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Stage Zero Applications are Now Open!

March 29, 2022

Stage Zero is now taking applications to perform for FanimeCon 2022! There’s space for all sorts of performances at Stage Zero, from dancing, musical performances, demonstrations, and more!

This year, all Stage Zero performers must be registered attendees or staff of FanimeCon 2022. Due to this year’s COVID protocols, we will not be escorting performers who are unregistered to and from the stage.

Applications are due April 22nd, 2022. Check our page for more information!  https://www.fanime.com/exhibits/stage-zero/

COVID POLICY UPDATE

March 21, 2022

We are working hard to modify and update FanimeCon events to ensure the safety of our community attending the convention. FanimeCon 2023’s COVID-19 policies are below. 

  • Everyone attending FanimeCon 2023 must be fully vaccinated prior to May 26, 2023. This means you will need the final vaccine dose 14 days prior to the convention, which is on or before May 12, 2023.
    • Fully vaccinated means you received a booster shot after receiving either a two-dose Pfizer/Moderna vaccine series or one dose of Johnson & Johnson vaccine. If you are not yet eligible for a booster by May 12, 2023, you are considered fully vaccinated.
    • Booster Eligibility
      • Pfizer/Moderna: 5 months after completing the two-dose vaccine series. 
      • Johnson & Johnson: 2 months after the one-dose vaccine.
  • We are not allowing negative COVID-19 tests or medical or personal exemptions instead of being fully vaccinated.
  • Masks will be required in indoor event spaces and outside the convention center entrance. Please see CDC masking guidelines for the appropriate type of mask to wear.
    • FanimeCon will require all attendees, guests, and staff to wear a mask covering the nose and mouth at all FanimeCon indoor event spaces. In addition to our indoor event space, masks will be required to be worn when outside in front of the San Jose Convention Center due to crowded conditions.
    • Prolonged periods of mask removal are not permitted for eating or drinking; the mask must be worn between bites, sips, and taking medication. Exceptions are personal hotel rooms, designated eating or drinking areas, , or FanimeCon performers actively on stage performing. Designated eating and drinking areas will be clearly marked with signs.
    • Please follow masking policies for restaurants and other spaces operated by our facility partners. In accordance with California guidelines, policies will be posted at the entrance of each establishment.

Vaccine Verification with CLEAR Health Pass

FanimeCon has partnered with CLEAR Health Pass to provide verification of your vaccination status in order to pick up your badge. Please complete your Health Pass before arriving at FanimeCon to avoid delays in picking up your badge at Registration! To get started, download the CLEAR app and enroll for free here:  https://clear.app.link/fanimecon

For the most efficient experience possible, all attendees ages 14 and up should sign up for CLEAR and complete their proof of COVID-19 vaccination, and any booster shots they are eligible for,  before arriving. For details on how to complete your CLEAR Health Pass please see the instructions below:

For attendees ages 18 and up

  1. Download the CLEAR app and tap the white Health Pass tile.
  2. Select ‘Events’ and scroll to locate FanimeCon.
  3. Easily enroll and verify your identity with a quick selfie.
  4. Follow the prompts to select your screening type. Complete your proof of vaccination and booster.
  5. Before you arrive, reopen the Health Pass tile and produce your pass. Be ready to show upon arrival.

Attendees ages 14 to 17 will need a parent or guardian to set up a CLEAR account for them. 

Parents/Guardians: 

  1. Download the CLEAR app on your mobile device. 
  2. Open the CLEAR app.
  3. Tap on the profile icon on the bottom right corner. 
  4. Under “My Account”, tap “Accounts for Minors.” 
  5. Follow the prompts to create a minor account.

Attendees: 

  1. Once the minor account is created, you can download the CLEAR app on your mobile device. 
  2. Log into the account created by your parent/guardian and finish setting up your account, including a selfie and proof of vaccination. 
  3. Under Events, tap on FanimeCon to get your health pass

Attendees 13 years of age and younger: 

You will need to bring your proof of vaccination to have your information manually verified before entering Registration to pick up your badge. 

Trust and transparency are our partner CLEAR’s top priority, and with Health Pass, users are always in control of their health information. You can read more details about this in CLEAR’s Privacy Policy here.

