Anime Milwaukee Online Masquerade

Anime Milwaukee will be taking its Masquerade online with to #AMKEOnline this year! Showcase your cosplay and craftsmanship from the comfort of your own home to compete for first place. Whether posing in your living room, back yard, or homemade green screen, cosplayers will have a chance to utilize the creativity of cosplay from home. See below for details on the rules, requirements, and how to submit your content. Good luck and we look forward to seeing your hard work on our live stream on February 20th, 2021!

CODE OF CONDUCT

  • All costumes must conform to convention and state guidelines for decency.
  • No profanity or lewd gestures in English or other languages.
  • No skit or cosplay may be used to create a negative environment nor include controversial material.
  • One entry per person
  • Any competitor found to be lying about their crafted cosplay will be banned from entering in the following year.
  • The Masquerade Department Head reserves the right to have the final word on all decisions regarding the Masquerade and Hallway Cosplay Competitions.
  • No group entries for the 2021 competition

PROPS

  • No live steel or firearms.
  • All prop firearms must have an orange tip with no projectiles loaded.
  • All blades must be fake and dull.
  • All ranged weapons, such as bows, must not be tight strung.
  • No part of your performance or costume may leave the stage and go into the audience.

GENERAL RULES FOR JUDGING

Judging will happen online. Please submit a Google Drive link with Progress Photos, Reference Photos, and your Video. Please ensure that the link is set for public read access so it can be viewed!

Folders must contain:

  • Reference Images
  • At Minimum 5 to 10 Progress Photos, more is always welcome
  • Finished Cosplay photos, please show front, back and sides
  • Walk on Video

Video Requirements:

  • Must be recorded horizontally (widescreen)
  • Please show the cosplay in motion, giving a view of all sides. If you want to style it like a cosplay showcase video you may.
  • Video length is recommended to 45 seconds.
  • Video should be recorded in any place where you can safely social distance. You should at no point be in a crowd.

DIVISIONS

CHIBI – Those in the Chibi category are 10 years old or younger, Chibi entrants are allowed to receive help from a Parent, Guardian or Sensei to complete the cosplay.

NOVICE – Novice entrants are either new to the competition scene or still learning the craft. To compete in Novice you may not have won a Major Award in Advanced/Masters. If you are worried about your division please reach out to our Masquerade Head for clarification.

JOURNEYMAN – This category is for competitors who have either been competing for a long time, or who have been moved up a category by prior judges. If you are worried about your division please reach out to our Masquerade Head for clarification.

MASTER:  This division is for cosplayers at the top of their craft. Anyone may compete in the Master division if they feel ready.

Division Notes; If you are worried about what division you fall into please reach our to our Masquerade Head, she will assist you in finding your division. Use the following email, masquerade@animemilwaukee.org 

AWARD CATEGORIES

  • Best in Show
  • Best Chibi
  • Craftsmanship
    • Master (First, Second, and Third Place)
    • Journeyman (First, Second, and Third Place)
    • Novice (First, Second, and Third Place)
  • Judge’s Choice
    • One award per judge

The Masquerade Department Head reserves the right to move a cosplayer up to a more competitive level, or down if their skills do not coincide with the level they have chosen. A cosplayer may always choose to compete in a higher division than that in which the Masquerade Department Head has placed them. They may not choose to compete in a lower division when moved up by the Judges or Masquerade Head.

DIVISION RULES

CHIBI: Young cosplayers (12 and under) may compete in this category and not against adults, unless they wish to. They must have helped in at least 50% (at the Department Head’s discretion) of their costume in some way. A child wearing a costume designed and built entirely by an adult should be entered either in the adult’s appropriate skill division, with the adult as a group, or an exhibition, out of competition, piece. This is to encourage children to create.

NOVICE: The Novice division exists to encourage people who are new to cosplay and masquerades to compete. Professional cosplayers may not enter in the Novice division. If a Contestant has won an award for “Best in Show,”  “1st Place Journeyman” or “1st Place Masters” May not compete at the Novice level. Hallway awards and judges choice do not affect placement. If you have placed in the Novice division in prior years at AMKE you are not eligible for the same award 2 years in a row.

JOURNEYMAN: This division is for cosplayers who have won awards in, or whose skill exceeds, the Novice division, but who feel they are not yet ready to compete in the Master division. Professional cosplayers may not enter in the Journeyman division. A contestant who has competed and won in the Master division at another Masquerade, including previous AMKE Masquerades, may not enter in the Journeyman division. This includes “Best in Show” and “Best Master” (or equivalent), but does not include any Hallway Cosplay Competitions. A contestant who has won more than three major awards in the Journeyman division (or equivalent) in a Masquerade competition may not enter in the Journeyman division. Minor awards may be counted towards placement at the discretion of the cosplayer and the Masquerade Department Head.

MASTER:  This division is for cosplayers at the top of their craft.  Anyone may compete in the Master division if they feel ready.

HOW TO ENTER

Fill out the form here: Masquerade Registration

The deadline to enter is 11:59PM on January 31st, 2021!

QUESTIONS?

Email masquerade@animemilwaukee.org