If you’re a fan of Cosplay, then you’re in for a treat at Zookastar: the art of dressing up as iconic characters from films, anime, videogames and comics (in case you’ve never heard of it before) will feature at our event.
The Cosplay at Zookastar won’t just be confined to random, unpredictable outbreaks of exotically costumed characters parading around the main festival floor (although there will be plenty of those). On the last day, at 4pm, we’ll be holding a Cosplay Masquerade in Zookastar’s main movie theatre. It will last for an hour, and will be a riot of obscure, cyberpunk anime protagonists, dwarves from World of Warcraft, cute Japanese videogame icons and unforgettable movie characters made flesh in front of your very eyes.
And that’s not the end of Zookastar’s Cosplay revelry: we’ll also be enacting a game of Cosplay Chess, with each of the pieces represented on a giant chessboard by a selected Cosplayer, controlled by two serious chess-players. Keep your eyes skinned for details of when this will take place, and how you can get involved, which we will make available closer to the event.
MASQUERADE: The details
If you fancy entering the Cosplay Masquerade, please pay close attention to the rules, order of events and Terms & Conditions below:
Zookastar Cosplay Masquerade –
The Cosplay Masquerade will take place on the last day of the event at 4pm, the winner or winning group receiving a great prize of £100 worth of special gifts from our Traders. The Cosplay Masquerade will be a main stage event.
How to Enter
To enter the Cosplay Masquerade, simply fill out a form at the event registration desk before 13:30 on the final day of the event.
You will need a photo or colour printout of your character or group.
A generic music track will be played for the parade and performances.
If you would like specific music to accompany your performances then please email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how to submit it.
There will be 2 categories for judging: Parade and Performance. Either category can be as a group or an individual.
All entrants must meet in the Main Screening-Room foyer area 45 minutes before the Masquerade begins for an explanation of the rules, stage etiquette, health and safety, and an example dry-run of the event.
Cosplay Masquerade Timetable
Time Event Location
13.30 REGISTRATION DEADLINE Main Registration Desk
15.15 – 15.30 COMPULSORY BRIEFING Main Screening-Room Foyer
15.30 – 16.00 BACKSTAGE PRE-JUDGING
16.45 AUDIENCE ARE SEATED
16.00 – 17.00 COSPLAY MASQUERADE Main Screening Room
All entries will be judged on the following criteria:
Attention to detail, Presentation, Styling and Make-Up, Craftsmanship, Performance. Construction and accuracy points will be awarded before the parade off stage during the waiting period. The judges’ decision is final and extra points may be awarded for creativity.
You may be filmed or photographed during the Cosplay Masquerade, your image may be used for advertising and promotional purposes or to otherwise distribute or sell. Your consent to this is a requirement of taking part in the Masquerade; by applying you agree to this.
The Cosplay Team reserve the right to reject applicants at their discretion. Failure to provide evidence in a timely manner that your costume is eligible if asked may result in losing your place.
Zookastar wants to celebrate many fabulous and talented cosplayers every year. Most costumes are fine, however we do have a few rules that we request that our attendees bear in mind when it comes to their costume.
Also, please read our Props and Weapons Policy for rules with regards to props:
Props and Weapons Policy
This policy is in effect in order to keep a safe and fun environment for all Zookastar attendees, committee, volunteers and guests. We would request that everyone abide by the rules outlined in this policy. Most props are permitted, however we request that attendees exercise caution and discretion with their props.
|Real firearms||Working, replica, disabled, or otherwise.|
|Projectile weapons||BB guns, pellet guns, cap guns, paintball markers, crossbows, dart guns, blowguns, slingshots, tasers.|
|Live steel||Knives, swords, bayonets, daggers, switchblades, axes, skuriken, kunai.*Bokken, shinai and other forms of wooden/bamboo practice swords are permitted.|
|Blunt weapons||Batons, clubs, paddles, nunchaku.|
|Liquid weapons||Water pistols, water guns, water balloons.|
|Explosives||Fireworks, firecrackers, sparklers, stun grenades, smoke bombs.|
|Chemical weapons||Tear gas, pepper spray.|
|Laser devices||Laser pointers, laser-aiming devices|
|Other||Any Weapons prohibited in under the Restriction of Weapons Act 1961.
*Anyone found in possession of a prohibited weapon will be reported to the Police.
|Signs not considered an established part of a costume.
*An example of a sign considered part of a costume would be the sign carried by Gemma the panda.
|Chalkboards or whiteboards.|
Please note that we cannot pre-approve individual props and weapons before the convention. We can only determine permissibility upon viewing and inspecting the prop/weapon. If you have any questions, please contact the Information Officer at email@example.com