Anime North 2006 Masquerade and Skit Contest

At Anime North we have two major costume competitions - the Friday Night Skit Competition and the Saturday Night Masquerade.
The Masquerade is a costume showcase and competition and is a great opportunity to show off that costume you've been working on for months. The time limit for the Masquerade is 1 minute, so it's more focused on costumes as opposed to lengthy skits. The Skit Competition is for those who love to perform - lip-synching, dancing, acting, comedy etc.) and has a 5-minute time limit. See below for pre-registration information on both events - the form at the bottom of this page is used for applying to both events.

The "Masquerade" 4-class system has been in existence for over 20 years, rewarding the time and skill costumers at all levels put into their works, as well as how they present them on stage. It was developed for the World Science Fiction Convention - or Worldcon - by the best, most respected costume creators there are, in some cases the very same costumers who help to run and judge the Anime North Masquerade every year. We must be doing something right, since last year we had 143 separate entries, making the Anime North Masquerade one of the biggest, most spectacular competitions in North America and the envy of those who really understand and love costuming.

The Anime North Masquerade is an amateur costume competition for Anime/Manga costumes, Media costumes, (Star Trek, Star Wars, Babylon 5, computer games etc.); Fantasy and Science Fiction costumes, Japanese Historical Costumes and any other costumes related to one or more of these categories.

Friday Night Skit Competition: Preformace by Special Guests: Cellstorm

Cellstorm, a tribute group to the popular boyband Arashi will make their first performance together at Animenorth 2006. Preparing for over a year, Cellstorm would like to invite the audience into this domain of music and help
broaden the horizons of j-pop to the attendees of Animenorth. Although Cellstorm has little to no experience in dancing, they have vigorously self taught themselves the dances performed by Arashi. In order to make this
experience memorable they will also sing live whlie dancing in order to allow the audience to experience the whole package. Thus, Cellstorm invites you to experience Arashi and help them achieve their dream of an exciting night.

Cellstorm are:
Makoto(nino),Amy(ohno),Venus(aiba),Zodi(jun) and nuriko(sho)


Due to the ever growing popularity of the masquerade and limited space in our main room, Anime North will have a Badge Sticker Policy for seating at this year's Saturday Night Masquerade. To be guaranteed a seat you MUST pick up A badge sticker at the Masquerade Registration Table during the hours of operation. To promote fairness attendees will only be allowed to pick up a maximum of TWO stickers. (i.e. one for you and one for a friend). Stickers only guarantee a seat, not a seat together. If you plan to sit with a large group of friends we recommend you arrive at the Main Room Early.



The Saturday Night Masquerade will be broadcast on the in-house TV channel at the Doubletree hotel, on a short delay from the live event.


The Skit Competition will take place on Friday May 26, 2006 at 8:00 PM.
Note: Time is tentative and is subject to change
Registration Rules:

  1. Download the <Skit Contest Entry Form>
  2. All contestants’ names must be included on the form. 
  3. Real names must be used.
  4. Please write "Skit Competition" on the top right hand corner of the form, along with the name and e-mail of your contact person.
  5. All pre-registration forms must be received by 12 May 2006.
  6. Forms received will receive a confirmation e-mail.
  7. All contestants must check in with the Masquerade registration desk on site (at the Doubletree Hotel) prior to 6:00PM on Friday.

Mail Entry Forms To:
[address removed]

All pre-registration forms must be received by FRIDAY, MAY 12th.


The Masquerade will take place on Saturday May 27, 2006 at 7:30 PM.
Note: Times are tentative, please check back closer to the event.

NOTICE: For 2006 there will be no pre-registration for the Saturday Night Masquerade, there will be on-site sign-up only.

All contestants must register at the Masquerade Registration Desk. This will be open on Friday from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, and on Saturday from 10:00 am to 1:00 PM. You must register by 1:00 PM on Saturday in order to be in the competition. Please note, since the masquerade has a cap this year, all slots may be filled before 1:00 PM on Saturday.

The 2006 Anime North Masquerade will have a limit of 80 spaces available.

All contestants must check in at the Green Room at 5:30 PM.


The Standard Division System, in accordance with the International Costumers’ Guild Guidelines, will be used as follows:

Junior Division
(Also known as the Young Fan Division)
Any contestant under 13 years of age at the time of this competition may compete in the Junior Division. The Junior Division is divided into two subdivisions.

Junior Self-made: A Junior contestant who has largely or wholly constructed his/her own costume.

Junior Adult-Made: A Junior contestant whose costume has been largely or wholly constructed by an adult.

Novice Division
A contestant who has not won a major award at a Masquerade other than as a Junior costumer. Workmanship Awards, an Honorable Mention or an Honored for Excellence Awards need not apply to this count.

Journeyman Division
A contestant who has won fewer than three awards at Masquerades while competing in the Journeyman Division.

Artisan Division
Any costumer who has won three or more awards; or who wishes to enter this division, provided that they do not belong in a higher division in use in the competition.

Master Division
A contestant who has won more than three times in the Artisan Division, or has won a Master award at a WorldCon, CostumeCon or a major award at a nationally recognized regional Anime Convention. Also, anyone who is a professional in a Costume-related business must compete as a Master. For the purpose of this competition, a professional is defined as making 50% or more of their income in the costuming-related business.
If there are not sufficient Masters competing to fulfill this division, those entries will be judged in the Artisan Division.

Out-Of-Competition Division
The Masquerade is an amateur competition. Purchased or rented costumes may not be entered in competition for awards, but may be shown on stage in the Out-Of-Competition Division.
Costumes made for business purposes, theatrical and professional events are not eligible for awards but also may be shown in this Division. In addition, anyone who wants to show their costume in this Division may do so.

