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 San Jose Convention Center 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 its 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 15th year at FanimeCon 2020 and we hope that you will come and join us.

Stage Zero Listing

We thank everyone who have already contacted us in regard to having performances or events on Stage Zero for FanimeCon 2020. Below is all the information you need to know and need to send to us at Stage Zero to apply for one of our performance times.

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 8 [EIGHT] 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. 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. Must 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 for 30 allotted minutes. Schedule and allotted times are subject to change and not all slots will be filled. Current Times available are as follows:

  • Friday: 4pm, 4:30pm, 5pm
  • Saturday: 10am, 10:30am, 11:30am, 12pm, 12:30 pm, 2:30pm, 3pm, 3:30pm, 4:30pm, 5pm
  • Sunday: 10am, 10:30am, 11:30am, 12pm, 12:30pm, 2:30pm, 5pm
  • Monday: 10am, 11am, 12pm (noon), 1pm

*For preferred time slots, please list your top five (5) choices. Please find slots on other days to increase your chances to be selected. If contacted by Stage Zero, we will adjust to fit the schedule and needs of Stage Zero and FanimeCon 2020.

Please note the size of our stage, according to previous diagrams, it 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 also surrounded by guard rails on the sides and rear. It would be suggested to refer to videos of performances on Stage Zero from previous years of FanimeCon (specifically 2015 through 2018). Please set your performances to cater to the safety of your performers, the Stage, and the attendees of FanimeCon 2020 who are watching.


All performances are subject to rules and regulations from Stage Zero, FanimeCon 2020, 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 2020, as following the mantra of “By Fans For Fans.”

Should your performance include members who are non-registered attendees of FanimeCon 2020, and/or parents/guardians would like to view their children’s performance, please list the number of those 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, to and from Stage Zero, from the badge check entrance below Stage Zero, 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 or during your performance.

Failure to not inform Stage Zero of any changes to the performance will lead to the cancellation of your performance.

Any performances that might cause damage or harm to Stage Zero, Stage Zero equipment, the attendees, staff, and others participating in FanimeCon 2020, and the San Jose Convention Center are subject to immediate shutdown.

Thank you and best of luck!