Press Credentials and Policies


Application for Press
Applications are due no later than July 21, 2018. Press who miss this date may apply on-site, but approval will be subject to availability. You can find the press application form at the bottom of this page.

Qualified press applicants will:
    Be over the age of 16 (student journalists will need to provide a letter of intent from their advisor or club sponsor).
    Provide evidence of their identity and media credentials (State ID and business card and/or letter of intent from an editor on official letterhead; link to an up-to-date website or recent, by-lined articles).

Meet minimum requirements* of:
    Personal bloggers/vloggers and cosplay photographers are not eligible for press badges
    Outlet/organization must be at least 2 years old
    Active on at least 2 social media platforms
    Receive 5,000 unique monthly page hits, or
    1,000 fans, likes, or followers of the applicant’s target media outlets

All applications are subject to review. Candidates applying for an AnimeFest Press Badge(s) will undergo a screening process based on the information provided on their application form, which will include examples of previous convention coverage or coverage of similar events. Applicants should keep in mind that a press pass is subject to approval and is not guaranteed.

Each approved media outlet will receive up to four complimentary press badges to attend the convention. Additional comp badges and press credentials may be provided at a discounted price if there is a demonstrated need for more.

Limited press access may be available at a discounted rate to certain members of the media, such as cosplay photographers and bloggers, who may not otherwise be qualified for a press badge.

Press Credentials: Benefits and Limitations

Receipt of press credentials provides the following privileges:
    Press access to guest interviews, scheduled through AnimeFest’s Press Relations team.
    Press access to press-only seating when provided at AnimeFest events, subject to space availability and other restrictions.
    General access to all public areas of the convention and to event spaces requiring badged entry.

Press credentials are subject to the following limitations:
    Registered members of Press must obey all AnimeFest policies.
    Registered members of Press must arrange for their own expenses, and finance their own travel, room arrangements, and food.
    Press badges can only be picked up on-site.

Failure to comply with the Press policies as well as AnimeFest policies may result in revocation of Press Badge(s).

AnimeFest Interview Procedures
Interviews with official AnimeFest guests must be requested and arranged through the AnimeFest Press Relations team by July 25th, 2018 for English guests, and July 15th, 2018 for Japanese guests. Additional pre-screening may be required for interview requests with Japanese guests. Only registered members of Press may request interviews with official AnimeFest guests.

Interviews will be arranged as guest availability allows, and interviews are not guaranteed.

The AnimeFest staff will work with guests, their publicists and managers, and their industry representatives to schedule the guests' time to avoid scheduling conflicts. Interview requests may be submitted through the link at the bottom of the page.

Ad Hoc Interviews
Ad hoc interviews with attendees, dealers, and people other than guests and industry do not require AnimeFest Press approval. As a standard courtesy, we request that you ask permission to interview and/or photograph attendees, dealers and others, and respect their right to deny your request. In the event you wish to conduct such interviews in one of the available press rooms, you will need to reserve the space through AnimeFest’s Press Relations team.

Rules of Behavior for Registered Press
Registered members of Press are reminded to conduct themselves in a professional manner while representing themselves as a member of the press. Professional behavior includes, but is not limited to:
    Showing respect to AnimeFest guests, staff, and other participants;
    Showing up 10 minutes early for scheduled interviews or press events, or notifying AnimeFest Press staff of any delays as soon as possible;
    Arriving prepared to conduct scheduled interviews;
    Obeying the moderator's rules for timing or avoiding specific topics;
    Complying with all photo restrictions, as conveyed by AnimeFest staff or by the guests themselves.
    Photos of guests to accompany coverage are allowed, subject to the guest’s permission and schedule.
    If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us at press@animefest.org

Press Application Form