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PMX CosFest!

CosFest is our Official Cosplay Competition!

Everyone is encouraged to attend this well-loved event! This will truly be a cosplay extravaganza, with great skits, special performances, and amazing costumes.

We welcome costumes from J-Rock to J-Pop to Anime to C-Pop to Asian film, Asian animation, Asian comics, Asian-origin video games, or Asian music stars. We also welcome EGL (Elegant Gothic Lolita) and EGA (Elegant Gothic Aristocrat).

Participants are eligible to win a variety of awards and CASH PRIZES!!

CosFest will be held on Saturday, November 7th at 6:30pm!

Online CosFest registration is now closed. However, you may still sign up for the event at the convention. We will be accepting at-con sign-ups in the CosFest Office, located on the Hilton second floor in room Catalina D, during the hours of 2-9pm Friday and 10am-2pm Saturday. For further info, please read the rules below.

Click here to go straight to the participant rules & guidelines.

CosFest 2009 Halftime Show

Pacific Media Expo PMX CosFest Cosplay costume competition Mikarin has been playing piano and singing her whole life; in fact, vocal training was what brought her from Japan to Los Angeles. While attending Ani-Magic ’04, Mikarin began to realize the beauty and joy of cosplay as an art form expressing Japanese culture. Two years later at Ani-Magic ’06, she was given not only Best in Show but also the Judge’s Award from Vic Mignogna, who loved her costumes, audio track, and singing. Since then, Mikarin has strived to be the best costumer she can be. This year she has won major craftsmanship awards at Anime LA, Anime Expo, and Otakon.

USA Musume USA Musume is an American J-pop cover group specializing in performing and cosplaying from Japanese pop artists like Morning Musume, and other groups & soloists that fall under the umbrella of the successful Japanese production group, Hello! Project. USA Musume takes pride in honoring these artists by recreating performances that keep in mind the spirit of each song that they cover. Costumes and choreography are often true to the original, with occasional creative license taken to make performances unique to USA Musume. UM has a rotating cast of members, including Southern CA & Northern CA chapters, totaling over 20 members in its history. UM has appeared in numerous concerts and performances of many different Hello! Project musical numbers, as guests of cons and events throughout CA, since the troupe was established in 2002. USA Musume enjoys sharing this expression of their support of Morning Musume & Hello! Project with fans across the nation and in Japan!

Hall Cosplay

Visual Kei, GothLoli, Gaming, Manwha, Anime, Asian Cinema -- whatever your genre, show off your skills at PMX! Everyone is welcome to participate in Hall Cosplay; wear your costume as you enjoy the convention. HOWEVER, please be sure to read and follow the Weapons Policy (follow the Policies and FAQs link above) to ensure you have the best possible cosplay experience.

Any genre of cosplay is allowed for Hall Cosplay, but costumes must be suitable for all audiences. This convention is a family-friendly event, and there will be people of all ages present throughout the convention. Please keep this in mind when designing and choosing your costumes, and allow your common sense and good taste to prevail. Pacific Media Expo reserves the right to deem a costume as unacceptable and request the wearer make modifications as necessary.

CosFest Competition Guidelines
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask. Whether you are competing for the first time or have a long history with competition, it's always possible we are doing something different than you might expect. It is your responsibility to read the rules and make sure you understand them. It is also your responsibility ask questions if you are confused. We are here to help you. Let us know your questions and we will do our best to clarify. Please feel free to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Registered Entries

Check here to see a list of registered entries eligible for awards and cash prizes!

Current # of entries: 16

CosFest Sample Judging Questions (Craftsmanship Awards)
Please note that this is a sample document and the judging process may not include everything listed below and/or the judges may decide to add to the following questions and observations.

We will compare your costume to the picture or pictures that you provide for us to note accuracy, theme, originality, etc.

CosFest Participant Waiver Form
All participants must sign this required form to lock their entry into CosFest. Minors must fill out and sign the Minor Permission Form.

CosFest Minor Permission Form
All minors (17 years of age and under) are required to fill out the following form with their parent and/or guardian to be admitted into CosFest.

CosFest Craftsmanship Judging Form
This form is needed prior to your craftsmanship judging appointment. If you are interested in or have signed up for craftsmanship judging, please fill out this form.

CosFest Contestant Timeline
 Friday, November 6th, 2009
 Time  Place  Description
 2:00pm to
CosFest Office  Sign-ins, Check-ins &
 Music Submission
 7:00pm to
CosFest Office  Craftsmanship judging
(Special appointment only)
 Saturday, November 7th, 2009
 Time  Place  Description
 10:00am to
CosFest Office  Sign-ups, Check-ins &
 Music Submission
 10:00am to
CosFest Office  Craftsmanship Judging
 4:00pm to
International Ballroom A  Mandatory
contestant meeting
 4:30pm to
International Ballroom A  Optional rehearsal time
 5:30pm International Ballroom A  Contestants must
be backstage
 6:00pm International Ballroom A  Press seating
 6:15pm International Ballroom A  Audience seating
 6:30pm to
International Ballroom A  CosFest competition
 Please, arrive on time!


