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Costume Contests

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COSTUME CONTEST REGISTRATION

Located on the second floor of the RBC Convention Centre, in the hallway outside of the Pan Am Room, registering for any of our costume contests has never been easier. Even if you are only attending for Saturday or Sunday you can begin registering for our costume contest on Friday at 3pm. The table is located in a place that does not require you to have a full weekend wristband to register.

Registration Hours

Friday 3pm – 6pm
Saturday 10am – 4pm
Sunday 10am – 2pm

Pre-Contest Reporting

All contestants will report to the Pan Am Room loading door, located in the sky walk heading towards the Delta. If the door is closed, please knock.

Masquerade & Masters: All entrants 5:30pm
C4 Annual Costume Contest: Novice level 4:30pm | Journeymen & Artisan 5:30pm
C4 Kids, Miss C4, C4 Girl: Kids 3:00pm, Miss C4 3:30pm, C4 Girl 3:30pm

Craftsmanship Judging

Craftsmanship judging will be held on the third floor at tables G11, G12, and G13. Should you be referred for craftsmanship judging you will need to present your costume to all three judges to receive your scores. In the event you are unable to see the judges at their table you will have one further opportunity when you report to the Pan Am room prior to the contest you have entered. If you have not yet been judged for Craftsmanship, please arrive 30 minutes earlier than the posted times.

Categories

We have split the costume contest into three separate events so that we can give enough time to all the contestants.

The Liaison and/or the judges reserve the right to promote your category selection to one more fitting of your obvious skill level without consultation.

If you hold skill level awards for costuming from C4 or another convention/event you cannot enter a category below that level. If you win first place in the same category in the C4 Annual Costume Contest three times you are promoted to the next category level and unable to enter lower.

Fraudulent information on your entry form results in immediate removal from skill level competition. You may still be permitted stage time but will not be eligible for a prize or honourable mention.

All children 12 and under must enter the Youth Category.

Some awards are being sponsored by interested fan groups, C4 sponsors, and businesses. These may be donations towards a specific category title or a special award created by the party sponsoring. If you wish to sponsor an award please contact info@c4con.com for more information.

Props

For those of you who made a prop but not the costume be sure to state that on your Costume Contest Registration form so it can be judged accordingly.

Masquerade

Individual or Group entries who are focused on the cosplaying performance aspect. All entrants in this category are expected to prepare a skit in reference to the costume(s) they are wearing. The judges will be looking for individuals and groups that have creativity, originality, craftsmanship and performance.

Masters

Must be 13 years of age or older. Can but is not required to hold awards in one or all categories. Displays a professional level of craftsmanship, attention to detail, and performance. All industry professionals must enter this category. If your costume is a commission (someone else has made it) please read rules for commissioned costumes found at the end if the categories section.

Novice

Must be 13 years of age or older. Has no awards for costuming from C4 or other convention/event that are recognized or unrecognized. Displays a basic knowledge of craftsmanship. This is the only category under which clothes that were purchased can be used as long as they have been altered. At least 80% of the purchased item/s must be altered or embellished. If your costume is a commission (someone else has made it) please read rules for commissioned costumes found at the end of the categories section.

Journeyman

Must be 13 years of age or older. Can but is not required to have awards in costuming of an equal or lower level. Displays an average knowledge of craftsmanship. If your costume is a commission (someone else has made it) please read rules for commissioned costumes found at the end if the categories section.

Artisan

Must be 13 years of age or older. Can but is not required to have awards in costuming of an equal or lower level. Displays an above average knowledge of craftsmanship. If your costume is a commission (someone else has made it) please read rules for commissioned costumes found at the end if the categories section.

Youth

Any contestant 12 years of age or under at the time of this competition will compete as a youth. Mass produced costumes which are purchased from stores can only be entered into presentation. The Youth Division is divided into two subdivisions.

Youth Self-made: A youth contestant who has largely or wholly constructed his/her own costume.

Youth Adult-Made: A youth contestant whose costume has been largely or wholly constructed by an adult. This is treated like a commissioned costume, entry is done with the name of the person who was commissioned and the child’s name as the model. The person commissioned must be in attendance of C4 2014 to qualify for a prize. If they are not this costume must be entered in the Presentation category.

