Cosplay Contest


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.

Costume Workmanship

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

Contestants who want to try for workmanship awards will need to attend the costume judging panel which will be held prior to the main contest event, and will appear before the group of judges and be expected to answer questions regarding craftsmanship.

Costumes entered in this section must have been either self-made, or at least 80% modified (judges will evaluate the modification on a case by case basis during the judging panel.) The entrant(s) will meet privately with our panel of judges and is/are expected to show all necessary parts of the costume. We expect that judging will be limited to 5 minutes per person, but the exact time will depend on the number of individuals interested in workmanship judging. Entrants will have an opportunity to sign up for workmanship judging when they register.

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.

Walk-Ons, Skits and/or Monologue Performances


This will allow your group to stick within the 2.5 minute allowance for the performance, and will cut down on the need for microphones, and the possibility of lines being forgotten. It will aid in the ebb and flow of the contest overall. If you feel you have a skit that requires a longer period of time, please contact the cosplay contest coordinator and your request will be evaluated on a case by case basis.

Please note that while IFF Toronto may have special lighting on hand, and may be used sparingly throughout the duration of the cosplay contest to add mood, the technicians cannot be approached with specific instructions prior to, or during, the performances on stage.

Ensure that all skit material is appropriate for all audiences. Contestants performing material of an inappropriate sexual or violent nature, or promoting hatred against any groups, will be immediately disqualified and may have their badges revoked.

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

Contestants are allowed to bring props within reason. You must leave the stage as clean as it was when you first walked on it. Any electrical effects must be self-powered. No flame or pyrotechnical or hydrotechnical props are permitted - IFF’s primary concern is public safety, and we retain the right to disallow any prop for any reason. Following your entry’s exit, all props must be removed from the stage.

Contestants will be judged by a panel of three (3) on their costumes, in addition to presentation. Walk-ons are just as valued as performances.

Group entries are to be judged as one unit, unless otherwise determined by the organizers or judges.

Skill-Set Categories

To ensure fairness to all contestants, entrants will be split into skill divisions** based on the International Costumer's Guild as follows:


 The Novice class is for beginning costumers:

 - Entrants 13 years of age or older

 - For costumers who have never entered a contest

 - For costumers who have NOT won an award in any costume competition at the adult level

 - Any Youth who wishes to compete as a Novice


 Journeyman class is for intermediate costumers:

 - Entrants 13 years of age or older

 - Costumers who have won one (1) but less than three (3) awards in adult competition such as: Best Costume, Best Skit, Best Workmanship, First Place, etc

 - Costumers who have NOT won a "Best in Show" or "Best in Class" award at the Journeyman level

 - Costumers who have NOT won any kind of award at the Master level, including Runner Up or Honourable Mention prizes

 - Any Novice who wishes to compete as a Journeyman


 Master class is for advanced costumers and professionals* in the costuming field:

 - Entrants 13 years of age or older

 - Costumers who have won three (3) or more awards in adult competition

 - Costumers who have won a "Best in Show" or "Best in Class" award at the Journeyman Level

 - Costumers who have won ANY kind of award at the Master level

 - Any costumer, regardless of experience or past awards, who wishes to compete as a Master

* A Professional Costumer is defined as any individual who is hired for pay on a part-time or full-time basis to create costumes for any kind of studio or theatrical organization, OR who obtains more than 25% of their yearly income through commissioned costumes for other individuals.

** International Fan Festival reserves the right to combine skill divisions as required for any reason and without notice to meet the needs of the competition.

* Group entries must enter the skill division that their most experienced member meets the criteria for.


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.



        -Best In Class: Novice

        -Best In Class: Journeyman

        -Best In Class: Master

        -Best In Show

        -Judges’ Choice (Can be anything the judges decide merritts special recognition)

Skits / Monologues

        -Best In Class: Novice

        -Best In Class: Journeyman

        -Best In Class: Master

        -Best In Show

        -Judges’ Choice (Can be anything the judges decide merritts special recognition)

Any registered contestant who has not reported backstage 30 minutes prior to the show will be disqualified.

The decisions of the Costume Contest director regarding disqualification are final and non-negotiable. Any argument with competition staff will ban you from competing in future years.

Application Form

Did you make more than 80% of your costume?
Competing as:IndividualGroup

Is your performance a: Walk-onMonologue or Skit

Skill Division:NoviceJourneymanMasterUncertain, would like to be contacted by organizers to discuss placement

Music/Audio You would like to use:

Contestants will be recorded, and may be photographed. By entering the Costume Contest, you agree to allow IFF to use footage and photos for future promotional purposes without further authorization required.
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You understand all rules and guidelines set forth by the organizers of this contest and agree to abide by the terms therein. IFF and the organizers are not responsible for any lost or missing items during the Costume Contest, nor are we responsible for any injuries caused by reckless behaviour.
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