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J-Tsoon5 Cosplay Competition Rules

The J-TSOON5 Cosplay competition will take place on 20th and 21th of April, 2024 in Kultuurikatel, Tallinn, Estonia. Stay tuned for the schedule updates on our social media channels. 

1. Nomination categories

Participants must carefully select their competition category based on the following criteria. All our categories are open to participants from outside Estonia as well. Below, you will find descriptions of each category for this year:

1.1. Craftsmanship (Solo): 

  • The Craftsmanship (Solo) category focuses on the artistry and craftsmanship involved in creating a participant’s costume. Sewing, prop making, armor crafting,  makeup all these elements will be judged accordingly. Key qualities for these elements are attention to detail, skill and mastery. 
  • 80% of the final score goes for costume construction and character likeness;  20% – on-stage performance.
  • Only 1 person is allowed to perform on stage for this category.
  • Performance duration of 60 seconds to 90 seconds.
  • Participants must create their costume to be eligible for this category. Purchased or commissioned items should be mentioned to the judges. Basic items such as gloves, footwear, underwear and wigs can be store-bought.
  • Participants must attend a prejudging session with our panel of judges. 
    • Participants  will be given a set amount of time to do a verbal presentation of their  costume.
    • During this session, participants showcase the intricate details and craftsmanship of their  costume. 
    • Participants must be ready to discuss their  construction process with the judges.
    • Answer judges’ questions on how the pieces were made; what techniques they  used to create them; and what type of materials they used for their costume.
    • Participants are allowed to bring their  progress book or other progress describing materials to prejudging to showcase their progress. (Not mandatory). Physical and digital materials are allowed. Neither judges or event organizers are not responsible for the materials that are left to the judges. 
    • If participants fail to appear at a specified time for prejudging their  costume will not receive any points for costume construction.
  • Prizes will be awarded to the top participants, including recognition for Craftsmanship Solo Performance.

1.2. Performance (Solo): 

  • The Cosplay Performance (Solo) category is dedicated to individual participants who want to shine on stage. This category provides a platform for solo performers to showcase their unique skills and portray their characters with passion and creativity. Whether it’s a dramatic monologue, a comedic act, or a choreographed routine, participants can bring their favorite characters to life as solo performers.
  • Only 1 participant for the Performance (Solo) category.
  • Performance duration of 60 seconds to 90 seconds.
  • 80% from the final score is allocated for on-stage performance. This score will be based on creativity, stage presence, character portrayal, and audience engagement.
  • A smaller portion, 20%, of participants’ score is allocated for costume. While costume quality is important, the primary focus in this category is on performance.
  • Participants who have made or significantly modified their costumes (>50% redone) are required to attend a judging session with our panel of judges. 
    • During this session, participants are showcasing the intricate details of their costume.
    • Judges may ask additional questions in regards to costume details: how were the costumes made; what techniques were used; what materials were used in costume creation.
    • If a participant fails to appear at a specified time for prejudging their costume will not receive any points for costume construction.
    • Participants are allowed to bring their progress book or other progress describing materials to prejudging to showcase their progress. (Not mandatory). Physical and digital materials are allowed. Neither judges or event organizers are not responsible for the materials that are left to the judges. 
  • Participants with store-bought costumes are not required to attend the prejudging session. Their final score will be based solely on their on-stage performance. (80% performance score)
  • Prizes will be awarded to the top participants, including recognition for Performance (Solo).

1.3. Performance (Group)

  • Cosplay groups can participate in this category to create captivating group performances. Participants are encouraged to gather their fellow cosplayers and bring their characters to life as a team, whether it involves a themed skit or a synchronized performance.
  • For Performance (Group), the group must consist of a minimum of 2 participants and a maximum of 8 participants.
  • Performance duration of 90 seconds to 150 seconds.
  • 80% from the final score is allocated for your on-stage performance. This score will be based on creativity, stage presence, character portrayal, and audience engagement.
  • Dances are allowed if they fit the character narrative.  
  • A smaller portion, 20%, of participants’ score is allocated for costume. While costume quality is important, the primary focus in this category is on your performance.
  • Participants who have made or significantly modified their costumes (>50% redone) are required to attend a judging session with our panel of experts. During this session, showcase the intricate details of your costume.
    • During this session, participants are showcasing the intricate details of their costume.
    • Judges may ask additional question in regards to costume details: how were the costumes made; what techniques were used; what materials were used in costume creation.
    • If participants fail to appear at a specified time for prejudging, their costumes will not receive any points for costume construction.
  • Participants with store-bought costumes are not required to attend the judging session. If even one person in a group has purchased their costume, the entire group will not go through pre-judging. Their final score will be based solely on their on-stage performance. (80% performance score)
  • Prizes will be awarded to the top performers, including recognition for Performance (Group).

1.4. Cosplay World Masters

  • Cosplay World Masters (CWM) is a prestigious cosplay competition held annually in Portugal for talented cosplayers from around the world. As a new addition to our event, CWM offers participants the opportunity to showcase their exceptional craftsmanship, creativity, and performance skills on an international stage.
  • Participating in the competition means following the guidelines of the Craftsmanship Solo category. 
  • Craftsmanship participants can opt-in for CWM awards without losing eligibility to compete for Craftsmanship awards.
  • Competitors for CWM must be citizens of Estonia or hold permanent residency documents.
  • For detailed rules and regulations regarding participation in the Cosplay World Masters competition, please visit the following link: https://j-tsoon.ee/cosplay/cwm/.

1.5. Original character

  • The Original Character category is suitable for cosplayers who have either created their own characters or devised a unique design for an existing character.
  • Participants can choose to compete in either the Performance or Craftsmanship category.

