We would like to invite you to participate in the NASFIC 2020 masquerade. The masquerade is open to people of all costuming skill levels and is held on Saturday night of the con. It will be following the International Costumers’ Guild guidelines for rules and skill levels, adapted for virtual use.

As we are streaming this event and we acknowledge that not all participants will want to submit videos of themselves, we are allowing people to enter themselves for Workmanship Judging, Presentation Judging or both.

Due to editing and judging needs, registration will be closed on August 16th at 11:59pm PST.

Masquerade Judging

Presentation consists of your presentation on video. It judges everything from your costume’s appearance from your video, to how you act and move, to your music and voiceovers, etc. The Judges will give awards divided by skill levels and excellence of performance within those different skill levels. You can register to be judged for presentation here

Workmanship judging allows the opportunity to consider exceptional accomplishment in crafting costumes, props, and accessories. This is the place where exquisite attention to detail may be recognized. Re-creation costumes (a costume whose design is copied from a film, television show, theatrical presentation, book illustration, comic, work of art, or other medium) must provide a color picture of the original for the workmanship judges. If you wish to participate, please include close ups of your costumes and props with your entry. You can register to be judged for workmanship here

NASFIC Masquerade Skill Divisions

Anyone may choose to compete in a higher skill division. Group presentations will be judged based on the highest skill division of the individual members.

Novice is for any contestant who has not previously won an award for a costume in any masquerade, or who has won a maximum of two awards in the Novice division for different costumes at a world-class convention masquerade such as World Con or Costume Con, or at a regional convention masquerade such as Norwescon or Marcon.

Journeyman is for any contestant who has won a maximum of three awards for different costumes in the Novice division at a world-class or regional convention masquerade.

Master is for any contestant who has won four or more awards for different costumes in the Journeyman or Master division, or who has won one or more Best in Show awards, at a regional or world-class convention masquerade. Professional costumers must enter the Master division.

Awards can but won’t necessarily include:

  • Best in Show
  • Best Workmanship (Novice, Journeyman, Master)
  • Best Presentation (Novice, Journeyman, Master)
  • Best in Class (Novice, Journeyman, Master)
  • Director’s Choice
  • Judge’s Choice
  • Best Editing

NASFiC Masquerade Rules

Please review these rules carefully. Violation of any rule may disqualify an entry. Please help us make the masquerade safe and enjoyable.

  1. No costumes/Cosplay that are historically or otherwise offensive, including bigoted iconography or symbolism.
  2. We expect your entry to be compliant to the Columbus NASFiC Code of Conduct.
  3. Purchased costumes may not be entered in competition unless modified for your presentation. Credit must be given for all makeup and costume construction.
  4. Video Submissions must be kept no longer 30 seconds for smaller groups/individuals and 1 minute for larger groups. If there is a reason you think you need a longer amount of time, it must be approved by the Masquerade Director.
  5. It is preferred that videos are shot horizontally and not vertically in 720p and 30 frames per second.
  6. Sound accompaniment should be included with your application. Please provide high quality audio files that are ready to be played as-is, without additional editing. Your entry will be streamed on YouTube so your music must be royalty free. Some recommended sites for this are epidemicsound and bensound.