Madman National Cosplay Championship



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Have you got what it takes to be Australia’s top cosplayer? Enter into the Madman National Cosplay Championship to find out!
The grand finalist winner will win a trip for two to Japan including:

  • Return Economy airfare for 2 from your nearest capital city
  • 7 nights twin share accommodation
  • 7 day Japan Rail Pass for 2

Total Prize Value Approx $5,000!

We welcome entries for costumes that are from Japanese anime, manga, tokusatsu and video games. This contest is a celebration of Japanese anime and cosplay culture. If you are unsure whether your costume qualifies, please do not hesitate to contact us for clarification.

If approved you will compete at a qualifying round in the event of your choice and compete for a place at the grand final event held at Madman Anime Festival – Melbourne held between November 4-5.  7 qualifiers as well as up to 2 judges wild card entries will compete in the final event in November.

2017 Championship Round Dates:

Please note, dates for each round and where they will be taking place have been changed significantly for 2017, Please ensure you are entering at the correct event. For the first time since our first event in 2009, the finals will also be taking place in Melbourne as part of Madman Anime Festival, Melbourne 2017.
  • Hobart (TAS) @ AI-CON March 4
  • Perth (WA) @ Madman Anime Festival March 4
  • Melbourne (VIC) @ Supanova Expo April 29
  • Brisbane (QLD) @ Madman Anime Festival June 10
  • Sydney (NSW) @ Supanova Expo June 17
  • Adelaide (SA) @ AVCON July 22
  • Auckland (NZ) @ Overload NZ September 30
  • FINALS Melbourne @ Madman Anime Festival, SUNDAY November 5

Please read through the full terms and conditions below for full entry details.

Entry Eligibility:

The contest is open to current Australian and New Zealand residents only. You may enter as an  individual or as a team of two (2).  Entry is only open to costumes that are from anime, manga, tokusatsu or a Japanese video game. You must also perform a skit as part of your entry. You will be required to submit a portfolio containing your previous cosplay experience as well as documentation of the costume that you will be competing with in the contest via email to Please use the forms below and follow the format and instructions in the documents. Costumes must be of your own creation. We will not be accepting entries with pre-bought costumes.

Rule Changes for 2017.

We are introducing new rules for 2017. For winners of each preliminary round, you will now be given the following options for your finals costume and performance:

1. Re-use the same winning costume, modifications allowed with the same skit.
2. Re-use the same winning costume, modifications allowed, with a new skit.
3. Construct a new costume with a new skit.

The choice will be determined by the winner of each of the round and must be declared by time of portfolio submission for the finals.

Cosplay Profile Entry Form

Enter today. Submit your entry by filling in all details in this handy entry form.

Entry submission form

Terms & Conditions

Download the Terms and Conditions

Entry Submission closing times for each round:

  • Hobart 11.59pm local time, 5/2/2017
  • Perth 11.59pm local time, 5/2/2017
  • Melbourne 11.59pm local time, 2/4/2017
  • Brisbane 11.59pm local time, 14/5/2017
  • Sydney 11.59pm local time, 21/5/2017
  • Adelaide 11.59pm local time, 25/6/2017
  • Auckland 11.59pm locatl time, 2/9/2017
  • FINALS – Melbourne 11.59pm local time, 15/10/2017

We will review submissions and get back to you as soon as possible after the submission date. Late submissions will NOT be allowed entry. You must submit both your portfolio and skit on the due dates. PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT THESE SEPARATELY. You will be deducted marks for submitting your folios incomplete and without a link to your skit audio/video and photos.

The Prizes:

Preliminary Round Prizes:

First Place:

  • A $300 Madman Entertainment Gift Voucher
  • Return economy class airfare for the finalist(s) from their nearest capital city to Brisbane.
  • Accommodation for 3 nights in Melbornein a standard room at a hotel determined by the Promoter (twin share for teams)
  • Entry for all entrants into Madman Anime Festival. Up to 3 additional passes per team are also available for your assistants.

Second Place:

  • $200 Madman Entertainment Gift Voucher

Third Place:

  • $100 Madman Entertainment Gift Voucher

Grand Final Prizes:

First Place:

  • Championship Trophy
  • 2 Return airfares from their nearest capital city to Tokyo, Japan
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 7 day Japan Rail Pass

Second Place:

  • Second Place Trophy
  • $1,000 Madman Entertainment Gift Voucher

Third Place:

  • Third Place Trophy
  • $500 Madman Entertainment Gift Voucher

Questions? Queries? Unsure about something? Please email and we will be happy to clarify any queries you may have. If you are looking at just entering into the regular cosplay contest,  please contact the relevant event. Supanova Expo | AVCON | AI-CON | OVERLOAD | Madman Anime Festival

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