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The Next Level of Cosplay is a brand-new scholarship contest for creative artists from the costuming and makeup communities looking to take their work to the next level.

UPDATE: Video Submission Guidelines

  • Please choose one design to showcase your makeup and/or costuming talent.
  • Your cosply choice should be based either on a specific character from comic book, video game, movie or tv show. You can gender bend, choose a different era (e.g. steampunk, Victorian, etc.) or make any changes to the character you like.
  • Make sure your video/audio quality is as high as possible. Blurriness, bad audio, fast zooms do not help the judges gauge the quality of your presentation. Frame it as steadily as you can, with either a voice over or clear audio, good lighting, while narrating the description of your work and what went into its construction.
  • You can show video clips and even still photographs of the making of process, as much as you like as long as it’s within suggested 3 minute length.
  • Please remember to fill out the application on our website here: http://www.cinemamakeup.com/cosplay/


    Joel Harlow is an Oscar- and Emmy-winning makeup artist, best known for his collaborations with actor Johnny Depp on blockbusters such as the Pirates of the Caribbean series, The Lone Ranger, and the upcoming Trancendence. His special effects work spans genres, incorporating elements of horror, sci-fi, and fantasy into a unique and instantly recognizable style.

    Yaya Han is among the biggest stars of the cosplay community. With over a decade of success making costumes in the genres of anime, manga, video games, sci-fi, comic books and from her own original designs, Yaya has earned huge respect among the cosplay and convention community for the originality and attention to detail evident in all her work. She regularly appears on SyFy network’s Heroes of Cosplay.

    Leonard Engelman has been a makeup artist on some of the most beloved and iconic films of all time: from films in the Rocky and Rambo series, to Ghostbusters, the Batman series, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Leonard is the first makeup artist ever elected a Vice President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and is also a Governor of the Academy’s Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Branch.

    Michael Key is a two-time Emmy-winning makeup artist whose credits include multiple Star Trek films, key positions on the Star Trek TV series Voyager, Deep Space Nine, and The Next Generation, as well as Planet of the Apes and countless other favorites. He is also the founder, publisher, and editor-in-chief of Make-up Artist magazine, the most-read trade publication for makeup artists and enthusiasts.

To enter, contestants should create complete costume and makeup looks evoking a character of their choice, upload a three-minute video demonstrating their creations to a major video site with a title including “Cinema Makeup School’s The Next Level of Cosplay” and their names and fill out an entry form or mail a link to the video and any supporting materials to scholarship@cinemamakeup.com.

Entries are due APRIL 15, 2014!