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StarBase Indy 2018 Official Masquerade Rules

Masquerade Rules

  1. Entrants must be registered for the convention to enter the Starbase Indy Masquerade.

  2. Entrants may only submit one costume for Masquerade participation and can choose only one category for entry.

  3. Entrants must submit a completed Masquerade registration form either online prior to the convention or at the Masquerade registration desk, and have a validated entry number for participation. If pre-registering online, a confirmation email will be sent within seven days.

  4. Entrants must confirm entry numbers at the Masquerade registration desk.

  5. A costume that has won an award at another convention is ineligible to win an award at Starbase Indy for two years.

  6. Misrepresentation and/or failure to grant proper credit of the costume work are grounds for disqualification and a ban of three years from the date of the infraction. Prizes and titles rewarded will be revoked and a new Winner shall be appointed.

  7. Only one award will be granted per entry, except for the Fan’s Choice award.

  8. Up to two handlers are allowed per contestant. This excludes helpers for mobility or physical impairment.

  9. Weapons must be cleared by Starbase Indy Security or Masquerade Staff  prior to pre-judging.

  10. Entrants can be shifted to differing categories at the discretion of the Cosplay Department Head.

Prohibited Items/Behaviors

  • Any activity or costuming choice that would violate a G rating.

    • Shapewear or dance belts are suggested for tight costumes.

    • Skin tone pasties will be available as necessary.

  • Overly political speeches, signs, etc.

  • Hate speech or discrimination of any kind.

  • Fire, acrobatics, jumping off the stage, thrown items, open containers, glitter, confetti, etc.

  • No wheeled vehicles with exceptions for mobility devices.

  • Barefoot costumes are allowed on stage only, during the Masquerade.

  • No animals or animal remains allowed with exceptions for Service Animals, leather, fur, sanitized bones, etc.

Presentation Categories

  1. Presentation entries must be reviewed prior to the event. No un-reviewed presentations will be accepted. Alteration of any presentation which violates Masquerade rules is grounds for disqualification.

  2. This category will allow commissioned cosplays.

  3. Group entries are limited to a maximum of ten entrants.

  4. Each presentation will be limited to two minutes on stage.

  5. Nothing must remain on the stage after presentation is complete.

  6. Presentation categories will be as follows:

  • Novice – have won one or less awards per person in competition.

  • Journeyman – have won two awards per person in competition.

  • Advanced – have won three or more awards per person in competition.

Children’s Categories

  1. Entrants must be 14 or younger.

  2. Presentation rules will apply.

  3. Parent or guardian must be present at all times. No Exceptions.

  4. Children’s categories will be as follows:

  • Ages 0-7

  • Ages 8-14

Craftsmanship Categories

  1. Presentation rules will apply.

  2. Entrants must have made or modified at least 50% of their costume to be eligible for Craftsmanship judging with the exception of entrants in the Found Object category.

  3. Commissioned costumes are allowed only if the artisan is present. The artisan will be the named winner if the costume is chosen.

  4. Craftsmanship entries must bring full-body reference images of the source character to their judging appointment or email them ahead of time to eden_sitayu@starbaseindy.org.

  5. Craftsmanship categories will be as follows:

  • Found Object – Pieces of regular clothing you have put together to make your costume, with few modifications.

  • Novice – have won one or less awards per person in competition.

  • Journeyman – have won two awards per person in competition. Exceptions allowed based on skill level.

  • Advanced – have won three or more awards per person in competition. Exceptions allowed based on skill level.

Awards

  1. Awards will be presented to cosplayers with the highest score for each of the following divisions:

  • Presentation – Novice

  • Presentation – Journeyman

  • Presentation – Advanced

  • Presentation – Children’s 0-7

  • Presentation – Children’s 8-14

  • Craftsmanship – Found Object/Closet

  • Craftsmanship – Novice

  • Craftsmanship – Journeyman

  • Craftsmanship – Advanced

  1. Additional awards presented to contestants, regardless of whether the contestant entered in Craftsmanship or Presentations are as follows:

  • Best in Show – Highest overall score.

  • Judge’s Choice

  • Fans’ Choice – A certificate that is chosen by the audience

SBI General Cosplay Rules for Attendees

  • Keep it PG.

  • No nudity will be allowed.

  • Footwear must be worn at all times.

  • Costumes must remain intact.

  • Do not block hallways.

  • All weapons must be inspected by Starbase Indy Security staff to be allowed in the convention space.

  • Costumes that mimic Law Enforcement and Military must be clearly distinguishable as “Fake”.

  • Cosplay is NOT Consent! Ask before you touch anything.

  • No animals or animal remains allowed with exceptions for Service Animals, leather, fur, sanitized bones, etc.

  • Weapons must be cleared by Starbase Indy Security or Cosplay Masquerade Staff.

  • Violations are grounds for expulsion from the convention space.