July 2, 2011 - Otafest Lite 2011

It's official! Otafest Lite is once again coming to the University of Calgary this year!

At Otafest, we value your feedback and once again we would like to provide you with an opportunity to give us some input. Please fill out the following questionnaire in regards to what kinds of vendors you would like to see at Otafest Lite 2011. Your input will directly affect our decisions and every voice will be heard!
http://otafest.com/vendors/

Also, if you have any sort of general feedback, you can use this form.

June 7, 2011 - Otafest 2012, Trigun, 2011 Numbers

The date for Otafest 2012 is May 18-20, 2012. That's right, we've already set it.

The official numbers for 2011 are as follows:  
Attendees:  3,665
Staff/Exec/Volunteers/Guests/Panelists/Vendors/Others: 470
Total:   4,135

TRIGUN: Badlands Rumble will be released NATIONWIDE on June 22, 2011 at 7pm!
Lethbridge: Galaxy Cinemas Lethbridge
Calgary: Scotiabank Theatre Chinook
Rocky View: SilverCity CrossIron Mills Cinemas
Edmonton: Cineplex Odeon South Edmonton Cinemas
Edmonton: Scotiabank Theatre Edmonton
Edmonton: Empire City Centre 9 Cinemas
For more info check out http://www.funimation.com/trigun

May 25, 2011 - Post-Otafest

'You Give, We Serve'

This year at Otafest 2011, the Otafest executive planning committee was amazed by the generous donations by the Otafest community. For the first time in the history of Otafest, the community rallied together to raise over $10,000 for the Japanese Red Cross to aid in earthquake relief in Japan.

The Otafest executive planning committee challenged our community by putting the dignity of five of our executives on the line by, depending on the amount raised, forcing the executives to don maid outfits for the rest of the convention. The bar was initially set at $5000 to get Otafest's Special Events Coordinator Shawn H, Vendor Coordinator Nathan H, Social Media Coordinator Gareth L, Chairman Justin L, and Animethon's Vlad P dressed up in petite maid outfits for the rest of the convention.

It is safe to say, this goal was shattered by late Saturday night. This forced all planned executives into their elegant outfits by Sunday. That being said, the Otafest community kept on donating to satiate their desire to both help Japan and torture the chosen victims. The committee decided to match this community generosity with executive self-sacrifice by forcing other Otafest executives into maid outfits (with an extra bonus of make-up as well).

Otafest is so amazed by our generous community and wants to thank our loyal fans, volunteers, guests, and contributors for their amazing contributions! Your donations will surely go a long way in helping out our friends in Japan, without which there would be no Otafest. So in the closing words of Otafest Chairman Justin Lo, in his pretty little black dress, makeup and wig, "DAMN YOU for accepting my challenge!"

See you next year!

May 20, 2011 - Otafest receives letter from the mayor

Hey! We just received a letter from Mayor Nenshi talking about how awesome we are. CHECK IT OUT!
Letter from the Mayor

May 19, 2011 - 'Twas the night before ota

Twas the night before Ota, and all through the hood,
Not a fan girl was stirring, the way that they should.
They all tried to sleep for the weekends display,
Of weapons free fun, in every way.
Yes, otaku were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of miku spun leeks in their heads.
The costumes were ironed, the headbands lay flat,
On the base of the bed and the side of the mat.
Then from on the computer, there rose a small ding,
As a mascot named Persephonie started to sing.
A new opened window, I rose up with glee,
To a light blue haired chibi, twas singing at me.
Then from the computer she came with a flash,
Right out into my bedroom, then away in a dash.
As she soon flew away to the cool may sky,
Leaving baskets of pocky for you and for I.
"Now Sasuke! now, Umi! now, Miku and L!
On, Ryuke! On, Gundam! On, Chairman as well!
To the top of the world! To the top of the sky!
Arigato' Matsuri wo O'Kudasai! "
And I heard her exclaim, as she flew far away,
"Otafesting for all, Otafesting hooray!"


-Jaden Campbell

May 17, 2011 - Otafest on CJSW!

