2022 YOUTH MASQUERADE AND FASHION SHOW

APPLICATIONS FOR THE YOUTH MASQUERADE OPEN JANUARY 20, 2022

Thank you for your interest in participating in the 2022 Phoenix Fan Fusion Youth Masquerade Costume Contest.  Please read the contest rules below BEFORE deciding to enter. Fashion Show participants do not need to pre-register as signup will be at the door.  

 

Applications will be available ____________. 

 

Once applications are available, they will be reviewed and approved pending review of photographs of the proposed costume/s.  Costumes must be 75% complete by the estimation of our reviewers at time of application to be accepted into the contest. 

 

Review of progress photos will be factored into the judging process.  The more you can show about your progress, the better.  See contest rules for further details on judging.

If you have any questions, please contact the Masquerade Producer Mary Gillespie at mary.gillespie@phoenixfanfusion.com.

CONTEST RULES

1. ELIGIBILITY


All participants must have a Phoenix Fan Fusion credential valid for the day of the Masquerade Costume Contest (this includes Attendee, VIP, Media, Exhibitor, and other specialty credentials). Members of the Phoenix Fan Fusion staff and crew are ineligible to compete in the Masquerade Costume Contest.




3. REGISTRATION


MASQUERADE – All registrations for the Youth Masquerade will be done online from the Phoenix Fan Fusion website at the youth registration page. We can accommodate a total of 15 maximum entries or 30 total participants (including all members of groups that enter). Registration closes ________. You may send photos of your entry to mary.gillespie@phoenixfanfusion.com but it is not required. FASHION SHOWAll registrations for the FASHION SHOW will be done on-site in [insert time, date, room number]. NO ONLINE PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED. The first 15 signed up at the door will be guaranteed a spot in the fashion show. Others will be able to participate as time permits.




4. PREVIOUSLY USED COSTUMES


Costumes that were previously used in a costume contest are allowed. Please indicate this on the on-line application form.




6. PICTURES


Pictures will be taken during the Performance portion of the judging process. These pictures may be used by Phoenix Fan Fusion for promotion of future events and contests.




8. COSTUME AND WEAPONS POLICY


All costumes must abide by the rules of the convention dress code and prop policy as posted here. If a policy violation is discovered by any of the Phoenix Fan Fusion Staff or the judge’s panel, that entry will be disqualified. Please note that due to the nature of our event, it is possible that prop policies may need to be updated at any time leading up to or even during the event. Should a change be necessary Phoenix Fan Fusion will attempt to notify all participants of the change as soon as possible. Ultimately the safety of the event will be given priority over consideration of including a prop or weapon in the Masquerade Costume Contest. Phoenix Fan Fusion producers and staff are unable to make exceptions to the prop policy so please, do not ask. Any questions regarding props should be addressed to the Phoenix Convention Center here. The masquerade is a family friendly event. Any costume that is not appropriate for all ages will be disqualified. Disqualification is at the discretion of Phoenix Fan Fusion staff or the judges panel.




7. GENRES


This is an open genre costume contest. Genres include, but are not limited to:

  • Sci-Fi
  • Anime/Animation
  • Comics/Manga
  • Fantasy
  • Novels
  • Steampunk
  • TV
  • Film
  • Games




9. PROHIBITED ITEMS


No glitter, confetti, pyrotechnics, live flame, or smoke generators of any kind are allowed in the convention center. Large props that require special storage, hamper movement behind the stage or in the green room, or that cannot be easily transported up the stairs into the stage room are prohibited.




10. POWER


No electrical power connections will be provided. If your costume requires power, it must be part of your costume.




11. PROHIBITED PARTICIPANTS


The Master of Ceremonies (MC) and/or other members of the Masquerade Costume Contest Staff cannot be used as part of your presentation in any way. Any people part of your presentation must be supplied by the participants. This includes moving any props or set pieces on stage for you. If you require assistance onto the stage due to costume restraints, staff will be on hand to help you up and down the stairs. Contestants’ assistants/crew do not count towards the onstage time allotment, however.




12. ONE COSTUME PER PARTICIPANT


Each contestant may present or wear one and only one costume, or in cases of group entries, each member may wear one costume per person or may wear one costume together (i.e. large costumes that require several people inside to move). The costume shown to the judges during pre-judging MUST be the costume you are wearing in the contest itself.




13. DESIGNER ENTRY


Should a participant decide to enter but chose not to model their costume, or rather have it be presented by a model, the designer must be present at pre-judging and be prepared to explain how the costume had been created. The designer may appear on-stage for performance with the entry.




14. CONTEST PERFORMANCE PORTION


1. Your costume must allow you the freedom of movement so that you can go up and down steps and walk a runway. The steps are not removable, nor can they be altered in any way ( I.E. removing the handrail). The steps are 36 inches wide. Should assistance be needed, you may have up to two assistants help you but they will not be provided by the Phoenix Fan Fusion Staff. Special accommodations must be given to event staff prior to the beginning of the show. 2. All entries must perform on stage. If the child is nervous about walking the runway, an adult may accompany them. 3. Every single participant will have 60 seconds of time to perform on stage. This is your time to shine so make the best of it. 4. There are designated seating/waiting areas for contestants and one helper per contestant. 5. Contestants will enter the stage, walk the runway pausing at spots designated by an X, and then exit the stage. 6. Performances are 50% of the overall judging score. 7. Performances must be appropriate for all ages. Any performance that is not appropriate for all ages will be disqualified and not allowed to compete in future Fan Fusion masquerades. Inappropriateness is at the discretion of the Fan Fusion masquerade stage manager and judges.




15. MICROPHONES


No microphone will be available for contestant’s use during the Masquerade Costume Contest. This includes the Emcee’s podium microphone. Only the use of prerecorded audio is allowed.




5. PRIZES


Prizes will be presented to the first, second and third place along with one “Best in Show”.

  • Best in Show
  • First Place
  • Second Place
  • Third Place
Un-ranked awards include, but are not limited to the following:
  • Judges’ Award
  • Honorable Mention, etc.




16. RULE UPDATES AND CHANGES


While no changes to these rules are foreseen, certain circumstances may require the rules or times be changed. Any changes will be noted in bold and all capitalization.




2. AGE LIMIT


The Youth Masquerade and Fashion Show is open to youth from birth to age 15. Teens 13 – 15 have the option of entering the Youth Masquerade OR the Saturday night Masquerade but not both.





If you have any questions, please contact the Masquerade Producer Mary Gillespie at mary.gillespie@phoenixfanfusion.com