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 15th year at FanimeCon 2020, and we hope that you will come and
join us.

We thank everyone who have already contacted us in regards 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.

Requesting Time on Stage Zero

To request time on Stage Zero, please e-mail the following information to
The deadline is March 31, 2020. Industry requests are not being accepted at this time.

Contact Info

Phone Number:
E-mail 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, included white spaces.

Event Overview – Explain to Stage Zero Staff on what you want to do on stage & how you plan to do it.

Song/Video Selection – Please list the songs or videos you are planning to perform to. Stage Zero wants to have a variety of music to showcase.

References – If you have video references to 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 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 file type.

Pictures and images that are being submitted to be shown during performances are recommended to be at a quality of 1920 x 1080 pixels. Pictures and images should not include references to websites or promotions of companies, contact information, or social media other than the names of your group, performers, and/or song name.

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 file type, with the h264 codec. Stage Zero has a High Definition screen, thus High Definition is preferred, recommended at 1080p, but 720p is acceptable. 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: 4:00 pm, 4:30 pm, 5:00 pm, 5:30 pm
Saturday: 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, 5:00 pm, 5:30 pm
Sunday: 10:00 am, 10:30 am, 11:30a m, 12:00 pm (noon), 12:30 pm, 2:30 pm, 5:00 pm, 5:30 pm
Monday: 10:00 am, 11:00 am, 12:00 pm (noon), 1:00 pm

For preferred time slots, please list your top five choices. Please find slots on other days to increase you 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 has stairs on the sides and the projection wall in the rear. We recommend that you refer to videos of previous performances on Stage Zero (specifically 2015 through 2019).

Please set your performances to cater to the safety of your performers, the Stage, and the attendees of FanimeCon 2020 watching your performance.


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 included 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 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, etc.) 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 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, and others participating in FanimeCon 2020, and the San Jose Convention Center are subject to immediate shutdown of the performance.

Thank you and best of luck!