Anime Fusion 2017 | DoubleTree Park Place - St. Louis Park, MN | October 20th - 22nd, 2017
Masquerade Costume Contest


All participants are required to sign-up or check-in at the cosplay table on Friday, attend the stage orientation meeting on Saturday morning, and attend the Masquerade show that evening. You will be notified of specific times on Friday.

Sign-ups for the contest will take place on-site at Anime Fusion outside of the Dealer’s room. Sign-ups will be open on Friday until all reserved spots are filled. If not filled, additional spots will be open during orientation.

To access the stage, cosplayers may need to pass through a small hallway and climb a few stairs, so please plan your costume accordingly. You may also have one handler per group if necessary. If more are required please contact cosplay officials as soon as possible at (

All costumes must adhere to the general Cosplay Rules of the convention.


Any props or materials brought onstage during your performance MUST be brought offstage with you. Nothing can be left onstage. No glitter, confetti, liquids or other material that might make a mess may be used onstage. Open flame, lasers, strobe effects, fog/smoke machines, and projectiles are not permitted.

There can be NO LIVE STEEL or real weapons on stage! Any prop guns must be obviously props (i.e. marked with an orange tip), cannot be pointed at the audience at any time, and fingers must remain off the trigger at all times.

If desired, you may ask Cosplay staff to remove any Safety markers (i.e. zip ties) from your props before you go on stage, but you are responsible for getting the markers replaced by staff before you re-enter the public areas of the convention.


Any stage combat must be safe for all participants and convention property. All stage combat must be reviewed by con staff prior to competition. All stage combat must stay on the stage.

There is no live microphone use or live speaking on stage. If you would like audio played during your skit or walk-on performance, bring your audio on a USB drive to cosplay table on Friday. Make sure the USB contains only the sound you want used - we cannot edit your audio or start it at specific times!

The Masquerade is an all-ages event. All content must be appropriate for a PG-13 rating - no profanity or sexual content, no inflammatory or offensive material, and no real-world political commentary. If you are questioning whether or not your material fits within these guidelines please contact cosplay staff at (


There are three categories in the cosplay competition: Craftsmanship (costume quality), Performance (skits), and Exhibition (display only; not eligible for awards). Cosplayers may enter both Craftsmanship and Performance.


This category is for cosplayers who make their own costumes. Cosplayers can enter individually or as a group, with the awards given to the people who made the costumes. At least 60% of the costume must be made by the participant or if you are modeling a costume you did not make, the creator must be with you during judging.

There are three levels of competition:

- Novice: Those who have never won any awards in a costume contest.
- Intermediate: Those who have won at least one “best in” award in a costume contest or any Anime Fusion award.
- Master: Make income from costuming, or won any best in intermediate/journeyman or higher award in a costume contest.

If judges believe your costume quality is above your entrant level it is their prerogative to move you up.

Craftsmanship entries will sign up Friday at the cosplay table for a Saturday pre-judging time to have their costumes examined by the judges, and then will participate in the Masquerade.

All Craftsmanship contestants MUST bring printed reference material showing the character design their costumes are based on. This is mandatory due to your score being partially determined by the accuracy of the costume.


All entrants are by default signed up as walk-ons unless otherwise stated during sign-up.


This category is for individuals or groups who wish to perform a skit on stage.
Skit performers MUST have pre-recorded audio and skit content may not exceed a PG-13 rating. If you or any member of your group violates this policy, your audio will be cut and your group will immediately be disqualified from the competition. All skits must occur entirely on stage.
Skits are limited to a minute and thirty seconds.


This category is for individuals who wish to display their costume, and model for pictures. Walk-ons are limited to 45 seconds.


The Exhibition category is for cosplayers who want to show their costumes or a skit to the audience without competing for any awards. Exhibitions must follow all applicable rules regarding their performance.


A costume contest is defined as any competition at a state level such as other conventions, or other large scale costume contests.
Following the Masquerade, the photoshoot area will be reserved for contest participants. All participants are encouraged to make use of this time to let admirers take pictures of their costumes.
Exceptions to previously stated rules can be made at the sole discretion of cosplay staff. These exceptions are not guaranteed. All questions regarding exceptions must be made by Friday at the cosplay table. Requests can also be made ahead of time by email to the cosplay staff at (

Any rule infringement can and will result in disciplinary action, by the cosplay staff.

The cosplay staff reserves the right to remove any participants based on conduct, safety, or for any other reason deemed sufficient.

Questions? Email the Cosplay department at (