Otafest 2008
Otafest 2008

Otafest 2008 Admission:

Children 5 and Under:

Children 6-12 Yrs:

General Admission:

-$1 w/ Non-perishable food item
-$1 DOA Membership

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

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


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!

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Volunteer for Otafest

Interested in helping out with Otafest?
We are having an open call to anyone interested in volunteering for Otafest 2008. If you are interested please contact our volunteer coordinators Nathan and Ayla, at volunteer@otafest.com.



News and Updates

May 11, 2008

Registration: To ease the registration process on the days of the festival, we are posting the registration form online. You may print out the and bring the completed form to the registration desk, along with your admission, photo ID with date of birth, food donation. 

Registration Form

May 10, 2008

Less than a week to go until we kick off Otafest 2008. 

We now have the completed 2008 schedule up here.
Hope to see you all out there. 

April 21, 2008

Update to the Anime Chess game information and sign up.

A/V volunteers: preliminary schedule is now up here. Please contact av@otafest.com to sign up for room selections.

April 13, 2008

Vendors registration is now closed. Thank you for your support.

April 9, 2008

Otafest convention policies are now finalized and available here

April 4, 2008

Otafest Idol pre-reg is now full! Read the rules for more details.

More guests and special events have been confirmed. Click here for more details.

Auction Rules and submission guidelines have been updated.

March 18, 2008

If you are a vendor and want to come to Otafest, please contact our vendor coordinator at tsangw@otafest.com for more information.

Vendors registration is now closed. Thank you all for your support.

March 4, 2008

Otafest Idol rules now up in the Special Events section. Click here to access them.

March 2, 2008

Admission updates to the left have been re-posted.

Some small additions to Special Guests and Special Events sections.

February 24, 2008

Artist Alley info and updates can be found on the Otafest Forum under Artist Alley.

Special Events Section updated.

Special Guests confirmed, with more to come. See Special Guests section for more information.

More Information about otafest, venues and accommodations near the event can now be found in the info section.

February 10, 2008

Friday May 16, 2008 update

Time: 6:00PM - 10:00PM*

Free anime screenings, "Special events..."

*Time is subject to change.

February 2, 2008

We are now accepting entries for the 2008 AMV contest. For full contest rules and how to enter please click here.

January 16, 2008

This year marks Otafest's 10th year exploring Japanese culture.  In celebration of this we are adding a third day of festivities. 

What is Otafest

In the Japanese education system, there exists a phenomenon known as the “cultural festival” or “bunkasai”. In most junior high, senior high and post secondary schools, once a year, student groups are given the chance to create and manage individual displays and performances showcasing that group’s talents to other students, parents, and members of the community.  Dances, concerts and plays are performed by various school clubs.  Classrooms are turned into impromptu cafes, run by students. Food and game stalls are setup around campus, again all student managed. So what’s all this got to do with Otafest?

As someone involved with Otafest every year since inception, beginning as a volunteer in 1999, and now finally appointed as Chairman for Otafest 2007, it strikes me how every year, Otafest becomes more and more like a bunkasai.  Otafest started off as a one day Japanese animation film festival, allowing the DOA club of the University of Calgary to show various anime to the public. Through the years, the event has grown and expanded to the point where showing anime is only a part of what it is we do.

We have become an annual conference for anime enthusiasts.  Otafest is a creative outlet for fans, an event where they can show their passion and appreciation of the hobby. We are an event where fans can show off the costumes they have made, the music videos they have created, and the art they have painted and drawn. Otafest is a forum for discussion and education. We host educational panels introducing others to the basics of the Japanese language, and tips on how to use computer programs to enhance music videos and CG art. In the past, we have hosted guests explaining the process of donning a kimono, and demonstrate the intricacies of tea ceremonies, and Iaido (the art of drawing a sword from a scabbard). We have invited individuals involved in the voice acting and animation industries to speak of their experiences.  Otafest is a marketplace. We gather dozens of vendors together from all over Western Canada, to facilitate the best bargain hunting in town.  And, of course, we haven’t forgotten our roots. Otafest is an anime festival.

We bring the latest shows and videos, as well as the fondest classics, and provide an opportunity for fans  to see anime on the big screen, as well as a chance for the curious to see what it’s all about.  Rather like a cultural festival, we are a chance for fans to get together and celebrate their hobby, and to share their passions with you.

We hope to see you this year!

Justin Lo
Chairman, Otafest 2007