Cosplay Act Competition

The Cosplay Act competition will be held Saturday, August 29th. In this competition, cosplayers will perform an act in front of the judges and the audience.

You can sign up for the Cosplay Act competition by filling in the sign-up template through Google Forms, which you will find linked below the rules.

General Competition Rules

  • You have to be in possession of an Abunai! 2020 ticket to sign up for this competition.
  • Any act theme is accepted, with the exception of original characters.
  • You may enter the competition by yourself, or in a group.
  • Costumes can be either handmade or bought.
  • Acts may last a maximum of 3.5 minutes (210 seconds).
  • There have to be at least five sign-ups for the Cosplay Act Competition to take place.
  • Acts with inappropriate language, nudity or intense violence will be rejected without question.
  • Anything that makes the stage dirty or slippery which cannot be cleaned up quickly is forbidden. Using dust and/or glitter is not allowed.  We suggest paper or fabric scraps as good alternatives (pieces smaller than 2 cm are forbidden).
  • Energetic performances including running, martial arts, etc. will require proof of skill of the performers. We reserve the right to interrupt performances because of safety reasons.
  • Fireworks, smoke or any items that cause an open flame or explosion are not allowed.
  • Providing us with as much material as possible in the template will give us a better idea of your act.  This will influence the approval process.
  • The entries will be reviewed and the best will be selected to compete. We will inform you if you made it to the selection round.
  • You do not have to ask our permission beforehand if you want someone to take your pictures during the show.

At the Convention: Rehearsal Rules and Information

  • Please be aware that if during the Abunai! weekend you find yourself unable to compete, the ONLY way to notify us is by visiting the information desk or calling the performance manager. If you know you’re unable to compete before the convention weekend, please let us know by email before Friday 21st. If that date has passed, please contact us through the phone number that we provide with the selection e-mail!
  • If you have a legitimate reason for missing rehearsal or for being late, you must let us know no later than a week after you receive the rehearsal schedule. If you fail to inform us of this on time you will be put on the blacklist, which will prevent you from entering the competition the next year. If you experience a sudden emergency and are therefore late you will be excluded from the blacklist if proof can be provided.
  • The rehearsal is not for you to practice your act, but for the technical crew to make sure the sounds and lights are working correctly and to practice technical queues.
  • We do not accept new audio-visual material or requests during the rehearsal. Please bring your most recent files to the rehearsal.

At the Convention: Competition Rules and Information

  • By participating in this competition you give us the right to record your act, which we will be publish online. This material is used for promotional purposes, with all rights reserved to us.
  • If you want your act to be filmed by anyone else besides our camera crew, you can request this through e-mail up to a week before the convention.
  • There will be a short break between the rehearsal and the actual competition.
  • All group members must be present backstage 30 minutes before the show is scheduled to start. You are not allowed to leave. If there are delays, you are still required to be present!
  • The order in which the acts will perform is decided by the staff and is not open to discussion.
  • Judging results are final and are not open to discussion.

Dates & Deadlines

You need to fill in the sign-up template before the 27th of July. By this date you have to submit your sign-up template, script, and audio-visual materials.

  • The entrants who made the selection round will be informed around the 1st of August.
  • We do not accept changes to the script in the review round. After the selection round, the selected groups may send in an updated script until the 10th of August. We only allow minor updates, not a completely different script.
  • Providing us with as much material as possible in the template will give us a better idea of your act. This will influence the approval process.
  • We will inform you of the time of the rehearsal by the 15th of August.
  • If you cancel your act after the 15th of August without a legitimate reason, your submission to the Cosplay Act competition for the next year will be not be accepted.

Sign-Up Rules

  • You need to fill in both your real name and your character’s name in the “Character(s) (required)” field in the template below.
  • There is a limited amount of spots available. Therefore we advise you to send us your full information as soon as possible. This allows us to more quickly examine your act and determine which acts will make it through the selection round. We will also be quicker in informing you if you need to fix something in your sign-up template.
  • Once you sign up, you will receive a link to a personal google drive folder where you can upload all your required files for the competition. In this folder you will find an empty script template in that Folder.
  • You must completely fill in the script template you will find in your folder. This includes the section for props and equipment (chairs, tables,microphones, etc.) Scripts that do not follow these rules will be rejected.
  • Put clear technical queues in your script (see explanation in the template). We expect you to tell us at what time you want your lights to turn on or off.
  • Pictures can only be submitted for clarification of your act.
  • We will notify you if your sign-up has been received.
  • Only visitors with a valid Abunai! ticket may enter this competition.

Audio-Visual Material Rules

  • The following combinations of audio-visual material are accepted:
    • Video with embedded audio
    • Audio only
    • A still (non-moving) image
    • A self-made video with changing images, with or without embedded audio
    • No material at all. If you do not submit audio-visual material, we will put our logo on the screen.
  • Read the rules below to prevent non- working audio-visual material.

Audio File Rules

  • Audio is not mandatory
  • If you do a ‘live’ performance, let us know before the deadline of the submission. We are unsure howmany microphones we will have available so keep this in mind. We recommend pre-recording your act to avoid mistakes on stage during the show. If you want to make sure we know that you have a ‘live’ performance, please state it in your file name ( Name – Cosplay name – script 1- Live act)
  • For audio you can use only the following file type: MP3. We do not accept any other audio file type. 
  • Audio files should be of very good quality. The speakers will make it sound grainy otherwise.
  • Compressed bit rate for MP3 should be at least 128 kb/s, fixed, or 192 kb/s VBR. 
  • If you want to have audio start at X seconds / minute(s) you have to edit the file yourself. We start audio from the start, so make sure the file is silent until the moment you wish to use the audio in your act.

Video File Rules

  • Video is not mandatory.
  • The following file formats are accepted: AVI or MP4. We do not accept any other video file type.
  • The following codexes are allowed: DivX, Xvid, H.264, MPEG2.
  • The video file always has to be MOD16. A minimum of [4:3] 640×480 resolution is required. Anything larger/in HD is also accepted.
  • For video we use at least a bit rate of 1000 kbit/s.
  • All video files must include five seconds of black screen at the end.
  • Be sure your video is of high quality source. We suggest you use DVD or Blu-ray as sources for your video.

Image File Rules

  • Using images is not mandatory, but you may choose to show one image throughout your act.
  • You can choose any image(s) as long as they fit with your act and are within the normal realms of deceny, i.e. no nudity, extreme violence, or gore. 
  • The following file formats are accepted: JPG, JPEG, PNG. We don’t accept any other type of image. The resolution of the image must be at least 640×480. Enlarged, blurry images will not be accepted.

Sign-up Sheet

Signing up for the Abunai! 2020 Cosplay Act Competition is possible here:

Abunai! 2020 Cosplay Act Competition Sign-up Sheet

 

(These rules are subject to change)