Stage Zero

In a land clogged with attendees, artists, dealers, and cosplayers, where does one turn for comfort, relief, and entertainment? Stage Zero, of course! Stage Zero is located smack dab in the middle of the Concourse for your temporary entertainment needs. Watch AMVs, performances, or listen to fantastic music while you plan on which panel to attend. Have a seat, watch the wackiness, or participate in games for prizes while you wait for friends to come back from the bathroom. Stage Zero will be your information nerve center to the rest of the convention by way of the talented staff. So don’t be afraid to take a load off your feet for a while and absorb the amazing that is Stage Zero!

Stage Zero will be celebrating its 13th year at FanimeCon 2018, and we hope that you will come and join us.

We thank everyone who has already contacted us in regards to scheduling performances or events on Stage Zero for FanimeCon 2018. Below is all the information you need to know and send to us at Stage Zero to apply for one of our performance times.

Requesting Time on Stage Zero

To request time on Stage Zero, please email the following information to The deadline is March 31, 2018. Industry requests are not being accepted at this time.

Contact Info
Phone Number
Email Address

Event Info
Event Title
Style of Event
Musical Performance “Original Tracks”
Musical Performance “Non-Original Tracks”
Dance Performance
Combination of any or all styles listed

Event Details
Event Description – This is the text that will go on the website, as well as our Stage Zero schedule. Descriptions must be 140 characters or less, including spaces.
Event Overview – Explain to Stage Zero Staff what you want to do on stage and how you plan to do it.
Song/Video Selection – Please list the songs or videos you are planning to use in your performance. Stage Zero wants to have a variety of music up on stage.
References – If you have video references for your performance/event, please list them here to help us have an idea of what you would like to do on Stage Zero.

Tech Requirements
Stage Zero will not accommodate your personal equipment. If you have audio or video that is part of your performance, please make note of the following rules:
Microphones needed (up to 5 wireless microphones are available, subject to change).
Audio Playback (Yes or No). If yes, please provide all audio on a USB Flash Drive 15 minutes prior to your event. Files must be 320kbps Constant Bit Rate Stereo Quality .mp3.
Video Playback (Yes or No). If Yes, please provide all video on a USB Flash Drive 15 minutes prior to your event. Files mus be .mp4 or .mov container, with the h264 codec. Stage Zero has a High Definition screen, thus High Definition is preferred, either 720p or 1080p. Standard definition will be accepted but no sizes below 720×480.

Scheduling Preferences*
All scheduled events on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday will be in 15 minute time slots. Monday time slots will be 30 allotted minutes. Schedule and all allotted times are subject to change, and not all slots will be filled. Currently available time slots are as follows:
Friday: 4:00 pm, 4:30 pm
Saturday: 9:30 am, 10:00 am, 10:30 am, 11:30 am, 12:00 pm (noon), 12:30 pm, 2:30 pm, 3:00 pm, 3:30 pm, 4:30 pm
Sunday: 9:30 am, 10:00 am, 10:30 am, 11:30 am, 12:00 pm (noon), 12:30 pm, 2:30 pm
Monday: 9:30 am, 10:00 am, 11:00 am, 12:00 pm (noon), 1:00 pm

*For preferred time slots, please list your top five (5) choices. Please select slots on other days to increase your chances of being selected. If contacted by Stage Zero, we will adjust to fit the schedule and needs of Stage Zero and FanimeCon 2018.

Please note the size of our stage. According to previous diagrams the stage is 12 ft deep x 24 ft wide x 24 in high. The floor is sectioned and cannot take too many people or take too much stress. The stage is surrounded by guard rails on the sides and rear. Please refer to videos of performances on Stage Zero from previous years of FanimeCon (specifically 2015 through 2017). Please set your performances to cater to the safety of your performers, the stage, and the attendees of FanimeCon 2018 who are watching.

All performances are subject to rules and regulations from Stage Zero, FanimeCon 2018, and the San Jose Convention Center.

Your performance on Stage Zero is a voluntary (unpaid) performance.

Performers on Stage Zero are expected to be registered attendees or staff of FanimeCon 2018, as following the motto “By Fans, For Fans”.

Should your performance include people who are non-registered attendees of FanimeCon 2018, and/or parents/guardians who would like to view their children’s performance, please list the number of those non-registered attendees in the application. Stage Zero will have a limited number of performance-only badges available for those non-registered attendees.

Non-registered attendees and parents will be escorted by Stage Zero staff both to and from the badge check entrance below Stage Zero and Stage Zero itself for their performance. Once the performance has been completed, all performance-only badges must be immediately returned to Stage Zero staff.

Stage Zero is not accepting performances involving live instruments (including electric guitars, amplified instruments, et al.) at this time.

Microphones, when not being used during a performance, must be returned to a Stage Zero staff member immediately.

Stage Zero does not have a dressing room available for costume changes. Please be ready in your costumes prior to your performance.

Failure to inform Stage Zero of any changes to the performance will lead to your performance being canceled.

Any performances that might cause damage or harm to Stage Zero, Stage Zero equipment, the attendees, staff, others participating in FanimeCon 2018, and/or the San Jose Convention Center are subject to immediate shutdown of performance.

Thank you and best of luck!