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Skit Contest

Sakura-Con 2018 Skit Contest Rules

This is a contest of on stage performance based on themes from anime and videogames! Dazzle the audience and the judges with your creative performances. Music, Dance, Acting,  Choreographed fight scenes, and all other performing arts are welcome!

Contestants will be judged based on the quality of the performance, whether you make them laugh, cry or otherwise entertain the audience. Contestants will not be judged based on the quality of their costumes. Store bought props and costumes are allowed.

Contest Format

The contest will take place on stage, on TBD, 2018. Contestants will be allowed rehearsal time that same morning, during a time slot that will be TBD.

All audio will be pre-recorded, as there will be no microphones on stage for the skit.

Judging will take place at performance time,  and winners will be selected immediately after all performances have taken place.

Awards will be announced a few minutes after the performance.

Contest Rules

  • Skits are limited to 3 minute and 30 seconds; skits should be planned with this limit in mind. Anything over that will NOT be accepted. You are allowed up to 30 seconds of setup time.
  • There will be a maximum of 20 groups allowed for the Cosplay Skit Contest.
  • All audio for your skit must be pre-recorded; there will be no microphones on stage for skit use. Pre-recorded audio is limited to 3 minutes and 30 seconds, and must be submitted with your entry in MP3 format only.
  • All audio files must be submitted digitally via Dropbox, Google Drive or OneDrive. A link to a folder with one of these services must be submitted during the application process.
  • Groups are limited to 10 persons, including stage ninjas. (No stage ninjas will be provided, so if you need assistance with your skit you will need to provide it.)
  • Contestants are required to attend the pre-meeting (on-site registration) at the convention, the morning of TBD. Day and times will be posted in the Sakura-Con schedule guide. Failure to attend this required meeting will result in a disqualification.
  • If your skit requires lighting effects (i.e., lights up or lights down), they must be noted on the Cosplay Skit Entry Form, as well as the timeline. For example:
    • 0:00 Skit starts, audio starts
    • 0:30 Lights up on stage
    • 3:00 Lights dim on stage
    • 3:15 Skit ends
    • If nothing is noted on your form, your audio will start when your skit starts and lights will be on.
  • This is a PG event – please keep this in mind when planning your skit/or performing on stage. If you are unsure whether something is allowed or not, please email cosplay@sakuracon.org.
  • No substances such as liquid or confetti are allowed on stage. No props or items may be thrown on stage unless cleared by the Cosplay Coordinator. Violation of this rule will result in disqualification. If you are unsure whether something is allowed or not, please email cosplay@sakuracon.org and we will evaluate it.
  • There will be no signups for the Skit Contest at the time of the convention. All submissions must be turned in prior to the deadline. Entrants will receive an email confirming their slot in the contest. Once all the slots have been filled, we will keep a waiting list. Groups on the waiting list are encouraged to come to the Pre-Meeting – if a confirmed entrant drops out or is disqualified, the first group on the waiting list will take their place.
  • Participants may enter both the Costume Contest and Skit Contest, but must enter each contest separately.
  • All submission are due by March 15, 2018, or until all spots have been filled

Any questions regarding the rules or application process can be directed to cosplay@sakuracon.org


All skits must adhere to the Sakura-Con policies. No live steel, no functioning or previously functioning projectile weapons, no indecent exposure, etc… Sakura-Con policies

It is up to the contestant to state any possible conflicts of interest. Such conflicts will be evaluated by the cosplay coordinator, and appropriate action will be taken at the discretion of the cosplay coordinator and sakura con staff.

All awards are final. Poor sportsmanship may result in disqualification and barring from future contests.

Harassment of judges or staff, or any conduct that violates the Sakura-Con policies may result in disqualification and barring from future contests. Further action may be taken at the discretion of programming staff.

Have fun and happy acting!

Skit Contest Application Sheet