What is the Masquerade? Imagine a mix between a cosplay gathering with plot and a fashion show, and you’ve got the basic idea. Dozens of groups put together costumes and skits, some planning for months beforehand, and get up on stage to strut their stuff or put on a show. From funny to dramatic, the newest shows to old favorites, our contestants cover the whole spectrum.
Come be entertained, and please stay till the end to cheer for the winners! The Masquerade is scheduled to start on Saturday at 7 PM on the Main Stage, with seating beginning as close to 6:30 PM as possible. Please check the signs to see where the Masquerade line will be routed. Whether you’re on stage or watching from the audience, this year’s show is going to be a blast. We hope to see you at the Animé Los Angeles Masquerade!
The ALA 2019 Masquerade Official Rules are now available! (CLICK HERE) Please read and review them, as many of our rules have changed for this coming year.
Important dates to remember:
Applications open October 15, and will be accepted until November 15th, or until 60 application entries are submitted, whichever comes first. To feature as many cosplayers as possible, we have opened an additional 20 entry slots this year. We are moving to an online-only format and unfortunately will not be accepting wait list or on-site entries. We suggest entrants apply as early as possible to ensure their place in our show!
While we ONLY require contestant information to reserve a place in our show, please be aware that the following will be required no later than December 15, 2018:
At least two (2) progress pictures of each costume being entered
An approved audio file
Entry Introduction (what you would like announced at the start of your entry)
Tech preferences (lighting requests, audio notes, etc)
Have any questions contact one of our event team members.
Diana Tolin is a Los Angeles native with over 20 years of cosplay experience and accomplishments. She has many years of judging experience, performance and craftsmanship awards, and is one of the few people to have attended World Cosplay Summit in Nagoya, Japan as Team USA (2016), an Alumni (2017) and Organizer (2013, 2018). She currently works for the Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation as World Cosplay Summit Coordinator for the United States. She is the driving force for the collection, photo archiving and display of the World Cosplay Summit Team USA Costume Retrospective, which showcased over 10 years of American Cosplay at Anime Expo 2018. She is co owner of Dial C Costumes, a custom costuming company who’s work includes multiple episodes of Marvel Becoming for Marvel Entertainment and for SCRAP Entertainment’s collaborations for The Legend of Zelda and Final Fantasy 14 Real Escape Room Games.
Diana is thrilled to be a judge for Anime Los Angeles Masquerade and can’t wait to see the incredible craftsmanship and performances the ALA community has prepared for 2019.
Wayne Kaa has been judging the Anime LA masquerade for the past 13 years. When he cosplays, he does it because cosplay is fun. He is known for a variety of humorous skits, skill in props and plushies, and using long distance mind control on fellow cosplayers to do his bidding. He has competed both and won on the anime con and International Costumers Guild circuit. He has also been working with the Anime Industry for the last 10 years, serving as the Events and Casting Manager for A-C-Paradise, with clientele such as Vizmedia, Aniplex, Crunchyroll and Sentai Filmworks. Visit American Cosplay Paradise, with photo convention coverage and over 5000 masquerade videos.
Be sure to check for video coverage from this years ALA masquerade online!
Ashe is an award winning veteran cosplayer from Southern California. Ashe has been a Team USA representative to the World Cosplay Summit in Japan and a guest judge at international competitions such as the European Cosplay Gathering in France and AnimeCon in the Netherlands. Her work includes multiple Best in Show awards from conventions across the country, including National Runner Up to International Cosplay League in the Solo Division.
As a child, Ashe was sent home from kindergarten because she insisted on wearing the Wiley Kit costume her mother had made her to school and pretending to be Wiley Kit during class. As an adult, she’s found more appropriate outlets for her love of costuming and acting, but her passion remains the same.
Masquerade Sign-ups will be available at the convention this year. Come to the Masquerade desk (in the Convention Center, upstairs on the South end – it’s on the map!) on Friday between 2 PM and 5 PM, or Saturday morning between 9 AM and 10 AM. No entries will be accepted after registration closes on Saturday at 10 AM, or once all spots are filled, whichever comes first. If the show fills but we still have interest, we will have a waiting list in case any entries fail to check in or attend the Contestant Meeting and are dropped from the competition. Any wait-list entries must still attend the Contestant Meeting and have all their materials prepped for entry into the show.
There will be a mandatory Contestant Meeting on Saturday from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM on Main Stage. During the meeting, you’ll meet the Masquerade staff and judges, find out to whom you need to listen and to whom you can go for help, and get important information about how the show will run. There will be a lot of new information this year owing to the new venue, so make sure to pay attention! Any entries not present at the meeting will be dropped from the competition.
When you register for the competition, all entries will sign up for a Tech Rehearsal time slot between 12 PM and 4 PM on Saturday. This is mandatory, and all groups must speak with tech before the show. You will get five minutes with the tech crew on Main Stage. This time is for you to make sure your audio works, work with the crew on any light or timing cues, and make sure that you know how to get on and off stage. Please don’t plan to block out your skit during this time! We are hoping to make the stage available for rehearsals outside of the tech rehearsal time – check with the Masquerade Director at the convention!
Workmanship Early Judging Appointments are available for Saturday between 12 PM and 4 PM on a first-come, first-served basis. Make sure to wear or bring all parts of your costume that you want to be considered by the judges, including wigs, props, etc. Workmanship Judging will take place in CCP6/Workshops; there are restrooms close at hand for touch-ups or changing if necessary. Any entries without appointments will be judged in the green room, and the judges will remain in the green room until they meet with everyone who wants to be judged, even if that means missing the beginning of the show.
Masquerade Photos will be taken after you check in backstage in the evening. We would also like to get a shot of you and any awards you might win, so please stick around after the show so our official photographer can capture all your awesomeness.
The Masquerade Green Room will open at 5:30 PM on Saturday, and is located in the backstage area of Main Stage. If you haven’t yet been judged for workmanship and would like to be, it’s best to get there as early as possible. If you’ve already had or don’t want workmanship judging, you need to check in by 6:15 PM. Anyone not in the Green Room by 6:15 will be dropped from the competition, so make sure to check in with the Masquerade staff when you arrive!
On Sunday, we’ll hold a Masquerade Post-Mortem (time & location TBA). You can retrieve any documentation or music you submitted, pick up extra rosettes or copies of award certificates, give feedback to make the next year better, and maybe even receive feedback from some of the judges. This is open to all contestants, staffers, and attendees!
Have questions that aren’t answered on this page? Contact the Masquerade Director using this contact form.