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Location, Date & PriceNov 12, 2011
10:00AM - 8:00PM
University of Calgary
2500 University Drive N.W.
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Ages 7+: $10.00
Ages 0-6: FREE
What is Otafest?
Otafest was born in 1999 when the University of Calgary's Dedicated Otaku Anime Club decided to have a 1 day film festival showing Japanese Animation (anime) to the public.
Over the next decade, Otafest has grown to become a three day festival with approximately 4000 attendees annually. The festival is run by a non-profit organization (Otafest Film and Cultural Festival Planning Committee), and while we still showcase anime, it is just a part of the festival experience.
Otafest is an annual conference for anime enthusiasts. We act as a creative outlet for fans, an occasion 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 who explained the process of donning a kimono, demonstrated the intricacies of tea ceremonies, and Iaido (the art of drawing a sword from a scabbard). We have also 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. We are provide chance for fans to get together and celebrate their hobby, and to share their passions with each other.
We hope to see you this year!
Chairman, Otafest 2011
At Otafest our goal is to provide the participant with a rich and diverse experience of many culturally relevant artistic elements found within modern and traditional Japanese culture.
As a patron you will find yourself lost in the diverse nature of our festival's programming; be it the varied artists of all sorts attending the event to display their work, the high amount of Japanese media showings of a greatly mixed variety, or the highly interactive performance events encouraging you to be inclusive within them you will find that our festival has something for you.
Otafest is not a mere festival aimed at giving an audience a set experience, rather it is a festival aimed at encouraging our patrons to become a part of the experience. We encourage this involvement through our commitment to promoting amateur artists by providing them with opportunities to develop and showcase their artistic and cultural expressions within the Otafest community, as well as through our creation and implementation of interactive playgrounds in the form of special events that allow the patron to become an active part of the festivities. We welcome a diverse crowd of all ages to share in our festival, and invite you as a patron to take part in the inclusivity and participatory nature of our yearly event.
|Otafest 1999||Jul 3 - 4, 1999||Approx 700|
|Otafest 2000||Jun 17 - 18, 2000||Approx 900|
|Otafest 2001||Sep 15 - 16, 2001||Approx 700|
|Otafest 2002||May 24 - 26, 2002||(not tracked)|
|Otafest 2003||May 24 - 25, 2003||(not tracked)|
|Otafest 2004||May 15 - 16, 2004||(not tracked)|
|Otafest 2005||May 21 - 22, 2005||(not tracked)|
|Otafest 2006||May 21 - 22, 2006||(not tracked)|
|Otafest 2007||May 19 - 20, 2007||2,709|
|Otafest 2008||May 16 - 18, 2008||4,278|
|Otafest 2009||May 15 - 17, 2009||4,361|
|Otafest Lite 2009||Nov 14, 2009||Approx. 900|
|Otafest 2010||May 21 - 23, 2010||3,697|
|Otafest Lite 2010||Nov 13, 2010||Approx. 800|
|Otafest 2011||May 20 - 22, 2011||4,135|
|Otafest Lite 2011||Nov 12, 2011||-To be counted-|
Attendees of Otafest have made charitable donations to various causes through various fundraising drives and activities! These have included the great 'head-shaving' initiative of 2010, and the infamous 'let's-put-chairman-in-a-dress' fundraising drive of 2011. We are very proud of our community for coming together and donating to great causes!
|FESTIVAL||FUNDS RAISED||DONATED TO|
|Otafest 2009||$ 1,735||Alberta Children's Hospital|
|Otafest Lite 2009||$ 5,000||Mustard Seed|
|Otafest 2010||$ 5,300||Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation|
|Otafest Lite 2010||$ 2,000||Children's Cottage Society|
|Otafest 2011||$10,398||Japan Red Cross|
WHAT IS OTAFEST-lite?
Over the last few years, the anime community around Otafest joked about how much fun the annual festival was, and how nice it would be to have a 2nd winter based festival so that they didn’t have to wait another year.
While the planning committee had previously laughed off such an event as unfeasible (re: suicidal), after an evening of bravado, bluster and boasting, followed by a period of careful analysis and banging on calculators, the committee realized that the funny feeling in their stomachs was the dawning horror of realization that a 2nd, smaller, winter based festival was actually quite feasible and that we hadn’t just crossed the line of no return; it had vanished into a speck of light in the distance.
And so, Otafest-lite was born.
Otafest-lite is a 1 day anime festival held at the University of Calgary in November. It is similar to the Otafest you know and love, except that it is on a much reduced scope. While Otafest spans multiple days and multiple buildings at the University and offers 5 rooms of AV programming, a large vendors hall, an artist alley, and over 80+ individual panels, contests and other special events, Otafest-lite is held solely in the Science Theatres at the University, features 2-3 rooms of AV programming, a small area for vendors and artists and roughly 20 live events.
The goal of Otafest-lite is to re-create the small-convention atmosphere which characterized Otafest’s past. Target attendance is roughly 500-1000 people.
Otafest-lite also has a philanthropic focus, as a portion of admissions proceeds received has been donated to charitable causes including $5,000 to the Mustard Seed in 2009 and $2,000 to the Children's Cottage Society in 2010!
Otafest-lite 2011 is occuring on November 12, 2011 at the University of Calgary. Hours of operations are from 10:00AM - 8:00PM.
Otafest 2012 is occuring on May 18-20, 2012 at the University of Calgary. More information will be posted after Otafest-lite 2011!