Cosplay Rules

Cosplay Competition

SciFi Con is inviting cosplayers to come in their favourite sci-fi or fantasy cosplay costume on Saturday 31 October 2015 at Riverside Theatres, Church St Parramatta.

We will host cosplay parades and our cosplay competition returns again this year, both are open to young and old – there is no obligation to enter a competition or the parade. Come and show us your masterpiece of imagination and just hang out on the day.

What is Cosplay?
Cosplay is short for costume play, in which participants wear costumes and fashion accessories to represent a specific character or idea that is usually identified with a unique name.

The following guidelines are provided for the safety and well being of attendees at and participants in the SciFi Con.

1. Costumes
Remember that this is a family oriented event. Whether you are competing or not, if your costume is too risqué or deemed inappropriate, you will be instructed to change. We reserve the right to enforce the dress code of this event. It is also in your best interests to make sure that you do not have any wardrobe malfunctions. And please use some common sense. If you are unsure if your costume will be acceptable, please contact Darrell via email

2. Weapons or props
All weapons or props will need to be checked by the SciFi Con staff before you enter the building. This is for everyone’s safety as you are not permitted to have such weapons on you when not competing. You wouldn’t want sharp tips or pointed parts stabbing into you, right?

We need to remind all cosplayers and attendees travelling to and from our event, to take due care to ensure your replica weapons or props are properly contained or stored in a suitable bag. This is to avoid possible harm to yourself and the public. Overall, no actual weapons or weapons made of metal are permitted under any circumstances.

Staff may ask to examine your weapons or props at any time and ask you to check them in, if needed. Do yourself a favour and make sure they’re legal for public spaces. Check the relevant state and federal laws and regulations regarding weapons, imitation weapons and props, as well as their usage.

Note: We reserve to the right to enforce compliance with all relevant state and federal laws during this event.

Please feel free to check in your weapons or props temporarily during the day, as you can take them out again for photo opportunities or to enter the competition. Please also make sure to take any props you use with you once you’re heading off the stage

Swords, blades, knives and other melee weapons
Metal swords, metal knives and other active martial arts weapons are not allowed at any SciFi Con events.

Guns and projectile weapons
Actual firearms including airsoft, modern, hunting or historic, either functioning or de-commissioned, are not permitted at SciFi Con. Replica firearms made from metal, solid resin/plastic/rubber are not permitted at SciFi Con events.

No props or weapons capable of firing any projectile or powder charge of any kind are permitted. Nerf guns and other foam dart guns ARE allowed, but they must not have any foam darts loaded at any time. If firearm or projectile weapons are deemed unacceptable by SciFi Con management, local authorities will be contacted.

Bows and slingshots are allowed, however, they must be de-strung. There must be no capacity to fire any object from the bow or slingshot. Arrows and other items used in bows or slingshots are prohibited.

SciFi Con does not allow ANY laser pointers to be used at SciFi Con. If you have a laser pointer in your prop or weapon, make sure it cannot function by either removing the batteries, or simply not bringing it.

Props and weapons with an excessive weight are subject to approval by the SciFi Con Staff. There is no set weight limit, however, if it is deemed to be too heavy or unsafe, it will be requested that the item is presented to Staff to check-in for the duration of the event.

Please consider how heavy your props are because you’re going to be carrying them for the event duration. The check-in is NOT a cloak room; it is storage for items which SciFi Con deems unsuitable to be at SciFi Con.

SciFi Con and its organisers maintains absolute discretion to determine whether or not a prop or costume is deemed suitable for entry to the event. If SciFi Con determines that a prop or costume is not suitable, we are entitled to refuse you entry to the event. Alternatively, we may offer to permit entry and to store any props or costumes for the duration of the event. We do not accept any responsibility for any loss or damage to any props or costumes stored by us. If you fail to collect your props or costumes at the end of the event, we may dispose of those items.

If you are unsure if your weapon or prop will be ok, please Darrell via email

3. Cosplay Competition
Throughout the SciFi Con, competitions will be held for a variety of categories and only those wishing to enter any category need to be aware of the following information:

Open to all ages to register and participate in the Cosplay competitions.

Registration closing date – 12 Midnight, 30 October 2015.

You will be told where marshalling is when you check in at SciFi Con Information Booth on the day. Marshalling occurs half an hour before the competition starts. Please note that competitions usually do not start at the same time. It is your responsibility to make sure to check your event guide for when your competition starts. When marshalling begins, please listen carefully to and cooperate with the marshal so you can be ordered quickly, and then you can chat with each other.

Judging Process
Please note that the judges’ decisions are final. The judges do not need to disclose how they arrived at their decision. Although there are prizes to be won, please remember to have fun.

Cash AUD$1,000 (Australian Dollars) and other prizes will be awarded on the day, with the winning costumes promoted on the SciFi Film Festival website.

Registration for these competitions is to be completed online via by 12 Midnight 30 October 2015. There may be some registration of 16 yrs and under on the day, so let the SciFi Con team know if you need to use this option via

4. Indemnity
As organisers of SciFi Con, SciFi Film Festival will not be held legally responsible or liable for any misconduct, damages, injuries or death resulting from the actions of any SciFi Con attendee. Any inappropriate behaviour or misconduct by any attendee will be not be tolerated by SciFi Film Festival or local authorities.

Register Here… Cosplay Competition

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