  If you have any questions about enrolling in CLEAR, please reach out to memberservices@clearme.com or tap “Get In Touch” in the app for assistance. 

At Con Registration and Pre-Registration Badge Pickup Changes

When you walk to the front entrance of the convention center, you will have your vaccination status checked by showing your CLEAR Health Pass or proof of vaccination and a photo ID. You will be provided a wristband showing that your vaccination status has been verified. Then, you will be allowed to enter the convention center to pick up your badge.

Our COVID-19 policies are based on the guidelines of the City of San Jose, the County of Santa Clara, the California Public Health Department, and the CDC, and we will continue to implement additional policies beyond local, state, and federal minimums as needed for our community and convention. FanimeCon has been closely monitoring the evolving public health situation regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and will update our community when changes to our COVID-19 policies arise. 

We ask for your help in following our COVID-19 policies and your understanding as we are all navigating this unique year at FanimeCon.

Last updated: May 30th, 2022

  • Added CLEAR Health Pass Vaccination Verification instructions & policies
  • Added Pre-Registration and At Con badge pick up changes
  • Removed virtual queue information

Reminder to Submit Your Panels Applications!

March 11, 2022

The FanimeCon 2022 Panel Application Form deadline is just around the corner!

After March 14, 11:59 pm PST, all incoming panel applications will be directed to the wait list.

If you are interested in hosting a panel at FanimeCon 2022, you can find more information and submit your panel application here.

FanimeCon 2022 Artist Alley has begun!

January 25, 2022

Calling all Artists!

Sharpen your pencils and shuffle those portfolios! It’s that time of year again!

Account Creation for FanimeCon’s 2022 Artist Alley has begun!

Account creation allows prospective Artist Alley applicants the opportunity to prepare their account and portfolio before we accept submissions.

This feature will be open for a week before application submissions, starting TODAY. Applications will be accepted from January 30th, 8:00 am (PDT) through January 31st  8:00pm (PDT).

Artist Alley Staff has prepared some helpful hints and tips as you create your account to help you prepare your application for submission. While you do not have to create an account in advance, we highly recommend taking advantage of it to best prepare!

Create your account here now!

For the latest information on FanimeCon Artist Alley, stay up to date on the FanimeCon Facebook and Twitter, and if you have any questions, you can check out the FAQ or email us at artistalley@fanime.com.

The 2022 Panels Application Form is Open!

January 25, 2022

Interested in hosting a panel at FanimeCon? The Panel Application Form is now open for FanimeCon 2022! Please visit the Panelist Information page for full details on our updated procedures and instructions how to submit your panel for review.

The deadline is March 14, 2022, so be sure to get your applications in before then!

Announcing FanimeCon 2022!

January 19, 2022

Hi everyone! We hope you are safe and doing well. With the start of the new year, we are sharing our plans for FanimeCon 2022. Our staff has been hard at work planning for this year’s FanimeCon, and we’d like to recognize and thank them for their efforts during these difficult years, as we are an entirely volunteer-run convention, by fans for fans. 

We are planning for FanimeCon 2022 to take place in person in Downtown San Jose on Memorial Day Weekend, May 27-30, 2022. We’ve gone through a lot of changes these past few years, and so your favorite con may be different this year. 

COVID-19 Policies

We are working hard to modify and update FanimeCon events to ensure the safety of our community attending the convention. At this time, we’d like to share the following COVID-19 policies for FanimeCon 2022. 

  • Everyone attending FanimeCon 2022 must be fully vaccinated prior to May 26, 2022. This means you will need the final vaccine dose 14 days prior to the convention, which is on or before May 12, 2022.
  • Masks will be required to be worn in indoor event spaces and outside the convention center entrance. Please see CDC masking guidelines for the appropriate type of mask to wear. 

We will be following up on how you can verify your vaccination status in the coming months. 

Our COVID-19 policies are based on the guidelines of the City of San Jose, the County of Santa Clara, the California Public Health Department, and the CDC. FanimeCon has been closely monitoring the evolving public health situation regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and will update our community when changes to our COVID-19 policies arise. 

We ask for your help in following our COVID-19 policies and your understanding as we are all navigating this unique year at FanimeCon.

