NWFF_Costume_Contest_2015

If you love costumes, prizes, and challening the limits of your craftsmanship, Northwest Fan Fest’s costume contest is the event for you! As the largest costume contest in BC with some of the best prizes in Canada, we encourage costumers of all skill levels to engage in friendly competition and bring their favourite characters and designs to life in front of an audience.

This contest is geared towards those who craft their own costumes and will be evaluated by an experienced panel of judges based on accuracy, creativity, and above all, craftsmanship. Contestants will show their costumes onstage in a hosted walk-on format that entertains the audience as well as provides introductions and support for each entry.

Northwest Fan Fest is proud to be offering some of the largest and most exciting costume contest prizes in North America. We believe in rewarding serious costumers for their effort with serious prizes, from Best in Class to Judges’ Choice!

The Grand Prize is $1,000 cash, as well as two tickets to next year’s Northwest Fan Fest!

The costume contest will have three categories applicable for different levels of judging and prizes: Solo, Duo, and Group. Please note professionals are not allowed to compete (professional being a person who is engaged in a certain activity for gain or compensation as means of livelihood; such as a permanent career, not as an amateur or a hobbyist.)

Solo/Duo Entries:
This is your own costume made by you, and you are entering by yourself or with a partner. Solo and Duo entries can compete in the Novice, Journeyman, or Master Classes and will be judged individually. They are applicable for Best in Show, Best in Class, and Judges’ Choice awards.

Group Entries:
A group entry may be anywhere from three to five costumes with a designated team captain to communicate and register on behalf of the group with the team’s information. Costume construction may be an individual or collaborative effort as long as all group members contribute towards the costumes. Please note any work done by costumers outside of the group will count as commissioned or purchased pieces and will result in a penalty. The costumes must be related to one another by series/universe/canon or, if they are original, by theme.

Group entries can compete within the Novice, Journeyman, or Master Classes and will be judged individually and then averaged out to a singular group value. They are applicable for Best Group in Show, Best in Class, and Judge’s Choice awards.

The costume contest will have three classes applicable to different levels of judging and prizes: Novice, Journeyman, and Master.

Novice: This class is for newcomers who are just beginning to hone their costuming skills or for those who have yet to try their hand in costume competition. Judges will show more leniency towards the purchase and modification of bought or found items to this class, and will reward ingenuity and effort where contestants might be lacking in experience.

If you have never entered a costume contest before but feel your skills and experience may be more advanced than the Novice class, please feel free to enter a higher category. Additionally, if the judges feel that your skill or experience may be more advanced than the Novice class you may be moved to a higher class.

  • Professional costumers may not enter in the Novice division.
  • A contestant who has competed and won in any division other than Novice in a costume competition may not enter in the Novice division.
  • A contestant who has won “Best in Show” or “Best Novice” in a costume competition may not enter in the Novice division.
  • A contestant who has won numerous major awards in the Novice division in costume competitions is strongly encouraged (and may be bumped up) to enter in the Journeyman division.

Journeyman: This class is the most popular and varied. Those who have previously won prizes in the Novice class will be in this group, as well as those who have spent multiple years costuming and no longer qualify.

If you have never won at the Journeyman level but feel your skills and experience may be more advanced than the Journeyman class you are free to apply for the Master category, but please make staff aware of this in your application.

  • Professional costumers may not enter in the Journeyman division.
  • A contestant who has competed and won in the Master division in a costume competition may not enter in the Journeyman division.
  • A contestant who has won “Best in Show” or “Best Journeyman” in a costume competition may not enter in the Journeyman division.
  • A contestant who has won more than three major awards in the Journeyman division in costume competitions may not enter in the Journeyman division.

Master: This class is for skilled and experienced costumers who have won multiple awards in the competitive costuming circuit or who have mastered their skills and have a firm understanding of costume creation. As such, no part of your costume should have been purchased or commissioned or you will be penalized. If you have bought anything it must be heavily customized and you must inform the judges of this as it will be reflected on your final mark.

  • Anyone may enter the Masters category, but we suggest that costumers have won or ranked at least three times in previous competitions to enter this class. Contestants who do not meet the Masters level requirements may be suggested to compete at a lower class.

COSTUME CONTEST RULES

 1. Congratulations, you’re already completing step one, which is to read this document and the FAQ to help determine your competition class and answer any questions you may have about the contest.

2. Submit your application through the online registration form after you have fully read the costume contest information. Please note that group entries must be submitted by their designated leader as a single entry. The exact schedule, map of relevant contest locations, and official entry confirmations will be released on May 1st, 2015.

Online registration is now open and will be closed as of April 30th (or upon reaching maximum capacity.) All entrants will receive confirmation of their successful registration by no later than May 1st.

3. Once you have received confirmation, all that’s left is to make your costume! Northwest Fan Fest 2015 has a ton of great prizes to award your effort and dedication. If you are competing for the grand prize you will be expected to take photographs of your materials, progress, and any items that will be heavily modified for your portfolio at this time.

4. Once you arrive at the convention, please remember to sign in to let us know you’re here and ready to go! After signing in you will attend the orientation and dress rehearsal where all entrants will have an opportunity ask last minute questions and to become familiar with the stage and walk-on choreography.

Please note that both signing in as well as attending the combined orientation and dress rehearsal are MANDATORY. Contestants who do not sign in or attend the preparatory events will be disqualified.

5. Contestants who signed in and attended the orientation will then be directed to our green room for judging and contestant photography. You will be called up one by one (groups as a whole) to be examined by our experienced panel of judges.

Craftsmanship judging is your moment to shine! Show off your hard work; we encourage you to explain your working process to our judges who are eager to listen and admire your costume.

If you are competing for the grand prize, you will be expected to show your portfolio during judging.

6. After you’ve spoken with the judges you’ll be directed to our professional photo booth where your entry will be captured for reference and documented in Northwest Fan Fest history! Strike a pose and look forward to seeing yourself posted on our website after the convention.

7. Once you have completed the judging and taken photos in our booth, you are free to leave and wander the convention until you are required back in the green room for organization and a final briefing.

8. Once the contest has started and the hosts and judges are ready, you’ll be called into line. The costume contest is one of Northwest Fan Fest’s biggest events of the weekend and the crowd is ready and waiting to see you, so engage the crowd and strut your stuff!

9. After your performance we encourage you to relax backstage until the final entry. All contestants will then be lined up to go onstage for a final ‘victory’ lap and to await the awards ceremony with the audience. We strongly encourage all entrants to stick around until the very end of the awards ceremony for a chance to receive special prizes, and to show support for your fellow contestants.

If you have any questions or concerns about the contest costume or registration process, please email us and we will do our best to assist you.

To keep this page from being even longer, we have moved our FAQ HERE.

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