1.6. Debut

  • The Debut category is for cosplayers who are beginners, just starting their journey in creating costumes and performances.
  • Only people who have previously participated in stage cosplay competitions no more than twice can participate in the Debut category.
  • If participants choose to participate as a group of cosplayers, all members of the group must be debutants.
  • People who have previously won an award in a cosplay competition cannot take part in the Debut category.
  • Participants can choose to compete in either the Performance or Craftsmanship category.

1.7. Masquerade

  • A beginner-friendly competition for participants who don’t wish to compete in the main competition but want to showcase their costumes on stage.
  • Performers can go on stage alone or with a group of up to 8 people.
  • Performers will have 15 seconds on stage to showcase their costume, keep it short and sweet.
  • This category is exclusively available on Day 2 (Sunday) of the event.
  • Music for the masquerade will be chosen by cosplay organizers on the day of the event.
  • Registration for masquerade is open on both event days at the ticket desk.

2.    Costume rules & judging criteria

  • Judges are not allowed to disclose details about the judging process or outcomes. We maintain a respectful environment, and any attempts at bribery will not be effective here.
  • Pre-judging order and time will be predetermined before the convention, and a contestant list will be provided to all participants. Contestants must be prepared and available 15 minutes before their scheduled turn. It is essential for participants to adhere to the pre-judging order, as evaluations will take place strictly according to the assigned order and time.
  • If a performer misses their prejudging spot without letting us know at least 2 hours before their  prejudging session, their costume will not be eligible for costume construction points in the final score. In that case participants will be evaluated solely by their performance.
  • Participants can cosplay characters from both official commercial sources (Comic books, Manga, Anime, Cartoons, Movies, TV-shows, Musicals, Video Games, Books) and original works (fan art and original characters).To participate, person is required to provide a reference picture for their cosplay featuring a complete design. 
  • The judging criteria consist of three main parts: accuracy, craftsmanship, performance:
  1. Accuracy: This category evaluates how the costume and character portrayal match the source material. Judges will consider factors such as costume details or its size, colors, material textures and adherence to the original design.
  2. Craftsmanship: Craftsmanship focuses on the quality and skill demonstrated in creating the costume. Judges will closely examine the construction techniques, wig-styling, materials choice, and the overall level of craftsmanship. Participants are encouraged to showcase their sewing, prop making, armor crafting, makeup, and other relevant skills. 
  3. Performance: Performance criteria evaluate participant’s on-stage presentation. Judges will evaluate participant’s stage presence, charisma, character portrayal, creativity, and audience engagement. Whether participants are performing a skit, a monologue, or a choreographed routine, participants’ ability to bring the character to life on stage. 
  • Cosplayers personal characteristics such as race, gender, medical conditions, age, weight, gender identity or any other personal quality will not be evaluated in any way or form.
  • If a participant’s costume has a revealing design, such as a very short skirt, it is mandatory to wear opaque tights, leggings, or shorts underneath. Additionally, for costumes with side- and underboob exposure, participants  must wear a sports top or a bra for coverage. Costumes with an open back are permitted. Characters who are barefoot must use flip flops.
  • In addition to main awards, there are going to be special prizes such as the Audience Choice, Debut, Original Character, the Judges Favorites and sponsor prizes.

3. Stage rules

  • Liquids, live fire, and reactive chemicals are not allowed. Small battery-driven smoke machines can be allowed, but must be approved by festival staff before the competition.
  • The performance area must remain clean, and any materials used must be easily removable within 30 seconds after the performance. The use of glitter, confetti, or  any kind of powder is strictly prohibited.
    • Using any of the prohibited materials described above will result in disqualification.
  • Performances must adhere to a standard of respect and decency. The use of obscenities, profanities, gestures encouraging violence, and pornography is strictly prohibited. Performances that go against cultural and/or social norms will not be permitted on stage. Please ensure that your performances are ethical and maintain an aesthetic and respectful tone.
  • The prop can be placed anywhere on the stage and it is possible to test it during rehearsals.
    • Props can not damage the stage or be of any danger to other participants or audience.
  • Audio file should be MP3 Format. (not less than 128kbps, 44kGz)
  • Make sure that the audio is edited and customized for performance, the audio will stop when the allowed time of performance is over.
  • Participants are allowed to go on stage for their performance through a maximum of two applications per day.
  • As organizers, we reserve the right to limit the total number of performances to ensure a smooth event. In cases where the number of submissions significantly exceeds this limit, we may consider using the information provided in your submissions, such as work-in-progress photos and videos, to select participants for the stage. However, we prioritize inclusivity and aim to allow cosplayers of all experience levels to participate, and we will only implement this option as a last resort.

4.    Prop rules

  • It is forbidden to carry real weapons. (metal swords with sharpened edges, knives, pepper sprays, guns, stunt guns, etc.)
  • It is permitted to bring imitation weapons, non-functioning bows, throwing weapons made out of soft material.
  • Realistic-looking weapons, including fantasy weapons, may be permitted for on-stage performances, but they cannot be carried in the venue’s public areas as part of your costume. The approval for the use of props/weapons will be determined by the cosplay stage crew
  • Throwing objects off stage into the audience or towards the judges is strictly prohibited.

