Costume Contest Rules

PLEASE READ THE RULES CAREFULLY BEFORE SUBMITTING YOUR APPLICATION

The 2015 Atlanti-con costume contest has a limit of 40 spaces available. Those wishing to guarantee a spot are encouraged to resister online before September 26th, 2015 4pm NL time. After this registration will only be accepted at the convention if all spaces are not filled.

Those wishing to enter must register at the Costume Contest table on Saturday from 12pm – 4PM. You must register by 4PM on Saturday September 26th in order to be in the competition. No late entries will be accepted.

Please note that due to the entry cap, all slots may be filled before 4PM on Saturday the 26th.

Check-in for entrants begins at 1:00PM on Sunday at the information desk in the main lobby. Anyone with special needs are asked to inform the costume committee at the time of sign up as chairs and such with NOT be provided for contestants.

The costume contest will begin at 3PM on Sunday September 27th.

GENERAL RULES:

The Director reserves the right to eliminate anyone from competition on the basis of taste, danger to the audience/other contestants or for any other reason deemed sufficient.

Purchased costumes may only be shown in the Presentation category. (See Presentation category for details)

No nudity. This is a family friendly event and uncovered male or female genitalia is just as unacceptable during the costume contest as it is at any other time and will result in removal from the convention.

No non-humans will be allowed backstage or on stage. If your costume requires a less human companion (dog, cat, snake, mouse, bird ect), they must be stuffed or simulated. Exceptions will only be made for animals required for assistance by the human being such as Guide/Service dogs.

Surprise the audience, but not the Director. If you are planning to do anything other than walk on and off you must tell the Director in advance via your registration form.

No alterations to your application or personal requirements (other than dropping out of the contest) will be permitted once a contestant has registered.

We will not be allowing the use of a microphone.

ATLANTI-CON will use Skill Divisions to assure fairness to all entrants. We will use the following Skill Divisions:

NOVICE

The Novice level is for beginning costumers. You may NOT enter in the Novice level if you:

  • Have won three awards in the novice division at a costume contest/masquerade;
  • Have won Best in Show at a costume contest/masquerade;
  • Have won any award (including Honorable Mention) while competing in a division higher than Novice at a costume contest/masquerade;
  • Are a professional in the costuming field. Professional is defined as someone who earns a majority of his or her income from fashion or costume, including college or university faculty members.

JOURNEYMAN

The Journeyman level is an intermediate division for those who are no longer Novices, but are still honing their costuming skills. You may NOT enter at the Journeyman level if you:

  • Have won three awards in the Journeyman division at a costume contest/masquerade;
  • Have won Best in Show at a costume contest/masquerade;
  • Have won any award (including Honorable Mention) while competing in a division higher than Journeyman at a costume contest/masquerade;
  • Are a professional in the costuming field. Professional is defined as someone who earns a majority of his or her income from fashion or costume, including college or university faculty members.

MASTERS

Any competitor, with the exception of those with purchased, commissioned, or rented costumes, may enter this division. If there are not sufficient Masters competing to fill this division, all entries for this division will be judged in the Journeyman Division.

PRESENTATION

Purchased costumes can only be entered in the presentation category, and will NOT BE JUDGED ON SKILL LEVEL OR QUALIFY FOR WORKMANSHIP JUDGING.

If the major elements of your outfit were not in some way physically created by you, your entry belongs in only the Presentation category. Costumes MUST be over 50% made by you in order to compete in any of the other categories.

Purchased costumes and costumes made for business purposes (theatrical and professional) must be shown only in this category. This includes but is not limited to rentals and commissioned (made for you by someone else) outfits.

In the case of a commissioned outfit (when someone else makes the costume for you). Enter with the name of the commissioned person as the contestant and yours as a model. The person commissioned must be in attendance of ATLANTI-CON 2014 to qualify for a prize. If they are not, this costume can only be entered into the presentation category.

If you have designed the costume but did not make it yourself and you wish to enter for a skill level prize, you must submit a copy of the original artwork or pattern to the judges during your one on one. Do not leave it with your registration as we cannot guarantee it will make it to the right hands. Then and only then will you be considered for partial credit if your costume wins a prize.

If you are a professional in the costuming field. Professional is defined as someone who earns a majority of his or her income from fashion or costume, including college or university faculty members.

DOCUMENTATION

As Judges are not always familiar with every character from every show, it is encouraged that you provide a photo or drawing of the source of your costume to go along with your entry. Please note that photos and/or drawings will NOT be returned to contestants. As such it’s suggested you provide a photocopy and NOT an original.

Documentation must be received at the registration desk no later than 12PM on Sunday of the con.

Documentation may NOT be submitted as computer disks (CD’s or DVD’s), memory sticks or any type of video. Hard copies only will be accepted. Documentation Requirements: All entrants MUST fill out an entry application in full. Any applications that are not completed fully will be disqualified.

WORKMANSHIP

Contestants are encouraged take part in Workmanship judging. This is your opportunity to let the judges admire your work up close. You must have personally constructed at least 50% of your costume to qualify for workmanship judging. Be prepared to talk about the pieces that you have made.

Each entry will meet privately with our judges during the ‘Costume Contest Early Judging’ time slot on the schedule. This is the only time that workmanship judging will be available, if you miss it for any reason you will not have another opportunity.

Entrants will be expected to show the judges all necessary parts of the costume. It is recommended that entrants bring the costume to the judges rather than wear it. This will allow them to more closely examine the costume.

If you choose to wear your costume, you must be prepared for the judges (who can be of either gender) to lift your skirts and examine your underpinnings. If you are particularly proud of a particular part of the costume, be sure to bring it to the judge’s attention.

Workmanship judging will be limited to 5-10 minutes per person. The exact time will depend on the number of entrants wanting workmanship judging.

Entrants will have an opportunity to sign up for workmanship judging when they register for the costume contest. WEAPONS POLICY

Weapons that are deemed unfit for ATLANTI-CON, if required for the costume contest, must be kept with security at all times before and after you are on stage.

Weapon confiscation at any time during ATLANTI-CON revokes your ability to use it in the costume contest (refer to weapons policy for details). This does not apply to live firearms or any weapon with projectiles which will NEVER be permitted.

Further details about our policies can be found on the policies page on our website. (http://atlanti-con.com/weapons-and-props.aspx)

AWARDS:

This section is an explanation of how the awards are broken up. It has nothing to do with the application process and is informational only. It is subject to change without notice BUT any changes will be subtle and will not take place once registration has begun.

Skill level (Novice/Journeyman/Masters), prizes will be awarded at the closing ceremonies of the convention. All prize certificates (including presentation and honorary mentions) will be available for pickup during closing ceremonies on Sunday September 28th, , 2014.

ALL CATEGORIES

All categories (Novice/Journeyman/Masters/Presentation) will have a 1st. 2Nd, and 3rd place as long as there are enough contestants in each category to facilitate it.

BEST OF SHOW

This is awarded to an individual or group as decided by the judges. The costume(s) (but not the participants) awarded this level of prestige are eliminated from competition at future ATLANTI-CON Costume Contests. Best of show draws from all skill levels and categories.

HONORARY MENTION

Are meant entirely to give credit where credit is due. Drawing from all entries they are created by the judges, and as such there is no set number that can be awarded or prizes.

Any questions about the costume contest can be addressed to angela@atlanti-con.com

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