Rules & FAQ

– Simply enter any of our cosplay masquerades at any of our events as you normally would to take part! You can do that on the day of the event or (we recommend) beforehand online via this form HERE.
– All rules are standard rules which we normally run. Please read HERE. Skits are not mandatory in the qualifiers, but do help toward your performance points when judging.
– The UK finals take place at London Anime & Gaming Con on Sunday 18th February 2018. You will need to have qualified beforehand at a registered convention or event to take place.
– The rules for the finals are slightly different but similar. Read the FAQ for the differences.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q – How do I apply?
A – Signup as normal for any of our masquerades at our conventions and come 1st, 2nd or 3rd!

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 – 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 Saturday 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 info@animeleague.com and we’ll chat. In some cases we may even run it for you, though that’ll depend on our availability.