5. Organizational Matters Related to Performances

  • All questions regarding music, lighting, and equipment during the performance must be clarified during the rehearsal. Changes during the competition will not be made, so attending rehearsals is strongly recommended. Rehearsal schedules and other organizational details will be provided after passing the selection for the competition.
  • Participants must be backstage no later than 15 minutes before the start of the block they are performing in to notify the organizers of their presence in advance. After this, participants are not allowed to leave backstage for other reasons than performing on stage.  
  • In each category, participants must choose a MAIN CONTACT person and provide their contact phone number as the primary one. This is necessary for timely communication with participants if their performance starts earlier or if they are not present at the appointed time, as indicated above. If participants are not backstage at the appointed time and do not answer calls from the organizing committee, their performance will be rescheduled to the end of the block. This rule applies to all participants, including Solos and Groups. Participants in the “Solo” category must specify themselves as the main contact.
  • We also ask participants to inform the organizers in a timely manner if they  are unable to make it to the event and their allocated performance time before the start of the competition block. After the start of the competition block that they are in, the organizer has the right not to answer participants’ calls and messages due to the busy schedule.
  • Please take these rules seriously. If a participant does not show up backstage at the appointed time, does not notify the organizers, and does not respond to their calls, they will be disqualified, and there will be no ticket refunds.

6 . Tickets

  • Participants in stage competitions, including the Solo Craftsmanship and Solo/Group Performance categories, are eligible for a special discount on a 2-day event ticket. 
  • Ticket and discounts information will be sent to participants after they have been accepted to the competition.

7.   On-site registration

  • All participants must arrive at the designated registration time, which will be provided in the email after your application is accepted. Lateness may result in exclusion from the list of performers or rescheduling to another day. Registration time will be provided to participants who have passed the selection one week before the event.
  • Before proceeding to the backstage area, all participants must complete their registration at the cosplay registration desk, where they will receive their badges.
  • If, for any reason, you are unable to participate, please inform us promptly by contacting us at cosplay@j-tsoon.ee.

8.   Backstage Behavior

  • Participants must maintain order backstage and in the dressing rooms.
  • Every performer and group, regardless of the group’s size, can bring one registered in advance assistant to the backstage area.
  • Respectful behavior towards staff and other Cosplayers and KPOP competition participants is mandatory.
  • Changing clothes and leaving personal belongings is only allowed in specially designated dressing rooms for Cosplay participants. It is not allowed to leave items in KPOP dressing rooms or other areas not intended for this purpose (main hall, lobby, stairs, street, etc.).

9. Responsibility for personal belongings

  • The organizers are not responsible for any lost items. We kindly ask participants to take good care of their valuables and not leave them unattended.

10. Procedure during and after the competition of the first and second day of the festival

  • Please show respect not only to fellow cosplayers but also to the staff, volunteers, other participants, and all visitors of the convention.
  • At the end of the first day of the event, participants have the right to leave their belongings in the dressing rooms overnight, but please note that the event is not responsible for the safety of participants belongings, so it is recommended not to leave valuable items. After the competition on the second day of the event, participants are obligated to retrieve all their belongings from the dressing rooms.
  • All participants must promptly vacate the premises after the conclusion of the event on the first and second day.

Participating in any form of cheating, rule-breaking, or disregard for the rules will result in disqualification from the future J-TSOON events.

Note: The organizers reserve the right to make changes to the rules and regulations of the competition to ensure fair judging, maintain order, and ensure the safety of all participants.

By applying to the competition the competitors agree to adhere to the rules.

For any additional questions, please reach out to our email cosplay@j-tsoon.ee

J-Tsoon5 TikTok Cosplay Competition Rules

The J-TSOON5 TikTok Cosplay Сompetition will take place on the 21st of April, 2024 in Kultuurikatel, Tallinn, Estonia. Stay tuned for the schedule updates on our social media channels. There will be showcases of selected entries and prize distribution for the winners. Our competition is designed for cosplayers who love creating video content on one of the most popular social media platforms — TikTok. 

1. Video rules:

  • The characters you choose to cosplay can come from any form of media. Original characters are also allowed.
  • There is no requirement to be in full (official/canon) costume in the video. Casual cosplay is also accepted.
  • The video’s duration cannot exceed 1 minute.
  • Your audio could be any audio from TikTok or participants can create their own sound. Both must comply with the rules of our contest. (no profanity, sexual content, violence)
  • Entries must adhere to a standard of respect and decency. The use of obscenities, profanities, gestures encouraging violence, and pornography is strictly prohibited. Entries that go against cultural and/or social norms will not be permitted. Please ensure that your videos are ethical and maintain an aesthetic and respectful tone.

2. Registration

  • To participate in the competition, a mandatory presence at the event is required to be eligible for prizes.
  • Participants must complete the official registration form available on the J-TSOON5 website.
  • Participants must upload their video to their TikTok account after the competition’s official announcement.
  • Participant must use  #JTSOON5TikTok and #JTSOON5 as their main hashtags.
  • Participants must allow the video to be downloaded directly from TikTok. (Adjust this setting in the video settings before publishing)
  • You must be 13 years or older to participate.
  • Participation is allowed only as a solo entry.
  • The deadline for submissions is Sunday 17.03.2024 at 23:59. Videos uploaded after the deadline will not be accepted in the competition.
  • It is allowed to submit a maximum of 3 different TikTok videos. They can feature the same character or a different one. You cannot submit the same video 3 times.
  • The same video cannot be submitted multiple times. The time of publication determines which account is considered in the competition. 
  • It is prohibited to use an old TikTok video that was posted previously.
  • The person submitting the TikTok video must be in the video. If there are others in the video, you must have their permission to use it in the competition.
  • Participants’ accounts must be public, otherwise, the cosplay video competition organizers and the judges won’t have access to it.

