News Madman Entertainment launches National Cosplay Competition
Madman Entertainment has launched the first national cosplay competition. It will be a single entrant competition (i.e no groups) with 30 successful applicants per round, entries will be opened on the Madman National Cosplay Website from February 1st. All competitors will be required to perform a 3 minute skit with all audio and visual content to be submitted well before the event. Preliminaries will be starting at Supanova Melbourne in March. The preliminaries will continue through to Supanova in Brisbane, Sydney and finish with AVcon in Adelaide in July.
Dates for the preliminary rounds are as follows;
- Melbourne - Supanova Expo March 27-29, Royal Showgrounds.
- Brisbane - Supanova Expo April 3-5, RNA Showgrounds.
- Sydney - Supanova Expo June 26-28, The Dome, Olympic Park.
- Perth - Supanova Expo July 3-5, Claremont Showgrounds.
- Adelaide - AVCON July 25-26, Adelaide Convention Centre.
Winners of the preliminaries will receive;
- 1st Place: Invitation to compete at the national championship in Melbourne, return economy airfare from nearest capital city for the event, 3 nights accommodation and a $200 Madman gift voucher.
- 2nd Place: $150 Madman voucher.
- 3rd Place: $100 Madman voucher.
The National Championship will be held in Melbourne in November 2009, but no exact date or venue has been set. This is where it gets interesting, competitiors for the Championship have to create a new costume for the round, it has to be different from the previous character used and cannot have been used in any other competitions. This new costume will need to be completed by midnight on October 23rd.
Winners of the championship will receive;
- 1st Place: Two return economy airfares to Tokyo, Japan to attend Tokyo Anime Fair 2010, 7 nights twinshare accomodation, 2 days public access entry to Tokyo Anime Fair 2010, entry for 2 to the Studio Ghibli Museum and a visit to a anime production studio.
- 2nd Place: $500 Madman anime voucher.
- 3rd Place: $300 Madman anime voucher.
- 4th and 5th Place: $200 Madman anime voucher.
It must also be noted that only japanese anime and manga costumes may be entered, they must be self-made and photographic evidence must be provided. The terms and conditions contains all this information and the judging criteria, it can be found at the Madman National Cosplay Website.