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Registration Forms Available here!

Sunday - Monday
May 21 & 22, 2006

University of Calgary Science Theaters

Admission for Festival Pass (Unlimited Access):

Pre-Registration Form

General 7 and up


Child 6 and under


DOA member or U of C Student with ID


Donation of non-perishable food item

-$1.00 max

Note: Please bring all available age identification as proof of age will be requested at the discretion of Otafest staff.

Otafest staff have the right to refuse entrance into showrooms if age of patron is in question.

What is Otafest?

Otafest is University of Calgary's annual Japanese Animation Festival!


Otafest is a film festival that seeks to move beyond the traditional boundaries of the genre, providing the public with an East Asian cultural media festival. The goal of Otafest is to highlight the intricate relationship between opposites, embodied in the Asian concepts of Yin and Yang. The logo of the festival is designed to represent the symbiosis of Yin and Yang, life and death, black and white, past and present, East and West. We hope that by attending Otafest the public will be as much educated as they are entertained, and may leave with a greater understanding of East Asian culture.

All ages welcome!

The Chairman's Message

Otafest is a festival. It is a gathering of like-minded people, fans of Asian and Asian-influenced art. It is a celebration of a culture whose differences with ours highlight weaknesses and strengths on both sides. It is a weekend of joy and industry and new friendship.

Concretely, of course, Otafest is a two-day anime convention with showing rooms, special events highlighting elements of Japanese culture and the animation industry, and vendors selling merchandise from hundreds of different shows. Our attendees range from the very young to the seasoned veteran of life- and from neophytes to experts in the sundry topics discussed in our halls.

Otafest has been growing for 8 years, now. Since the first hesitant attempt, when all expenses were paid out-of-pocket by the executives, every volunteer and executive has been here for the same reason as the fans; we love anime. This year, with such solvency that we can pay our bills ahead of time for the first time in history, we are looking forward to the new challenges and victories that await us. Even though many things have changed, we still have that dedication to our ideals that has always made Otafest a fun place to be. Everyone involved with Otafest is here because we want to be here, and it shows.

This year has been a delight and a challenge for me as much as anyone. I’ve been with Otafest nearly as long as Otafest has been around, starting as a volunteer and gradually working my way up to my current exalted position... which, of course, I was eager to get rid of as soon as possible, once I found out how much work was involved. My executive team, who you will see at Otafest running frantically from emergency to emergency, are exceptionally talented people. The success of this year is due much more to their efforts than mine. Their volunteers, without whom Otafest would not function at all, are just as responsible for our success, and even more directly. Finally, our attendees-
you- are the real Otafest. Without your love of anime, without your dedication to seeing the festival succeed, and without your attendance and participation, none of this would be possible.

Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts!

Tyler Elkink
Chairman, Otafest 2006

N e w s / U p d a t e s:

May 5, 2006

Vendor Registration is now complete. Thanks to all who have signed up. 

April 27, 2006

Showing and Special Events Schedules are now posted in the Schedule section.  Note: Schedule is subject to change without notice. 

April 24, 2006

Otafest is less than a month to go and the execs are all hard pressed to make sure this year is the best one ever. 

There are a few updates to the Special Events section. Our Special Events Coordinator is no longer accepting submissions. The showing schedule will be posted shortly, as we get some more updates from the A/V Coordinator.  Showing ratings in most cases are still pending AFB approval. 

April 17, 2006

More special events have been listed in the Special Events section.  Making it's first Otafest appearance is Iron Cosplay.  Come check it out. 

March 28, 2006

Cosplay rules and registration pages have now been posted.

March 18, 2006

New: Special events and special guests are now posted in the Special Events area.

March 8, 2006

The vendor sign-up/registration form is now up.  If you are a perspective vendor for Otafest 2006, please sign up here. 

March 5, 2006

This is a general call to all people who would like to volunteer with Otafest 2006.  If you are interested, please fill out the volunteer form here.  We will contact you when we receive your application. 

February, 2006

Planning for the festival is well underway. 

May 21 & 22 is now a confirmed date for Otafest 2006. 

We are now accepting submissions for the anime auction. Please contact Jenny Chan for more information.

October 1, 2005

Welcome to the new Otafest 2006 Webpage. 

Otafest 2006 will be held on May 21 & 22, 2006.  More information to come.