3. Judging Criteria:

The TikTok contest will be judged by a set of judges who will evaluate the following criteria:

  • Character Portrayal: How well the participant conveys the character. (Participants will be assessed on their ability to effectively portray and embody the chosen character. This includes aspects like character likeness, acting, and overall representation.)
  • Visual Creativity: Use of effects, editing, and transitions. (Evaluation of the participant’s creative use of visual elements, including special effects, editing techniques, and smooth transitions between scenes.)
  • Audio-Visual Innovation: Creative use of sound and light. (Recognition of innovative approaches in incorporating sound and light elements to enhance the overall quality and impact of the TikTok video.)

The number of likes and views that video gains on TikTok will not be taken into consideration when judging.

4. Organizational Matters Related to Competition

  • Participants must attend at least J-TSOON5 on the 21st of April 2024 to enter the TikTok competition.
  • Participants must arrive at the designated registration time, which will be provided in the email after your application is accepted for the check-in. If you fail to check-in on time you will not be eligible to win the prize.
  • Festival staff may request an identification document from you in case of any suspicion regarding the participant’s identity. This could be a passport, ID card, driver’s license, or student ID.
  • As organizers, we reserve the right to limit the total number of entries. We are aiming for up to 20 videos in total. In cases where the number of submissions significantly exceeds this limit, we may consider selecting participants. Due to limited applications, we prioritize inclusivity and aim to allow participants of all experience levels to participate, and we will only implement this option as a last resort.
  • By submitting TikTok video for the J-TSOON5 competition, participants acknowledge and agree that the J-TSOON Cosplay Team has the right to download and showcase the video on the big screen during the event.
  • The owner of the TikTok account where the video is published qualifies to receive the prize.
  • The winners of the TikTok Cosplay Competition will be announced at the J-TSOON5 Award Ceremony on Sunday 21st of April 2024.

Note: The organizers reserve the right to make changes to the rules and regulations of the competition to ensure fair judging, maintain order, and ensure the safety of all participants.

By applying to the competition the competitors agree to adhere to the rules.

For any additional questions, please reach out to our email cosplay@j-tsoon.ee.

J-Tsoon5 Cosplay Photography Competition Rules

The J-TSOON5 Cosplay Photography competition will take place on 20th and 21st of April, 2024 in Kultuurikatel, Tallinn, Estonia. Stay tuned for the schedule updates on our social media channels. Photographs that make it to the finals will be showcased at J-TSOON5 and the winners will be announced at the Award Ceremony on Sunday.

1. Registration:

  • To participate in the competition, mandatory presence at the event is required to be eligible for prizes.
  • Participants must complete the official registration form available on the J-TSOON5 website.
  • In the form upload a high-quality photograph with the following specifications:
    • Image dimensions: Approximately 2481 x 3507 pixels for optimal A4 printing.
    • File format: JPEG or PNG.
  • File size: Each photograph’s file size should not exceed 10MB.
  • The image should be named according to the following instructions: image-name_name-of-the-participant.
  • The festival takes responsibility for printing the finalists’ works from the competition.
  • The participant must be 13 years or older to participate.

2. Application Submission:

  • The deadline for submissions is Sunday 17th of March 2023 at 23:59.
  • Each participant, regardless of the role – model or photographer, can submit a maximum of 3 different photographs. They can feature the same subject or different ones. Duplicate submissions of the same photo are not allowed. 
  • Models are allowed to participate as a group, but with a maximum of two people.
  • Participants must ensure the submitted photograph has not been entered in previous competitions.
  • The photo must have been taken during the year 2021 – 2024. Photos taken earlier than March 20, 2021, will not be accepted.
  • The person submitting the photograph must be the photographer or model. Collaborative works are accepted, but all contributors must be credited and agreed to use the photo.
  • Submitted photographs will undergo a preliminary review to ensure they meet the competition requirements.
  • After the submission deadline, participants will receive a follow-up email informing them if they have secured a place in the competition or not.
  • The approved works (finalists) will be showcased in a gallery at J-TSOON5, on the 20th and 21st of April 2024.

3. Photography Rules:

  • Photographs can capture subjects from any genre or theme, only cosplay photography is allowed.
  • There are no restrictions on the type of equipment used; both professional cameras and mobile devices are welcome.
  • Post-processing is allowed, but it should not alter the fundamental reality of the image.
  • Photography must adhere to a standard of respect and decency. The use of obscenities, profanities, gestures encouraging violence, and pornography is strictly prohibited. 
  • Entries that go against cultural and/or social norms will not be permitted. Every participant must ensure that their photography is ethical and maintains an aesthetic and respectful tone.
  • Watermarks or any other distinguishing marks on the photo are not allowed.

4. Judging Criteria:

The cosplay photography contest will be judged by a group of three professional juries who will evaluate the following criteria:

  • Composition: Evaluation of the overall arrangement and visual elements within the photograph.
  • Technical Excellence: Assessment of technical aspects, including focus, exposure, and sharpness.
  • Creativity and Originality: Recognition of unique perspectives, creative approaches, and originality.
  • Adherence to the source material: how well the atmosphere of the source material is conveyed, faithfulness to original design details, and overall representation of the essence of the character.

5. Organizational Matters Related to the Competition:

  • Due to limited slots, priority will be given to ensuring a diverse representation of participants. After reviewing all the submissions, only 20 will be presented at the event.
  • The participant holds the rights to their submitted photograph.
  • Participants must attend J-TSOON5 to enter the Photography Competition.
  • Participants must arrive at the designated registration time, which will be provided in the email after your application is accepted for the check-in.
  • Festival staff may request an identification document from participants in case of any suspicion regarding the participant’s identity. This could be a passport, ID card, driver’s license, or student ID.
  • By submitting a photograph, participants agree to allow J-TSOON to display their work during the event. (in both digital and non digital way)
  • By participating in the competition, participants consent to the use of photos for J-TSOON5 promotional purposes, including proper attribution to the photographer/model(s).
  • Winners will be officially announced at the Award Ceremony, and prizes will be distributed accordingly.

