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CosFest: Masquerade
PMX Cosplay

Saturday, November 8, 2014
Main Events
International Ballroom B
7:00pm - 10:00pm

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 can't wait! :) It's going to be a great event this year. Thank you again for your patience!

Contestant Registration OPEN
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View Registered Groups (Click Here)

(Please note our Registration Database is hosted on an external server)

  • Our Masquerade Competition Event
  • Win fabulous prizes, trophies, and even cash awards
  • We offer both craftsmanship and performance categories
  • Rules & Guidelines

Masquerade Competition Guidelines

(For contestants only!)

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.

CosFest Registration will be located in the CosFest Lounge in Newport B this year. This is on the Second Floor (Exhibit Level) of the the Hilton near to the entrance to the Malibu CosFest Gardens.


I. Timeline

  • Online Registration opens October 1, 2014, around 10:00pm PST.
  • Online Registration Closes on Saturday, November 1, 2014 around 10:00pm PST.
  • You can always try registering at the convention, even if online Masquerade Registration is closed.

Friday, November 7, 2014
Time Place Description
12pm – 4pm CosFest HQ (Newport B) CosFest Check-in, Music Submission
4pm - 8pm CosFest HQ (Newport C)


Craftsmanship Judging
Saturday, November 8, 2014
Time Place Description
10am – 5pm CosFest HQ (Newport B)


CosFest Check-in, Music Submission
10am – 5pm CosFest HQ (Newport C)


Craftsmanship Judging
12pm – 2pm International Ballroom B OPTIONAL CosFest Rehearsal
6:30pm - 7pm International Ballroom B


Mandatory CosFest Meeting for Participants:

You must be in costume and with your entire group.

7pm International Ballroom B Audience Seating
7:30pm - 10pm International Ballroom B CosFest

II. Eligibility

  1. All contestants must be paid attendees of Pacific Media Expo 2014 at the time of the con.
  2. A single entry may have a maximum of 8 costumed members. We allow special helpers to accompany an entry, such as stage ninjas, costume assistant, medical assistant, etc. If your entry requires one or more helpers, please inform the This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  for approval. If more than the approved number of contestants appears on stage, your group will be disqualified.
  3. We welcome all costumes which are relevant to spirit of PMX. If you aren't sure whether your costume qualifies, you are more than welcome to  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  and ask.
    • Suggested categories include Pacific-Asian film, animation, comics, video games, music stars, history, culture, mythology, historical recreation and sources that are non-Asian in origin but influenced by Pacific-Asian art or culture (e.g. Avatar: The Last Airbender, Kill Bill, Mortal Kombat).
  4. Any costume entered in a previous Pacific Media Expo CosFest is ineligible for re-entry.
  5. Each contestant may only participate in a single entry. Each costume may only appear in one entry. A contestant may wear one costume, or a group of people may wear one costume simultaneously (in other words, a large construct that requires several people inside to move it).

III. General Guidelines

  1. Children aged 14 and under must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
  2. Do not wear or use any messy substances that might ruin the costume of another contestant. If you are wearing body paint, glitter, or make-up, please make sure it will not come off in casual contact with others.
  3. Do not leave anything on the stage that cannot be picked up by the crew in a few seconds.
  4. Costumes must be self-contained. Connections to electrical sockets will not be available.
  5. PMX and CosFest staff will not allow anything near the stage that we feel may pose a danger to people or the stage area.
  6. Display weapons are allowed if appropriate to the costume. However, live steel (metal) will not be allowed under any circumstances. If you have any questions concerning whether a prop/weapon is allowed, please ask the CosFest Manager. Please bring your weapon(s) when you check in because it may need to go through a security check. Any weapons not checked in will not be allowed on stage.
  7. Pacific Media Expo's damage policy is: if you break a piece of equipment, deface the facilities, or cause any other damages, then you pay to replace what you damaged. How does one prevent damages? Please exercise care when you are on or near the stage. Be aware of floor microphones, cables, speakers, curtains, screens, etc. No "horse-play" will be tolerated, and take care that large props/costumes will not cause any problems. Be mindful of other people and do not leave a mess.
  8. Please be respectful and civil both to your fellow contestants and to CosFest event staff.
  9. While we certainly would not exercise it lightly, we have the right to cancel your performance at any time.

IV. All About Audio & Video

  1. We require pre-recorded audio OR video for all entries, such as background music or skit dialogue
  2. Skit Entries have a maximum time limit of 3 minutes, and Display Entries are allowed a short audio clip of your choice, or we will provide one for you.
  3. We will provide microphones this year for vocal performances only (i.e., singing). If you and/or your group plans to sing, we will allow you to use the mics and you must have a karaoke audio track for us to play as well. We will have 5 wireless handheld mics available. If you are planning on doing a skit or any other type of performance, we require pre-recorded skit dialogue.
  4. You may submit your audio or video to us at CosFest Registration (Newport B Room) on Friday, November 7, or Saturday, November 8, at the convention. Audio must be submitted by 5pm on Saturday, November 8, or you will not be allowed to participate.
  5. The tech crew will play all audio tracks as-is. They will not pause or resume your dialogue for you.
  6. You must do all audio recording, editing, and splicing yourself.
  7. Bring audio back-ups to the convention. There is always the chance that something unexpected and beyond our control may happen. Be prepared just in case something goes wrong.

