AUG 19-20, 2023 | VIRGINIA BEACH CONVENTION CENTER | VA BEACH, VA

SUPERSTAR ANIME COSPLAY CONTEST RULES

The rules on this page are subject to change, if you are interested in participating, please check the cosplay section of the website often to ensure you are aware of any updated/added/changed rules.

Be advised that signing up for any cosplay contest is an affirmation that you agree to adhere to the rules presented on the Superstar Anime website as well as any decisions made by cosplay staff prior to, or during, Superstar Anime.

All cosplay events/panels have the potential to be photographed/filmed/recorded in some fashion. These recordings may be used in future galleries or promotions. Signing up for, and/or attending, any cosplay event is done with the understanding that recording could occur at any time and permission is tacitly given for the participant’s likeness to be used.

GENERAL RULES

 
  • You must be a registered Superstar Anime attendee in order to compete.  Each member of your group must have a wristband, badge, or other form of attendee membership.

  • All costumes must cover “swimsuit areas” – no nudity. Body-paint costumes are not eligible for craftsmanship.

  • The contest is open to characters from published works; movies, TV shows, comic books, cartoons, video games and card games.

  • Superstar Anime adheres to the “PG‐13 rule” when it comes to language and hand gestures on stage. Violation of this rule may cause you to be disqualified from the competition.

  • During the contest enter and exit the stage at the designated points only. Costumes must be handled by the contestant or by handler(s) the contestant brings to help.  Handlers are required to be registered attendees of the convention, and Superstar Anime cannot provide on-stage assistants.

  • Contestants are not allowed to throw anything off the stage, nor use projectiles or use anything on stage that will leave a mess. This includes (but is not limited to) liquids, glitter and confetti.

  • No pyrotechnics, fire, explosive devices, live animals or similar special effects can be used during the competition; this includes smoke/smog machines and flash powder. Anyone who violates this rule may be disqualified from the competition and be asked to leave the convention area depending on the severity of the incursion. All prop weapons must conform to the Superstar Anime prop policies, including being checked.

  • Children (age 15 and below, see Children’s Cosplay Competition for more details) who need a parent to accompany them on stage will need to compete in the Children’s Costume Competition instead of the main stage Costume Contest. However, parent/child teams are allowed to compete in the main stage competition together.

CATEGORIES

BEST ADULT COSPLAY
Ages 16 and Up

BEST KIDS COSPLAY
15 and Under

BEST GROUP COSPLAY
3 or more Members

JUDGING TIME AND LOCATION

JUDGING WILL BE HELD AT MAIN STAGE AT THE BACK OF THE EXHIBIT HALL

Saturday Adult Cosplay and Group Cosplay 3:30 PM-4:30 PM
WINNERS ANNOUNCED AT 4:45 PM

Sunday Kids Cosplay 2:30 PM-3:30 PM
WINNERS ANNOUNCED AT 3:45 PM

COSPLAY COS-PARADE

SAT 11:30 AM MEET AT THE MAIN STAGE TO JOIN THE COS-PARADE THROUGH THE EXHIBIT HALL AND LET EVERYONE SEE YOUR AWESOME COSPLAY.

COSPLAY DANCE-OFF

SHOW OFF YOUR DANCE MOVES IN FRONT OF THE MAIN STAGE FOR A CHANCE TO WIN PRIZES WHILE THE JUDGE’S CHOOSE THIS YEAR’S COSPLAY CHAMPIONS.

SAT 4:30 PM
SUN 3:30 PM

GROUP PHOTO SHOOTS

• SAT 11AM SAILOR MOON GROUP PHOTO IN FRONT OF HALL B

• SAT 2:45 PM MY HERO ACADEMIA GROUP PHOTO AT MAIN STAGE

PRIZES

$100 Cash will be awarded to the first place winner in each category along with a trophy.

$50 Cash will be awarded to the runner up winner.



AUG 19-20, 2023
VIRGINIA BEACH CONVENTION CENTER
1000 19th STREET VIRGINIA BEACH, VA 23451

SATURDAY: 10:30AM-5PM
SUNDAY: 11:30AM-4PM

VIP 10AM SAT
VIP 11AM SUN

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