Costume Contests

MYSTICON COSTUME CONTESTS

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This year Mysticon will host 2 costume contests:  The Hallway Costume Contest and the Mysticon Masquerade.

The first contest that will begin at Opening Ceremonies and continue through Saturday evening at 5pm is the “Hallway Costume Contest” and can be entered by anyone regardless of skill level.  Those wishing to enter the Hallway Costume Contest need only come to the convention in costume.  Judges will be circulating and handing out award ribbons to those costumes that they deem the best in the halls.  If you receive a ribbon, please come to the Masquerade at 7pm and, during intermission, we will line the winners up to show off your work onstage.

The premiere costume contest, known as the Mysticon Masquerade, will be held on Saturday evening.  This is a great event to attend to watch, but even more fun to participate in.  There are multiple categories based on skill levels and prizes for each winner in the Mysticon Masquerade.

Contestants may enter in one of 5 categories:  Child, Novice, Journeyman, Master, or Group.

Child:  Participants must be under 13 years of age and may be escorted to and from the stage by a parent, although the parent may not appear on stage with the child unless they are also costumed and the child is under 6 years old.  Only the child’s costume and performance onstage (if they choose to do a skit or performance) will be judged, not the parent’s costume.  Children’s performances are limited to 1 minute onstage and any music or audio must be submitted on USB drive or via email to merarose@me.com by 12pm on Saturday.  The Children’s costume contest will be held at the beginning of the Masquerade and awards will be announced shortly after so as to allow young children the chance to perform and not have to wait through the remainder of the Masquerade.

Novice:  Participants must be over 13 years of age and have not previously won in any costume contest.

Journeyman:  Participants must be over 13 years of age.  This level of competition allows for individuals who have previously cosplayed or costumed in Masquerades and won a single award for cosplaying or craftsmanship.

Master:  Participants must be over 13 years of age.  This level of competition allows for individuals who have previously cosplayed or costumed in Masquerades to show off their most recent work and compete with others who have also won as many as two or more awards for cosplaying or craftsmanship.

Group:  Participants must be over 13 years of age and can be any skill level (Novice, Journeyman, Master), but will be judged against other groups on concept, cosplay, design, and execution.

Costumes may be store bought or handmade and may include props that adhere to Mysticon’s weapon policy and have been cleared through ConOps.  Participants may perform a skit or walk across the stage.  Performances or stage time is limited to 90 seconds per contestant, or 3 minutes for a group, and any music or audio must be submitted on USB drive or via email to merarose@me.com by 12pm on Saturday and must be family friendly and free of offense language or material.

There will be prizes for each award given, which will be announced shortly before the Convention.  Start your costumes early!

Awards:

Best Children’s Costume:  For the best costume in the Children’s group as judged by our judging panel.

Best Children’s Cosplay:  For the best cosplay in the Children’s group as judged by our judging panel.

Best Children’s Performance:  For the best performance in the Children’s group as judged by our judging panel.

Honorable Mentions (Children’s):  Awarded based upon the presented costumes at the judges discretion.

Best Novice:  For the best costume in the Novice division as judged by our judging panel.

Best Journeyman:  For the best costume in the Journeyman division as judged by our judging panel.

Best Master:  For the best costume in the Masters division as judged by our judging panel.

Best Group:  For the best costume in the Group division as judged by our judging panel.

Best Original Concept:  For the costume that is deemed the most original interpretation of an existing concept or most original in its own concept.  This will be judged on concept and execution of costume and cosplay.

Best Craftsmanship:  For the costume judged to have the best craftsmanship as judged by our judging panel from all skill level costumes presented.  Please come to pre-judging prepared to discuss the methods, materials, and techniques that you used to create your costume if it is handmade.  We strongly recommend bringing documentation in the form of a printed document or photos taken during creation as well to help show the work that you put into making your costume.

Best Cosplayer:  For the cosplayer judged to most embody the character that they are portraying in costume as judged by our judging panel.  It is important to note that cosplaying will be judged from the moment you enter the Green Room for pre-judging and will be judged by our judging panel with additional input from other guests and staff.

Best in Show:  For the costume and cosplayer judged to best portray their character in costume and cosplay as judged by our judging panel with additional input from other guests and staff.

Schedule for the Show:

Pre-Registration:  Begins NOW!  Fill out the online form before 12pm on Saturday, February 25, 2017 and make sure that you include an email with your audio to merarose@me.com.

Check-In:  Please check in at Registration and ensure that we have your pre-registration when you pick up your badges.  You will be given a ribbon to add to your badge that will be your pass into the Green Room for pre-judging, and will also be given a number.  Please remember your number and take it with you to photos.

Photos:  Once you’ve checked in, and when you are in your costume, please go to the green screen photography booth, Indulge Images, and have your photo taken in costume.  These photos will be provided to the judges to assist with judging, although you can also opt to purchase a picture for yourself from the photographer.

Pre-Judging:  Please go to the Green Room by 5:30pm.  You will be assigned to a group and given a “den mother” who will help guide you through the rest of the contest.  This person will also be able to coordinate any assistance you need with your costumes, props, etc.  When your number is called, it is time to meet with the judges and talk with them about your costume and character!  You will be limited in time, so be ready to WOW them with your information regarding the construction of the costume and/or your cosplaying of the character.  Pre-judging will begin with the Novice category, then the Journeyman, then Masters, and then Group costumes.  Children will be pre-judged last and can delay arriving in the Green Room until 6:30pm.

7:00pm:  The Masquerade will begin!  Children will be first, and there will be a brief intermission while they are judged, and then the contest will continue with our Novices, then Journeymen, then Masters, and finally Groups.

We look forward to seeing your amazing creations and are excited for another great show!