Join us for the Masquerade

Welcome to the 2020 MileHiCon 52 Virtual Masquerade/Cosplay contest!

Just like everything else this year, the Masquerade has gone virtual! And, as a bonus, we are also running several galleries to show off costumes from years past or from other conventions.

Here are all of the categories:

  1. The Masquerade – Enter video or photos. Eligible for ribbons/awards. Rules below.
  2. 2020 Hall costumes – Photo only. Eligible for ribbons/awards.
  3. Kids costumes*, Photo only. Eligible for ribbons/awards.
  4. Past MileHiCon costumes – Photo display gallery only.
  5. Costumes you did for other conventions – Photo display gallery only.

Please include any identification and/or photo credit you want displayed with the image, and up to 50 words noting special brag-worthy features of the costume. 😉

Questions? Please e-mail Rose.

*12 years or younger. Must be at least partially home-made (not just Spiderman from Target).

Rules/Process For the Masquerade Contest

The MileHiCon Masquerade is for creations derived from and inspired by science fiction, fantasy (high/urban/other), horror, mythology, anime, steampunk, comics, theater, cyberpunk, media, history, and assorted other realms of the imagination. Fannish puns and shaggy-dog joke costumes, if the presentation is kept short, are also fine. 

You may enter the masquerade individually and also as part of a duo/group if you do so in another costume/character (and COVid logistics permit).

Costumes that have won a major award at a previous MileHiCon are not permitted to compete again. (But submit pictures for the gallery!)

Presentation and Submission Guidelines (including crucial technical stuff) 

Awards: Masquerade entries will be judged on the individual merits of the costume and its presentation. The number of entries will influence how many awards will be given, but at a minimum there will be a Best Costume and Best Presentation Award, and we are hoping to set up a system to permit online voting for an Audience Choice Award. If it turns out to be a trend this year, I am also thinking of a Best COVid/Plague Related Costume Award. Judges have not been finalized yet, but keep an eye on the website and MHC social media for updates!

Mature Content Guidelines: We are sticking with PG … maybe PG-13. If you have questions and don’t want to be edited or asked to re-do things, again … contact Rose!

Live Animals, Weapons, Pyrotechnics, and Other Normally Prohibited Effects: It’s your living room and backyard, so feel free to go crazy this year! Just remember that MileHiCon will neither bail you out nor testify on your behalf at the HOA meeting.

Submitting Video

Three minutes or less is optimal, with a maximum of four minutes if the presentation requires it. Overlong videos will be edited. Remember—short and tightly scripted is better than longer and rambling, and decent sound quality is crucial!

Shoot videos in landscape/horizontal orientation.

Quicktime (.mov) format is ideal; please avoid .mp4, .wmv, or .mxf. We can work with other formats, but they require a lengthy conversion process and there’s usually loss of quality.

30 or 29.97 frames per second is fairly standard; most phones or cameras will probably default to that. If necessary, adjustments will be made in Final Cut.

For resolution, the higher the better, 1080p is ideal. Aspect ratio should be 16:9 (iPhone at least defaults to this). Other ratios may require some cropping.

Submitting Images

If stills rather than video works best for you, we can use the Ken Burns pan over, dissolve, etc. style.  Please send at least five (5) images from different angles and in different poses to show off the costume; you can also submit more and we’ll pick the best for the presentation.

Landscape is best, but if you have a really good vertical picture we can make it work. The higher the resolution the better the result; minimum 100dpi and preferably higher. Tiff is better than jpeg if possible, but we can work with other formats.

If you have music you want to accompany the images or video, you can include that either as a file or a link.

IMPORTANT NOTE: as the masquerade/cosplay will be online all music MUST BE public domain, creative commons, or something you have permission to use (include some kind of documentation). YouTube has been known to pull videos and stop livestreams if their bots recognize copyrighted music, so we can’t be flexible on this.

Entry Deadline

All entries (video and still) need to be submitted by midnight on October 18th so our tech person has enough time to cut everything together and troubleshoot anything unexpected.  Sending them earlier may result in extra loving care being taken with your segment. 😉

Enter the Masquerade

You've read all the rules to the left and are ready to submit your entry! Click the title or icon above for the entry form.

If you would rather submit a costume to our galleries, use the links below.