Cosplay in general
There will be many people in costumes at Blavicon. Someone will put them on just for the heck of it, others will come to compete. The cosplay contest will have two rounds: one non-public online and the other one public at the con. This will help us make sure you will be able to feast your eyes on the very best of what the con brings you cosplay-wise on Saturday. On that day, that is, the best cosplay contest will take place! Special guests from abroad will be present for the entirety of the con – these are the cosplay jury.
We will appreciate if you bring a medieval or The Witcher-inspired costume with any level of sophistication, because you’ll help build the atmosphere of the entire con. However, never forget that the costume is not everything. A real cosplayer is also a theatrical actor and behaves the part even using his body language!
How to compete
It is necessary to register for the cosplay contest in advance, no later than 25th March 2018, 3 weeks before the con. By application we understand buying a ticket online for the entire con and filling up the registration form.
We require submitting the following materials for the contest:
- name of the character you are cosplaying, including pictures of the model
- information about the costume (material, creation procedures, own creation etc.)
- detailed pictures of the complete and finished costume (on your person)
- cosplays which are approved by the jury to attend the con are required to send these materials and information about their performance
Incomplete costume or materials of insufficient quality may lead to elimination from the contest; however, if we do find an issue, we will let you know.
For the contest, it is necessary for the costume to be finished, complete, allow movement and could be displayed in all its beauty. Should you have any questions, please contact us at email@example.com.
Special benefits for the contestants
Every contestant which will move on to the public round will have their own bed at Blavicon in the common room for cosplayers. This room is in the building next to the inn. Along the overnight accommodation, you’ll have another room available which you can use as a dressing room. This space will be meant for cosplayers only and will be lockable. Some refreshment will also be served during the Saturday contest. Cosplayers are free to use (or not use) these benefits from Friday to Sunday.
Rules and schedule
Cosplay contest schedule
The contest will have two rounds:
- The first round will be online. All cosplayes will be judged by the jury according to submitted materials, and approximately top 15 cosplays will be selected (this number is subject to change) by 1st April 2018. It is necessary for the selected contestants to register at the event on Friday 9 PM (no need to have the costume on you then). The place will be specified to the selected contestants. Should there be any problem with the time, you need to notify us about this. Cosplayers who fail to register will be eliminated from the contest.
- The second round will have two parts:
- The first part will be non-public in front of the jury on Saturday at 9:30 AM. Each contestant will be assigned an exact time, so that they don’t have to wait for when they are next in line. The jury will evaluate the cosplay as such. Immediately after this part, there will be a sound test at 11:00 AM which everyone has to attend.
- The second part will take place on Saturday at 1:00 PM on the main stage in front of the jury and the audience. The contestants are required to perform their own sketch, for which they’ll have 2 minutes tops. The minimum time is not specified, so you can just walk around the stage and leave. The whole stage, a microphone, a music background of your choice will be available to you (you need to submit the music in advance, before the event).
After all cosplayers’ performances, the jury will consult for 30 minutes which will be filled with another programme. After that, we will disclose the winners, who will accept prizes for the first, second and third places in the cosplay contest, the people’s choice and the organizers’ choice.
Cosplay contest rules
- contestants must be 15 or older to attend; contestants under 18 years must have a signed consent from their parents or legal guardians
- individuals or groups may apply (3 members tops); groups will be evaluated as a single contestant
- completely store-bought costumes are not forbidden, but not welcome either; this fact will definitely influence the jury’s assessment
- all realistic weapons such as swords, daggers, etc. are FORBIDDEN for use OUTSIDE the performance
- disgraceful costumes or those going against moral and ethical standards are not allowed; the organizer and the jury reserve the right to eliminate such a costume from the contest
- costumes or any characters exclusively from the world of The Witcher are allowed, be it from the book saga, TV series or the videogame adaptation – it is necessary to submit a picture, an image or a screenshot of said character
- contestants must be able to move freely in the costume and to enter the stage by themselves
- during the second round of the contest, contestants may perform any performance including their choreography, musical background, monologue or any other element
- for the purpose of the contest, the costume is required to be complete – it is not allowed to put additional parts of the costume or fix broken parts before the audience
- each contestants is allowed 2 minutes for their performance
- by attending, all contestants give the organizer permission to take picture of them during the entire con
- using liquids, sparkles or fire is not allowed; however, it is possible to make an exception after consulting in person
The jury will evaluate the contestants based on these criteria:
- own creation
- quality and detail
- functionality and execution
- overall appearance
- roleplay – performance and acting the part
Once again, the jury will be formed by five cosplayers from abroad. You can be looking forward to famous faces from the Witcher community from around the globe. We will disclose the jury gradually on our Facebook and then here on the website.
We are Lalicorne atelier, a French-German duo which is absolutely crazy about the world of The Witcher. We started making cosplay in 2014 and since then we focus on producing the costumes related to The Witcher as best we can.
Only Philippa will be in the jury; her escort Regis will be our guest.
I’m Corneline, 23 from France. I’m a professional costume maker, and I also create costumes and cosplays during my free time. Priscilla is my first cosplay, out of five Witcher cosplays (Priscilla, Dandelion, Dandeliona, Iris, Vernon Roche). I also sing her song! I love how Witcher costume designs can combine historical accurate details and Fantasy creativity. I’m glad to join Blavicon and meet you all there!
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