Guidelines

  1. Weapons
    • Please see the convention’s weapons policies.
    • The Anime Detour Security Department, not Cosplay, will make any and all final decisions on props and replica weapons.
    • You will not be penalized/awarded in judging if you are/are not brandishing a real steel blade or piece tied replica.
  2. Stage Combat
    • Any stage combat and prop weapons is used at your OWN RISK, and only after
      1. A signed liability release form
      2. Demonstrating at your rehearsal that you are capable of executing your performance without injury.
    • If Cosplay or Convention staff determines that you are posing a risk to yourself, other participants or attendees or convention property you will not be allowed to perform your combat. This applies to any entry that involved any weapon.
    • No hitting near the waist, especially with any sort of prop weapon.
    • If you must “punch” someone, it must be exaggerated and you may not come close to their face.
    • Gun props may not be pointed at anyone, even other skit members. Aim at the ceiling or the floor or off to the left or right of the person, just not directly at them and not at the audience.
  3. Microphones and Sound
    • When you check-in on Friday, submit all music or soundtrack on a burned CD as either CD audio or mp3 file (mp3 is preferred) or on a digital storage device (ie flash drives/sticks). We will NOT accept any other format.
    • Label the CD with Skit and Entrant Name in permanent marker.
    • You must leave the disc with us so our sound technician has time to prepare for the show.
    • Other forms of audio *not* excepted include but are not limited to the following:
      • Valuable or rare original CDs.
      • Mmusic playing devices (ie ipods, mp3 player, laptops)
    • There will be NO microphones provided for the contestants.
    • There will be no off stage (“god” mic) provided for the contestants.
    • No microphones will be allowed onstage.
    • If you have any narration or dialogue included with your presentation it must be pre-recorded.
    • Everything must be pre-recorded and submitted to Contest staff at Check-In on Friday.
    • You may not speak from stage.
    • If you have any special introduction for the emcee to read those instructions must be submitted as part of your entry form.
    • Pronunciation guides are helpful for the emcee to say things correctly.
  4. Tech Infomation, including Stage dimensions and Stage Etiquette
    • Complete the form with information that will be used by the sound and lighting technicians for your presentation.
    • When backstage and going on to stage you will be directed by the backstage crew.
    • You will enter mainstage on a ramp and then will exit down a small set of stairs.
    • You will enter and exit from the same side of the stage only if your costume prevents you from going down the stairs, so please be aware of other people waiting backstage. *You must request this in your entry paperwork
    • All performances and props are subject to approval by event staff.
    • Please inform the event staff on your entry form if you need anything set up onstage prior to performance or plan to leave anything on stage after performance.
    • If anything is left onstage by accident after performance stage ninjas well retrieve it prior to the next entrant taking stage.
    • On stage the following is prohibited:
      • Open flame
      • Flash powder/paper
      • Lasers (pens,sites, etc.)
      • Messy substances (i.e. Fake blood, silly string, liquids)
      • Strobe effects
      • Projectiles of any nature
      • Nudity
      • any other potentially dangerous or illegal items at the discretion of Anime Detour Cosplay Contest or Security (If it’s not allowed in public by the City of Minneapolis, MN, it’s not allowed on stage.)
      If in doubt of any prohibited items, please ask the contest staff.
  5. Re-entry of a previously shown costume
    • If you want to show a costume that has previously been presented at this convention the following criteria must be met.
      • It must not be a previous award winner
      • 50% or more of the costume must be new construction
      • Documentation of you rebuild must be presented to the judging staff
      • You will only get to re-enter the costume once.
      We understand that you may have learned a new technique, etc and wanted to redo a previously presented costume, we ask that you consider this option carefully.
  6. Green Room
    • Disruptions in the Green Room will not be tolerated.
    • Cutting criticisms of fellow contestants, cosplay staff or convention staff are unacceptable and may be deemed harassment.
Category: Additional Info