After much input from our cosplay community we have decided to hold our main prejudging event A WEEK BEFORE FAN-X on Saturday March 19th from 9:00 am till 6:00 pm. This is considered “early prejudging” because it takes place before the actual convention.
Any prejudging for our contest is open ONLY to those who have registered online before the cut off date. No onsite registration will take place for those that have missed the deadline.
Special Thanks to Fitness on 7th for the use of space for our Cosplay Competition Early Pre-Judging.
ONSITE PREJUDGING – March 26 from 10:00am-1:00pm, Room 151D of the Salt Palace Convention Center
We also have ONSITE PREJUDGING which we are reserving for those who are coming from out of town or contestants that absolutely could not make the early prejudging event AND have contacted us ahead of time via email. If you do not make it in time you will not be prejudged. Room number is TBD, please check back on this page for updates.
Please note that because of such a high turn out we will unfortunately not be able to register any people on site for the contest. We are only taking people who have registered online BEFORE the cut off date.
We also strongly advise locals to be seen at the early prejudging event instead of the day of contest. This will free up their time during the event so that they can enjoy all that con has to offer instead of waiting to be scored the day of competition.
What To Expect During Prejudging
Cosplay contestants will sign in and be given a number. When their number is called they will be taken in front of a panel of judges who will ask questions pertaining to the outfit the competitor wants to enter. This is to see how knowledgeable the competitor is about their cosplay, the character they are portraying as well as the process in which it took for everything to come together and become a final product.
Questions might include but are not limited to:
- Materials used
- The process it took to create the cosplay
- Time It took
- Origins of materials
- Reason why competitor chose their cosplay/character
We also require contestants to bring documentation pertaining to their cosplay. This might include photos, receipts for materials, a log of how many hours it took to make certain parts, and other useful information. This information always varies and ALL contestants will receive a detailed email for more information after the fill out the online registration.
If you have any special accommodations that need to be met please inform our team at firstname.lastname@example.org
How the Contest Works
We have two phases in our competition:
- Prejudging – Contestants are seen by a group of skilled local judges where their cosplay is observed in person and are asked questions about their cosplay. Contestants are also given scores based on different criteria. The contestants with the top overall prejudging scores will move on to the stage portion of the competition. Every skill level has a different amount of competitors that move on. It always depends on the amount of contestants who registered for that specific skill level. All scores and results for Prejudging will be posted after 2pm the day of the competition at all information booths set up around the event.
- Stage competition– Contestants that have moved past the prejudging phase can now compete on stage, in front of an audience and a celebrity-judging panel for cash and prizes while our professional media team captures all the action.
*Only the contestants that score high enough during the prejudging phase are given the opportunity to compete on stage the night of the contest for prizes.*