Presentation

This category is reserved for contestants who are ineligible for awards but still wish to showcase their costumes onstage. You may be ineligible if you have won in previous categories at C4, or you purchased your costume from a major retailer and did not alter it significantly.

Miss C4

Superhero or super villain costumes only. Female contestants over the age of 13 only. All contestants must be female, cross dressing males must enter the C4 Annual Costume Contest.

C4 Girl Cosplay Conest

Costumers must present their version of C4’s mascot ‘C4 Girl’ using the C4 leaf logo, and the predominant colors red and white. Female contestants over the age of 13 only. All contestants must be female, cross dressing males must enter the C4 Annual Costume Contest.

Rules

The Costume Contest Liaison reserves the right to eliminate anyone from competition on the basis of taste, danger to the audience/other contestants or for any other reason deemed sufficient.

Purchased costumes may only be shown in the Presentation category. (See Presentation category for details)

Commissioned costumes may be entered into any category but the person who created the costume must be named, present to answer questions on craftsmanship and will be named alongside the contestant should they win any awards.

Any contestant can enter in a higher division than they feel they’re capable of competing in but is not permitted to enter lower. If he/she wins in this higher division, he/she will have to compete in this division (or higher) in future costume contests at C4.

No nudity. This is a family friendly event and should your costume expose male or female genitalia, you will be removed from the convention.

Surprise the audience, but not the Costume Contest Liaison. If you are planning to do anything other than walk on and off you must tell the Liaison in advance via your registration form. No alterations to your application or personal requirements (other than dropping out of the contest) will be permitted once a contestant has registered.

If you wish to have a specific song, music or sound played, address the audience, or anything else during your performance that would require the sound system, you must prepare it on a CD. You are responsible for ensuring the clip is appropriately cut/prepped for the time cues you want. You are entirely responsible for providing this and ensuring that it works prior to contest registration. No sound files will be accepted once a contestant has registered.

We will not be allowing the use of a microphone.

Awards

This section is an explanation of how the awards are broken up. It has nothing to do with the application process and is informational only. Also, it is subject to change without notice BUT be assured any changes will be subtle and will not take place once registration has begun.

Skill level (Novice, Journeyman, Artisan, Masters) prizes will be awarded at the end of the competition. All prize plaques (including presentation and honorary mentions) will be presented to the winners onstage.

All Categories

Youth to Masters have a 1st 2nd and 3rd place as long as there are enough contestants in each Category to facilitate it. This system is the same for any sponsored theme competition.

Best in Show

This is awarded to the best performance and display of craftsmanship to an individual or group. Best in show is the highest award given. The Masters category is the only Best in Show being offered a monetary prize. The C4 Annual Costume Contest will have a Best in Show chosen from all Novice to Artisan categories.

Youth Division Prizes

All Youth entrants will receive a prize for entering the costume contest. C4 will award only a Best in Show for the Youth Division.

Miss C4

Miss C4 will be judged by C4’s professional celebrity judges, and will determine the top superhero contestant and super villain contestant. The audience will choose whether this is a “Hero” year or a “Villain” year. The contestant chosen by the audience will receive a tiara and sash. The sash they will keep, the tiara they will be asked to pass onto the 2015 winner.

C4 Girl

The winner of the C4 Girl Cosplay Contest will become C4’s mascot for 12 months and will be asked to appear at C4 sanctioned events for the 2015 year.

Honorary Mentions

Are meant entirely to give credit where credit is due. Drawing from all levels at once they can have a first, second, and third place of their very own.

Honorary mentions are created by the judges depending on what kind of costumes appear in bulk or to highlight a particular competitor’s achievements. Keep in mind a minimum number of entries in your genre/theme will be required to place. Some examples of possible honorary mention titles would be; Group, Representation from a Book, Favorite Fursona, Best Likeness to Video Game.

Some honorary awards are being sponsored by interested fan groups and C4 Sponsors as well as local groups and businesses.

Any questions about the costume contest or to apply to sponsor an award can be addressed to info@c4con.com.

Weapons Policy

All costumes must comply with our weapons policy. Visit the Con Policies to read more.

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