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 Saturday, October 12th, 2024 – Runway Showcase

 Sunday, October 13th, 2024 - Craftsmanship

 Final schedule and Contest Locations to be announced October 1st.

About Our Contest

      First Attack cosplay contest returns for 2024. There will be two contests with different categories so that Cosplayers may enter and showcase their works. Contest entrants will need to provide art references of their character. References should be official art or screenshots of their selected character.

     FA2024’s Cosplay Contest is a free-to-enter competition (no tournament fee). Pre-judging will be available in a publicly accessible area within the badged #FA2024 event spaces. You will need a weekend or day pass to reach the pre-judging area. Tickets may be purchased at:

https://boletos.prticket.com/events/en/firstattack2024

Seating and water will be available!

Cosplay Contest Guidelines:

Cosplay assistants, handlers, and mobility aids are welcome and will not be a factor in judging. All minor participants must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Entrants below the age of 13 must be accompanied by a legal guardian or a relative of legal age at all times during the contest, except on stage.

Contest Overview and Details (Craftsmanship)

Contestants are encouraged to bring in-progress photos for their cosplay! Presented cosplays must be at least 75% handmade to be eligible for an award. Contestants will have their cosplays reviewed on the following criteria:

  • Participant Cap = 40 Participants total

  • Craftsmanship: The stitching, fabric selection, form, fit, and construction of your costume.

  • This category includes prop-making in our contest.

  • Accuracy: How well your costume represents your character and the official art references provided .

  • Originality: Is your costume unique? Did it require inventive crafting to realize?

  •  Sizing: Costumes must allow for the wearer to move freely within the convention space and access the 2nd floor. judging area by escalator, stairs, or elevator. The wearer may use mobility aids or handlers.

  • Weaponry Rule: Only blunted, foam, plastic, or otherwise non-lethal weaponry will be allowed as part of First Attack’s Cosplay Contest. Any and all gun props will be required to have an orange covered tip on the barrel, triggers should be rendered unmovable, and should be unable to fire projectiles. Any weapons violating this rule may not be allowed in the convention spaces. Any weapons allowed in the convention spaces will all be at the discretion of FIRST ATTACK staff and security. Please note that weaponry adhering to these rules may still be deemed inappropriate for convention display at the event’s discretion.

  • Large metal props are not allowed.

  • Non-cosplay masks worn for health and safety will not impact judging.

  • All costumes must be entered by their creator.

  • Any costume that has won an award at another major competition may NOT enter the costume contest.

 

Contest Overview and Details (Runway Showcase)

  • Participant Cap = 75 participants total

  • Accuracy: How well your costume represents your character and the official art references provided.

  • Originality: Is your costume unique? Did it require inventive crafting to realize?

  • Sizing: Costumes must allow for the wearer to move freely within the convention space and access the 2nd floor judging area by escalator, stairs, or elevator. The wearer may use mobility aids or handlers.

  • Weaponry Rule: Only blunted, foam, plastic, or otherwise non-lethal weaponry will be allowed as part of First Attack’s Cosplay Contest. Any and all gun props will be required to have an orange covered tip on the barrel, triggers should be rendered unmovable, and should be unable to fire projectiles. Any weapons violating this rule may not be allowed in the convention spaces. Any weapons allowed in the convention spaces will all be at the discretion of FIRST ATTACK staff and security. Please note that weaponry adhering to these rules may still be deemed inappropriate for convention display at the event’s discretion.

  • Large metal props are not allowed.

  • Non-cosplay masks worn for health and safety will not impact judging.

  • All costumes must be entered by their creator.

  • Any costume that has won an award at another major competition may NOT enter the costume contest.

FA2024’s contest is open to cosplayers of all skill levels, but our finalists will need to display great skill of characters to win our awards!

All costumes will be judged singularly, with no additional favor shown to group costumery. FA2024 Cosplay Contest judges will prioritize construction over showmanship. Please note that the above rules are subject to change prior to show weekend. They can become more lax at our judges discretion, but they will never become more strict. Any rule changes will be posted here and announced on First Attack social channels.

Pre-Registration Form

Please fill out This Form , https://forms.gle/Qnhhyk9LGRzS9Ky27  to pre-register yourself for the Cosplay Contest. This will help our Judges immensely and ensure they have all the details they need to review your cosplay at the show. 

 

Pre-Judging 

The second-floor in room 211 will host pre-judging for the Cosplay Contest. Pre-Judging hours will

be confirmed alongside the final event schedule. Cosplay Contest Finals will take place onstage in

the Convention Center. Expected showcase time is 5-6PM

An event photographer and backdrop will be available during pre-judging to ensure that all

participants receive a keepsake photo as part of their participation in the contest. Photos will be

posted post-event in a gallery on this site and social medias.

Prizing (Craftsmanship)

Contestants will win Top 8 medals, their listed share of cash prizing, and First Attack merchandise

packages. Total Cash prize is $500.00

  •  1st Place / Best In Show

          Costume is at-least 75% hand-crafted, with minimal purchased props or embellishments

          Prize: $250 and a First Attack medal and merch package

  • 2nd Place / Runner-Up

        Costume is at-least 75% hand-crafted

        Prize: $150, a First Attack medal, and merch package

  • 3rd Place / Notable Cosplay

        Costume is at-least 75% hand-crafted

        Prize: $100, a First Attack medal, and merch package

Prizing (Runway Showcase)

Contestants will win Top 8 medals, Prizing packages and First Attack merchandise packages for the following placements. Full list of prizes to be announced

  • 1st Place / Best In Show

  • 2nd Place / Runner-Up

  • 3rd Place / Notable Cosplay

JUDGES AWARDS

Each judge will also be awarding a merch package to acknowledge their individual appreciation of one contestant’s cosplay.

FA2024 Cosplay JUDGES (Will be revealed in First Attack Socials)

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