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Masquerade Cosplay Contest

Deadline: Jun 30, 2024 11:59 pm (GMT-04:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
Date: Jul 18, 2024 3:00 pm - Jul 21, 2024 3:00 pm (EDT)

About the event

Tekko is Pennsylvania's largest anime convention, attracting nearly 12,000 unique and diverse fans from across the country (and world!) to the region. We aren't just any old anime convention, though. We offer so much more by featuring Japanese arcade games, J-rock, J-fashion, Japanese pop culture, and education in our programming. Additionally, we choose a unique theme every year to explore new content, such as wrestling, mecha, sports, and more. This makes us one of the most diverse anime and Japanese culture conventions in the country, and we aren't done expanding yet! Tekko is presented by a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, the Pittsburgh Japanese Culture Society (PittJCS) . We've been bringing fans together for more than 20 years at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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About the application

In the Performance Contest, cosplayers will take to the Main Stage and perform in front of a live audience. Performers are not judged on craftsmanship, only overall presentation. You may compete with bought or commissioned costumes.

Terms & Conditions

Rules & Requirements

1 As this is a cosplay Masquerade, performers are required to be in cosplay. Please contact the coordinator if you have questions about your costume's appropriateness.

2 The Masquerade is open to Tekko attendees. Staff and guests are not permitted to compete.

3 Skits have a time limit of 4 minutes. The time it takes for you to get on and off the stage does not count toward your time limit. Your audio track must be within the time limit.

4 Tekko is an all-ages event and the material in the Performance section must reflect such. No explicit sexual references or gestures, obscene language, graphic violence, or nudity is permitted. All audio must be edited for content.

5 You will be required to submit a script of your skit for approval via email before the convention. Pre-recorded music and/or dialogue is HIGHLY ENCOURAGED and PREFERRED. We cannot guarantee more than 1 microphone. You will be asked to submit your audio file via email before the convention.

6 Masquerade rehearsal is mandatory unless cleared with the coordinator before the convention. Participants in Friday craftsmanship judging may also participate in the Masquerade, but not on Saturday judging as it is a scheduling conflict with rehearsal.

7 Stage combat and other more physical things will need approval at rehearsal to ensure the safety of attendees and equipment.

8 Whatever comes on the stage with you must leave the stage with you. Confetti, silly string, and other “messy” props are prohibited. Your performance must also be limited to the stage area.

9 You cannot enter in both the Walk-Ons and Performance. You also cannot be in two different performance entries. Stage ninjas/helpers count as performers/entrants. If you wish to enter both Craftsmanship and Performance, you must have a Friday judging time for craftsmanship.

Questions on the application

User information

  • First name
  • Last name
  • Email

Additional information

  • What is your full name?
  • What pronouns may we use?
  • What is your email address?
  • What is your preferred stage name, or, if you are registering for a group, what is your group name?
  • If you are entering a group, who are your group members?
  • What division do you wish to compete in?
  • If you're not sure, how experienced of a performer are you/your group?
  • What is the name of your performance?
  • Describe your planned performance. Include any characters, the series they are from, and the music credits if you have them.
  • Who wrote your performance?
  • Is there anything else you need us to know, such as privacy concerns, mobility or vision restrictions caused by your costume, or any personal accessibility requirements?
  • OPTIONAL: Do you have a website or social media page dedicated to your cosplay that you would like Tekko to tag while sharing images taken at show?
Masquerade Cosplay Contest
Masquerade Cosplay Contest
Tekko 2024
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