Professional Registration grants Press access to FanimeCon for journalists who wish to write articles about FanimeCon for their publications, as well as Industry access for industry professionals who are actively involved in creative anime and manga projects that are popular with FanimeCon members. Each qualifying company may receive up to four (4) complimentary badges, and people with Press and Industry badges are restricted from participating in some events (these will be marked appropriately in the program guide and/or on event signage). Note that only those involved with the creation of the final product(s) qualify – Please read the rest of this FAQ to see if you qualify.
FanimeCon reserves the right to approve or reject applications at its discretion. If your application is rejected you may contest it once – to contest your application, please e-mail Professional Registration. In the event that the limit is reached, you will be unable to receive a professional membership to FanimeCon 2017.
If you do not qualify for professional registration, or if you wish to attend Fan-only events, please use the Fan registration form. There is a limit of one FanimeCon 2017 membership per individual, so you must choose whether to register as a Fan, Staff, or Professional. Professional members are welcome to sponsor events and/or host panels. Please contact Marketing to sponsor an event.
The last day to pre-register for a Professional membership is May 5th, 2017. After the cut-off date, Professional Registration will be available at FanimeCon during the hours listed below.
Our information access at the convention may be limited, so we may have to deny your application at the convention if we cannot verify your professional status with the limited resources. Therefore, pre-registration is highly recommended.
We make an attempt to reply to applications and questions within 2-3 days after we receive them, but there may be issues that delay us from replying in this timely manner.
FanimeCon determines a "professional" by work ethic (not only by the quality of work). As such, we hold our professional members to a higher standard. This has caused some confusion in the past and it was suggested that we mention this in the FAQ. FanimeCon is a "By Fans, For Fans" convention, so our requirements for professional memberships differ from other events (in some cases, they slightly differ and in other cases, greatly differ). Industry memberships are for people who directly benefit our fans: creators, executives, and marketing personnel.
Press applications are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Individuals covering FanimeCon for print publications (such as magazines or newspapers), broadcast companies (such as television or radio shows), or online publications might qualify for complimentary access if they meet the following requirements:
The following is strongly recommended (but is not a requirement):
Press applicants must provide the following:
FanimeCon welcomes creators, executives, and marketing personnel from companies that are actively working on current anime or manga projects that interest FanimeCon members. Industry applications are reviewed on a case-by-case basis directly by the executive Marketing staff, and FanimeCon will need to know about your current projects in order to review your application. Please note that all creators must register separately.
If your project is not yet announced, we may be willing to sign reasonable NDAs before you disclose the information. Please email email@example.com to discuss any necessary NDAs.
Industry applicants must provide the following:
Members that attend FanimeCon using Press or Industry badges are expected to act professionally at all times. Professional membership does not grant you any special access, abilities, super-hero powers, discounts, etc. Furthermore, several events and activities are meant for fan members only.
The following only applies to Press members:
Note: During the interview, only press members from the same company will be able to enter the interview room. If you need other people in the room, please work it out with Marketing beforehand.
No. Our professional membership requirements change each year, based on feedback from previous years. All professionals are required to re-apply and all credentials will be reviewed before we make our decision. You will be notified via e-mail within a timely matter (as early as 24 hours but it may take as long as a week or two). Please remember to whitelist @fanime.com e-mail addresses as important e-mails might be incorrectly flagged as spam. ;)
No, we only allow members that are attending FanimeCon on official business and represent the same company as you to receive complimentary memberships. Unfortunately, this means that we are unable to assist you in purchasing a fan membership or skip the line.
Please check Con-Ops for any lost badges. If a reprint is needed, they will follow the same rules as general attendee registration.
Professional Registration is located in Room 114 on the first floor of the San Jose McEnery Convention Center (on the side where the San Jose Marriott is located).
If you require a professional badge pickup outside of normal scheduled hours, please contact us (e-mail listed below) and we can work something out. In most cases, Press badges will not be approved for pickup after we close on Sunday (including Monday).
[*] Thursday is only for pre-registration badge pick up. We will not be accepting at-con Professional Registration until Friday's opening.
Your application can be rejected for any reason and at any time. After receipt of your application, Professional Registration will send an email out to every applicant using the email provided on the application. FanimeCon staff will make every effort to respond to application with an updated status before FanimeCon starts. Qualified staff members can revoke badges at any time for any reason.
By applying for a professional membership, you are agreeing to abide by our Code of Conduct and Costume/Prop Policy. All perks, restrictions, and rules are subject to and may change at any time at FanimeCon staff discretion.
Once you accept a professional membership, you represent the company named on your membership at all times during the convention and when dealing with FanimeCon. The company named on your membership will be held responsible for your actions, and that company may be liable for any misconduct on your part. Professional members are expected to behave professionally at all times and must not represent another company.
firstname.lastname@example.org can answer any and all Professional Registration questions that you may have.
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