COSPLAY OTP (Onstage Tag Pairing)
 RULES AND GUIDELINES

DESCRIPTION

The Cosplay OTP (Onstage Tag Pairing) Contest is an open competition with the goal of creating a fun atmosphere where cosplayers can perform on-stage with other cosplayers using a mechanic called a “cosplay tag.” With an emphasis on fun and in order to create a welcoming atmosphere for newer cosplayers, there will be multiple prizes awarded including the best “cosplay tag” team, best cosplay mash-up/genderbend, etc. Also, the Best Male and Best Female overall awards will be able to secure guaranteed slots in the Cosplay Mania Cup 2017.

REGISTRATION

Contest registration is only available online or on-site. The following information must be submitted through a form below for online registrants:

  1. The competitor's real name;
  2. The competitor's stage name;
  3. The competitor's working contact details (mobile phone AND email);
  4. The name of the character that the cosplayer is cosplaying as (or in the case of a mash-up, the names of the characters involved in the mash-up);
  5. The series from which the character or characters (in the case of a mash-up) came from;

For on-site contest registration, they must come on March 26, 2017 from 11:00 AM until 2:00 PM and accomplish a physical form with the following information:

  1. The competitor's real name;
  2. The competitor's stage name;
  3. The competitor's working contact details (mobile phone AND email);
  4. The name of the character that the cosplayer is cosplaying as (or in the case of a mash-up, the names of the characters involved in the mash-up);
  5. The series from which the character or characters (in the case of a mash-up) came from;


The information above must be truthful; falsifying any of the information will result in instant disqualification and the contestant will not be allowed to join the succeeding year's competition as an additional penalty. All registration information will be kept in the strictest of confidence and other competitors will not be informed whether a particular competitor has entered the contest or not.

Costumes that have won in past Cosplay Mania events are disqualified from joining. Original characters are also not allowed to join the contest, but Cosplay Mash-up of characters are allowed (ie. Goku/Batman or Steampunk Sailormoon) and gender-bend costumes (ie. Male Elsa or Female Mario) are allowed and encouraged.

ATTENDANCE, ASSISTANTS AND CALL TIMES

All contestants and assistants will be required to confirm their attendance at the Cosplay registration desk on or before 2:30 pm on March 26, 2017.

They must be present at the holding area no later than 3:00 pm to prepare for the catwalk in full costume. Please take note that all contestants are stilled required to purchase an entrance ticket to the event.

GENERAL GUIDELINES

  1. Fanservice (ie. yaoi, yuri, etc.) is allowed but should be “General Patronage”. Any kind of extreme kind of fan service (ie. kissing, PDA, etc.) that is deemed inappropriate for minors are strictly prohibited. Keep in mind that Cosplay OTP is a wholesome and a General Patronage event.

  1. Costumes that are too revealing (ie. exposes private parts) are prohibited. Scantily clad and/or sexy costumes are allowed but not encouraged. The Cosplay Carnival organizing team has the right to disqualify any participant on this ground.

  1. All kinds of costume props must be handled with utmost care and must not be harmful to his/her fellow contestants, event staff and event attendees. Any kind of sharp and/or bladed objects that will be used as costume props that could cut human flesh are strictly prohibited. Any kind of pyrotechnic equipment/s that will be used as costume props that could render damage to the venue and/or property is strictly prohibited.

  1. The Cosplay OTP organizing team, Cosplay Carnival organizers and its staff will not be held responsible for damage or injury resulting from mishandling and/or negligence of a cosplayer in his/her use of props/materials throughout the duration of the event.

  1. Contestants under eighteen (18) years of age as of event date must have their parent/s and/or legal guardian/s sign the waiver/image release form to be provided at the registration table.

  1. Cosplay Carnival organizers reserve the right to disqualify any contestant who ignores and/or violates any of the aforementioned guidelines.

  1. Registration and participation in this contest constitutes that the contestant gives the right and the authority to the Cosplay Carnival organizers/staff, its sponsors and authorized press media to take pictures and/or videos of registered contestants, teams and its members and will be the sole property of the organizers/staff, its sponsors and authorized press media to be used for future publications and/or advertising promotions.

  1. Cosplay Carnival organizers and its staff and their relatives up to the 2nd degree of affinity or consanguinity are disqualified from participating in the competition. This includes parents, grandparents, children, grandchildren, uncles or aunts, first cousins, nephews or niece and brother or sister.

COSPLAY CATWALK GUIDELINES

  1. The competition is restricted to a maximum of one hundred and fifty (150) contestants.

  1. Each contestant is provided up to one (1) minute to perform on-stage.

  1. Once the contestant is finished with his stage performance, he or she must make a “cosplay tag” where he or she must interact with the next contestant before going off-stage.

  1. The “cosplay tag” must be any interaction such as a short fight scene, a handshake or a high five, but at one point the previous cosplayer must “tag in” the next contestant with some physical contact. This “cosplay tag” must only be from ten (10) to twenty (20) seconds in duration.

  1. The “cosplay tag” must not be harmful to the other contestant’s costume or person nor should they present the either contestant in a derogatory or shameful manner. As noted in the general guidelines above, any form of extreme fanservice is also not allowed.

JUDGING CRITERIA

A panel of judges will judge the contest with the following criteria in mind:

  1. Costume Quality (50%): Faithfulness to the source material as well as the quality of details, difficulty, durability and mobility of the costume.

  1. Performance (40%): Overall entertainment value of the stage performance including projection, facial expression as well as the quality, creativity and originality of the skit.

  1. Cosplay Tagmanship (10%): The quality of the cosplay tag performance. Both contestants will be given individual cosplay tagmanship scores, but the highest combined total will also be given a special award (see below.)

JUDGING PENALTIES

In addition to the judging scores, penalties will be imposed on the following rule infractions:

  1. Exceeding Time Limit (10% Infraction): For every one (1) minute or fraction thereof that the performance exceeds the time limit of one (1) minute, a 10% score deduction will be applied.

  1. Unsportsmanlike Conduct (10% Infraction): For actions that are demeaning to the other teams or that incite conflict in the competition, a 10% score deduction will be applied. If this unsportsmanlike conduct continues, it may result in disqualification and ejection from the venue grounds.

  1. Incomplete Requirements (5% Infraction): If any of the materials required are incomplete, a 5% score deduction will be applied to the final scoring.

Cosplay OTP judges’ decisions are final and cannot be appealed.

AWARDS

At the end of the event, the scores will be tabulated and the highest scores based on the following criteria will be given awards. The awards will be as follows:

  1. Best Male Award (1 winner)
  2. Best Female Award (1 winner)
  3. Best Kid Award (12 years-old or younger) (1 winner)
  4. Best Craftsmanship Award (1 winner)
  5. Best Performance Award (1 winner)
  6. Best Cosplay Mash-Up/Genderbender Award (1 winner)
  7. Best Pairing Award (2 winners)

All winners must be present for the awarding ceremony and must be in full costume. If the winner is not present during the awarding ceremony, the next highest scoring competitor will be awarded the prize instead. If there is a compelling reason for the contestant not to be present during the awarding ceremony, they will be required to inform an organizer beforehand and provide a proxy for themselves during the awarding ceremony.

The Best Male and Best Female Award Winners also secure a guaranteed slot in the Cosplay Mania Cup 2017 at Cosplay Mania.

Rules are subject to change and revisions without prior notice.

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