Note: The organizers reserve the right to make changes to the rules and regulations of the competition to ensure fair judging, maintain order, and ensure the safety of all participants.

By applying to the competition the competitors agree to adhere to the rules.

For any additional questions, please reach out to our email cosplay@j-tsoon.ee

J-Tsoon5 KPOP Competition Rules

The J-TSOON5 KPOP competition will take place on 20th and 21th of April, 2024 in Kultuurikatel, Tallinn, Estonia. Stay tuned for the schedule updates on our social media channels.

1. Nomination Categories and Age Categories:

Participants must carefully align their performances with the chosen nomination and strictly adhere to the specified performance durations.

1.1 Solo Category:

  • Only 1 performer is allowed on stage.
  • Performance duration of 60 seconds to 90 seconds.
  • Solo performers can have backup dancers, but their stage time should not exceed half of the total performance duration (e.g., if the performance is 1 minute, backup dancers should stay on the stage no longer than 30 seconds).
  • Judges will only evaluate the soloist’s performance, no additional points will be given for backup dancers.
  • The number of people in the backup dance group must be specified during registration for the competition. If backup dance participants are not taking part in the competition, they will need to purchase tickets at the full price.

1.2 Duo/Trio Category:

  • 2 to 3 performers are permitted on stage.
  • Performance duration of 120 seconds to 150 seconds.
  • Duo/Trio performers can have backup dancers, but their stage time should not exceed half of the total performance duration (e.g., if the performance is 2 minutes, backup dancers should stay on the stage no longer than 1 minute).
  • Judges will evaluate the duo/trio performance exclusively, not providing additional points for backup dancers.
  • The number of people in the backup dance group must be specified during registration for the competition. If backup dance participants are not taking part in the competition, they will need to purchase tickets at the full price.

1.3 Group Category:

  • Four or more performers are allowed on stage.
  • Performance duration of 180 seconds to 210 seconds.
  • Please be aware that the stage dimensions will be provided to selected participants in the acceptance letter. The recommended number of participants on stage is 9 individuals. While participants are welcome to participate in a team with more members, please note that the festival cannot guarantee comfortable accommodation on stage during the performance.

1.4 Age Rules:

    • Up to 14 years
    • 15-17 years
    • 18+ years
  • For Solo: The age category must correspond to the participant’s age at the time of the festival.
  • Duo/Trio: The age category is determined by the age of the oldest participant at the time of the festival in the group.
  • Group: The age category is determined by the percentage ratio of participants’ ages. If over half of the participants fall into the 18+ category at the time of the festival, the group should choose the 18+ category. The same principle applies to the 15-17 and up to 14 age categories. In a 50-50 percentage ratio, the group is assigned to the higher age category.

Organizers retain the right to adjust the age category in case of discrepancies. Participants will receive advance notification via the email provided in the application regarding any changes to their age category.

2. Best Costume Special Prize:

All Participants have the opportunity to win the Best Costume Special Prize. Here’s how:

  • Craft a costume that resembles or even replicates the attire of your chosen Idol.
  • Submit a high-quality reference picture showcasing the entire costume.
  • Note that the application form allows for the submission of 1 to 3 pictures. Providing more reference pictures will allow the special prize judge to evaluate the costume more thoroughly.

It’s important to emphasize that these rules are specific to the special prize. These rules are not mandatory if participants don’t intend to create a costume.  Participants are encouraged to perform in attire or a costume that brings them comfort.

3. Judging Criteria:

Judges are bound by confidentiality and are prohibited from disclosing details about the judging process or outcomes. A respectful environment is maintained and attempts at bribery will not be effective.

3.1 For Dance Competition:

  • Synchronization (Duo/Trio and Groups Only): Evaluate the seamless coordination of movements among participants for a visually captivating performance.
  • Precision: Assess the accuracy and sharpness of individual and group movements, showcasing mastery and attention to detail.
  • Choreography: Evaluate how closely the choreography adheres to the original.
  • Performance (Artistry/Charisma/Spectacle): Assess the artistic expression, charisma, and overall stage presence, focusing on how well participants connect with the audience.
  • Overall Impression: Evaluates the collective impact and enjoyment factor derived from the seamless coordination, precision, choreography adherence, artistic expression, charisma, and stage presence, assessing how well these elements combine to create a fantastic and engaging performance.

3.2 For Best Costume Prize:

  • Similarity to the Original: Evaluate the costume’s intricacy and how well it aligns with the original.
  • Costume Presentation on Stage: Evaluates how the costumes appear on stage and how they enhance the performers’ presence, contributing to the overall visual appeal of the performance.
  • Comfort and Additional Details: Evaluate the comfort of the costume, any additional elements incorporated, and the quality of execution.

Please be mindful of rule violations related to costumes and stage appearance. The fourth judge reserves the right to deduct 5 to 10 points for any performance breaching these regulations.  Participants are requested to familiarize themselves with the specific instructions provided.

