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G-FEST regularly features the following contests and competitions:

Art Contest

Artwork can be entered until 5:00 PM, on Saturday, July 15th at the Art Room. Entry limit is three pieces per contestant in the following categories: Adult (ages 16 and over), Youth (ages 9 to 15), and Child (ages 8 and under). Contestants submitting artwork must be on-site G-FEST attendees. Artwork can be picked up at any time after entry, but must remain on display until judging to compete. Judging will take place before the Art Room opens on Sunday morning. First, second, and third place ribbons are awarded to winners in each category.

Subject matter should relate to the world of Japanese fantasy films (no vulgarity, nudity, or excessive blood/violence please). Submissions may be 2D or 3D. 2D artwork should be mounted to a stiff, self-standing, backing board. Artwork not mounted in this fashion is not guaranteed to be accepted for display. Contestants must properly fill out an entry form for each piece submitted, and receive a claim tag to retrieve their artwork.

2023 Rules Update

AI generated artwork (Midjourney, DALL-E 2, etc.) will not be accepted. Any artwork suspected of being AI generated may be disqualified from entry at judges’ discretion. If submitting digitally created artwork, it is recommended to have at least one “in-progress” version available for review on request. All artwork must be 100% originally designed by the artist, no exceptions — this will be strictly enforced. All acceptable submissions are at judges’ discretion. Previous artwork entries will not be accepted.

Costume Contest

Entrants will assemble at G-FEST and display their costumes at the annual costume parade, as well as during the convention. The parade is free to enter, but you must attend the orientation for contestants on Friday or Saturday afternoon (check the convention guide for time and place) and fill out a brief entry form. There are several categories: Young Fan (self built), Young Fan (adult built), Novice, Journeyman, Master, and Showcase. Prizes include First for each division, Best in Show, Spirit award, and Judge’s Choice awards. Prizes are awarded on Sunday morning in the Dojo/Tokusatsu room at 10:00 AM. Prizes cannot be shipped and the results of the judging won’t be known until the early hours of Sunday morning. For further information or to submit an early entry form, email dojoatgfest@gmail.com.

Model Contest

Subjects should relate to the world of Japanese fantasy films. They may be stand-alone, diorama, altered action figure or scratch-built models of any material. Prizes will be awarded in a variety of categories. Entrants will be received at the model room and a claim tag will be issued. Models may not overhang the tables (6' by 30"). The model room will be kept secure at all times. For more information, contact Stan Hyde at stanhyde@telus.net.

Video Game Tournament

The video gaming tournaments will be run on both Wii and Xbox systems. Registration information and specific times will be posted at G-FEST XXVIII in the tournament room.

Amateur Video Festival

Videos must be original work, no more than six minutes in length, and must not have been previously uploaded to an on-line video streaming platform such as YouTube or Rumble. Participants must be in attendance at G-FEST XXVIII.

Video submissions may be sent as physical media to: Mark Justice, 4359 Abbe Rd., Sheffield Village, OH, 44054, postmarked no later than June 15, 2023. Videos may also be submitted by upload to a Google Drive folder. To request access to upload, please email Mark Justice at: gojifanmark@yahoo.com. Deadline for uploads is June 30, 2023.

All videos will be previewed, but depending on the number of submissions received, will not guarantee its inclusion in the program.