A completely new competition will have preliminaries at Abunai! 2017: The International Cosplay League – Solo. The winner of this walk-on, walk-off competition will go on to participate in the finals at Japan Madrid Weekend, which will be held in September.
In this competition you will be judged for your craftsmanship and the resemblance to the reference image provided. Acting will not be taken into account, but it is recommended to act in order achieve better photographs.
These preliminaries will be on Friday August 25th. (may be subject to changes)
- Only visitors with a valid Abunai! Friday or weekend ticket may participate.
- All the contestants must be at least 18 years old by September 27th 2017 and a registered citizen or permanent resident for at least 3 years of the country the Partner Event takes place in.
- You must be eligible to travel to Spain.
- You must not directly be involved with the organisation of a Partner Event.
- The registration will only take place online, that is, there won’t be an opportunity to register at the event.
- 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. During the pre-judging a dossier of 4-8 pages showing the process of the work will have to be handed in. The dossier must be in English. 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 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.
- 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.
- Cosplays that won awards in international qualifying rounds or international competition cannot participate. If you competed in an event but did not win, you can participate in the ICL Solo.
- 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.
- Regarding weapons: it is absolutely prohibited to use real weapons. Props should follow the Dutch weapons law, meaning imitations of firearms must contain the special “red cap”, props made out of wood need to be checked on safety and metal props are not allowed.
- Costumes with inappropriate items and/or nudity will be rejected without question.
- No glitter, confetti, water or other substances may be used in the competition
- You have to warn us beforehand if you want someone to take your pictures during the show.
- Abunai! 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.
- During the catwalk it is forbidden to jump off the stage closer to the public and/or the jury.
- It is forbidden to bring animals on stage.
- Catwalk takes 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.
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 June 30th 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 July 10th.
- You will receive the times for the rehearsal by the August 17th .
- If you cancel your act after the August 7th 2017 without a legitimate reason, your submission to the International Cosplay League for the next year will be put on the waiting list.
Act Submission Rules:
- A reference template will be sent to you after you have signed up. You must fill in the template to compete. Templates that do not follow these rules will be rejected.
- You can send the reference template back along with everything else in one go as a .zip or .rar, or as a download link for us by using WeTransfer, 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.
- Reference pictures must be official art. Fan-art and popular artists are not allowed.
- 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.
- We need to know your real name and character’s names in the “Character(s) (required)” field in the template below.
You can find the sign-up form here: International Cosplay League 2017 (Solo) sign-up form
At the Convention
- 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 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.
(All these rules are subject to change)
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