4. Performance Restrictions:

Each participant has the opportunity to perform on stage twice, following these options:

  • 1 group performance and 1 solo or duo/trio performance (1+1);
  • 1 solo performance and 1 duo/trio performance (1+1);
  • Participants not performing in the solo or duo/trio categories can opt for up to two group performances, provided they use different group lineups (1+1).
  • The organizers maintain the right to control the overall number of performances to ensure a seamless event. Due to the limited slots available, it’s crucial to note that the selection of both performances for participation cannot be guaranteed.
  • Participants can showcase a dance by a Korean choreographer, and the music is not restricted to Korean songs.
  • Live vocals are prohibited during the performance, and all performances must adhere to the format specified in the application.

5. Application and Selection Process:

  • Video of the Performance:
  • To be considered for participation, all applicants must submit a video showcasing their full practice or performance of the dance they intend to perform. Participants need to submit a video of their own performance, not the video of the artist’s performance. This video is a mandatory requirement for selection into the event.
  • Participants are required to share a video of their dance rehearsal using any file exchange platform. It’s crucial that participants confirm the access rights of the link, ensuring organizers can view the submitted videos without any issues. Failure to adhere to these guidelines may lead to disqualification from the selection process.
  • There are several popular file exchange platforms that participants can use to share their dance rehearsal videos. Here are some commonly used options:
    1. YouTube: Participants can upload their rehearsal videos as unlisted or private and share the link with organizers.
    2. Google Drive: Participants can upload their videos to Google Drive and share the link with viewing permissions.
    3. Dropbox: Participants can upload videos to Dropbox and share the link with appropriate access permissions.
    4. OneDrive: Microsoft’s OneDrive is another option for participants to upload and share rehearsal videos. 
  • Music: The performance audio track should be in MP3 format, with a minimum bitrate of 128kbps and a sample rate of 44kHz.
  • Reference Picture: Each participant must provide a reference picture of the K-POP group or idol whose dance they will perform on stage.

5.1 File Naming Rules:

  • Video: Performer Name _ Name of the KPOP artist _ Name Of The Song _ Video
    • Example: JTsoon Team _ EXO _ Love Shot _ Video.
  • Music: Performer Name _ Name of the KPOP artist _ Name Of The Song _ Music
    • Example: JTsoon Team _ EXO _ Love Shot _ Music
  • Reference Picture: Performer Name _ Name of the KPOP artist _ Name Of The Song _ Reference Picture
    • Example: JTsoon Team _ EXO _ Love Shot _ Reference Picture

Incorrectly named files may lead to disqualification.

6. Selection Process:

  • Participants will be notified of their selection via the email used for the application. Share this information with all members of the group or duo/trio. Consider using different emails for easier communication.

7. Age-Appropriate Dances:

  • All dances must align with the age category of the participants.
  • Teams with members under 18 years old must strictly adhere to this rule.

8. Costumes and Stage Appearance:

  • All participants, regardless of age category, must wear shorts under skirts or dresses, and the shorts should be visible enough for judges and spectators to confirm their presence.
  • It is recommended to choose comfortable footwear suitable for dance performances to avoid possible injuries.

9. Organizational Matters Related to Performances:

  • For the safety of performers, the presence of liquids, gases, or chemicals on stage is strictly prohibited
  • Clarify any questions regarding music, lighting, and equipment during the rehearsal. No changes will be made during the competition, making attendance at rehearsals crucial.
  • Rehearsal schedules and organizational details will be provided after successfully passing the selection for the competition.
  • Participants must be backstage no later than five acts before their performance to inform organizers of their presence in advance. After this, participants are not allowed to leave backstage for other reasons than performing on stage.
  • In each category, participants must choose a MAIN CONTACT person and provide their contact phone number as the primary one. This is necessary for timely communication with participants if their performance starts earlier or if they are not present at the appointed time, as indicated above. If participants are not backstage at the appointed time and do not answer calls from the organizing committee, their performance will be rescheduled to the end of the block This rule applies to all participants, including soloists, duets/trios, and groups. Solo category participants must specify themselves as the main contact.
  • Participants are urged to inform organizers promptly if they are unable to attend the event and perform before the start of the competition blocks. After the start of the participant’s competition block, the organizers may not respond to calls and messages due to a busy schedule.
  • Please take these rules seriously. If a participant does not show up backstage at the appointed time, does not notify the organizers, and does not respond to their calls, they will be disqualified, and there will be no ticket refunds

10. Tickets:

  • Participants in stage competitions are entitled to a special discount on a 2-day event ticket.
  • Please only purchase tickets once performance registration is approved by our KPOP coordinator.
  • Those participants who are involved in backup dancing but not participating in the main competition themselves,  are allowed to be backstage but must purchase a full-price ticket.
  • A solo, duo/trio, group is allowed to have only one assistant. The assistant is permitted to be backstage but will need to purchase a full-price ticket.
  • Upon morning registration, each participant will be issued a special wristband, serving as a crucial ticket pass that must be kept from being removed for two days. If a participant registers and obtains a wristband on the first day but loses it the following day, the participant will have to buy a new ticket at the full price. Preserve wristbands to prevent incurring additional expenses.
  • Note that the option to report wristband issues is only available during the festival. After the first day of the event, organizers will not accept complaints about lost or damaged wristbands. 

11.  On-site registration:

  • Before proceeding to the backstage area, all participants must complete their registration at the KPOP registration desk, where they will receive their badges.
  • Each participant must present a document (ID card or passport) confirming their age during on-site registration on the event day.
  • This document is necessary to verify compliance with the indicated age category in the application.
  • All participants must arrive at the designated registration time, which will be provided in the email after the application is accepted. Lateness may result in exclusion from the list of performers or rescheduling to another day. Registration time will be provided to participants who have passed the selection one week before the event.
  • Those participants who are involved in backup dancing but not participating in the main competition themselves must attend the registration process alongside the solo participant or the duo/trio participants. This is necessary for the competition registration and to obtain a badge allowing access backstage. If backup dancers arrive after the registration period has closed, they will be unable to receive a badge.
  • Assistants are also required to attend the registration process alongside the participants they are assisting. This is necessary for the competition registration and to obtain a badge allowing access backstage. If assistants arrive after the registration period has closed, they will be unable to receive a badge.
  • If, for any reason, participants are unable to participate, please inform us promptly by contacting us at kpop@j-tsoon.ee.

