Frequently Asked Questions
Q – How do I apply?
A – Signup as normal for any of our masquerades and come 1st, 2nd or 3rd! Alternatively win best costume at one of our registered meets or minicons!
Q – Rules for qualifying..?
A – Are the same as our standard cosplay masquerade rules (found HERE). We want to keep this as simple and non-scary as possible!
Q – Rules for the finals..?
A – If you’re lucky enough to qualify for the finals, we ask for a slightly higher standard. Your costume MUST be 80% handmade. If you expect to win or place in the top five then you MUST have a skit prepared of at least 30 seconds to 4 minutes in length (even if this is essentially a set of unorthodox poses). Additionally, you must submit your application at least one week beforehand (you’ll be emailed with how to do this), and you must provide a reference picture or description of your character for the judges. Finally you must turn up beforehand for pre-judging by our team at 2.15pm – you will be guaranteed 60 seconds of pre-judging time each (more if we can fit it in).
Q – I am not qualified, but I intend to enter one of the open cosplay masquerades at London Anime & Gaming Con in Feburary 2019. If I win do I qualify for the finals still?
A – Yes. In this case we will allow you to enter – the one week submission beforehand rule will be waived.
Q – Do I need to have a skit?
A – No, but it’ll make it more likely you’ll qualify (As per standard rules). Note that finalists are expected to have a skit and specific music planned and while we will not insist on it, it will likely mean you will not win.
Q – Do I have to make a new costume to enter?
A – As per usual rules, we allow pre-existing costumes.
Q – Can we enter as a group?
A – Yes, though please note you’ll split any winnings and be considered joint winners.
Q – In the finals can I do a rehearsal on stage?
A – Yes, rehearsal time will be between 9.30am and 10.30am Sunday morning. Rehearsal is optional.
Q – Can we control lighting?
A – Yes, but please state in your application form beforehand what you need and our team will do the best to accommodate. As a minimum we can allow lights to be dimmed or brightened on request.
Q – Are we allowed stage props and can we request assistance?
A – Yes and yes our crew can assist with putting up and removing props. Please do not put up anything that requires more than 60 seconds to place and remove total.
Q – I qualified as an individual, can I enter with others as a group instead for the finals?
A – Yes, we’ll allow it provided at least one of you originally qualified and provided it’s a group of no more than two people. Additionally if you qualified as a group, we’ll allow you to enter separately if you wish provided again it was originally no larger than two people. Larger groups may not split up.
Q – I Qualified, do I get free entry…?
A – Yes, you and a +1 get free entry. You will not be given a ticket, your name will be on a name list – simply turn up with a proof of ID and your +1 alongside you to be issued with your weekend wristbands for both days.
Q – I’m a convention/event/company and I want to run a qualifier..
A – Email email@example.com and we’ll chat. In some cases we may even run it for you, though that’ll depend on our availability.