The criteria consists of 3 main parts: accuracy, craftsmanship and performance. For the beginner cosplayer award there is also a fourth part: effort. Accuracy (40%) and craftsmanship (40%) are the most important in the Défilé category. The cosplay performance only forms 20% of their total score. Cosplay performance is the most important in the Stage show category. The total score consists of 80% for cosplay performance and 20% for accuracy (5%) and craftsmanship (15%). The top 5 is formed based on the points scores, the judges have the right to move the places in the discussion after the performances, if it seems that there were mistakes in the preliminary assessment.
Judging criteria 
  • Are the details the right size (dimensions)?
  • Materials fitting the reference images (fabric colour/texture, other materials). In some cases the materials can seem historically inaccurate (for example using spandex for a character from the 15th century). Is the paint job accurate?
  • The overall resemblance – does it portray the character or not?
  • Makeup (e.g. bodypaint) and wig will be judged as a normal part of the overall appeal.
If there seems to be something not quite right, ask the cosplayer why they chose to make it that way (e.g. the person might have an allergy to a particular material (e.g contact lenses, silicone, silver), or the cosplayer might have changed the proportions to fit their body type). Cosplayers will not be judged for things such as race, gender, medical aids, age, weight, gender identity, etc. AniMatsuri has dress codes for performing cosplayers. If a cosplayer has a revealing cosplay and they need to use other clothing items (for example modesty pants, ice-skating stockings) or alter the design to cover up the revealing parts, the costume will not be scored lower for it.
The quality: For sewing: stitching and finish of the fabric (minus for loose threads, improper stitches, fraying edges, clothes don’t sit/fit well, lining can be important for some clothes, etc). Don’t be afraid to check the seams (important for Défilé, NCC). For armors: Execution of techniques used for foam/worbla etc, painting quality (minus for visible glue, cracking paint/flaking etc).
  • Attention to small details
Examples of this part of the category:
  • The quality of the wigs, different wig-styling techniques.
  • Prop (weapons, armor, books etc.) making techniques.
  • Shoe crafting and customisation.
The techniques:
  • The choice of structural materials such as foam, worbla, PLA, wood or cardboard and the way they were treated. For 3D prints it might be good to ask if they have bought the OG file or made them themselves, as well as whether they printed and prepped the props for painting themselves.
  • The detail put into crafting the decorations and trimmings.
  • The complex and amount of different techniques used.
Ask what was bought and what was self-made. A costume with multiple store bought items will mark lower than a fully handmade costume. Deduct points if the costume is visibly falling apart during the prejudging.
Most important for Défilé: The goal of this kind of cosplay performance is to portray the cosplay character as much as possible, this includes body motions, poses, and phrases the character might say. *Parodies are allowed, but they need to be connected to the source material. Most important for Stage show: Entertainment value. Most important for NCC: They value both the likeness of the character to the original source while they also enjoy seeing a nice parody or two. Applies to all categories:
  • How much is the stage used (e.g. the movement on the stage)? Did the viewers get a good look at the costume? Animation and expressions.
  • Does it look like it was well-rehearsed and thought through?
If an entry is replayed due to technical problems or crew error, try to disregard the first appearance.
*Only applies to best novice cosplayer award  How hard the person had to work to complete his/her costume, did the person have to learn anything new, did they search for the ideal fabric for a long time/had to repaint the fabric/redo pieces of the costume etc. Ask the cosplayer how long they worked on their costume and which details required effort to complete.


What we count as your private data: your name, email, phone number, citizenship/place of residence and age as well as photos and videos of you. Data provided during registration
  • The only people with the access to your private data are the Head Organisers and cosplay competition organisers (“Organisers” from now on).
  • Categories for which your private data will not be provided to a third party: défilé, stage show, public favourite and judges favourites.
  • Categories for which your private data will be shared to third parties: Nordic Cosplay Competition (NCC) and AniMatsuri Travel Prize.
    • For NCC the travel will be organised by AniMatsuri, however the winner’s name and contact information will be provided to the organisers of NCC.
    • Travel arrangements (travel and accommodation) for AniMatsuri Travel Prize will be managed by a travel company so we will be providing them with your name, contact information and citizenship/place of residence.
  • Private data (as well as your stage name) provided in the application will be held for a maximum of 10 years after which it will be deleted.
  • The data you provide will be used only for the cosplay competition this year, however during the time we have the information you might be contacted in regards to other events or promotion. Only the Organisers will be contacting you and your data will not be shared with a third party without your consent.
During and after the festival
  • Either while walking around the festival or being on stage, you might be captured in a photo or video in regards to AniMatsuri by a private person, a company, or the festival itself.
  • The official photos and videos from AniMatsuri will be uploaded to the festival’s social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter), Youtube and photo gallery (Flickr).
  • Official photos will also be used on AniMatsuri’s website and social media to introduce what is going on at the festival.
  • Official photos and videos might also be used for advertisement/promotion (social media, the press, television etc).
    • In the registration form you will have the chance to opt out from your photo/video being used in advertisements/promotion. Please note however that this will only apply to you on your own or you with a small group of people in the shot. This does not count for general festival crowd shots. If you leave the field blank, we will take it as confirmation that you are OK with us using photos or videos of you.
In case you have any questions, you can email cosplay@animatsuri.eu.