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CosFest: the Official PMX Cosplay Competition and Masquerade Event

Saturday, Nov. 10, 4 to 6 p.m. in Main Events (International Ballroom B)

Cosfest at PMX CosFest is Pacific Media Expo's cosplay masquerade competition! 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!

CosFest will be held on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012 (see updates for time and location). Participants are eligible to win a variety of awards and cash prizes!

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 Contest Rules

***Update 11/4/12 - CosFest Deadline Has Been Extended to Wednesday, 11/7/12 at 11:59 p.m.***

Whether you are competing for the first time or have a long history with competition, it is always possible that PMX is doing something different from what you might expect. It is your responsibility to read the contest rules and make sure you understand them.

CosFest Participant Forms


*Updated 11/3/2012*

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.

Craftsmanship Sample Judging Questions

Please note that this is a sample document and the judging process may not include everything listed in this document, and/or the judges may decide to add to the following questions and observations.

Cosplayer’s Got Talent

Friday, Nov. 9, 7 to 8 p.m. in LP2 (Los Angeles A&B)

Calling all Cosplayers! Do you play an instrument? Sing? Dance? Have a comedy skit? Mime? Firebend? Do you want to have the chance to show PMX what you can do? Registration is now open for this year’s very first Cosplayer’s Got Talent! Competitors will dish out their quirky talents on stage for the chance to win prizes!

Iron Cosplay

Sunday, Nov. 11, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Workshop 1 (Carmel)

Remember all those long-nights doing power hours to finish that oh-so-special cosplay of yours? Endless nights filled with caffeinated drinks and fellow cosplayers full of procrastination? Think you can handle the pressure again? Bring yourself to the Chairman's Chamber on Sunday and compete against fellow cosplayers in PMX's first ever Iron Cosplay event! We give you the materials, we give you the time frame; you give us a costume.

Cosplay Photography Guide

Where there is Cosplaying, there is Cosplay Photography. This guide aims to show you some possible locations for your photo shoots in the LAX Hilton. All Locations listed here are free to use by all Pacific Media Expo attendees. This guide is by no means complete, and we would love if you let us know of your ideas on where a photo shoot can take place.

Hall Cosplay
Hall Cosplay at PMX 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.



Night Zero Reg Delay
PMX Attendees Night Zero Registration has been delayed to 8 p.m. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. (11.08.12)

PMX is Mobile!
You can now find PMX on Guidebook. Schedule, maps, twitter, alerts and more on your iOS and Android devices for free! (11.08.12)

Guest Update
Due to a health issue, Z8 will not be able to travel to PMX this weekend. PMX apologizes for any inconvenience that this may cause. (11.06.12)

Deadline Extended
The deadline for entering CosFest is now Wednesday, Nov. 7 at 11:59 p.m. The rules have also been updated with times and locations. (11.04.12)

Program Schedule
The PMX Programming Schedule has been updated. (11.02.12)

Swap Meet Info
PMX Swap Meet information for 2012 has been posted. Signup opens tonight at 8! (11.01.12)

Avatar's Prince Zuko
Actor Dante Basco will be appearing at PMX. Dante will be appearing Sunday and will have a panel and autograph session. (10.31.12)

CosFest Forms
Forms for CosFest participation and judging are now available here. Fill out forms relevant to your entry and bring them to the Cosplay Office. (10.30.12)

Night Zero
Get a head start on the weekend by picking up your badge early! Come join us Thursday night for PMX Night Zero. (10.30.12)

Reiyukai America
PMX welcomes back Reiyukai America. They will be holding a panel and workshops on Friday and Saturday. (10.30.12)

Game On
PMX Gaming returns and expands for 2012 with both video game and table top gaming. It will also feature a Go workshop. (10.26.12)

Taiko Workshop
Senryu Taiko will be coming to PMX to hold a panel and have a workshop. Attendees also get a chance to try out the taiko drums. (10.26.12)

Food Trucking
PMX Food Program is pleased to announce The Bun Truck and Truck Norris will be serving at PMX 2012. (10.26.12)

Pocky Room
The Pocky Room is back! Sample the many different flavors of the popular snack food at PMX 2012. (10.26.12)

Program Schedule
The programming schedule for PMX 2012 is now available! The schedule will be updated up until PMX, so stay tuned for more updates! (10.24.12)

Power Rangers!
PMX welcomes Power Rangers Samurai, featuring rangers Alex Heartman, Steven Skyler, Najee De-Tiege, and Hector David Jr. (10.23.12)

Winter Crafts
PMX is pleased to announce Winterland Craft Party with special guest Masumi Kanoh of Baby, the Stars Shine Bright! (10.19.12)

Pacific Media Expo is pleased to announce GRAMM designer Z8 as our second fashion guest of honor for 2012. (10.18.12)

Application News
The applications for Way of the Stick and Blade and White Out Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu tournaments are now available! (10.18.12)

Artists Market Details
Artists Market Signup instructions have been posted! Click here. Signup opens tonight at 8! (10.18.12)

Mobile Guide
PMX will once again be using Guidebook to provide up-to-date schedules and maps to attendees using Apple iOS or Android devices. (10.17.12)

Ryan Stylez
Pacific Media Expo is pleased to welcome Billboard charting singer/songwriter Ryan Stylez. (10.16.12)

White Rabbit
PMX Food Program is back for 2012 and we are happy to announce that White Rabbit, will be serving at PMX 2012. (10.08.12)

$45 Pre-Reg Extended
The October deadline for $45 Full Memberships has been extended to the 15th. Click here. (10.07.12)

Artists Market Info
Signup for tables will open on Thursday October 11th 18th at 8 P.M. Click here for more information. (10.05.12)

Fashion Guest
PMX is excited to announce our fashion guest of honor, Masumi Kanoh, representing Baby, the Stars Shine Bright. (10.03.12)

Are You a VIP?
The Moon Stream VIP Fan Bundle will go on sale at 8:15 p.m. PDT on Tues., Oct. 2. (09.26.12)

Press Reg is Open!
Please note that Press Policies have changed somewhat this year. Click here for more information. (09.25.12)

Industry Reg is Open!
Please note that Industry Policies have changed somewhat this year. Click here for more information. (09.21.12)

Panel Reg is Open!
Would you like to present a Panel or Workshop at PMX? Click here for more information. (09.20.12)

Nights of Music
The Pacific Music Live will have two nights of concerts featuring Moon Stream, Lolita Dark, Psycho Bando, and Stephanie Yanez! (09.19.12)

Mr. Nonaka Returns
PMX is pleased to welcome back mecha designer Tsuyoshi Nonaka. (09.17.12)

Moon Stream at PMX
PMX welcomes Moon Stream as music guest of honor. VIP fan bundle will be available. (09.16.12)

Just Dance
M3 Productions returns to bring electronic dance music to PMX. Meet the DJs. (09.16.12)

Welcome Mr. Yokota
PMX is pleased to welcome character designer and animation director Mamoru Yokota. This is his first appearance at PMX. (09.14.12)

CosFest Reg is Open!
CosFest rules have been updated and online registration is now open. (09.08.12)

FMA Returns
The Way of the Stick and Blade returns to PMX. In addition, we will have our first Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Tournament: White Out. (08.17.12)

Scavenger Hunt
The Fashion Scavenger Hunt returns! Win prizes by exploring the convention and solving puzzles. (08.15.12)

2012 Pacific Media Expo
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