Crunchyroll has announced that for the first time ever, they are opening up fan submissions for convention programming at this year’s Crunchyroll Expo (CRX). Mary Franklin, Head of Events, conjured up a list of what makes for a great fan-produced panel. That list is as follows:
Think about what you can give your fellow anime fans. New information, new points of view, interactive experiences, some new dance moves, a few good laughs…anything that’s presented in a spirit of sharing will be much more appropriate than simple self or group promotion.
There are tried and true favorite topics and events, but give your idea a new twist to set it apart. Ask yourself how has this event has been presented before, and then decide how you can change it up to give fellow fans a fresh point of view, or a fresh experience.
Be organized. Be clear. Do tell us what you will do, how you will do it, how long it will take, who you will do it with, and what you’ll need for your event specifically and concisely.
Remember we welcome submissions from the spectrum of anime fandoms, and the spectrum of anime fans!
Think creatively! If you have an idea that you’ve never seen done before at an anime con, maybe it’s time we do it!
Be on time. The last day to submit your fan programming submissions is May 7, 2020. No submissions will be accepted after this time.
It is noted that they expect a high volume of submissions from fans so that list will help you stand out above all others but you also need to bring your own creativity to the table! The CRX team is looking for submissions in programming, entertainment, cosplay meet-ups, and more. To submit, please have the name and email address for any / all copresenters, the title of your proposed program, and a description (between 500-1000 words) about your panel, exhibit, or programming.
Submissions are being accepted now so if you’re interested and have a great idea, head on over to CRX’s fan submission page and let them know about it!