Calgary's own CJSW 90.9FM interviewed Stephanie Foran, Otafest's Cosplay Director, about Otafest 2011!
To listen, Click here!

May 11, 2011 - Charity Events for Japan Red Cross

The goal for Otafest 2011 is to raise $5,000 for Japan Red Cross!

To help encourage everyone to donate, several of Otafest's finest have agreed to donate themselves to the cause! Last year, they donated their hair (head, chest and back) and managed to raise over $5,000 for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation!

This year, it's not just hair - they're giving us their entire bodies, and a fair chunk of their dignity and souls too!

For every $1,000 that we manage to raise, one of the more prominent members of the Otafest community will do...

... A MAID CROSPLAY! That's right! As the money comes in, for every additional $1,000 raised, someone will be put in a dress**!

Now, to introduce you to our sacrificial lambs brave volunteers!



So make sure you help us support Japan Red Cross (and get Chairman in touch with his feminine side), by participating in the following fundraising opportunities at Otafest 2011!

a) Bidding on Charity items in the Auction
b) Buying a caricature sketch at Artist Alley
c) Eating some delicious cake at the maid cafe
d) Tipping into the charity jar at the maid cafe
e) Buying a ticket in the jelly bean count
f) Just being generous and donating!

**Note: Since Vlad's complete maido-transformation will take several hours to prepare, if his limit is reached during Saturday, he will wear his costume beginning Sunday morning!

May 10, 2011: Schedules and Sponsors.

CJSW:
Otafest is proud to announce it's CHAMPION sponsor of Otafest 2011 CJSW (http://cjsw.com/). Make sure to check out CJSW's website and tune into their live stream for some chill tracks, or tune into 90.9 FM! Who knows, you may even catch some Otafest content while listening! As well, remember to check out 'The Fool' in the CJSW Ballroom come Otafest on Friday May 20th for a music experience sure to be remembered.

Umi Sushi:
Excited for Otafest so much you are currently planning every meticulous moment down to the finest detail? When it comes to planning for that much needed sustenance break, remember to check out Umi Sushi Express (http://www.umisushiexpress.com/) located in the Mac Hall food court. All Otafest patrons who show their wristband will receive a 10% discount on all items purchased during the festival!

The Gauntlet:
Otafest is happy to announce this year's HERO sponsor the Gauntlet. For years the Gauntlet (http://thegauntlet.ca/) has brought quality literary works to the greater U of C campus community, and this year has reached it's arms out to partner with Otafest. Make sure to pick up a copy of the Gauntlet next time you are at the University or visit the Gauntlet online to check out an electronic copy of their quality publication.

Oh, by the way, the schedules are up. Just a heads up: The schedules may change without notice

May 05, 2011: Contest Winners.

Congratulations to the winners of the article and mascot contests!
Prizes are as follows:

Winner: VIP pass to Otafest, T-shirt/lanyard, and a $75 gift certificate to be redeemed at the vendor hall!
Runner-up: Regular weekend admission to Otafest, T-shirt/lanyard, and a $25 gift certificate to be redeemed at the vendor hall!

Article Contest
Winner: Sarah Woloschuk
Runner-up: Lori-Ann Steward

Mascot Contest
Winner: Kevin Yan
Runner-up: Prince Aparichi

April 17, 2011: Otafest 2011 - Dream a little Bigger.


April 14, 2011: Registration Form.

The registration form for Otafest 2011 is now online.
You can download it, fill it out, and print it to speed up the registration process.
Find it here.

April 6, 2011: Panel Descriptions.

Panel descriptions are up! See here

April 5, 2011: More Guests!

This year, Otafest will also be featuring Dave Rathnow, Midnight Taiko, and Synaptic Chaos Theatre.

Are you excited yet?

April 1, 2011: VIP Passes to Otafest!

