Date: Saturday May 25, 2013
Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Theme: SQUARE ENIX
Each participant is restricted to ONE entry in the Doll Masquerade.
Each entrant must have a valid Anime North badge which includes General Day and Weekend Admissions, Exhibitor, and Dealer passes.
Each entry will be judged on Display, Presentation, and Documentation by our esteemed panel of judges. (Please see below for details on each component.)
All entries in the Doll Masquerade will be automatically entered in the Fan Favourite competition.
To qualify your entry must reflect a title developed or published by Square Enix. Please review the following for lists of works by Square, Enix, and Square Enix:
All participants must remain present during judging to answer judge’s questions regarding their entry.
Valid Doll Types
The following doll types are valid for entry in the Doll Masquerade:
- Asian Ball-Jointed Dolls (Resin and Vinyl)
- Non-Asian Ball-Jointed Dolls
- Pullip Dolls
- Blythe Dolls
- Monster High Dolls
- Momoko Dolls
- Dollfie Dream Dolls
- Obitsu Dolls
Please note: Anime North and Doll North ask that recasts are not entered in the Doll Masquerade competition out of respect to the doll artisans, distributors, and sculptors who continue to support our event. Recast dolls identified in the Doll Masquerade will be disqualified.
The Display Component is worth 70% of your evaluation.
Outfit: Outfit components can be handmade or purchased, greater points will be awarded to entrants that have hand crafted their outfits. Pattern-making is not being judged, but you will be awarded additional points for pattern-making if you have provided proof in the Documentation component. You will be judged based on workmanship, execution, and adherence to the overall theme.
Accessories: Items not expected to be handcrafted such as wigs, shoes, eyes, hardware, and belts will be judged for their adherence to the theme material and how well they incorporate with the entire outfit.
Props: Points can also be earned for prop creation when applicable to the theme material, only props that have been handmade will impact the Display Component.
Face Up: Additional points will be awarded to dolls with customised face ups to match their title inspiration.
The Presentation Component is worth 20% of your evaluation.
You may have a maximum of 3 dolls in your Doll Masquerade presentation. The 3 dolls must be displayed as a group and will be judged together.
You will be judged on posing and how your doll(s) are displayed — does the presentation tell a story or reflect the desired theme material?
Are your dolls ‘in character’? Have you included any additional items to set a scene? We ask that you keep these items within reason. Your presentation space is restricted to 2 feet wide, please stay within these confines.
The Documentation Component is worth 10% of your evaluation.
Your are expected to bring a photo reference of your theme inspiration.
Additional points will be awarded to entrants that share development details on their entry. An example would be a “Work in Progress” portfolio documenting steps in the creation process with photos, patterns, fabric swatches, etc. We will also accept online Work in Progress portfolios, be it a forum thread on DoA, tumblr, private blog, or the like. We must receive the link by Monday May 20, 2013 so that our judges have adequate time to review your portfolio before the event.
Attendees will be given a ballot and asked to write down the entry number for their favourite Doll Masquerade entry. Ballots will be tallied at the end of the competition and a winner will be announced.
The judging panel will consist of esteemed individuals of notable standing in the doll community. Their names will be announced at the event to avoid favoritism or tampering.
Registration can be submitted prior to the event, or anytime before the start of the Doll Masquerade at the greeting table for Doll North.
You will be provided with an entry number you will be asked to arrange your entry on one of the display tables. Judges and attendees will walk around the room to review the work and discuss your entries one on one.
Pre-Registration Date: Sunday Februrary 24, 2013 to May 19, 2013
On site registration will close two hours prior to the competition, it is highly encouraged that you pre-register!
Square Enix Title Selection:
Please include the following for each doll in your display:
Link to Digital Work in Progress (if applicable)
The Doll Masquerade Photography and Photo-Story Competitions will return in 2013 and be held on social media. Please check back soon for further details on this competition!