The main live programming events at Otafest are those big key events you really don't want to miss!

AMV Events

AMV Showcase
Orpheus Theatre
10:00am - 11:00am

Come in from the cold and warm up to a collection of some great AMV selections.

Comedy, Fun & Upbeat AMVs
Orpheus Theatre
11:00am - 12:00pm

These AMVs will make you laugh, smile and rock to the beat all hour long!

Anime According to AMVs
Orpheus Theatre
3:30pm - 4:30pm

Back by popular demand yet again! From an AMV you can always tell what the Anime is about as they never lie, right? Come help us put this theory to the ultimate test once again as we get someone from the audience to explain what an anime is all about as seen in an AMV.

Awesomecore AMVs
Orpheus Theatre
4:30pm - 5:30pm

Do you like AMVs? Yeah you do. Do you like Awesomecore? You bet! Come and join us as we force to watch some of the absolute best worst AMVs ever made by human beings. Trust us, you won't be disappointed. And do we dare say we have some awesome prizes to give away!

Vlad's AMV Choice Awards!
Orpheus Theatre
7:00pm - 8:30pm

Hosted by Vlad G Pohnert… Indeed…. As I've probably seem more AMVs than anyone else, Why not showcase some of the ones that deserve some recognition! Join in as we journey through many years of the best AMVs ever made in a wide variety of categories.

Cosplay Events

Cosplay Fashion Show
Orpheus Theatre
1:30pm - 2:00pm

This is always one of the biggest events of any convention, and certainly the most popular here at Otafest! Come and see the results of folks' creativity as they pay tribute to their favourite anime characters through costumes. This is a highlight for many festival attendees!

Registration: MA119 from 10:00am - 12:00pm

Otafest Cosplay Showcase – Craftsmanship Contest
MA 119
Entry: 10:00am - 11:30am
Judging: 10:00am - 12:00pm

Otafest proudly presents the Cosplay Showcase! For those cosplayers out there who want to show off their costumes but don't necessarily want to do so on-stage during the Cosplay Fashion Show, this event is for you! Here, our judges will look at your costume in detail. No prior experience is necessary as we have separate categories for beginners and experts. Winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony!


Mr and Miss Otafest
MA 119
Entry: 10:00am - 12:00pm
Voting: 12:00pm - 5:00pm

Did you see someone with an amazing costume and wished that they could win something? Well now you have the chance to pick your favourite male and female cosplayer! We'll tally up the votes and present Mr. and Miss Otafest at the Awards Ceremony on Sunday!



Closing Ceremonies
Orpheus Theatre
6:00pm - 6:30pm

Otafest Aurora is almost over!? Not when there are still awards to be handed out! Come to closing ceremony, where all the winners to all the contests will be announced, and also be the first to hear about some fantastic news about Otafest 2016!

Special Guest Events

Q&A & Autographs with Vic Mignogna
MC 317
Q&A: 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Autographs: 2:00pm - 5:30pm

The one and only Vic Mignogna will be answering your questions from 1:00-2:00pm, followed by a chance for autographs! Vic will also have prints and other items available for sale during his autograph sessions. Make sure you get there early, as we are only able to accommodate those who fit into the room!

Cosplay Guest Events
MA 109 and MB 222

Otafest is very pleased to present Josh Hart and Ani-Mia as this year's Cosplay Guests! Both Josh and Ani-Mia will be participating in Otafest's cosplay related programming and you'll also have opportunity to interact one-on-one in a variety of Cosplay related panels and autographs sessions that both will be putting on! Ani-Mia will be in MA 109 for most of the afternoon, while Josh can be found in MB 222! Check the schedule for full details on which panels Josh and Ani-Mia will be hosting!


When you find yourself with a little bit of downtime, and you're not quite sure where you want to hang out, make sure you come check out some of Otafest's gaming related content!

The Video Gaming Room
Symposium Room
All Saturday

Otafest Aurora is pleased to be your gaming destination! All things video gaming are happening in the Symposium Room this year, including the following:

  • Competitive Smash Bros Tournament: In conjunction with Super Smash Bros University and ULTIMATEMACH5, Otafest is pleased to offer a Smash Brothers based cash-pot gaming tournament!
  • Microsoft Booth: Otafest would like to thank Microsoft for stopping by with all their great gear! Be sure to check out their booth in the games room for some sweet swag!
  • Open Gaming: Drop in and have some fun in the open gaming section of the games room! You might even get the chance to win some small prizes!

The Pokemon League Tournament
MA 122
Saturday Evening

Do You want to be the best, like no one ever was? Is catching them your real test, is training them your cause? Then come down to the Otafest Pokémon League, where we will be hosting a doubles tournament using the games Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire!


Anime Board Games – in association with Fallcon!
MA 118
All Saturday

The Anime Board Game Room is designed for attendees to take a break from the hustle from cosplay and vendors to panels and showings! There are a lot of Anime and Asian inspired board games out in the market today, and this is a chance for folks to come in, sit down and learn one of these games! These events are hosted in association with Fallcon! Checkout their website at!