Cosplay Act Competition

The Cosplay Act Competition is an acting competition for cosplayers! The competition will be held on Saturday, August 10th. The exact time will be announced soon. Here you’ll find the rules and sign-up form.

It is now possible to sign up for the Cosplay Act Competition! You’ll be notified by our Cosplay team if your sign-up has been received successfully. We look forward to seeing you on our Main Stage!

General Competition Rules

  • You must have a valid Abunai! 2024 ticket to enter this competition.
  • Signing up does not guarantee participation in the competition.
  • All act themes are acceptable, except for the following: original characters, unofficial (fan) art, gijinka and personal interpretations (i.e. genderbends).
  • You may enter the competition by yourself or in a group consisting of max. 12 people.
  • Your act cannot be longer than 3.5 minutes (210 seconds).
  • Your act must tell a story.
  • Acts may include singing and/or dancing but must focus on acting first and foremost.
  • Acts with intense violence, inappropriate elements and/or nudity will be rejected outright.
  • Costumes and props may be either handmade or purchased.
  • If your act requires more than 5 props, you must write to our team to ask for permission.
  • Acts may not contain materials that make the stage dirty or slippery. This includes dust, glitter and other materials smaller than 2cm.
  • Acts may not use fireworks, smoke or any items that cause an open flame or an explosion.

Dates & Deadlines

  • The sign-up form closes on July 20th. You need to fill in the sign-up form before July 20th.
  • You need to send all required files by the 25th of July.
  • You will receive a definite go/no-go to enter the competition on the 28th of July.
  • We will inform you of the rehearsal time by the 5th of August.
  • If you cancel your act after the 5th of August without a legitimate reason, you cannot take part in the competition in the following year.

Audio-Visual Material Rules

  • We do not allow AI-generated content.
  • Your audio-visual material must be related to your act.
  • Your audio-visual material may not contain vulgar language or language otherwise not suitable for minors.
  • Your audio-visual material may not contain nudity and/or other content not suitable for minors.
  • The following combinations of audio-visual material are accepted:
    • Video with embedded audio.
    • Audio only (by default, the background will be that year’s Abunai! logo).
    • A still (non-moving) image with separate audio.
    • A self-made video with changing images, with or without embedded audio.

Audio File Rules

  • Audio is mandatory. Audio may last 3.5 minutes (210 seconds) max. and must include a fade out.
  • For audio, we only accept MP3 files.
  • Audio files must be of good quality.
  • Compressed bit rate for MP3 must be at least 128 kb/s.
  • If your audio includes inappropriate language, you may censor the audio with *beeps* or *honks*.
  • We play the audio file as is. If you need a certain timing for your act, you must edit the file yourself.

Video File Rules

  • Video is not mandatory.
  • For video, we only accept the following file formats: AVI or mp4.
  • We recommend the following video resolution: 1280x720p or 1920x1080p. Other resolutions will be accepted but we cannot guarantee they can be displayed in their full quality.
  • All video files must include five seconds of black screen at the end.

Image File Rules

  • Images are not mandatory.
  • The following file formats are accepted: JPG, JPEG, PNG.
  • The image size must be at least 1280×720, we recommend at least 1920×1080. Enlarged, blurry images will not be accepted.
  • If you wish to use multiple images, you must submit these as a video file.


At the Convention: Rules and Important Information

Before the competition, rehearsal will take place. The rehearsal is not for you to rehearse your act, but for the technical crew to rehearse the show. We do not accept new audio-visual material or other such requests during the rehearsal. Please bring your most recent files to the rehearsal.

All contestants must be present backstage 30 minutes before the competition is scheduled to start. You are not allowed to leave before the show starts. If there are delays, you are still required to be present.

The order in which the acts perform is decided by Abunai! staff and not open to discussion.

Judging results are final and not open to discussion.

We reserve the right to interrupt performances for safety reasons.

By taking part in this competition, you grant us the right to photograph and record your performance. This material may be used for promotional purposes, with all rights reserved to us.

You are free to let someone in the audience take your picture or film you. However, they must remain seated and not bother other audience members by blocking their view.


(These rules are subject to change)