The emcee will read the submitted introduction as each contestant approaches the stage. DEF DJ’s will provide an epic soundtrack for the walk on performances.
Walk-on contestants, be prepared to field a question from the judges about your costume or character.
Contestants who will be performing to specific music/or pre-recorded dialogue must submit the track in MP3 or WAV format prior to the deadline (Friday 4th May, 2018). Your track must be edited to fit within the allotted appearance times. Contestants will be notified upon registration how and when to submit their file.
Contestants requiring a specific background must submit the graphic in JPEG, AVI, or MPEG format prior to deadline (Friday 4th May, 2018).
DEF Cosplay Judging
Contestants will appear on stage in front of a panel of judges who will be scoring each entry on the following criteria:
Costume: complete head to toe character, fit and scale, accuracy to the source material or believability as an original creation, overall visual impact, creativity and originality of the costume
Presentation: appearing in character, Q&A, stage presence, overall preparation
Audience Impact: fun factor, audience response (we understand that not everyone is an actor, often a good pose is sometimes enough to “sell” the character)
The pre-judging score will be included in calculating the overall cosplayer total.
The Fine Print
The DEF Cosplay director has full authority to eliminate anyone from the competition on the grounds of unsportsmanlike conduct witnessed backstage, violation of the rules, or any other reason deemed sufficient. There is no appeal. Arguing with the DEF Director may result in further action taken, such as a lifetime ban on participating in any future DEF Cosplay Contests.
Contestants are expected to obey all laws governing DEF and the venue location. Those who do not comply will be removed from the premises and their bands/badges will be revoked without warning. If the nature of the infraction is severe, the proper authorities will be contacted.