Cosplay SM qualification


This qualifying competition consists of two categories: craftsmanship and performance. It is possible to participate and win in one or both. The judges select one of the contestants as finalist for the final 2021 based on equal parts on craftsmanship and appearance. Thus, those who participate in both categories have a greater chance of being selected.

To participate in the Cosplay SM qualification, sign up below.


You go up on our catwalk to music and show off your costume to the audience and the judges. Before the show, a “pre-judgment” takes place where you meet the judges individually and present your costume. You are judged on how well made your suit is and how much it resembles the original. You must have created your costume yourself but it is allowed with modified garments and a few purchased garments.

Rules for craftsmanship:

Competitors must have made their costume themselves.
It is permissible with modified garments and a few purchased garments in the suit.
The suit must be created by the person wearing it during the competition.
Contestants may not put on suits that have previously won “Best Cosplay” or the equivalent in a major cosplay contest.
So-called ‘original characters’ are not allowed, contestants may only participate with a character who has a professionally published model.
It is allowed to do genderbends (a reinterpretation of the character as another gender) and gink (a reinterpretation of a non-human character as a human) as well as fan art versions of characters.


You perform a performance, between 90 and 150 seconds, on stage. You are judged based on how good the performance is, your ability to tell a story, how much your performance affects the audience and how the performance is laid out to convey the character. It is possible to use both own sound and to display video / animation / image on a large LED screen. You do not need to have made your suit yourself; it is possible to compete with a purchased suit.

Rules for performance:

Contestants must be able to wear the entire suit themselves and all associated props on and off stage.
The performance should be between 90 and 150 seconds long. It must not be shorter or longer.
The participant has the opportunity to submit a video or audio file that is played during the performance. It is also possible to perform replicas live with mick in place.
Video files should have a second of silent black image at the beginning and end.
Audio files should have a second of silence at the beginning and end.


Prizes are awarded in the categories “Best Craftsmanship” and “Best Performance”. The judges also select one of the winners as finalist for the final 2021 based on equal parts on craftsmanship and appearance.

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