Strut Your Stuff

Strut Your Stuff is where members get to show off their costumes without having to meet the craftsmanship requirements of Cosplay Runway. Join us to watch these members show off their personality on Saturday, July 29th in Main Events, during the Cosplay Runway!

  1. Strut Your Stuff Rules
  2. Rehearsal Rules
  3. How to Enter
  4. Frequently Asked Questions

Section 1. General Strut Your Stuff Rules

  • All Strut Your Stuff participants must be members of AnimeFest/GameFest 2024. Your badge must be present and visible at all times.
  • Your costume must adhere to the AnimeFest Dress Code Policy.
  • No costume is NO COSTUME. Your costume can be based from an anime, manga, original design, just about anything goes.
  • Per the Dress Code Policy, you must wear shoes at all times even if your character does not wear shoes.
  • Commissioned costumes or closet cosplay is acceptable.
  • You MUST be able to move/walk primarily on your own in your costume. AnimeFest believes that cosplaying involves behaving like a character while wearing your costume, not being costume mannequin.
  • No real weapons of any kind. Please read the convention Prop and Weapon Policy. If you have questions regarding the Weapon Policy specifically, please email safety@animefest.org
  • You may enter individually or as a group, but groups are limited to 8 participants.

Section 2. Rehearsal Rules and Regulations

  • There will be a mandatory dress rehearsal/walk-through Saturday at 5:00 pm at Main Events. If you show up late and have not given adequate notification, you will not be allowed to enter in Strut Your Stuff.
  • Entry arrangements will be discussed at rehearsal.
  • Music will be provided by the convention.
  • Each participant will have approximately 45 seconds on the stage, regardless of group size. There are three points on the stage in which you may stop and pose. We ask that each of these poses be unique, but not required.
  • Please do not throw anything onto the stage or at the audience. We WILL make you clean it up and it could also potentially get you removed from the convention.

Section 3. How to Enter

You will need to enter in person at Cosplay HQ to make us aware that you’re looking to show your beautiful self on stage in costume! Times that you may check-in:

  • Saturday: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

You only need to check-in once during the above time frames. You will need to be available for the mandatory dress rehearsal/walk-through which is Saturday at 5:00 pm in Main Events.

Section 4. Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Where is this Cosplay HQ you speak of?

The Cosplay HQ is (LOCATION TBD).

Q: What is Cosplay HQ’s hours of operation?

  • Thursday: 3:00pm – 9:00 pm
  • Friday: 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
  • Saturday: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Be sure to treat the hotel and its staff with the same respect you would like to receive!

While no changes to these rules are foreseen, certain circumstances may require that the rules be changed. Any changes to the rules will be noted in bold red print. A complete set of the rules will be available at Cosplay HQ throughout the convention.

If you have any further questions, please contact the Cosplay Staff at cosplay@animefest.org.