Otafest is Calgary's non-profit, all-ages Japanese anime and pop culture festival featuring anime screenings, an exhibitor hall, community panels, cosplay contests, voice actors, concerts, and more.
Otafest's official website is located at https://otafest.com. Otafest also imploys its own link shortening service using URLS beginning with https://otafe.st.
This page is intended to serve as a location for official statistics that may be of use for external parties (e.g. Wikipedia) as provided by the Otafest Film & Cultural Festival Planning Committee.
Event Name Dates Location Attendance Charity Amount Raised
Otafest Jul 3 - 4, 1999 University of Calgary 700 - -
Otafest 2000 Jun 17 - 18, 2000 University of Calgary 900 - -
Otafest 2001 Sep 15 - 16, 2001 University of Calgary 700 - -
Otafest 2002 May 24 - 26, 2002 University of Calgary Not Tracked - -
Otafest 2003 May 24 - 25, 2003 University of Calgary Not Tracked - -
Otafest 2004 May 15 - 16, 2004 University of Calgary Not Tracked - -
Otafest 2005 May 21 - 22, 2005 University of Calgary Not Tracked - -
Otafest 2006 May 21 - 22, 2006 University of Calgary Not Tracked - -
Otafest 2007 May 19 - 20, 2007 University of Calgary 2,709 - -
Otafest 2008 May 16 - 18, 2008 University of Calgary 4,278 - -
Otafest 2009 May 15 - 17, 2009 University of Calgary 4,361 Alberta Children's Hospital $1,735
Otafest Lite 2009 Nov 14, 2009 University of Calgary ~900 The Mustard Seed $5,000
Otafest 2010 May 21 - 23, 2010 University of Calgary 3,697 The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation $5,300
Otafest Lite 2010 Nov 13, 2010 University of Calgary ~800 The Children's Cottage Society $2,000
Otafest 2011 May 20 - 22, 2011 University of Calgary 4,135 Japan Red Cross $10,398
Otafest Lite 2011 Nov 12, 2011 University of Calgary ~700 Autism Aspergers Friendship Society of Calgary $1,000
Otafest 2012 May 18 - 20, 2012 University of Calgary 4,938 Calgary Humane Society $11,000
Otafest Aurora Dec 15, 2012 University of Calgary Downtown Campus 843 - -
Otafest 2013 May 17 - 19, 2013 University of Calgary 4,947 Canadian Mental Health Association - Calgary Branch $12,474
Otafest Aurora Nov 30, 2013 University of Calgary Downtown Campus 1,716 Seniors Secret Service $2,300
Otafest 2014 May 16 - 18, 2014 University of Calgary 7,787 Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society $13,500
Otafest Aurora Nov 29, 2014 SAIT 2,040 Boys & Girls Clubs of Calgary $1,500
Otafest 2015 May 15 - 17, 2015 University of Calgary 8,144 Distress Centre Calgary $10,100
Otafest Aurora Nov 13 - 14, 2015 SAIT 2,542 Children's Cottage Society $1,500
Otafest 2016 Jul 1 - 3, 2016 Telus Convention Centre 7,995 United Way of Calgary $10,000
Otafest Aurora Nov 4 - 5, 2016 SAIT 1,824 Between Friends $2,670
Otafest 2017 Jun 30 - Jul 2, 2017 Telus Convention Centre 7,724 The Tom Baker Cancer Centre $11,180
Otafest 2018 May 18 - 20, 2018 Telus Convention Centre 9,572 The Alex Youth Health Centre $12,000
Otafest 2019 May 17 - 19, 2019 Telus Convention Centre 9,222 Pathways Community Services Association $10,242
Otafest 2020 (Cancelled due to COVID-19) - - - -
Otafest 2021 - A Live-Streamed Event May 22, 2021 Online (twitch.tv/otafest) - - -
Otafest 2022 May 21 - 22, 2022 Telus Convention Centre 9,122 Skipping Stone Foundation $17,101.50
Otafest 2023 May 19 - 21, 2023 Telus Convention Centre TBD MEOW Foundation TBD
Attendance numbers are warm body counts. Charity amounts are in CAD.