and resemblance with the source, and 60% for the performance, acting and staging.
- The quality of the costume will be evaluated in general, that is, some parts cannot be of higher quality that others – this will lower the final grade. Parts will not be judged separately.
- Costumes have to be handmade in 80% by the members of the team, and the other 20% can be prefabricated, but modified. The props, in case there are any, have to be made by the contestants in 70%. If any help with any part of the costume has been provided, it has to be announced for it to be ranked correspondently.
- In case it is hidden and later revealed, the contestant will be immediately disqualified, and this offence will be taken into account for the future contests.
- The cosplay will be compared to the reference picture but the jury will not take into consideration the physical appearance of the participant.
- To avoid future surprises, have in mind that a cosplay with a neat craftsmanship, even if it is easy, will have a higher grade than a massive costume with bad craftsmanship.
Performance and acting
- The performance cannot last for less than 1 minute or more than 2 minutes and a half without any exceptions.
- The originality of the show and acting will be highly rated, as well as the body expression.
- The participant will have to set up the performance on their own and without any creative help.
- No microphone will be provided; the performance has to be prepared beforehand.
- When it comes to cosplays of idols or of similar thematic (Love Live, Vocaloid, AKB0048…), the performance has to contain something apart from dancing choreography or singing. If it occurs, dancing or lip-syncing cannot last for more than 30 seconds. Playbacks of general songs are allowed. (Example: a group of Love Live cannot dance and lip-sync during all the performance, but a cosplayer of Ursula from Little Mermaid can perform her song while she is acting).
- Erotic or pornographic scenes are forbidden, as well as any immoral acts unnatural for the character which could disrupt the order of the contest or disturb the audience.
- If there are dialogues in the performance, we recommend providing a clean recording without noise, as the quality of such can deduct points for the performance.
- Costume change is allowed: it must be from the same source but the character can be different.
- Only the pair of competitors can participate in the performance. Any helper must leave the stage before the start of the performance.
Dates & Deadlines:
You can sign up for the Cosplay Act Competition by filling in the sign up template below the rules. You can do this until the 30th of June 2017. By this date we will need your sign up template, script and audio-visual materials.
- The results of the selection roundwill be given around the 25th of July
- Beforethe selection round is over, we do not accept changes to the script. After the selection round, the selected groups may send in an updated script until the 1st of August 2017. (These can only be minor updates, not a completely different script.)
- Providing us with as much material as possible will give us a better idea of your act and will help us out a lot during the approval process.
- You will receive the times for the rehearsal around the 14stof August.
- If you cancel your act after the10th of August 2016 without a legitimate reason, your submission to the Cosplay Act Competition for the next year will be put on the waiting list.
- We need to know your real name and character’s names in the “Character(s) (required)” field in the template below.
- Acts may last a maximum of 3,5 minutes (210 seconds)
- Acts may consist out of one or more people
- There is a limited to the amount of participants.Therefore we would like to advise you to send us your full information as soon as possible, so we can examine your act and determine more quickly which acts will make it through the selection round, or so that we can inform you if you need to fix something.
- After your sign-up we will send you the script template. You can send the script template back by bundles as either a.zip or .rar, or as a download link for us by using wetransfer.com or other archive websites, like Dropbox or Google Drive. This also counts for when you have to update a script or wish to adjust your audio for after the selection round!
- Your files should be named according to this order: Name – Cosplay name – script 1. Script 1 can be adjusted to Script 2 and will make it clear to us when it is updated.
- We will notify you if your sign-up has been received.
- Only visitors with a valid Abunai! ticket may participate
- The following combinations of audio-visual material are possible:
- Video with embedded audio
- Audio only
- A still image
- A self-made video with changing images, with or without embedded audio
- No material at all
- Read video, audio and image rules to prevent non- working audio-visual material.
- Audio is not mandatory
- If you do a‘live’ performance, let us know before the deadline of the submission. We are unsure of how many microphones we will have available so keep this in mind. We recommend pre-recording your act to avoid mistakes on stage during the show. If you want to make sure we know that you have a ‘live’ performance add it to your file name ( Name – Cosplay name – script 1- Live act)
- For audio you can use one of the following formats:
- MP3, AAC
- Audio files should be of very good quality. The speakers will make it sound grainy otherwise.
- Compressed bit rate for MP3 should be at least 128 kbit/s, fixed, or 192 kbit/s VBR. Compressed bit rate for AAC should be at least 96 kbit/s.
- Don’t use recordings of TV audio, unless you’re an expert who knows how to cancel out all the noise.
- If you want to have audio start at X seconds / minute(s)you have to mix that in yourself. We start audio from the start, so if you want this, make sure it’s silent until that moment you want to use it in the file.
- Notify issues in time, deadline of sending in updates and fixes counts for this as well. Two weeks before the conventions is far too late.
- Video is not mandatory
- The following files are accepted:
- AVI, MKV, MP4, MPG
- We don’t accept any other files than the ones listed above.
- You can use one of the following codexes:
- DivX, Xvid, H.264, MPEG2
- It always has to be MOD16. A minimum of [4:3] 640×480 resolution is required. Anything larger/in HD in also fine.
- For video we use at least a bit rate of 1000 kbit/s
- All video needs 5 seconds of black screen at the end.
- Use a good quality video if you download from the internet. Crunchyroll or Youtube might provide a very poor quality. Preferably use DVD or Blu-ray material.
- Images are not mandatory, but you can choose to show one image throughout your act.
- You can choose any images as long as they apply to your act.
- If you want to use multiple images, make a collage or a slideshow video. (Check the video rules.)
- The following files are accepted:
- JPG, JPEG, PNG
- We don’t accept any other type of image.
- The resolution of the image must be at least 640×480. Obviously enlarged images that become blurred will not be accepted.
- For the collage or slideshow we accept the following formats:
- PPT, PPT, ODP
- Slideshows should have a minimum resolution of 1024×786
- Please be aware that if you find out that you can’t compete in the competition during the Abunai! weekend, the ONLY way to notify us of that is by visiting the information desk. If you know it in advance, please let us know by e-mail before Tuesday August 24th!
- If you have a legitimate reason for missing or being late to the rehearsal, you must let us know no later than a week after you have received the rehearsal schedule.
- If you fail to inform us on time you will be put on the blacklist, which will prevent you from joining the next year.
- The rehearsal is not for you to practice your act, but for the technical crew to make sure the sounds and lights are working correctly and to practice technical queues.
- We do not accept new audio-visual material or requests during the rehearsal. However, it is always appreciated to bring along your newest files, just in case something goes wrong.
- By participating in this competition you give us the right to record your act, which will be put online. This material is used for promotional purposes, all right reserved to us.
- If you want your act to be filmed by anyone else besides our camera crew, you can request this through e-mail up to a week before the convention.
- There will be a short break between the rehearsal and the actual competition.
- All group members must be present (backstage) 30 minutes before the show is scheduled to start and you are not allowed to leave before the show starts. If there are delays, you have to be present anyway!
- The order in which the acts are set will be decided by the staff and is not open for discussion.
- Judging results are final and are not open for discussion.
(These rules are subject to change)
For questions and help, please head to our forum
You can find the sign-up form here: International Cosplay League 2017 (Duo) sign-up form