Black & White Ball

It’s FanimeCon’s 21st Anniversary and that means another evening of fun and elegance at the Black & White Ball! Put on your favorite dancing shoes and don your best formal wear or formal cosplay.
Join us in Parkside Hall on Sunday, May 24th at 6 p.m. for great music, beautiful photographs, and (of course) hours of dancing!
Not sure how to dance? Don’t worry: The Black & White Ball staff will be offering group dance lessons every day leading up to the ball. A handful of private lessons will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis, so sign up early during the con!

Not sure what to wear? Check out our dress code here.
Please note:The Dress Code will be strictly enforced – we will be denying entry to individuals wearing inappropriate attire.

Do you want to know more? Do you have additional questions? Visit our FAQ!

Is there a certain song you would like to dance to? Do you have any suggestions for our playlist? Submit your music requests at the forums!

Please note: Our playlist is finalized in early May. If there is something you would like to hear, get your requests in as soon as you can for a better chance to hear it at the Ball!

Check back soon for our Lesson Schedule!
The lesson schedule will also be available at con.

Chopped Cosplay

Additional information on this and other events in the Cosplayer Gatherings Department can be found on the FanimeCon forums!

Cosplay Gatherings

Are you new to FanimeCon with a cosplay to show off? Looking for other cosplayers from the same title? Or maybe you just want to see the cosplayer groups of your favorite anime, manga, or game? Come hangout with other cosplay enthusiasts and see the best that everyone has to offer.

Additional information on this and other events in the Cosplayer Gatherings Department can be found on the FanimeCon forums!

Cosplay Spectacular

Cosplay Spectacular an event for fans that live to be on stage! Whether you enjoy dressing up or just want to enjoy the show, this is one event that shouldn’t be missed. Also known as “Masquerade” this show enchants and delights audiences of all ages. Performers, in full cosplay attire, will compete on stage for awards on craftsmanship and theatrical talent, not to mention a bit of fame! Be apart of the drama, comedy, and choreography at the San Jose Civic Auditorium this Memorial Day weekend. There are contests, prizes, and A LOT of cosplay!


Dance will be returning to FanimeCon 2015! Check here for date and location details for our evening dances!

All FanimeCon rules and Code of Conduct apply to the Dance. Failure to comply will lead to ejection from the dance and possibly the suspension of FanimeCon membership privileges.

Badges will be marked identifying individuals who are ejected from the dance and will not be allowed back in that day. Ejection from the dance twice will result in removal of dance attendance privileges for 2015.

  • The Dance for 2015 is open to all ages. However, we suggest that children under the age of 13 be accompanied by a responsible adult. We also advise that after 11pm the lyrical content may not be suitable for those under 13.
  • The FanimeCon Dance is a private event hosted for the attendees and members of FanimeCon. An of­ficial FanimeCon badge is required for entry.
  • Once you leave the dance area, you will have to wait in line to re-enter.
  • Attendees may be subject to a precursory security check.
  • No bags, boxes, backpacks will be allowed in. Item storage will be available elsewhere in the con (see Fan Storage). No prop or coat-check is available inside the dance; personal property left unattended is at your own risk.
  • No outside food or beverages are allowed in the dance. Sealed containers (even purchased in the dealer’s hall) will not be allowed in. Water is available inside.
  • Physical and/or verbal harassment of any kind will not be tolerated.
  • Large props will not be allowed in the dance (larger than 24 inches). Attendees might be asked to put away props of any size if they represent a potential danger to others.
  • Chemical-based glow products (I.E. glow sticks, necklaces, or bracelets) are not allowed in the dance, but LED-based lighting utilities are allowed as long as they do not represent an immediate danger to others.
  • No “Laser Gloves” or laser pointers will be allowed.
  • E-Cigarette use inside the convention center is strictly prohibited and “vaping” or e-cigarette paraphernalia is not allowed in to the dance.
  • Only authorized personnel are allowed on the stage.
  • Lost and Found items will be held at the Ops Desk until midnight and 4AM, then they will be transferred to the con’s central Lost and Found.

Interested in DJing at the FanimeCon 2015 Dance?

Every year we select several performers who follow the application process. Performers are not compensated and are strictly volunteer. The application can be found here:http:/

FMV Contest

Anime Music Videos (“AMV”) are one of the many highlights of anime cons and FanimeCon is no exception! Our Fanime Music Videos (“FMVs”) competition showcases the best videos each year from fans around the world (literally!). We’ve received and continue to receive entries from all over the country (regularly from Brazil, Scotland, Morocco, Hungary, and Korea among others).

The top entry in each category as voted by the audience and the judges will receive prizes. The two groups then choose a “Best-In-Show” each and those entries also receive prizes.

After the show, we’ll also be holding an award ceremony where we’ll highlight the best videos and deliver the prizes to the winners in attendance.

Fanime is now accepting entries for its AMV competition. Our rules have been shortened to make it easier to read, but there have been some changes, so please read carefully.

The Basics:

AMVs must be at least 30 seconds, and no longer than 6 minutes.
Up to 3 entries per person/group; only 1 video per category allowed.
NO bumpers, subtitles (unless made by you), watermarks, personal identifiers, titles, company logos or credits.
No AMV Hell-style videos allowed.
Videos that have been sent to prior Fanime AMV contests, altered or not, will not be accepted.
Video must have premiered after July 1, 2014
AMV must contain at least 70% anime, manga, or video game footage.
Must have a minimum resolution of 640×480 and a frame rate of 23.97 or 29.97.
Due April 19, 2015 at 11:59 P.M. PDT


MP4s using H.264/AVC compression are preferred. However, we will also work with AVIs and MPEG2 files. Files larger than 400MB will not be downloaded, so compress your work.

