Suit up and showcase your costuming skills!


Contestants will be provided with an opportunity to showcase their costume before a live audience and perform a short monologue or skit, if they so desire. Those who wish to participate must be a registered attendee of the 2019 International Fan Festival: Toronto (hereby referred to as IFF).

This is a PG-13 rated event.

Contestants consent to allow IFF to use all images for promotional purposes in any media form.

Only individuals who are a) IFF Toronto 2019 pass holders, and b) have registered for the Cosplay Contest, will be allowed to participate. There will be no exceptions.

Contestants must register via the online form found below no later than 11:59 pm on Friday April 19th, 2019.

There are two categories in which this contest is broken up into: Costume Workmanship and Performances (Walk-Ons, Monologues and Skits). Contestants may choose to enter one or both parts.


The Costume Contest director and/or representative of IFF both have 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 director or representative may result in further action taken, such as a lifetime ban on participating in any future IFF Costume Contests.

Contestants are expected to obey all laws and by-laws governing IFF and the venue location. Those who do not obey will be removed from the premises and their badge will be revoked without prior warning. If the nature of the infraction is severe, the proper authorities will be contacted.

There are no special change areas available for costumers. Please arrive at the designated panel room in costume, or use public washrooms to change.

An individual may wear a single costume for this contest. However, they may enter multiple costumes they have crafted, so long as they are worn by other models in order to be considered.

IFF reserves the right to disallow any contestants on basis of appropriateness of costume – please remember that this contest is family-friendly, and follow the rules of common sense. If you are uncomfortable with the idea of a picture of you in that costume appearing on the front page of a newspaper, then you should not wear it.

Any weapon must have passed a weapon inspection, or be approved by the Costume Contest director for use in the Cosplay Contest ONLY.

All contestants are required to appear on stage during the main contest. Walk-Ons generally consist of the contestant sashaying across the stage, giving a ‘fashion show style’ walk and turn so the audience can see their costume, and then leaving the stage.

Walk-Ons containing one or two (1 - 2) people will be strictly limited to a maximum of 30 seconds on stage. Entries with three (3) or more persons will be allowed no more than 60 seconds for their walk-on. Should you go over the limit, you will run the risk of being abruptly cut short by the organizers.

You are free to provide an mp3 sound file for your walk on at the time of sign-up, using the upload feature on the form. If you do not choose a song, The IFF Cosplay Contest Coordinator may choose a random instrumental piece for you.

Judges will give their ratings based on (a) the quality of the costume, accuracy, originality, fit, construction, (b) fun factor of the performance, and (c) audience enjoyment factor. Please note that the judging is subjective and the scores given reflect the personal tastes of each judge.


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