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CosFest: the Official PMX Cosplay Competition and Masquerade Event

CosFest is Pacific Media Expo's cosplay masquerade! See an extravaganza of amazing costumes, great skits, and special performances. Costumers are encouraged to participate in the show, and everyone is welcome to attend!

We welcome a wide array of genres: anime, game, manga/manwha, Asian music stars, film, EGL (Elegant Gothic Lolita), EGA (Elegant Gothic Aristocrat), historical, folklore - the rule of thumb is if it originated in or was inspired by Pacific Asia, it's welcome in CosFest.

CosFest will be held on Saturday, November 13th. Participants are eligible to win a variety of awards and CASH PRIZES!! Scroll down this page for links to CosFest event rules, participant form downloads, and frequently asked questions.

Make sure you read the event rules before signing up.
Click here to go straight to the participant rules & guidelines.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact the CosFest manager.

Online event registration is now closed. However, we will be accepting at-con sign-ups in the CosFest Lounge (Pacific Ballroom B).

Prizes Provided By
AAA Anime Distribution Logo Otaku Sanctuary magazine Otaku Sanctuary magazine

CosFest 2010 Halftime Show

Image Angel Hearts is an American cosplay group based in California that specializes in idol-pop song and dance routines. They have been doing IDOLM@STER, ParaPara, and J-pop performances at anime conventions throughout California since 2003. For CosFest they will be dancing to songs from the Japanese idol simulation game, THE IDOLM@STER.

Image Mikarin has been playing piano and singing her whole life; in fact, music is what brought her from Japan to Los Angeles. After focusing on her music very intensely for a long time, she began to get homesick. She decided to go to a local video rental shop to look for a Japanese movie to rent. While there, she noticed that they had Anime movies, so she rented one. That opened the gate to her Anime OTAKU life.

Being an artist from the beginning, she was naturally attracted to cosplay and making her own costumes. That was the birth of Takeriya Samurai, the cosplay team of Mikarin and Hagi. Having spent most of the past four years exploring sewing and craftsmanship techniques, Mikarin is now focusing on integrating her expressions of music with that of costuming. At this year's PMX CosFest intermission, she will perform four of her favorite Anime songs, which represent the four seasons. Mikarin's presentation will be in Japanese with Hagi translating.

Hall Cosplay

Pacific Media Expo PMX CosFest Cosplay costume competition

Visual Kei, Goth, Lolita, Gaming, Manwha, Anime, Asian Cinema -- whatever your genre, show off your skills at PMX! Everyone is welcome to wear costumes and show their fashion while enjoying the con. However, please read and follow the Weapons Policy (coming soon) to ensure you have the best possible cosplay experience.

Any genre of cosplay is allowed in the halls, but costumes must be suitable for all audiences. Pacific Media Expo is a family-friendly event attended by people of all ages. 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.

Furthermore, please exhibit appropriate behavior in the halls. The rules are simple:

  • Refrain from obscene gestures and displays.
  • Respect the personal space of other attendees. Do not hug strangers without permission. Absolutely no glomping or inappropriate touching.
  • No "horseplay" (unruly physical behavior that might injure other people or damage property).

We encourage all attendees to be creative and have fun, but having fun does not require leaving one's maturity and social propriety at the door. If you experience harassment from other attendees, you are welcome to report it to PMX Security.

CosFest Competition Rules

Whether you're 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. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask the CosFest Manager.

Registered Entries

Check here to see a current list of entries that are registered and approved for CosFest 2010.

Current # of entries: 16

CosFest Participant Forms

Here are downloadable forms for CosFest participants to bring to the convention (waiver, parental release form, and craftsmanship judging form).

Frequently Asked Questions

Got a question about CosFest? Need clarification? Here are some Frequently Asked Questions that may help.

Updated: 10-25-10

CosFest Lounge Hours

The CosFest Lounge, located in Pacific Ballroom B, contains the CosFest masquerade function desks as well as a photo studio!

The Photo Studio is open to all attendees. Cosplayers and fashionistas are welcome to stop by during available studio hours and pose against a professional backdrop. Take photos with our studio manager, or bring your own photographer!

We also highly encourage costumers to hop over to the masquerade desk and sign-up for the contest! We accept at-con sign-ups at any time on Friday or before 1pm on Saturday.

Check this article for open hours!

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.

All About Awards
Want to know about the judging scheme and the awards going out? Check here for explanations and prize figures!


PMX 2010 is over! See you in 2011!

Anime Nightclub
Something Different, Uncensored, and a Charity of the Roastee’s choice. Click here. (11.10.10)

Final Programming Schedule
Hot off the press! IT IS HERE. (11.10.10)

Pacific Music Live
PMX announces the performance of Dig Jelly, Lemon Drop Kick, and Tanuki Suit Riot. See the music page for more info. (11.3.10)

Artists Market Registration Open
See here for information about how to access the new system. (10.15.10)

$35 Pre-Reg Extended!
Due to impending guest announcements, $35 Full pre-reg has been extended to the 25th. (10.06.10)

New Food Program Section
Click here for information about Food trucks scheduled to stop by during PMX. (10.04.10)

Swap Meet Sales Open NOW
Click here for updated information about the Swap Meet. (10.03.10)

Artists Market Special Announcement
Please check here daily for updates on the availability of Artists Market tables and notice of potential policy changes. (09.25.10)

Press, Industry, Panel Request Reg open
Policies and registration for Press, Industry, and Panel Requests are all now posted and open. (09.09.10)

PMX Fashion Guest IW
The PMX Fashion Program roars back in 2010 with first guest Innocent World, and new events. Click here. (09.04.10)

Cosfest Reg, One/Two Day Reg, and Hotel Reservations open
Registration for Cosfest Entrants, One/Two Day memberships, and Convention Rate Hotel Reservations are all now open. (09.02.10)

August 2010 raffle
Win: A box set of K-Drama DVD's! Click here. (08.28.10)

Find out how to volunteer and earn your way into PMX. (08.19.10)

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