choose your fighter!

NZ Games Festival is excited to bring back Character Select, a games themed cosplay event, in 2021. Gamers all across the country are celebrating their favourite games in unique ways – and cosplay is one of the most spectacular!

Character Select is open to amateurs and seasoned cosplayers alike, as well as having categories for home-made and bought costumes. We want to welcome all kinds of cosplayers to take part and have a great time. You can also attend in cosplay regardless of whether or not you want to compete!

In addition to fawning over beautiful costumes, you’ll get to have fun with likeminded people, earn spot prizes and maybe even learn a thing or two at our half-time tutorials.


event details

Suitable for all ages

Sunday 25 April 2021, 10am – 3pm

Competition entries close 11:59 pm Wednesday 22 April 2021. Please click here to read the rules.

Bathrooms will be available at the venue for cosplayers to change in, and a large mirror will be available for checking costumes/wigs/make up.

As the venue is in Newtown, there are several food options available for attendees within a short walk during the break. You are also welcome to BYO food and drink, but no alcohol is allowed on the premises.

IMPORTANT: Some costumes & props MUST only be worn/taken out of transport gear at the venue – please click here for more details.


ticket prices

earlybird sale – runs january – march 2021

Adults (ages 16+) $15

Students/Under 16s (must bring ID) $10

standard pricing – applies from 1st april onwards

Adults (ages 16+) $20

Students/Under 16s (must bring ID) $15

Prices are GST inclusive.



Coming soon!



venue TBC

competition prizes

best equipped

Awarded to best in show.

Worbla NZ Prize Pack
Sponsored by Worbla NZ. Valued at $125.

Leather & Chainmaille Workshop voucher
Sponsored by Weta Workshop.
(valued at $79)

More coming soon

best forged

Awarded to best in the Made category.

Worbla NZ Prize Pack
Sponsored by Worbla NZ. Valued at $75.

More coming soon

best looted

Awarded to best in the Bought category.

Weta Workshop Combo Tour voucher
Sponsored by Weta Workshop.
(valued at $49)

More coming soon

best enchanted

Awarded to best in the Professional category.

Worbla NZ Prize Pack
Sponsored by Worbla NZ. Valued at $75.

More coming soon


competition judges

r31 studios

R31 Studios

Steve Pearson, aka, R31 Studios is an English born cosplayer and propmaker specialising in working with EVA and PE foams. He hosts weekly Tips & Tricks posts for foamsmithing and free patterns to share his experience and knowledge with the wider community.

You can catch him over at R31Studios on both Instagram and Facebook.

static cosplay

Static Cosplay

Sylvie Kirkman is a local cosplayer and photographer with over a decade of experience in costume making. Since 2009 she has been photographing the Cosplay community locally and abroad, and is currently working on her second photo book of kiwi cosplayers.

You can find Sylvie on Facebook and Instagram.



Sanit Klamchanuan (Spicythaidesign) has been making props and costumes for the past 6 years. What started out as a hobby, has since become his full-time job. For the past 4 years, He has been working for the award-winning Weta Workshop in their costumes department and contributing to movies such as Power Rangers, Ghost in the shell, Pacific Rim Uprising, and Wandering Earth.

You can find Sanit on Facebook and Instagram.


competition rules

Click here to see the full competition rules.


other things you should know

event photography/videography

NZGF event photographers and/or videographers may be present at this event. Please read and understand our event photography policy, found here.

safe space policy

All NZGF events operate under our Safe Space Policy. We ask that all attendees read through and help us uphold this policy.


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