Cosplay Competition

 

Cosplay (コスプレ kosupure), a portmanteau of the words costume play, is a performance art in which participants called cosplayers wear costumes and fashion accessories to represent a specific character

How It Works:

Sign up by submitting a short description of the character you will be, a picture, and category to celebrasian.entertainment@iowaasianalliance.com in order to reserve your spot and check-in at the Main Stage Table at 4pm!

Day of registration: please check in at the Main Stage Table by 1pm.

Categories include: Individual Beginner, Individual Advance, Group Beginners and Group Advance for kids (middle school or younger) and adults (high school and older).

Contest will take place on the Main Stage at 4:30pm on Saturday, May 25th 2019 where an emcee will announce your name(s) and bio, and you’ll walk the stage and pose at 3 different marked locations before three judges. Participants are encouraged to incorporate the 2019 CelebrAsian theme: Rice (Farming, Agriculture, Unity, Family). At 4:55, group photos and winners from each category will be announced. You must be present to win.

Contest Rules:

  1. All Cosplay Rules Apply to the Cosplay Contest. (See below.)

  2. All cosplay participants must register for the Cosplay Contest prior to the contest.

  3. Participation in this event is open to ALL attendees, including all ages and all fandoms. The character doesn’t have to be specifically from an anime nor does it have to be from any series. Original characters are allowed. Younger participants are encouraged to have an adult chaperone.

  4. You cannot enter the cosplay contest multiple times.

  5. Contestants can enter as individuals or as groups. However, as Rule 4 states, you can’t enter multiple times, so if you wish to judged individually, you must enter individually. If a group wins, it is up to their own accord how they divide the prize.

  6. You must be present to win. Prizes must be rewarded to the winner on the main stage. Prizes will not be mailed out. In the case of a winner not being present to receive their prize, it will be rewarded to the runner-up and the winner will become an honorable mention. Want to reserve your spot or have questions? Email us at celebrasian.entertainment@iowaasianalliance.com

GENERAL COSPLAY RULES:

  • Cosplays must be PG . CelebrAsian is an all-ages, family friendly event. NO blatant nudity/adult related cosplays (examples include Kill la Kill’s battle outfits, Rikku from Final Fantasy X, sexy jutsu Naruto.)

  • For ladies, we encourage the coverage of at least a one-piece swimsuit, but it’s okay to show your midriff as long as your top and bottom is covered well (for example like Misty from Pokemon, Kim from Kim Possible.) No bikinis.

  • For gentlemen, we encourage the coverage of at least a tank top and shorts. No bare chests or speedos (examples include Kamina for Gurren Lagann, Nudist Beach members from Kill la Kill.)

  • No excessively gruesome, scary, or gory cosplays (examples include rotting zombies, Stephen King’s Carrie.) No large amounts of blood on the skin (such as blood pouring from the mouth, hands dripping in blood) but small amounts of blood splatter on clothes is okay. We encourage you to take a more of a cartoon-ish take on the blood than a horror appearance (i.e. obviously bright red fake blood vs realistic looking blood.) If your cosplay could make a small child cry in fear, it’s probably not PG.

  • No Military Replica Cosplays . Costumes exhibiting paraphernalia of any military unit in existence after January 1900 or any replica of such WILL NOT be permitted. This includes uniforms that imitate American Law Enforcement or current American Military uniforms. Exceptions for individuals within the military wearing their respective uniforms may be worn however these individuals may be asked to show military identification.

PROPS & WEAPON RULES:

  • Bladed weapons with any metal of any kind or size will not be allowed at the festival.

  • Real firearms and working projectile weapons are not allowed. This may include, but is not limited to, toy water guns/bubble guns and nerf guns.

  • Realistic-looking firearms and realistic looking bladed weapons are not allowed.

  • Non-realistic looking firearms and non-realistic looking bladed weapons must be approved by staff and peace-marked. However, we prefer that they be holstered/sheathed and peace-bonded whenever possible.

  • Large props must be peace-marked.

Attendees caught misusing their weapons or props will be asked to remove it from the festival site (i.e. returned to a car) or the attendee will be asked to leave. This includes hitting people or engaging in fights (whether real or pretend) with props on convention grounds. This causes a safety hazard to all attendees.

ANTI-HARASSMENT POLICY:

 Zero-tolerance policy for all kinds of harassment, including but not limited to: stalking, intimidation, offensive verbal comments, physical assault and/or battery, harassing or non-consensual photography or recording, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome physical attention.

And remember Cosplay is not Consent.

Please report any and all harassment to CelebrAsian staff. If someone’s behavior has made you uncomfortable, or if you witness the same happening to someone else, you should immediately contact CelebrAsian Staff.

Overall, we want to create a welcoming and safe event for everybody. Treat others with kindness and respect, and we’ll all have fun.