12. Backstage Behavior:

  • Participants must maintain order in the dressing rooms, refrain from scattering personal items, and clean up after themselves.
  • Respectful behavior toward the organizers, staff, judges, and other K-Pop and Cosplay participants is mandatory!
  • Changing clothes and leaving personal belongings are only allowed in specially designated dressing rooms for K-Pop participants. Leaving items in Cosplay dressing rooms or other unauthorized areas is not permitted.

13. Responsibility for Personal Belongings:

  • The organizers are not responsible for any lost items. Participants are kindly asked to take good care of their valuables and not leave them unattended.

14. Procedure After the Completion of the First and Second Day of the Festival:

  • At the end of the first day, participants are allowed to leave their belongings in the dressing rooms overnight. However, it is recommended not to leave valuable items as the event is not responsible for their safety.
  • After the completion of the second day, participants must retrieve all their belongings from the dressing rooms.
  • All participants must promptly vacate the premises 40 minutes after the conclusion of the event on the first and second day.

Participating in any form of cheating, rule-breaking, or disregard for the rules will result in disqualification from future J-TSOON events.

Note: The organizers reserve the right to make changes to the rules and regulations of the competition to ensure fair judging, maintain order, and ensure the safety of all participants.

By applying to the competition the competitors agree to adhere to the rules.

For any additional questions, please reach out to our email kpop@j-tsoon.ee.

J-Tsoon5 Artists&crafters alley Rules

Artists&Crafters Alley is a place where you can share a piece of your creativity. 

Note: Artists&Crafters Alley and Flea Market will be separate and located in different areas at the event. All information about Flea Market is here: https://j-tsoon.ee/rules#flea

1. General rules  

  • Artists&Crafters must offer only high-quality goods in sufficient quantity to fill their table. If you don’t have enough items, you can share your table with another participant. 
  • Artists&Crafters may arrange their merchandise on the table or nearby, as long as it doesn’t obstruct other participants or visitors. 
  • Inappropriate content, violence, and offensive content are prohibited at the event. 
  • Mature (18+) content is not allowed to be publicly displayed at the event. Mature content should be concealed, covered with a sheet, pixelated, or masked in any other way. 
  • Selling beverages, drinks, snacks and food at the event in Artists&Crafters Alley is not permitted. 
  • Artists&Crafters and their assistants must be polite and respectful to their colleagues, visitors, organizers, volunteers, and everyone present at the event. 
  • 90% of the items on your table must consist of products created by you or represent your original works.
  • Selling any goods within the event premises is permitted only by individuals who:
    • Are participants of the Artists&Crafters Alley, Flea market or Commercial zone.
    • Have undergone prior selection and approval to participate.
    • Have been provided with a table and/or a specifically designated selling space by the event organizers.
  • For violation of this rule, event organizers reserve the right to request that you leave the event without compensation for the entrance ticket.
  • Each participant of the Artists&Crafters Alley is provided with only one table per submitted application.
  • Participants of the Artists&Crafters Alley must have a tablecloth to cover their table.
  • When submitting applications, please ensure that 90% of your merchandise matches the participant type you have selected (Artist or Crafter).

2. Registration & Check-In 

    • Participation in the Artists&Crafters Alley is allowed only for participants who:
      • Have passed the selection process by the event organizers.
      • Have received a confirmation email to their registered email address stating their acceptance.
      • Have been listed as participants. All three conditions must be met.
  • Submitting an application does not guarantee 100% participation in the Artists&Crafters Alley.
  • Artistss&Crafters must have a special entry ticket to participate in the event. There is no additional charge or fee for selling in Artists&Crafters Alley. Each participant can bring one assistant who must also have a special entry ticket to the event. 
  • Artistss&Crafters and their assistants will be required to show identification card or passport and ticket at the entrance. 
  • Participants of the Artists&Crafters Alley and their assistants must carry a personalized badge and bracelet issued during check-in. (details on how to get it will be provided in the confirmed application email) The bracelet is valid for the number of days of the event specified in the ticket purchased by you. If you buy a ticket for two days, you will receive a bracelet for two days of the event. 
  • If you remove/discard/lose the ticket after the first day, you will need to purchase a ticket for the second day of the event. The badge is not a ticket! If you wish to remove the bracelet on the evening of the first day and then wear it on the second day, do so carefully and under no circumstances discard your bracelet!
  • Artistss&Crafters must be present at the event venue no later than 60 minutes before the event opens and must remain at their table throughout the event. If you have a valid reason to leave early, you must inform the Artists&Crafters alley coordinator by phone. 

3. Responsibility for personal belongings 

  • Artists&Crafters can leave their items after the close of the first day (also at night from FRI to SAT if you will set up your table from Friday), but organizers and venue authorities are not responsible for the safety of your belongings.
  • It is not recommended to leave the table unattended during the event as the event organizers are not responsible for the safety of your belongings and merchandise.

4. AI & Stolen artworks 

  • We are also against stolen artwork from other creators as well as pieces generated by artificial intelligence, so it is forbidden to sell products at the Artists&Crafters Alley that include artwork that was not ethically sourced. We are against AI, so at Artists&Crafters Alley, it is prohibited to sell any goods created with the help of AI. 