May 2010 raffle
Win: An autographed Angelic Pretty poster! Click here. (05.08.10)

April 17-18 Swap Meet
Vendor registration is now open for the PMX Anime Swap Meet at the Monterey Park Cherry Blossom Festival! Click here for event information and links. (04.13.10)

April 2010 raffle
Win: An autographed Aoi Kidokoro mini poster! (April Raffle closed on 04.30.10) (04.13.10)

March 2010 raffle
Win: Autographed UchuSentai NOIZ poster! (March Raffle closed on 04.10.10) (03.29.10)

February 2010 raffle
Win: Autographed button of Takuya Angel! (February Raffle closed on 03.10.10) (02.22.10)

January 2010 raffle
Win: Autographed self-portrait sketch of Excel Saga director Nabeshin! (January Raffle closed on 01.31.10) (01.07.10)

PMX Holiday Swap Meet
Do you want your anime fix and shop with your friends at the same time? Come to the Valley Gakuen Japanese School/PMX Holiday Anime Swap Meet and Screening - Saturday, December 12, 2009 - 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM. This event is FREE TO THE PUBLIC! Click here for more info. (11.30.09)

Event tracking
Check out the PMX09 Programming Schedule. (11.06.09)

Buy a ticket and get a free autograph from UchuSentai NOIZ. Pit tickets get a signed photo and signed poster. Middle tickets get a signed poster. (11.06.09)

Many sounds
Hydraphonic is PMX's Saturday music event. Hydraphonic features Poel, Nobu Albatross, Kiryu, and Lemon Drop Kick. No ticket needed. Hydraphonic is at 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday. (10.31.09)

At-Con Registration
The Registration page has been completely updated. Click here to see all the Registration policies for 2009. (10.27.09)

Concert tickets
Tickets for the Pacific Music Live 09 concert are now on sale. See the Music Ticketing Policy to buy. (10.23.09)

More music
Joining the lineup for the Pacific Music Live 09 concert is Ai Chérie and Rusika. (10.23.09)

Meet the DJs
The PMX Dance brings you the talents of Takuya Angel, DJ ¡PAZ!, DJ Tw33k, DJ Tory Trajec, and DJ Oui-Ji. (10.23.09)

October/November 2009 raffle
Win: A framed Suicide Ali postcard and a kitty scarf from Rosaleen Dhu Designs! (October/November Raffle closed on 11.30.09) (10.21.09)

Tea Party Auction
The online parallel auction for Head Table tickets is ready to go! The auction bidder registration page is open NOW. Bids will be accepted starting at Noon today (Oct 18). The original planned closing time of 8pm Oct 22 still applies. (10.18.09)

$35 Pre-Reg extended
The October pre-reg rate for Full memberships has been extended to the 20th. Click here for registration info. (10.16.09)

Cat scratch fashion
Designer Gashikon of the Hangry & Angry fashion line of h.Naoto to show off her works at the PMX Fashion Show. Find out more. (10.16.09)

Sakedol dreams
Pop idol duo Papillon to perform in the Pacific Music Live 09 concert. More on music. (10.16.09)

Meet Kiryu
Singer/Songwriter Kiryu will be at PMX to meet his fans! Find out more about Kiryu's visit here. (10.14.09)

Return of the NOIZ
Visual kei rock band UchuSentai NOIZ returns! Catch them in concert at Pacific Music Live 09. (10.14.09)

Angelic Pretty is back!
Iconic lolita fashion label Angelic Pretty returns! Click here for more information about their Magical Boutique, Wonderland Tea Party, and the PMX Fashion Show. (10.05.09)

Nabeshin at PMX09
Anime director and cameo character Shinichi "Nabeshin" Watanabe will be participating at PMX in an autograph session and a focus panel. (09.29.09)

Cutting-edge fashion
PMX09 is pleased to announce its first Guest of Honor: Takuya Sawada of Takuya Angel. Check out Takuya Angel designs in the fashion show and boutique. Watch Takuya Sawada spin during the dance. (09.04.09)

September 2009 raffle
Win: Autographed Suicide Ali Poster! (September Raffle closed on 09.30.09) (09.02.09)

August 2009 raffle
Win: Uchusentai Noiz DVD, Sample CD, and 2 PMX 09 Full Badges! (August Raffle closed on 08.31.09) (08.08.09)

Cosplay info posted
Information about Cosplay at PMX and our CosFest competition is up. Click here. (08.03.09)

Press and Industry info posted
Policies for Press and Industry passes are up and registration links are active. (07.28.09)

July 2009 raffle
Win: Autographed Kaya poster! (July Raffle closed on 08.05.09) (07.01.09)

June 2009 raffle
Win: Autographed Suicide Ali poster! (June Raffle closed on 06.30.09) (06.22.09)

You can now register for PMX09 here. And book your hotel room at the special con rate here. (05.22.09)

New look
Welcome to the website's look for 2009. This is a work-in-progress, so please check often for news and updates. (05.21.09)

May 2009 raffle
Win: Autographed Angelic Pretty poster! (May Raffle closed on 05.31.09) (05.19.09)

April 2009 raffle
Win: Framed and autographed Kaya postcard! (April Raffle closed on 04.30.09) (04.14.09)

PMX Collectors' Swap Meet
Join us at the Monterey Park Cherry Blossom Festival (April 18-19, 11 AM - 6 PM). (03.28.09)

March 2009 raffle
Win: Robotech Shadow Chronicles 2-Disc Collector's Edition, a VF-1A Max Type Valkyrie Super Poseable Figure, and 2 PMX 2009 Full Memberships! (March Raffle closed on 03.31.09) (03.06.09)

February 2009 raffle
Win an autographed and framed Kaya postcard! (February Raffle closed on 02.28.09) (02.10.09)

Save the date! Nov. 6-8, '09
PMX 2009 returns to the LAX Hilton for another year of fun! (01.14.09)

January 2009 raffle
Win an autographed and framed Suicide Ali postcard! (January Raffle closed on 01.31.09) (01.02.09)

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