Insomnia Cosplay Community Masquerade (Friday 3:30pm-4:30pm)

Honoring and welcoming all ability levels of cosplay, this is a great place to get started in the cosplay world or simply show off your creation before the big event! The community Masquerade will carry a series of fun categories the judges may choose to award you with.

Please remember if you are in any doubt or even just worried about entering then check with us, we’re all happy to help you through this and we understand rules, while essential, can sometimes be a bit daunting! Feel free to e-mail:

The Masquerade will be held Friday: Expo Stage – 3:30pm-4:30pm.

The Costume Part:

  1. Any costume genre from Video Games, television, anime, manga etc may enter the masquerade.
  2. Pre-judging does not take place for the masquerade, so we highly encourage you to include as much detail as possible within the application.
  3. A costume qualifies as handmade if it is 80% your own work. An altered costume will be eligible to receive points in the craftsmanship category for those specific components which are heavily altered or handmade entirely. All costumes will qualify for Character Concept and performance categories.
  4. Any size group may enter the Masquerade, however if eligible for a prize this will be split evenly between participants.
  5. The competition is open for all ages, but if under the age of 13 please make sure to get parental consent.

Original characters will be accepted but must be accompanied with concept of the character, this must be no longer than one A4 page.

The Performance Part:

  1. We always encourage entrants to the masquerade to enter with a skit/performance (up to two minutes, music must be sent to us beforehand) and/or reference pictures but this is not essential. If you are unsure of what to do on the day, just use the three point system! (Three poses of at least ten seconds each.)
  2. We ask you arrive ready NO LATER THAN half an hour before the event is due to start.
  3. We ask and encourage you to specify your requirements for your performance on your application form, but also to visit us early in the day to talk through all per formative elements requested. This includes setting up a ‘cue’ for when you would like your music track to be played.

*All entrants must comply with the Cosplay Masquerade General Ruleset and Props Rules.

Craftsmanship 33.3%

The quality of costume, props and accessories; and how well these elements are made.

Performance 33.3%

Takes into account use of general performance conventions and how you interact with the audience; for example confident movements as well as general stage techniques used through performance.

Character Concept 33.3%

This category is judged based on execution of your character concept and a clear display of character choice, be it accuracy to a character, a creative interpretation (e.g Steampunk Harley Quinn or cross play) or character likeness.



DON’T FORGET to place the EVENT NAME and DAY PARTICIPATING in the email subject.

Please remember if you are in any doubt or even just worried about entering then check with us, we’re all happy to help you through this and we understand rules, while essential, can sometimes be a bit daunting!

Feel free to e-mail:


Convention & Masquerade day entering:

Email Address:
(Do you wish to be contacted in future with news from Costume and Play?) Y/N

Name/s: (if you’re a group enter all names):

Character Names:

Character Series:

(Please include any reference pictures and work in progress if available.)

How much of your costume have you Handmade/Altered yourself?

Information for the Judges;

What are you particularly proud of and why?

(i.e: Maybe something you handmade or why you selected your character, etc)

(Optional) Anything else you would like the judges to know?

(Please be as detailed as possible!)

Performance Information;

Performance details/microphone request:

(Don’t forget to tell us when you’d like your music track played on stage!)


(If you want music please submit MP3 or WAV file AND bring a copy of your track on USB/CD labeled with your name and contact number just in case.)  You may submit a direct youtube link in advance via email.)


General Masquerade Ruleset

  1. Costumes must be appropriate for a family friendly convention and include enough coverage to be worn in public.
  2. Large items, such as wings, exceeding over two metres must be collapsed when on the convention floor. (Please contact us to check if you are worried about your costume dimentions at
  3. The judge’s decisions are final once made.
  4. All entrants must have a spare copy of their music track on USB.
  5. We reserve the right to decline or stop a skit/performance at any time for any reason.
  6. Use of excessive or inappropriate language such as swearing, committing an act which is viewed as something which may potentially harm yourself or others while on stage will also be immediately stopped, and you may be disqualified from the competition.
  7. You agree to be filmed and photographed during the event, all rights of this belong to the event itself.

Props Ruleset

Weapons and props must be approved by security/staff before allowed into the convention, this includes checks which will be carried out by the cosplay team. Decisions made by the venue security and staff are final and these rules serve as a guide only.

The general rule is; ‘Would it break before you do?” If your answer is ‘no’ here then it means that someone could get hurt were this to happen. In which case we would recommend you leave it at home just so you don’t get disappointed once at the Convention.

  1. No live weapons (deactivated guns, metal knives or swords, live bows or slingshots) are expressly prohibited, weather sheathed and/or piece bonded.
  2. No pyrotechnics, explosives (including cap-guns) or incendiary items.
  3. No weapons that can fire any sort of projectile, even foam darts or water, unless it can be shown to be empty, with a clear brightly covered saftey tip and/or that only some parts have been used for the prop.
  4. No sharp bits or edges, make sure they’re sanded/rounded/padded/covered or otherwise protected adequately.
  5. No props made out of wood that is too heavy, large/ unwieldy (Blocks corridors/doorways or is likely to hit, hurt or inconvenience others.)
  6. No actions which may lead event staff, attendees or members of the general public to believe you are in possession of a real live weapon. In all cases, the weapon or prop must be no longer than 1.6 m (5.2ft). Any items longer this may be used in the Masquerade only and must be handed in to Registrations & Help Desk for safekeeping until then. If they are not handed in prior to the Masquerade they will not be permitted in the event itself.
  7. Once outside of the convention hall please make sure you have a safe way to transport your props and that they are sufficiently covered.

Please be aware that that these rules are here to assure we have a safe Conventions for both Staff and Attendees. If you have been asked to put your prop away please be so kind and do so or in an extreme case you might risk being escorted from the Convention. If you are in doubt whether or not you would be allowed to bring your prop please send photos and a description of the prop to