V. Presentation Rules

  1. The show will be limited to 30 entries. There will be two types of entries: Skits and Display Entries (walk-ons).
  2. Pre-recorded audio is required for all entries. (Please see the Audio section for more information.)
  3. Entries may present in CosFest as a Skit or Display Entry.
    • Skits are performance entries such as a comedy sketch, dramatic scene, action sequence, song/dance routine, etc.Skits will be allocated 3 minutes for a presentation (usually a skit, dance number, song, or comedy routine).
    • Display Entries are simply to model a costume without any performance aspects. Display Entries will be grouped together in a fashion show at the start of CosFest. We will have you walk out on the stage, pose while we describe your costume, and then you will walk off the stage.
  4. Emcee narration is optional. If you choose not to have one, the emcee will only read your entry name and number before your performance.
  5. Please do not interact with the emcee. We also prohibit the emcee from talking during your performance.
  6. Be tasteful in creating your presentation. Nothing is allowed that would be banned in a "PG"-rated film. Actions, dress, or mannerisms that would not be allowed on a public street or thoroughfare must be avoided. No explicit sexual gestures, nudity, or explicit swearing. Violating these rules will disqualify you and possibly result in an escort off the premises.
  7. Your entry must be somehow relevant to your costumes and/or directly related to Asian popular culture. We do allow the use of non-Asian music in your skit. You may use the latest popular American movies, commercials, TV shows, etc. as an influence, but we strongly request that you keep your presentation's content appropriate to your character. If you aren't sure whether your skit plans are appropriate, please ask.
  8. Fire, flash powder, lasers, and explosives of any kind are prohibited. Electronic flashes may be permitted if you notify the CosFest Manager in advance and announce it in your emcee introduction to protect those who might be affected.
  9. All presentations must be strictly confined to the stage area and cannot incorporate the aisles or other audience areas. Do not jump off the stage; doing so will result in instant disqualification. Use only the designated stage entrances and exits.
  10. Feel free to surprise the audience, but not the CosFest Manager. If you are planning something "unique", please discuss it with her in advance.

VI. Craftsmanship Judging

  1. Being judged for craftsmanship is optional, but you must meet with the craftsmanship judges if you wish to be eligible for craftsmanship and/or Best in Show awards.
  2. You must confirm your entry by checking in with CosFest Registration (Newport Room) and you must appear on stage in the show. If your entry drops out of CosFest after seeing the craftsmanship judges, you will be disqualified.
  3. All craftsmanship judging occurs prior to CosFest itself on Friday, November 7, or Saturday, November 8, at the convention. You must make an appointment to be judged, and appointment times are given on a first-come, first-served basis, you can pick your top three times when you register.
  4. All craftsmanship competitors must fill out a Craftsmanship Form prior to their appointment with the judges.
  5. We strongly recommend that you bring at least one color reference picture of each costume in your entry. (Black and white is acceptable if color images are unavailable.) For recreation costumes, your images should show the character from head-to-toe if possible, and you may include other aspects you feel are important. For original costumes, you may share design sketches or images that show influences behind your creation. You may also provide progress photos or other documentation.
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Parking Update!
Attention members the Hilton Los Angeles Airport has informed us that we are now at 100% capacity. Please use alternative parking. Please see this List. (11.08.14)

Program Update
Anime Dodgeball for Saturday has been Cancelled. (11.08.14)

Food Truck Update!
Please note the following regarding food trucks. FISHLIPS and Rolling Sushi Van will not be at PMX 2014. However, on Saturday November 8 CreativEats will be serving at lunch, and Tokyo Doggie Style will be serving dinner. (11.07.14)

Food Truck Change
Please note that Rolling Sushi Van's appearance at PMX 2014 has been cancelled. We will announce a replacement shortly. (11.06.14)

Program Schedule
The final version of the PMX 2013 Program Schedule is now available. For all schedule updates and the map for 2014 click here. (11.06.14)

Martial Arts
PMX is pleased to announce two additional martial arts workshops for Saturday Nov. 8: KaTa Tapados and Padded Weapons by Bunal Brand. (11.02.14)

Doce Pares Eskrima Change
Due to unforeseen circumstances Grandmaster Percival Pableo will be unable to attend PMX 2014 and the Doce Pares Eskrima Seminar has been cancelled. (10.27.14)

Fashion Night Market
Closet bursting? Can’t close your drawers? Sock overload? Then come clear out your closet at the PMX Fashion Night Market–a Swap Meet specifically for your surplus fashion items! More details can be found here. (10.24.14)

