May 21 & 22,
University of Calgary Science Theaters
for Festival Pass (Unlimited Access):
General 7 and up
Child 6 and under
DOA member or U of C Student with ID
Donation of non-perishable food item
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
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!
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
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
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
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
We will contact you when we receive your application.
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.
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.