March 24-26, 2023
Québec City Convention Centre

Come admire the talent of the cosplayers competing in the masquerade.


Participants prepare themselves several months in advance to make realistic costumes drawn from animes, video games, or even their imagination. Participants must present the results of their work to a panel of experienced judges. They organize an original staging, because they are not only judged on the quality of their work of sewing and craftsmanship but also on their performance on stage.

Registration and rules of the masquerade

Nadeshicon 2021 Masquerade Proceedings

Only solo entries will be accepted for the 2021 “at home” edition of the Masquerade in order to comply with health measures in place.

Only 20 spots are available for Skit and Walk-On entries combined. NO EXCEPTION will be allowed.

In order to highlight the work of participants, awards will be given to the best presentations and best costumes.

You may either perform a Skit or a Walk-on to present your costume.

  • A skit is a brief theatrical presentation with a maximal length of 1 minute; as such, costumes are presented within a context and a scenario imagined by the participant. The skit can either be serious or humorous, action-packed or filled with visual gags. You may reference as many works as you like, whether they be series, movies, etc.
  • A walk-on resembles the presentation of a fashion show: a brief appearance on camera, punctuated by a few poses taken from the character you embody. Praised for its simplicity, this option allows participants to enter the competition without having to worry about any complex setups and scenarios.

Participating in the masquerade

Registration will begin on February 20th at noon. In other to participate, you will need to fill and submit the form that will be posted then, as well as submit a portfolio to [email protected] on the same day.

Your portfolio must contain the following:

  • A description of your costume of no more than 500 words.
  • A maximum of 10 photos of your costume. Make it look like you’re ready to go on stage.
  • The portfolio will need to be a single file attached to the email. Google Drive links and other file hosting services will not be accepted.

Only 20 spots will be available. We will send you an email to confirm your registration.

Submitting your video

You have until February 27th to submit your presentation video as well as the audio for it. Being late will result in disqualification.

Participants will need to submit a video no longer than 1 minute of them performing the skit or walk-on presentation. These videos will be broadcasted during the masquerade of Nadeshicon 2021 Online, and will need to match the format and specifications listed below. Failure to respect the below criteria may result in disqualification.

Rules concerning the video

  • Video must be no longer than 1 minute and only feature the participant to comply with regulations.
  • Skits must be performed and recorded as if on a stage and in front of an audience. As such:
    • Static camera. No cuts or alternating between shots
    • No special effects
    • If the skit or walk-on is recorded outside, the surroundings will not be considered part of your performance

The masquerade is not a video editing competition. Any participant who fails to respect these rules will be disqualified.

Audio and video specifications

Here are the specifications for the video:

  • MPEG or AVI format
  • 1080p or 1080i
  • 24fps, 30fps or 60fps
  • In landscape (horizontal) mode ideally

Audio file specifications:

  • No audio recorded by the camera will be used
  • A separate MP3 file must be submitted alongside your video
  • The audio must also be added to the video file using a video editing software
  • If you are unable to add the audio to your video as per the previous point, we will add the MP3 file you submitted to your video. No additional editing will be done
  • Any custom or “homemade” audio track whose quality is considered to be sub-par may be rejected

No audio will be played during your performance at the masquerade if you do not submit an MP3 file and the video only features the audio recorded alongside it.

Meeting with the judges

Once your video has been submitted, you will receive an email so a meeting with the judges can be arranged. Please follow the directions provided in that email.

Each and every participant will have the opportunity to meet and discuss with the judges. These meetings will be held through Zoom and will each last approximately 10 minutes. If you do not show up to your meeting, you will be disqualified. Please note that these meetings will not be broadcasted during Nadeshicon 2021 Online and, as such, will remain confidential between the judges and each participant.

In order to participate, you will need the following:

  • A computer with a webcam and microphone to discuss with the judges
  • A stable internet connection sufficient for a brief Zoom call
  • To have installed the Zoom software used in the meeting


Only 20 spots TOTAL will be available for skits and walk-ons. NO EXCEPTION will be granted, so register as soon as possible!

  1. No special effect will be allowed in your video in order to keep the competition fair for those who do not have access to them. This is a costume contest after all, not an After Effects contest.
  2. Due to the online nature of the event, individuals under the age of 17 will not be able to participate, even with permission from their parents or legal guardian.
  3. No flagrant nudity.
  4. Every participant cannot perform in more than one skit or walk-on during the masquerade.
  5. Participants must respect the deadlines as well as the time allocated for their meeting with the judges. The schedule of the masquerade will be sent to you ahead of time. Failure to meet these deadlines and times will result in disqualification. Only belatedness due to force majeure may exempt you from this rule.
  6. Costumes that are tailor-made by a third party will be accepted if, AND ONLY IF, the designer has filled and signed the registration form. The designer doesn’t have to appear on video, but their presence in the meeting with the judges is mandatory. Costumes bought online are not accepted. Wigs, small accessories and jewelry are exempt of this rule.
  7. Professional costumers (whose craft covers over 50% of their income) are not eligible for prizes, but may show their work in the “Out-of-Competition” division. However, due to the limited number of entries and the popularity of the event, the staff of the Masquerade reserves the right to give priority to amateur entries eligible for prizes.
  8. The masquerade’s direction reserves the right to eliminate anyone from the competition if the participants are rude, indecent, present a risk for the audience and/or the other participants, or for any other reason they deem reasonable. Any threat and/or act of violence toward the staff, volunteers or attendees will not be tolerated and may result in expulsion from Nadeshicon 2021 Online.
  9. The judges’ decisions are final. Awards will be granted for craft, presentation, or both. If the judges consider that no costume from a division deserve a prize, they can refrain from awarding one. This also goes for the “Best in Show” and “Best in Division” prizes.
  10. Participants must be attendees of the convention to be eligible for the prizes.

Summary of the main steps

  1. Registration will begin on February 20th at noon.
  2. Your portfolio must be submitted to [email protected] immediately after your registration form is sent.
  3. A confirmation email will be sent to confirm your participation.
  4. You have until February 27th to submit the video and audio of your presentation.
  5. Meet with the judges at the time and date determined through email.

Standard Division System

Per the International Costumers’ Guild Guidelines, the following Standard Division System will be used:

Novice Division

Any contestant who has not won a major award at a Masquerade other than in the Junior Division.

Journeyman Division

Any contestant who has won fewer than three (3) awards at Masquerades at the time of registration in this division.

Artisan Division

Any contestant who has won three (3) or more awards at Masquerades; or who wishes to enter this division, provided that they do not belong in a higher division.

Master Division

Any contestant who has won more than three (3) times in the Artisan Division, or has won a Master award at a nationally recognized regional anime convention.

Out-Of-Competition Division

The Masquerade is an amateur competition Purchased or rented costumes may not be entered in competition for awards, but may be shown on stage in the Out-Of-Competition Division. Costumes made for business purposes, theatrical and professional events are not eligible for awards but may also be shown in this Division. In addition, anyone who wants to show their costume in this Division may do so.

Notice: Any contestant may compete in a Division higher than the one they are eligible to enter. Keep in mind, however, that if they win in this higher Division, they must compete in that Division in future competitions.

Thank you for your collaboration.

*Regulations based on those of G-Anime, Otakuthon and Anime North.