Otafest 2021

A Live-Streamed Event

May 22, 2021

Calgary’s non-profit, all-ages Japanese anime and pop culture festival has gone digital for 2021!


Otafest brings in celebrities from around the world for spotlights and Q&A! Keep your eyes peeled for updates!



Otafest’s Craftsmanship is going digital. Get that final polish on your portfolio and enter to win a cash prize!

Exhibitor Hall

Artists! Vendors! Register for the virtual Exhibitor Hall and be part of our stream directory.

Space is limited to ensure fair exposure for registrants.


Our guests will be doing Q&A and interacting with the stream chat. Hop in on stream day and ask away!

Animal Crossing

Explore the Otafest island on Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

Dream code available on stream day.

More to Come

Keep up with our social media to be the first to know what else we have in store!


The streaming schedule will be released in April 2021!


We would like to thank all of our sponsors for their generous contributions to our event ♥


Get your Otafix! Check out our online merchandise store!

About Otafest

Otafest was born in 1999 when the University of Calgary’s Dedicated Otaku Anime Club decided to have a 1 day film festival showing Japanese Animation (anime) to the public.

Over the next decades, Otafest has grown to become a large three day festival, with 9,500 attendees in 2018. The festival is run exclusively by unpaid volunteers as part of a registered non-profit organization (The Otafest Film and Cultural Festival Planning Committee), and while we still showcase anime, it’s just a part of the festival experience.

Our Mission

Otafest creates inclusive events which build a community of fans of Japanese anime, popular culture and related arts.


Otafest acknowledges that the land we gather on is the traditional territory of the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta, which includes the Blackfoot Confederacy (comprising the Siksika, Piikani and Kainai First Nations), as well as the Tsuut’ina First Nation, and the Stoney Nakoda (including the Chiniki, Bearspaw, and Wesley First Nations). The City of Calgary is also the home of the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III.

Calgary is home to many First Nations peoples from across Turtle Island. We acknowledge that settlers on the land occupy and directly benefit from the process of colonization.

Each year, Otafest selects a charity to give back to those in our community and beyond. In 2019, our charity of choice was Miskanawah (formerly Pathways) and we encourage you to consider making a donation if you are able. We aspire to continue supporting local Indigenous communities in the future.