Otafest is a Calgary based non-profit organization expressing the values of charity, quality, and transparency. The body of our activity pertains to the promotion of Japanese art, culture, and media in the Canadian community, and our organization rests firmly on the spirit of community collaboration and volunteerism.

Otafest is a three-day festival held at the University of Calgary.

Thank you!

22 May

Thank you for coming to Otafest 2014!
We hope you're recovering well, most of the staff are waking up from their "Ota-coma" just now.

We couldn't be more proud of our community right now. 7,787 people came together to raise $13,500 for the Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society! Both of these numbers are groundbreaking, this year had the highest attendance numbers as well as the highest amount of money raised for charity in Otafest's history and it's all thanks to you.

Closing Ceremonies

If you missed the closing ceremonies, here's a recap of some of our winners:

Cosplay Contest

  • Best in Show - Izy C as Stitch (Lilo and Stitch)
  • Fan Favourite - The One Piece Crew (One Piece)
  • Best Performance - Kitara Projects
  • Best Costume - John H as Horologium (Fairy Tail)
  • Most Authentic - Hanna D and Jenn McD as Hungary and Austria (Hetalia)
  • Director's Choice - Andrew N and Andrew W as Link and Gannondorf (Zelda)

Cosplay Showcase (click on names for photos!)

  • Best Expert - Daina F as Bethany Hawke (Dragon Age 2)
  • Best Journeyman - Jennifer P as Ice Drake (Shyuana)
  • Best Novice - Dorothy T as Daedric Armour (Skyrim)
  • Best Prop - Monique M as Gomamon & Gatomon (Digimon Adventure)
  • Judge's Choice - Alison M as Kougyoku Ren (Magi: The Kingdom of Magic)
  • Judge's Choice - Carly K as Cherlyn (Granado Espada)
  • Judge's Choice - Jessica W as Cardcaptor Sakura (CCS)
  • Judge's Choice - Sarah S & Stefan C as Winter & Summer Fauns (Original Character)
  • YaYa's Choice - Izy C as Stitch (Lilo and Stitch)

Mr & Ms Otafest

  • Mr.Otafest - Calvin B
  • Ms.Otafest - Maria A

And of course, our charity punishment event:

We hope to see you at SAIT for Otafest Aurora on November 29, 2014!

Food Trucks!

15 May

It's late, but the food trucks have finally confirmed that they will be at Otafest 2014!

Their location has changed from last year, check the map

Friday, May 16: 5-8PM
1. Happy Truck
2. Waffles & Chix

Saturday, May 17: 11am-6pm
1. Happy truck
2. Perogy Boyz
3. Shogun
4. Subs n’ Bubbles

Sunday, May 18: 11am-6pm
1. Shogun
2. Subs n’ Bubbles

AGAIN: They are NOT in the same place as last year, check the map!

Five Days Left - Bring it on!

11 May

Five days to go!

We have some reminders for you!
 
 
Special Guests

Contest Prizes
We have a number contests for you to enter, and what's a contest without prizes?

Our prize pool is the following:

Other Information

Tickets

  • You can buy tickets online until May 14!
  • Tickets will be sold at the door, so don't worry if you miss the deadline!
  • One-day passes (i.e Friday only, Saturday only, Sunday only) are only sold at the door, not online.

Pre-Registration Early Pickup

  • Early pickup is on May 15 from 4:00pm - 8:00pm in ST140
  • Our merchandise table will be present so you can purchase any of our available merchandise when you pick your wristband up.
  • If you cannot make it to the early pickup, come down to the convention during our hours of operation. We have a separate admissions table for pre-registered individuals ("B" on the map).

Reminders

7 May

With just over a week until the party starts, here are some things we would like to remind you of:

Tickets
If you haven't bought your tickets online, you can do so until May 14th.
Tickets will also be available for sale at the door. Single day passes are sold at the door only, not online.

Schedule
Check out our programming schedule to plan your day. There will be paper copies available for you at Otafest as well.

Harassment
Otafest officially supports the Cosplay is not Consent movement. If you feel harassed or if someone isn't leaving you alone, find and inform one of our volunteers immediately.

Seph & Aurora Cosplay Contest
If you are cosplaying as one of our amazing mascots and wish to enter the contest, visit the photo booth any time on Saturday or Sunday to fill out a quick form and have your photo taken. Judging will happen on Sunday afternoon and awards will be given out at closing ceremonies on Sunday.

The rules are simple: Be dressed as either Persephone or Aurora in any costume that would be recognizable as them and have fun. All variants or costumes are allowed and you will only be judged on your photo, not on the construction or materials of your costume. You are also allowed to enter the Cosplay Showcase, Cosplay Contest, and/or the Mr and Ms Otafest contests in addition to the Seph & Aurora Cosplay Contest.

Cosplay Green Room

Tired? Cold? Need a place to sit without being accosted for photos? Heaven forbid something has ripped/torn/broken on your costume?!

Come visit the Cosplay Green Room!

Located in Bianca, on the second floor of Mac Hall, near the ballroom and next to the access doors that lead to ICT (check out the map at the bottom of the page here: http://otafest.com/map), the Cosplay Green room is open to all Cosplayers to come in, relax, and do minor repairs on your costume.

The Green Room will be open Saturday morning from 10am until 2pm and 7pm to 9pm, as well as all day (10am to 6pm) on Sunday. The Green Room will be open only to Cosplay Contest entrants from 2pm until 7pm for preparation and photo ops, but if you have a costume emergency, there will still be supplies that we can lend you!

Also, the Green Room is designated as a NO PHOTOGRAPHY AREA!!! Cameras will not be allowed in the room (with the exception of Official Otafest Photographers, and only during the photoshoot block) and anyone using one will be asked to leave. So, if you need a break from all the pictures, come visit us and let your hair down (so to speak).

Due to limited space, please keep your visits short to ensure everyone has a chance to visit.

Questions
If you have any questions, feel free to contact us.

Seph & Aurora Cosplay Contest

3 May

If you are cosplaying as one of our amazing mascots and wish to enter the contest, visit the photo booth any time on Saturday or Sunday to fill out a quick form and have your photo taken. Judging will happen on Sunday afternoon and awards will be given out at closing ceremonies on Sunday.

The rules are simple: Be dressed as either Persephone or Aurora in any costume that would be recognizable as them and have fun. All variants or costumes are allowed and you will only be judged on your photo, not on the construction or materials of your costume. You are also allowed to enter the Cosplay Showcase, Cosplay Contest, and/or the Mr and Ms Otafest contests in addition to the Seph & Aurora Cosplay Contest.

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