5. Additional information  

  • Participants must provide high-quality photographs of their products as well as their logo. We would be delighted to feature information about you on our social media platforms. 
  • To ensure that you are featured on our social media, make sure that when submitting your application, you rename all attached files using the name of your store or your pseudonym. (For examples: Cafters-store_logo.jpg, Cafters-store_stuff.jpg) 
  • The number of tables in Artists&Crafters Alley is limited. Each participant will have a personal number and a specific table assigned by the organizers. If you wish to sit next to your friends, please indicate this in your application. 

6. Participant Selection Criteria:

  • Artists and Crafters, after submitting their applications, will undergo a selection process by the event organizers. Only applications that have been properly completed will be considered.
  • The number of participants in the Artists&Crafters Alley is limited!
  • All participants must provide links to their portfolios or examples of their work. The portfolio should demonstrate your current creative/Artistic skills and showcase the items you plan to sell at the event. 90% of the products should be created or conceived/drawn by you. Participants must provide enough merchandise to fill their table.
  • The event organizers reserve the right to decline an application without providing a reason for refusal.

Note: The organizers reserve the right to make changes to the rules and regulations of the competition to ensure fair judging, maintain order, and ensure the safety of all participants.

By registering the participant agrees to all the aforementioned rules.

For any additional questions, please reach out to our art@j-tsoon.ee email.

J-Tsoon5 FLEA MARKET Rules

Flea market is a place where each of you can breathe new life into your old items, be it manga, cosplay, figurines, or any other geeky merchandise.

1. General rules  

  • Sellers may arrange their merchandise on the table or nearby, as long as it doesn’t obstruct other participants or visitors. 
  • Inappropriate content, violence, and offensive content are prohibited at the event. 
  •  Mature (18+) content is not allowed to be publicly displayed at the event. Mature content should be concealed, covered with a sheet, pixelated, or masked in any other way. 
  • Selling beverages, drinks, snacks and food at the event in Flea Market is not permitted. 
  • Sellers and their assistants must be polite and respectful to their colleagues, visitors, organizers, volunteers, and everyone present at the event. 
  • Selling any goods within the event premises is permitted only by individuals who:
    • Are participants of the Flea market, Artist&Crafters Alley or Commercial zone.
    • Have undergone prior selection and approval to participate.
    • Have been provided with a table and/or a specifically designated selling space by the event organizers.
  • For violation of this rule, event organizers reserve the right to request that you leave the event without compensation for the entrance ticket.
  • Each participant of the Flea market is provided with only one table per submitted application.
  • Participants of the Flea market must have a tablecloth to cover their table.
  • Within the Flea Market, participants can sell items related to anime, K-pop, games, comics, and more. These may include figurines, keychains, manga, cosplay items, wigs, and all associated merchandise that adheres to these rules. Selling used items closely related to the body, such as used contact lenses, used undergarments, use fake teeth, and other related products, is prohibited.

2. Registration & Check-In 

  • Participation in the Flea market is allowed only for participants who:
    • Have passed the selection process by the event organizers.
    • Have received a confirmation email to their registered email address stating their acceptance.
    • Have been listed as participants. All three conditions must be met.
  • Reminder! Submitting an application does not guarantee 100% participation in the Flea market.
  • Sellers must have a special entry ticket to participate in the event. There is no additional charge or fee for selling in Flea Market. Each participant can bring one assistant who must also have a special entry ticket to the event. 
  • Sellers and their assistants will be required to show identification card or passport and tickets at the entrance. 
  • Sellers and their assistants must wear a personalized badge (details on how to get it will be provided in the confirmed application email). Participants of the Flea market and their assistants must carry a personalized badge and bracelet issued during check-in(details on how to get it will be provided in the confirmed application email). The bracelet is valid for the number of days of the event specified in the ticket purchased by you. 
  • Note! If you buy a ticket for two days, you will receive a bracelet for two days of the event. If you remove/discard/lose the ticket after the first day, you will need to purchase a ticket for the second day of the event. The badge is not a ticket! If you wish to remove the bracelet on the evening of the first day and then wear it on the second day, do so carefully and under no circumstances discard your bracelet!
  • Sellers must be present at the event venue no later than 60 minutes before the event opens and must remain at their table throughout the event. If you have a valid reason to leave early, you must inform the Flea Market coordinator by phone. 

3. Responsibility for personal belongings 

  • Sellers can leave their items after the close of the first day (also at night from FRI to SAT if you will set up your table from Fridays), but organizers and venue authorities are not responsible for the safety of your belongings. 
  • It is not recommended to leave the table unattended during the event as the event organizers are not responsible for the safety of your belongings and merchandise.

4. AI & Stolen artworks 

  • We are also against stolen artwork from other creators as well as pieces generated by artificial intelligence, so it is forbidden to sell products at the Flea Market that include artwork that was not ethically sourced.

5. Participant Selection Criteria:

  • Flea market sellers, after submitting their applications, will undergo a selection process by the event organizers. Only applications that have been properly completed will be considered.
  • The number of participants in the Flea market is limited! Priority will be given to applications from those vendors who are reselling their old belongings.

Note! The event organizers reserve the right to decline an application without providing a reason for refusal.

Note: The organizers reserve the right to make changes to the rules and regulations of the competition to ensure fair judging, maintain order, and ensure the safety of all participants.

By registering the participant agrees to all the aforementioned rules.

For any additional questions, please reach out to our art@j-tsoon.ee email.

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