Awards and Prizes (TBD) will be awarded to the best video in each category, Audience Best in Show and Judges’ Best in Show.

Prizes will be sent to winners who are not in attendance following the con.

Disqualification Rules:
Videos containing portions of another editor’s video will be disqualified and the submitter of said video will be permanently banned from all subsequent contests.
Participants who submit videos that are not their own will also be banned permanently.
Refusal to provide one’s legal name will result in disqualification from the contest.

Judging & Use:
Videos will be prescreened and judged prior to the convention. The judges reserve the right to move a video to another category if they feel it would be a better fit.
Fanime reserves the right to use submitted AMVs during the convention and subsequent Fanime conventions, regardless of Finalist status.

Due Date:

Competing AMVs and their submission form are due by April 19, 2015 at 11:59 P.M. PDT.

Submission Form:
Please go to and provide a download link to your video. Streaming sites are not accepted. We can download from’s local server, but remember, no intros/bumpers/watermarks/titles/credits/etc. If you don’t have all of your videos available at the same time, feel free to use the form multiple times. Please contact us if you need/want to replace an entry with a new one or need to give us an updated download link, however.

Any questions, email us at

Gaming Tournaments

FanimeCon will host gaming tournaments to suite every gamer’s taste. Classic platformer, modern shooter, fighters, and many more. See how you match up against other FanimeCon attendees!

Please consult the main Gaming Hall Page for tournament schedules.


Whether you sing in the shower every day or you just like to hang out and enjoy music, the FanimeCon Karaoke room is the place to be!

In addition to our ongoing open mic karaoke, FanimeCon features three karaoke events:

  • The Main Karaoke Contest
  • The Acoustikaraoke! Contest
  • The Gong Show!

Keep an eye on this page for contest details and signup information!

Music Fest

MusicFest brings the best artists & bands from Japan each year to rock out with anime & music fans at an exciting, heart-pounding concert. From JPOP to JROCK, Anisong to VK, MusicFest aims to showcase a plethora of amazing talents to satisfy every musical taste.

Also be sure to catch each Guest of Honor’s panels & autograph sessions throughout the weekend. Check the schedule for details.

Speed Dating

Where instant connections are made and sparks are ignited! The FanimeCon Speed Dating events are for 18+ singles only who are interested in meeting new people and potentially finding love!

This 2015 year, we will be hosting Speed Dating workshops, sessions, and more. All FanimeCon attendees (18+) are welcomed to the workshops, and for the first time, participation for sessions will be RANDOM LOTTERY-BASED process! Selection for participation is NOT guaranteed, but there is no more hassle of waiting in line.

The Random Lottery-Based Selection/Registration Process for the Speed Dating Sessions is simple:

  1. Stop by Speed Dating rooms in Fairmont Hotel from 10AM – 3PM on Saturday and Sunday and fill out a registration slip for your desired event session. 1 entry per person per session. Attendees may submit up to max 3 entries per day.
  2. After you are done signing up, you are free to leave and have fun at con! We require a minimal amount of information from you and only staff personnel are handling the registration process.
  3. Come back ½ hour prior to your desired session and see if you are randomly selected for that Speed Dating session or else you will forfeit your spot if you were called. Ex: If you registered for the Saturday 12PM session, you must arrive at the rooms at 11:30AM when staffers start to randomly select and process attendees’ registration. Selection for event participation is NOT guaranteed!

We provide heterosexual and queer friendly, gender-neutral (LGBT) speed dating sessions. LGBT sessions, include gay/queer males, lesbian/queer females, and bisexual/pansexual folks, are offered Saturday and Sunday at 2PM. Picture IDs will be checked at the door to verify age. Please bring a valid picture ID that indicates your birthday (passport, driver’s license, state id, etc.). There are no exceptions to the ID requirement.

*ALL EVENTS will be LOCATED at the Fairmont Hotel in the Sacramento, Piedmont, and Hillsborough Rooms*

SPEED DATING 101 WORKSHOP — What IS Speed Dating? How does it even work? Where can I get some practice? This workshop addresses all those curious questions and demystifies the process for you. Learn the basics and practice with us. Join us for a fun time and great laughs as we present Speed Dating 101!

Saturday 10:30AM- 11:30AM
Sunday 10:30AM-11:30AM

SPEED DATING SESSIONS – The Real Deal Speed Dating! We are hosting three simultaneous rounds per 2-hour session, so come on by! Selected participation will be determined by random lottery ½ hour before each event.

Saturday 12PM – 2PM, *2PM – 4PM, 4PM – 6PM
Sunday 12PM – 2PM, *2PM – 4PM, 4PM – 6PM
*LGBT Sessions offered

Please check the official FanimeCon website and forums here for the latest updates and announcements.

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please post them on the forums or email us at

Swap Meet

Want to find great deals on merchandise from older series? Looking to clear your garage full of anime merchandise that you no longer use? Then the Swap Meet is the place for you! Come join fellow fans that want to buy, sell, or trade all types of used or mint, in-box goods at the FanimeCon Swap Meet! Many sellers offer unusual or out-of-print items, and often you can find some very special goods at reasonable prices. Remember, cash or barter are the only accepted payment methods for Swap Meet, and a government-issued ID with a photo and proof of age is required for anything marked 18+.

More information will be made available, as we get closer to FanimeCon.