A completely new competition will have prelims at Abunai!con 2017! The International Cosplay League is a new international (duh!) competition in Madrid, Spain. The finals will be in the end of September, so be prepared to travel pretty soon after our preliminary round!
The solo’s will be focusing completely on the costume. No act is allowed! Just pose and show us your best work!
These prelims will be on Friday the 25th of August. (may be subject to changes)
You must be:
- At least 18 years old on or after 27th 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.
In order to prove this to us, we will ask you for more information after your entry has been received. If we don’t get an answer that proves you meet the requirements, we have to disqualify you.
- All the contestants must be over 18 years old by the 27 of September 2017, and must have a Dutch nationality.
- 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.
- Cosplayers will walk down the catwalk alone, it is an individual contest.
- 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.
- The contestants will have a maximum of 20 seconds on the catwalk, and the music will be chosen by the organization. They cannot bring their own music, nor can they speak, sing or scream during the catwalk. No microphones will be provided.
- 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 other events 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 parade of the participants will follow the order of registration.
- During the cat walk 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.
- Catwalk is to take place on stage: if the costume is not suitable size and/or is unable to go on stage, you can’t do the catwalk 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.
- A reference template will be sent to you after you have signed up. You must fully fill in the template to compete. Templates that do not follow these rules will be rejected.
- Reference pictures mustbe official art. Fan-art and popular artists are not allowed.
- There have to be at least five signupsfor the contest to continue, or it will be cancelled.
- Costumes with inappropriate items and/or nudity will be rejected without question.
- The following items are required to compete.
– a reference sheet with pictures of the character and your costume in 360 view, name of cosplayer and character+ series.
– a music piece of 30 seconds.
– a background picture for your character.
- No glitter, confetti, water or other substances may be used in the competition!
- You have to warn usbeforehand if you want someone to take your pictures during the show.
Dates & Deadlines:
- You can sign up for the Competition by filling in the sign up template below the rules. You can do this until the 30thof June 2017. By this date we will need your sign up template, reference sheet and audio-visual materials.
- A definite go/no go to the competition will be sent the 10thof July
- You will receive the times for the rehearsal by the 17thof August.
- If you cancel your act after the7th of August 2017 without a legitimate reason, your submission to the International Cosplay League 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.
- Walk-on may last a maximum of 30 seconds
- Walk-on may consist out of one to three people
- There is a limited amount of places.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 reference template. You can send the reference template back along with everything elsei n one go as a .zip or .rar, or as a download link for us by using wetransfer.com or other archive websites, like Dropbox or Google Drive.
- Your files should be named according to this order: Name – Cosplay name – Performance name- character.
- We will notify you if your sign-up has been received.
- Only visitors with a valid Abunai! ticket may participate
- 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-judging a 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 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 first place individual is not able to attend or is disqualified for non-compliance discovered after the award (see costumes paragraph).
- 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.
Cosplays will only be judged for their craftsmanship quality and the resemblance to the reference image. Acting will not be taken into account, but it is recommended to act to achieve better photographs.
- 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.
- The diversity of methods and materials will be valued, as long as they provide a better result. The jury will not take into account personal experiences or how big of a challenge it was for the participant, the important thing is the final result.
- Advanced tailoring techniques are allowed. Manual sewing or embroidery will not be valued positively if the result is worse than what it could be with a machine. If the part of the costume created with advanced techniques and the manual ones have the same quality, the one which took the most effort will be valued.
- The choice of materials accurate for the characters’ time period will be valued positively. For example, if the cosplay is of Middle ages, an accurate choice of fabric will give you more points. If you choose a fabric which is very different esthetically, you will lose points.
- Costumes have to be handmade in 90-100% by the participant. The 10% left can only be used for a piece, bought and modified by the participant.
- If it is hidden and later discovered that the participant has received help or hasn’t made the costume on his/her own, he/she will be disqualified automatically without previous notice and taken in consideration for future competitions.
- 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.
- By participating in this competition you give us the right to record your performance, 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 (if time allows this).
- You 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 (Solo) sign-up form