2024 Virtual Masquerade!
Con-G: Geeks@Home is proud to present The 2024 Virtual Masquerade, a masquerade to watch on February 10th, 2024 at 7:00 pm EST. It was such a blast last year and we saw so many talents and unique skits so we can’t wait to see what people have in store for us this year!
Asking if there are prizes? YUP!!! We give out fancy ribbons and certificates! Top prizes include Two weekend passes for Anime North 2024, Two weekend passes for Animethon 2024, contacts from LindyCosplaySupplies and gift certificates.
We like to thank the following judges this year:
Kurumasha (sometimes known as Shawna) is an Ottawa-based cosplayer with an unfortunate Starbucks addiction. She has has been cosplaying since 2002, with a focus on simple, but clean and well tailored cosplays. Always happy to help the community however she can, Kurumasha has been presenting cosplay panels and helping run cosplay competitions for more than 15 years.
Dart the Dense Boy (aka Lindsay who really should change her online handle but it’s hard after over 20 years) has been cosplaying since 2005, with a passion for creature and mascots costumes with challenging build designs. Always up for a challenge, she is also one of the original founders of the original Con-G and spearheaded the idea of Con-G:Geeks@Home. She’s had a bit of a costuming break devoting most of her time to keeping up with her two young kids but getting her feet wet again, diving into conventions and new creatures and cosplays.
Thank you to our wonder MC
The cost to enter the Masquerade is $5 CAD. 100% of the proceeds of your entry fee goes towards a very important cause; the CMHA (Canadian Mental Health Association National). New this year – we are accepting non-Canadian entries to compete, however if you do not live in Canada you are NOT eligible for physical awards.
The time limit is 1 minute to allow as many entries as we can.
Back again for 2024 we will be judging both performances on stage and will have workmanship judging. Remember a good stage performance does not need to be a skit; work your stage/area and show off all aspects of your costume and hard work. To enter the workmanship judging, submit a short build book (pdf or word type file) with reference photos of the costume and work in progress and close ups of the costume details and a short video of the costume being worn, going over the build (3-5 min), much like how you would present it to the judges in person (this will only be seen by the judges).
The Con-G Masquerade will be following the ICG guidelines with a few twists. As such we will have categories for Novice, Journeyman, Artisan, and Young Fan. Click here if you need help figuring out what you are. **Virtual Exclusive – The Animal Division**
The last day for Masquerade Entries will be Jan 31st. Please have your video and any additional information sent by then.
General Virtual Masquerade Suggestions
- Give yourself a good sized area to perform and set the camera so we can see all of the costume and performance.
- Have a clean background if you can so we don’t lose you in clutter
- We will not be remixing audio – send up the video with the audio version you want. Play it really loud when you perform or add the audio track over your video yourself.
- If you’ve never entered a masquerade before check out these links that give great information on making a good masquerade entry.
- Adhere to current safety protocols for your region (like masks, distancing, or recording your dance group via a zoom call) – you will not lose marks for being safe!
- Be Safe
- Have Fun
General Virtual Masquerade Rules
- No nudity or inappropriate material or references. Keep your performance to a PG-13 level at maximum.
- The Masquerade Directors reserve the right to eliminate anyone from competition at their discretion, so stick to the rules .
- Please no open flame or similar effects (fireworks, sparklers, etc.) – we don’t need anyone getting burned showing off their costume. Refer to Suggestion #6.
- Absolutely no dangerous actions in your skit (you do control your stage so we can’t stop you from swinging your props however you want but please refer to Suggestion #6.
- No inappropriate material in the background (non PG-13 stuff in the background still makes a PG-13 skit inappropriate)
- Special effects are allowed (go for it!) but will not affect judging (example; someone throwing paper cut out lightning bolts is equal to someone throwing cgi lightning bolts). We strongly encourage entrants to be creative.
- Masquerade is only open to Canadian residents (sorry international folks! Prizes will only be shipped within Canada.)
- Now that we’ve included animals – all entries with animals must state no animals were be harmed during the filming of their skits.
Interested in past masquerades?
If you would like to watch our masquerade from 2023 – please click here
If you would like to watch our masquerade from 2022 – please click here
If you would like to watch our masquerade from 2021 – please click here