At Anime North we have two major costume competitions — the Skit Competition and the Masquerade. Both events are amateur costume competitions for Anime, Manga, Sci-Fi, Comic, Western Animation, Original Design, Japanese Historical Costumes, and just about any other type of costume that you can think of.
For 2015, the Anime North Skit Contest will be held on the SATURDAY AFTERNOON of the convention in a whole new location! Due to our awesome programming being expanded we are moving out of our home in the Plaza Ballroom of the International Plaza (formerly the Double Tree) and will be moving across the road into the TCC North Building. We know what you're thinking, the TCC? How can we possibly move there? This is a beautiful new addition to the TCC that has been under construction for some time and we're greatful to be able to use such a beautiful space.
Now, the Skit Competition is for those who love to perform (lip-synching, dancing, acting, comedy etc.) and has a longer time limit per entry than the Masquerade. This year, the Skit Competition will be limited to twenty (20) groups. All groups will have a time limit of five (5) minutes. That is not to say that you have to use all five minutes, you may use less if you choose.
The Skit Competition will take place on Saturday, May 23, 2015 at 1:00 PM.
Please note that the time is tentative and is subject to scheduling changes. If any changes are made you will receive email notification before the convention. If you are planning on entering please keep in mind that you are required to be in the greenroom at -least- 40 minutes before the beginning of start time. So please plan your day accordingly.
- Download the Skit Contest Entry Form (.pdf)
- All contestants' names must be included on the form.
- Real names must be used.
- All pre-registration forms must be received by May 16, 2015.
- Once a form is received you will receive a confirmation e-mail.
- All contestants must check in with the Skit Competition Green Room on site (at the International Plaza Hotel) between 11:30 AM and 12:30 PM on Saturday. You MUST be checked in by 12:30PM.
*** NOTE: All times are tentative and subject to scheduling changes. The final schedule will be confirmed with all registered Skit Competition entrants the week of the convention ***
Mail Entry Forms To:
Anime North Skit Contest
1137 Royal York
or Email Entry Forms To:
All pre-registration forms must be received by May 16, 2015.
Please also be sure to read all the general Rules on the back of the registration form. When you fill out, sign, and submit this form, you acknowledge that you have read and agree to abide by all of the rules. Participants who have not signed the registration form will not be allowed on the stage.
Judging Divisions and Information
The Standard Division System, in accordance with the International Costumers' Guild Guidelines, will be used as follows:
(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. If a young fan is in a group of older participants, age will be taken into consideration and the whole group may be bumped up to the 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.
A contestant who has won fewer than three awards at Masquerades while competing in the Journeyman Division.
Any competitor who has won three or more awards, or who wishes to enter competition at this level, and provided that they do not belong in a higher division, may compete in this division.
Any competitor who has won more than three times in the Artisan Division, or has won a Master award at 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 one who makes 50% or more of their income in a costume-related business. If there are not sufficient Masters competing to fill this division, all entries for this division will be judged in the Artisan Division.
The Skit Contest is an amateur competition. Because there is no workmanship judging all purchased, commissioned, or rented costumes may be entered in competition and will be eligible for awards. If you still wish to enter in Out-Of-Competition you are more than welcome to.
Note: A competitor may compete in a division higher than the one s/he is eligible to enter. However, if the competitor receives an award in this higher division, they must compete in that division (or higher) in future competitions.
Presentation Time Limits
ALL ENTRIES HAVE A TIME LIMIT OF FIVE MINUTES. If your audio goes over this time limit, it will be turned off once this time has elapsed. Please note that entries that go over the time limit will be disqualified from any potential awards.
Introductions, Music, and Sound
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. When 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 detract from your presentation. If you have narration or dialogue included with your presentation, it should be recorded in advance.
If you have an introduction, music, or sound effects to accompany your presentation, record it on a standard CD as an audio track or as a WAV or MP3 file on a standard USB storage device or data CD. We will not accept other sound file types nor can we play audio from CDs, iPods, or similar devices. It is also advised that you bring more than one copy of your audio in case of any problems playing the original.
If the sound runs longer than your presentation (i.e. 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, to record the material you want to a custom track. If your track has silence on it, please include a note of this so as the techs know to expect this and don't stop the track prematurely.
In the case of audio CDs, it is strongly recommended to test using a standard CD player (i.e. not a computer's CD-ROM drive) to ensure maximum compatibility. Also, do not submit valuable or rare original CDs — copy to a self-burned CD.
Submit one copy of your audio with your pre-registartion form, either through mail, or MP3 file email attachment. CDs and USB drives will be returned after the end of the competition. If you have made a second copy, bring it backstage with you to the green room.
Junior Division entries will present first. Entries that include children may request to go on next if they do so at the time of registration. Remaining divisions will generally present in order of rank. If there are any special circumstances that would affect your place in line (such catching a ride home that night) please indicate this on your registration form and tell the Masquerade staff this when you turn in your form. While every effort will be made to comply with your requests, we cannot guarantee placement.
- 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.
- No messy substances on stage. If in doubt, ask the Skit Director. 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 to clear the stage.
- No flagrant nudity will be permitted. The Skit Competition is rated PG-13. There will be children in the audience.
- The weapons policy of the convention must be followed at all times. No real firearms, realistic copies, nor projectile weapons are allowed. Other weapons must be checked by our staff to determine if they are permitted on stage. Any weapons that do not conform to the convention weapons policy but are approved for use on stage must be transported to and from the green room in a bag or closed container. 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.
- Each person may present only once during the Skit Competition. While any individual may enter as many costumes as they like, they can only wear one of them. The other costumes must be on other bodies.
- Competitors must report to the green room on time. Finalized report times will be supplied before the convention. Failure to appear or to be ready to go on stage may result in disqualification. While competitors may be subject to circumstances beyond their control, the Skit Director has final arbitration.
- The Skit Director reserves 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. Repeated violations of the rules may result in the contestant being barred from future Competitions.
- The Judges may choose not to give out any awards in any category or division, including the Best-in-Show Award, if they do not feel any costumes entered in that division are deserving of an award. The decisions of the Judges are final.
Skit Contest Entry Form 2015 (.pdf)
The form must be completed in full, with signatures from all participants, and either mailed or emailed before May 16, 2015 to register for this event.
Any queries concerning either the Skit Contest or the Masquerade should be directed to the appropriate email address below in advance of the convention.