Workmanship Judging
Judging for Workmanship Awards will take place backstage prior to the start of the Masquerade. These awards, for excellence in construction, will be given out in addition to the Masquerade awards. You can be judged on your costume or only on a specific piece or prop. Workmanship judging is optional, so please indicate on your entry form if you wish to be included in this judging. Workmanship applies to entries in any of the Divisions, except the Out-of-Competition Division. Quality is quality, no matter the Division, and a beautiful job deserves recognition. Our Workmanship Judge(s) will look for technical skill, finishing, fit, handling of fabric and materials, etc.

Documentation can include any pictorial representation of your costume. Provide copies only; do not bring originals. It is strongly recommended that you provide documentation for re-creation costume entries if you feel the Judges may not be familiar with a particular Anime/Manga. If you are entering your costume for workmanship judging, bring two copies of your documentation.

A contestant may compete in a Division higher than the one they are eligible to enter. Keep in mind that if the contestant wins in this higher Division, they must compete in that Division in future competitions.


Due to the great (and growing) popularity of the Anime North Masquerade, we have had to impose strict time limits for costume presentation. While many contestants were considerate of their fellow costumers and cosplayers and adhered to their time limits last year, many did not. To ensure fairness and a smooth-running Masquerade (and to avoid even more drastic measures, such as restricting the numbers of entries) we will be strictly enforcing the time limit this year.



Those planning extremely complex or large presentations should strongly consider entering the SKIT COMPETITION, which has considerably more generous time limits. Those wishing to enter the Skit Competition MUST pre-register BEFORE the convention. Information on the Skit Competition is posted above.

Any queries concerning either Masquerade or the Skit Competition should be directed to the Masquerade Director in advance of the convention.


If you have any special introduction for the MC to read, please have it typed or printed clearly so it can be easily read. Without an introduction, the MC will announce only your entry number, division and title at the beginning of your presentation. After your presentation is complete, general credits will be announced.

There will not be any microphones provided for the contestants. Directly addressing the audience is *strongly* discouraged as most of the audience will not hear you and this may distract from your presentation. If you have narration or dialogue included with your presentation it should be recorded on a tape or CD.

If you have an introduction, music or sound effects to accompany your presentation, record it on a standard cassette tape or CD. It is also advised that you bring two copies of your tape or CD in case of any problems playing the original. Make sure you label the tape with your name, costume title, and the correct side to be played. In the case of a CD write the track number to be played legibly on the CD.

If the sound runs longer than your presentation (e.g. a commercial CD) or must be cut on cue, please be very specific as to when to cut. The usual cue is to fade the sound as the entrant leaves the stage. It is best, when you want the sound to end at a specific point on a CD, to record the material you want onto a recordable medium such a cassette, or self-burned CD.

Do not submit valuable or rare original CDs or cassette tapes. Copy on to a standard cassette tape or self-burned CD.

Submit one copy of your CD or cassette tape to Masquerade Registration when you complete your registration forms. If you have made a second copy, bring it backstage with you to the Masquerade.

CDs and cassette tapes used in the Masquerade can be picked up at the Masquerade Registration desk on Sunday.


Junior contestants will present first. Other entries which include children may request to go on next if they do so at the time of registration. If there are any special circumstances that would affect your place in line (such catching a ride home that night) please tell the Masquerade staff this when you turn in your forms at the Masquerade registration desk. We will attempt to comply with your requests, but cannot guarantee placement.

  1. No open flame, fire, flash powder or flash paper is allowed. Sealed electronic flashes are permitted. If you are using a strobe effect please note it on your form so the MC may warn the audience. No pointing of laser pens at the audience or tech crew.
  2. No messy substances on stage. If in doubt ask the Masquerade Directors. The stage must be in as good a condition when you leave as when you enter. If you are leaving something on stage, it must be able to be easily picked up by the stage crew, or bring your own ninja.
  3. No flagrant nudity. This Masquerade is rated PG-13. There will be children in the audience.
  4. The weapons policy of the convention must be followed. No real firearms, no realistic copies, and no projectile weapons are allowed. Please transport your weapons to and from the Masquerade in a bag or closed container if they do not conform to the convention weapons policy. While weapons will be allowed on stage, they must be checked by our staff first.

    All weapons must be sheathed before leaving the stage. If your costume requires a bow, it must be unstrung when you are not on stage.
  5. Each person may present only once during the Masquerade. While any individual may compete as many costumes as they like, they can only wear one of them. The others must be on other bodies.
  6. Contestants must report to the Masquerade Green Room on time. Report times will be supplied at the convention: check at the Masquerade Registration Desk for this information. Failure to appear or to be ready to go on stage may result in disqualification. Note that Acts of God may, to an extent, mitigate this.
  7. The Masquerade Directors reserve the right to eliminate anyone from competition on the basis of taste, danger to the audience or other contestants, or for any other reason deemed sufficient.
  8. The Judges may choose not to give out a Best-in-Show Award, a Best-of-Division Award, or may not give out any awards in a division at all if they do not feel any costumes entered in that division are deserving of an award. The decisions of the Judges are final.
Masquerade Entry Form

This form must be completed in full, with all signatures, and brought to the Masquerade Registration Desk at the con before Saturday 1 PM.

DO NOT submit the form in advance of the con, as there is no Masquerade pre-registration this year, and mailing the form in advance DOES NOT guarantee you a place in the Masquerade.

Please also be sure to read all the Masquerade Rules posted on the website: when you fill out and submit this form at the convention you acknowledge that you have read and agree to abide by all masquerade rules.

Thank you.

Masquerade Entry Form .PDF format

Costuming Panels

As always, Anime North will have a variety of fascinating panels for every skill level.