CICAF 2015

Wat is CICAF?

CICAF stands for China International Cartoon & Animation festival. At CICAF the yearly China CICAF Grand Cosplay Awards show is held.
After having successfully ran a run of 8 preceding seasons of this prestigious championship, the Awards have now attained widespread popularity, and is said to be the largest in China (and perhaps, even of the world) upholding the highest standards within competitive cosplay, with an unbreakable record of the most number of participants from the most expansive regions of China. The Awards’ preliminaries stretch from the end-of-year periods, to May of its following year when the next annual CICAF in Hangzhou begins.

The Awards, since its rise in popularity in 2008, have achieved a whole new level. Under the new directive of Ye Ming, the Vice-Mayor of Hangzhou, founder of ‘The China CICAF Grand Cosplay Awards’ itself, COSPLAY has become a highly-recognized quality sport of China, and its Championship, an entire new achievement and standard of its own. ‘The China CICAF Grand Cosplay Awards’  is fully-funded and supported by the official authorities of China, and most well-received amongst the influential parties in the commercial comic/animation industry.

In the 2013 edition of ‘The China CICAF Grand Cosplay Awards’ a new initiative is introduced: ‘The International Awards’ category, which will be a competition of representatives from international countries and the winning team of China, away from the ‘Domestic Championship’. Countries such as Japan, Thailand,
Korea, Denmark and Hongkong have now confirmed their participation in this growing championship, and with their international involvement, will further improve the image and prestige of the ‘The China CICAF Grand Cosplay Awards’.


There are unfortunately no more places available this year. Thank you for your interest and maybe till next year! 

Not required for watching.


Aside from the usual rules, the following applies. Visitors of this specific event are allowed to take pictures of the event. All entrants need to agree to this if they want to compete in this event. A special entry for this purpose has been added to the Cosplay Competition registration form. However it is NOT allowed to use FLASH photography! Remember other people's personal (as well as third parties) rights will always apply, but what you do with YOUR pictures/recordings is YOUR OWN responsibility!


Aside from the usual rules, the following applies.

  • For Cosplay weapons guidelines read the house rules/huisregels. Dutch weapons law will always apply!
  • Only teams of two contestants can enter this competition.
  • You must be a citizen in one of the BeNeLux countries.        
  • You and your team must wear self-made costumes.
  • You may use small props that were store bought.
  • You must perform a brief act on stage that may not exceed 180 seconds.  
  • Once entered you will get a script form to fill in the details of your act. This will have to be handed in on the 16th of May at the latest.
  • With your script, you will also have to provide:
    - Work in Progress pictures,
    - Reference pictures,
    - Any audio/video you want to use during the skit.
  • You must attend the Anime festival at least on Friday.
  • You must be 18 years or older in January 1st 2016 if you want to compete.
  • Your Cosplay must be from a Cartoon/Anime, Comic/Manga, Animated Movie
    or Game. It may not be a fictional character you or your friends created.
  • You must be available for travel to China around the end of April, beginning of May 2016.
  • You must not have been refused entry to China before.

Please note that at ‘The International Awards’ in China, your act should be between 3 and 5 minutes.


If you have questions regarding the Cosplay Competition, kindly direct them to us, using the appropriate forum (Before you submit a question, please browse the forum to see if your question has already been answered) or send us an e-mail using our contact form (choose 'Cosplay Event' from the subject dropdown menu).


'Whole Weekend' AND 'Friday Only' visitors.


Archonia Room.


Friday: 19:00

For legal and safety reasons we are not allowed to exceed the Archonia room's maximum capacity. For the people that will miss out we will try to show a recording.

J-POP in cooperation with:
  • Aniway
  • Archonia
  • Bit Agency
  • CrunchyRoll
  • Warner Brothers Games
  • Hercules
  • Mindscape
  • Nationaal Videogame Museum
  • Samsung
  • Ziva Events
  • AFK e-Sports
  • Vertigo 6
  • Koch Media
Design & development by Bit Agency