Registration is open

Registration for FanimeCon 2022 is open. You can register at this link. If you have any questions regarding registration, please check out the Registration FAQ

Hotels

FanimeCon Housing will be opening soon!
It has opened and the link can be found on our front page!

All attendees who had their pre-registration rolled over from FanimeCon 2020 will receive a priority booking window notification on January 13, 2022. Booking windows will start on January 19, 2022 and conclude on January 21, 2022. 

After 4pm on January 21, 2022, all attendees will be free to book housing regardless of their registration date. 

How to Contact Us

For questions about registration, please reach out to the Registration staff at registration@fanime.com

For dealers, artists, and programming participants, the relevant departments will be reaching out (or have already) and will be making announcements about how to participate in FanimeCon 2022. Please reach out to your contacts if you have any questions. 

For questions about COVID-19 guidelines or other general questions, please reach out via email at feedback@fanime.com or feedback.fanime.com. 

We’re looking forward to seeing you all at FanimeCon 2022. Until then, we hope you and your families stay safe and healthy. 

Erica Eco, Alicia Chow, and Camille Roderiguez
FanimeCon 2022 Chair Team

FanimeCon 2022 Registration is Open!

June 10, 2021

Thank you to everyone who attended Virtual FanimeCon 2021! We definitely felt all the love and community that all of you bring to con each and every year, and that makes us even more excited for FanimeCon 2022!

Because of that, we’re excited to announce that registration is already open for FanimeCon 2022! Please click here to register for next year’s exciting event.

Until Next Year!

May 31, 2021

Hello Fans!

It is an honor and privilege for the Chair Team to have you join us this year. This weekend reminded us of the great times we have together as FanimeCon. It is a testament to the community we are a part of and built together. From the panels, chat rooms, to the community boards, we saw levels of interactions we never expected! We hope that you were able to learn something new, connect with some new people, and have fun! It’s been two years since we have seen each other and it will be in no time before we gather in person as a family again.

We would especially like to share our deepest appreciation to the FanimeCon Staff for their devotion, time, and love they have put into this year’s convention. On top of the challenges of the pandemic, they have adapted entirely to the virtual platform and stepped up to the plate to deliver a wonderful experience for everyone. Thank you, Staff!

Throughout this weekend, the Staff have seen your messages of thanks and take much joy in hearing that you enjoyed the fruits of their work. We would love to hear more about your favorite moments. Please feel free to leave a note of thanks for the staff too!

Please also let us know if you have any feedback through https://feedback.fanime.com or by emailing feedback@fanime.com.

Thank you for joining us for this year’s virtual con. We look forward to doing it all over again in a year’s time!

Until next time!
The FanimeCon Chair Team

Virtual FanimeCon 2021 – Day 3 – LAST DAY ALREADY!?!?

May 30, 2021

Food morning from the FanimeCon 2021 Chair Team!
(Gotta have your brekkie!)

Are you hitting your Whova stride? We know our calendars are filled to the brim with things we are going to check out today!

If you haven’t joined the autograph giveaway yet, you still have time!! The Hikaru Midorikawa Autographs Giveaway Deadline is May 30th, 11:59pm!

  • Have your badge number ready!
  • Make sure you confirm your submission by clicking the link in the email you will receive!

Remember, the Code of Conduct keeps us safe and happy. We are here for you in the ConOPs Session, by PMing “ConOps | Fanime Staff”, or by texting us – (385) FOR-FANS (367-3267).

Have a great Sunday Fun day!

Virtual FanimeCon 2021 – Day 2 – First FULL DAY

May 29, 2021

Good morning from the FanimeCon 2021 Chair Team!   We are super excited about our first full day at Virtual FanimeCon 2021! What do you have on your agenda today?
The clock is ticking down on the Midorikawa Autograph Giveaway. Make sure you sign up!
Be sure to check out our eGaming Tournaments!
Take a stroll through our Dealers Hall and Artist Alley!
While you are there, don’t forget to check out the Fanime schwag at OffWorld’s BLOWOUT sale (now closed)!
Remember, the Code of Conduct keeps us safe and happy. We are here for you in the ConOPs Session, by PMing “ConOps | Fanime Staff”, or by texting us – (385) FOR-FANS (367-3267).

Thanks and have a great day!
The FanimeCon 2021 Chair Team