6:00pm - 9:00pm
- Friday January 17 / 6pm to 9pm (or until 35 entries are submitted)
- Saturday January 18 / 9am to 11am (or until the limit of 70 entries is reached)
- Samedi 18 janvier / 18:00 à 21:00
- Dimanche 19 janvier / 13:00
G-Anime's masquerade is an amateur costume contest representing characters from anime, manga and video games, television series, novels, as well as costumes inspired by these works. This amateur competition allows participants to showcase their superb costumes, the excellence of their workmanship and their creativity. They will be judged by a panel of experienced cosplayers, who will award prizes for excellence in costume design and originality of presentation.
There are two ways to present a costume: a skit or a parade.
- i) Skit: a short performance of 1 minute MAXIMUM. Can be done solo or in a group (groups will NOT be allowed more time). If the skit exceeds the time limit, the lights and sound will be turned off, the participants will be escorted off the stage: their entry will be disqualified.
- ii) Walk-on: the participant(s) will enter the stage, pose in the middle of the stage to show different angles of their costumes, and exit on the other side of the stage. Background music is permitted and must be provided by the participant(s).
Microphones are not provided. The use of a pre-recorded soundtrack in MP3 format on a USB key is strongly recommended. In order to prevent any confusion, it is recommended that the file (title of the entry) be clearly identified and checked for proper functioning before handing it in to the registration table.
The maximum number of participants for a single group is 12. We will not accept a group with more participants than the allowed limit.
There are only 70 places available for Sketch or Parade type entries. No EXCEPTIONS will be accepted.
- First read the rules and regulations.
- Then fill out the entry form (printed online (click here to download the form) or picked up at the registration table) and submit it with your MP3 audio file (optional) to the masquerade registration table at the following times:
- Friday, January 17, 2020, from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, or until 35 entries are submitted,
- Saturday, January 18, 2020, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., or until the limit of 70 entries submitted is reached.
- The registration table will be located in the hallway next to the Chapeleau room.
- There is a limit of 70 entries, so plan to arrive early!
- Please arrive at the Green Room by 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 18 (Room Chapeleau). Please be advised that you will not be allowed to leave the Green Room until you take the stage. It is therefore recommended that you have a meal beforehand.
- Be prepared to go on stage when you arrive at the Reception Room as the judges will examine your costumes before you go on stage.
N.B.: Costumes that cannot fit through a normal door frame will not be accepted. Unfortunately, they cannot go backstage to be presented on the stage used for the contest.
- No naked flame, powder or "flash" paper allowed on stage. If you want to use an electronic flash or other visual effect, you must mention it on your registration, so that the presenter can warn the audience. No laser pointers allowed.
- No substances that are difficult to clean are allowed on stage. If in doubt, ask the Masquerade Direction for permission when registering. The stage must be in the same condition before and after your visit. If you must leave anything on the stage, it must be easy for the technical team to pick it up. If not, you will have to provide your own Ninja.
- No blatant nudity. The Masquerade is rated "G but not suitable for young children": A work rated "General Visa" may contain some scenes of violence. However, these will be few in number, low in intensity, or presented without complacency. Depending on the context, certain variations in language are accepted. (Régie du Cinema, Quebec http://www.rcq.qc.ca/index.asp)
- No live firearms, realistic copies or projectile weapons are permitted. No knives, sharp metal blades or other weapons are permitted. If your costume requires a bow, the string must be unhooked when you are not on stage. All weapons presented at the masquerade must follow the festival's rules regarding weapons and must have passed inspection ('Weapon's Check'), WITHOUT EXCEPTION.
- Each participant may only appear once during the Masquerade. However, any individual may present as many costumes as he or she wishes, but may wear only one. The others must be presented by other participants in the same group.
- It is imperative that participants arrive at the Masquerade greenroom on time. The Masquerade schedule will be available at the festival: see the Masquerade registration table for more details. If you do not show up on time or are not ready to enter the stage on your turn, you will be disqualified. Note that only extenuating circumstances can exempt you from this rule ("Act of God").
- The Masquerade Management reserves the right to eliminate anyone from the competition if participants are disrespectful, lacking in decency, present a danger to the audience and/or other participants, or for any other reason deemed reasonable. Costumes presented may not be obscene or offensive, including the insensitive or unnecessary use of makeup, nor endorse any form of hatred or hate group, or face immediate disqualification.
- Costumes made to measure by a third party will be accepted IF AND ONLY IF the costume designer has completed and signed the entry form. The costume designer does not have to go on stage, but his/her presence in the masquerade room is mandatory. Costumes purchased online are not accepted. Wigs, small props and jewelry are exempt from this rule.
- Judges' decisions are final. If the judges consider that no costume in a division is worthy of an award, they may not give an award. The same applies to the “Best in Show” and “Best in Division” awards.
The system of standard divisions has been put in place to protect the participants who are starting out in costume making, and also to allow for fair competition for all. A participant may decide to enter in a higher division than the one to which he belongs if he feels that his expertise is superior to that of his division; if he wins a prize, he now belongs to that division. For example, a costume designer who has more than a dozen costumes to his or her credit, but who has never participated in a Masquerade, may be placed in the Artisan division at a minimum; however, if he or she wins in that division, he or she will now be required to compete in the Artisan division (or higher) in future Masquerades.
The Standard Division system, in accordance with the guidelines of the International Costumers Guild, will be used as follows:
(also known as "Young Fan")
Any participant under 13 years of age at the time of the agreement. This Division includes two sub-divisions:
Costume made by the participant: The costume was made in majority or in totality by the participant.
Costume made by an adult: The costume was made in majority or in totality by an adult.
Any participant who has not won a prize or any prize other than in the Junior Division
Any entrant who has won one (1) prize in the Novice Division or less than three (3) prizes in the Journeyman Division at Masquerades, or any entrant who wishes to compete in this category and does not belong to a higher category.
Any entrant who has won three (3) prizes in the Intermediate Division or less than three (3) prizes in the Artisan Division at Masquerades, or any entrant who wishes to compete in this category and does not belong to a higher category.
Any entrant who has won three (3) prizes in the Artisan Division, or any entrant who has won a prize in the Master Costume Designer category at a nationally recognized Masquerade, or any entrant who wishes to compete in this category .
Out of Competition Division
The Masquerade is an amateur contest. Purchased or rented costumes cannot be entered in the prize divisions, but may be paraded on stage in the Non-Competition division. Costumes created for professional purposes are not eligible for prizes, but may also be paraded in this division. In addition, anyone wishing to enter this division may do so.
N.B.: Masquerade Direction reserves the right to change a participant from one division to another if the level of dressmaking does not meet the division's criteria.
Workmanship excellence ("workmanship")
Evaluation of the garment takes place behind the scenes, before the Masquerade begins. These awards recognize excellence in costume construction. You can be judged on the costume as a whole or on a specific piece or accessory. Costume construction judging is mandatory for Artisans and Master Costume Designers, but is strongly suggested for other divisions (except Out-of-Competition). Quality work deserves to be rewarded regardless of Division. Our judges will pay particular attention to the materials and fabrics chosen, the cut of the garment, the finish, the technical mastery of the participant, etc... Judges must be notified of the parts made and those purchased.
It is strongly suggested that you provide the judges with reference images of your costume when it is taken from an existing work. This documentation includes any image where your costume is depicted. It is not necessary to provide the original images: copies are more than sufficient.