Otafest will once again be offering VIP passes to the convention! The benefits of holding a VIP pass include:
  • Priority seating in the main events room for all major events - Opening and closing ceremonies, cosplay, Otafest idol etc...
  • Skip the line for all events - vendor hall, main events, maid cafe, registration desk etc...
  • A shout-out on our website with thanks for your support (if you wish to remain anonymous, this is alright too!)

Please see this thread for additional details!

March 29, 2011: Screening Update

Among the various anime that will be shown, Otafest will also be screening Hetalia Axis Powers and Evangelion 2.22 you are (not) alone!

March 25, 2011: Sketch Drive!

Sketch Drive is back for 2011! Please see this thread for additional details!

March 10, 2011: Are you ready to Jrock?!

theFool has created a video just for us!

We can't wait for them to arrive and give Otafest one heck of show!


March 5, 2011: Otafest and Hotel Alma.

Due to the overwhelming positive feedback from both Hotel Alma and our patrons in 2010, Otafest is proud to announce that we will once again be teaming up with Hotel Alma to offer special discounted rates to Otafest patrons. Details here...

February 25, 2011: THWOMP.

THWOMP is returning to Otafest this year for another live performance!

February 20, 2011: We Love our Volunteers.

The Otafest Planning Committee would like to repay our hard working volunteers' contribution to Otafest and the community by offering an Otafest Scholarship and Award for Volunteerism.
The deadline to apply is April 1st, 2011.

February 18, 2011: The Fool, The Blog, The Win.

We are happy to announce that The Fool will be performing live at Otafest this year!
Stay tuned for more special guest announcements!

Persephone (Otafest's mascot) now has her own blog! Follow along and see how she's doing here.

Artist Alley registration is now closed, however, you can still register to host a panel until Monday, April 4, 2011.

The Otafest contests are still running! Enter now for a chance to win free admission to the convention and other cool prizes!

February 06, 2011: Your Otafest Starts Now!

Otafest cannot function without its community:

Aside from our four main contests, if you would like to host a panel, please register your panel now to get priority time slots!

That's not all! If you are an artist, we have information regarding Artist Alley registration.

We hope that this year will be one of the best community orientated Otafest years yet!

January 12, 2011: Contests Galore!

We are hitting off the new year with something big!

We are running four contests just for our community:

Articles Contest (deadline: March 1, 2011) Contest Over
Video Contest (deadline: March 1, 2011) Contest Over
Mascot Contest (deadline: March 26, 2011) Contest Over
AMV Contest (deadline: April 23, 2011)

For each contest:
Winner: VIP pass, T-shirt/lanyard, and a $75 gift certificate to be redeemed at Otafest!
Runner-up: Regular weekend admission, T-shirt/lanyard, and a $25 gift certificate to be redeemed at Otafest!

November 20, 2010: Let's get the ball rolling.

Hello! The Otafest 2011 preliminary information is up. Please have a look around and use this opportunity to plan for next year because 2011 is one Otafest year you don't want to miss!

Our mascot, Persephone, is already in the mood! As a symbol of hope, beauty, and glory, she will be cosplaying as a valkyrie this year! Here are a couple of HD wallpaper sizes that depict her in costume:


8:5 ratio wallpaper (1920 x 1200, 1680 x 1050, 1440 x 900). Download here!
16:9 ratio wallpaper (1920 x 1080, 1600 x 900, 1366 x 768). Download here!
4:3 ratio wallpaper (1600 x 1200, 1280 x 960, 1152 x 864, 1024 x 768). Download here!
5:4 ratio wallpaper (1280 x 1024). Download here!

Interested in creating a valkyrie costume for Persephone? Join our mascot contest and show us your creativity for a chance to win a free pass to Otafest 2011!

That's not all! If you're an aspiring writer, we are also looking for articles about conventions, anime, cosplay, etc. from the Otafest community! Please submit your fan article entries as we love to hear from such a creative fanbase! All entries will be posted on the Otafest website and a select few will be selected to be in the guidebook!

Otafest 2011 Schedule:

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Sunday
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When & where:

May 20-22, 2011
University of Calgary
2500 University Drive N.W.
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
T2N-1N4

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