Hotel Update
Our room block at the Hilton Los Angeles Airport is sold out. Rooms are still available through the Hilton website or by phone, starting at $129. (10.17.14)

Swap Meet Info up
Swap Meet table sales open at 7:00pm, Wednesday 10/15. Click here for details. (10.13.14)

Fashion Update
We are excited to announce the return of Baby, the Stars Shine Bright and Alice and the Pirates to PMX 2014! They will be participating in our 2014 PMX Fashion Show and will have merchandise available in our Boutique. More details can be found here. (10.09.14)

Registration Back Up
Web registration is back online since about 5pm 10/8. Price deadlines have been extended. Click here for details. (10.08.14)

Preliminary Schedule
The first draft of the PMX 2014 Program Schedule is now available. Check out schedule updates for 2014. (10.08.14)

Application Update
The application for Kickboxing Tournament is now available. (10.08.14)

Lucky Bags
VIP passes and Lucky Bags for heidi. are now available through our indiegogo campaign. Quantities are limited, don't miss this opportunity to show your support for the band. (10.03.14)

Registration is now open for CosFest Masquerade and Iron Cosplay. Additional information about CosFest can be found here. (10.02.14)

Sailor Moon Character Designer
PMX is proud to announce that Kazuko Tadano will be attending its annual convention as the Character Designer Guest of Honor. Ms. Tadano will be participating in an autograph session and a focus panel. This will be her first appearance at PMX. (10.01.14)

Sailor Moon Director
PMX is proud to announce that Hiromi Matsushita will be attending its annual convention as the Animation Director Guest of Honor. Mr. Matsushita will be participating in an autograph session and a focus panel. This will be his first appearance at PMX. (10.01.14)

Martial Arts
PMX is pleased announce two of our Martial Arts workshops for 2014. The Doce Pares Eskrima Seminar and Fight Choreography Workshop will be held Saturday Nov. 8. (09.28.14)

DJ Contest
PMX is looking for a select few DJs to rock the nightly dances. It could be you! Click here for more information. (09.27.14)

CosFest, is our name for the wonderful options for all cosplayers. Please visit our Cosplay section to find out more about our events! Contestant Registration opens October 1, 2014 for Masquerade opens October 1,2014. (09.26.14)

Say Cheese
PMX is pleased to announce the return of the popular PMX Photoshoot Room. Bring yourself, your family, your friends, or any fellow PMX attendee to have your photos taken. (09.26.14)

heidi. at PMX
PMX welcomes Visual Kei band heidi. as our 2014 music guest of honor. (09.22.14)

Industry/Press Reg
Registration for Industry and Press are now open. (09.07.14)

Press Policies Online
The press policies and FAQs are now available. Press registration will be opening soon. (09.06.14)

AMV Contest 2014 Update
The rules for the AMV Contest have been updated. For the latest information on rules and how to participate click here. (08.31.14)

AMV Contest 2014
PMX is pleased to announce the return of our Anime Music Video Contest. For more information on rules and how to participate click here. (08.25.14)

Fashion Show Update
Our 2014 PMX Fashion Show lineup is growing! South Korean Lolita brand White Forest will be shipping pieces over to send down our runway. Don't miss this chance to see their dresses up close and in person! Click here for more information. (08.18.14)

Artist Market Update
PMX Artist Market registration will be opening soon. If you would like to receive the latest news and updates on Artist Market please join our mailing list by clicking here.. (08.10.14)

2014 PMX Fashion Show
PMX is pleased to announce that South Korean Lolita brand LIEF will be participating in our 2014 PMX Fashion Show! For more details please visit (08.10.14)

Panel Reg is Open!
Would you like to present a Panel or Workshop at PMX? Click here for more information. (08.03.14)

Help Wanted
Would you like to attend PMX at no charge? With a little work we can make that happen! PMX is seeking qualified individuals to staff or to volunteer. Please see pages for details. (08.03.14)

Vocaloids Return!
By popular demand, Vocaloid divas Hatsune Miku, Gumi, and Yuzuki Yukari return in an unofficial concert at PMX! (07.26.14)

Book Your Stay
The Hilton Los Angeles Airport is now accepting reservations for PMX 2014. See the Location page for more information and location guides. (07.22.14)

Registration Open
Online pre-registration is now open! Full badges are $40 until September 5th. (07.18.14)

Innocent World Returns
PMX is excited to welcome Guest of Honor Yumi Fujiwara, President and Head Designer of Innocent World. For additional details please click on here. (07.07.14)

Coming Soon
Stay tuned to this webpage. PMX is all set to start making announcements. (06.16.14)

Save the Date!
PMX returns to the Hilton Los Angeles Airport in 2014. Mark your calendars for November 7-9, 2014. (06.16.14)

2013 Pacific Media Expo
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