We’re Not Dead Yet!

The West Coast Fan Society (WCFS) and The West Coast Science Fiction Association (WCSFA) announced today that the show will go on! WCSFA has agreed to accept stewardship of the Northwest Fan Fest convention from WCFS to ensure it will continue as the popular festival of genre media, cosplay and gaming that is has become, and will have the opportunity to grow to its fullest potential.

In the immortal words of Cameron Locke, president of WCFS, “The rumours of NWFF’s demise are greatly exaggerated!”

This year will see several smaller events hosted by WCSFA to promote all the most vital elements of NWFF and keep the heart of NWFF pumping.

“Northwest Fan Fest fills a vital niche in our community, it’s our duty to support it and help it grow,” said Chris Sturges, president of WCSFA, “We are planning a number of smaller events this year to support the community that puts on and attends NWFF.”

The events planned so far include a Walkoff-Rager event, a Games-only event, a Costume and Cosplay workshop series, and a Cosplay picnic. If you are interested in helping with these events or have an idea for a fan event, please contact the WCSFA Secretary at secretary@wcsfa.org.

With great sadness…

It is with great sadness that we have to announce that we will not be moving forward with Northwest Fan Fest 2016, due to take place this July. This decision was not made lightly and we sincerely apologize to all the people this decision affects: the fans, exhibitors, guests, community partners, venues and all of our supporters both local and beyond.

We know many of you will be disappointed at this news, some of you even frustrated or upset. However in light of recent high profile event failures and cancellations, we feel it would be irresponsible to risk our fan’s resources and goodwill by hosting an event that would have been below our standards, and your expectations.

Full refunds will be offered within a timely manner to all who have purchased memberships, exhibitors spaces, or sponsorship packages.

It is our hope and goal to build on what we have built for 2016, and redirect it to make an even more amazing 2017 event. But we need your help to make this a reality. Over the next few months we will be announcing different ways you can get involved, either by joining the NWFF 2017 team, becoming a sponsor or event partner, or attending different themed fundraisers.

Thank you for your understanding. We will be back, and we will be awesome!

Sincerely,
The NWFF 2016 Executive Team

Tickets On Sale Now!

Are you a minion or a sidekick?  Perhaps you’re the hero NWFF deserves. Or are you the mastermind behind it all?

Northwest Fan Fest is a weekend packed with celebrities, exhibitors, and tons of programming on a huge variety of topics and interests. Featuring musical performances, comedy shows, contests, massive gaming tournaments, and a Saturday street festival, there is something for everyone at NWFF!

We’ve got a lot of new things happening for 2016, including a street fair on the Saturday! Yes, we’ll be closing down a part of Columbia Street for the festivities.  As well, general admission to Northwest Fan Fest is free!  You will not require a badge to attend panels, play casual games or see the exhibitors.  Tournaments and special events may require an entry fee.

However, without the generosity of our supporters, the West Coast Fan Society would be hard pressed to maintain the quality of Northwest Fan Fest and continue to keep the festival free for all to attend in future years.  We have several tiers of supporter memberships for you to choose from, starting at just $10!  Choose your membership and find out your level! 

 

 

Early-Access Play Passes for Dark Nexus Arena, a Warhammer 40k MOBA, available at NWFF

Love Warhammer 40k? Looking for a new Multiplayer Battle Arena Game to play? Don't miss your chance to try Dark Nexus Arena, play-testing the alpha version in Metro Vancouver for the first time at Northwest Fan Fest 2015!

Dark Nexus Arena is a competitive battle arena game set in the Warhammer 40,000 universe, created by Vancouver-based indie developers Whitebox Interactive. You and your friends can fight against (and play as) your favourite Warhammer 40k characters in 4v4 arena, for "a fast, skill based, team deathmatch experience."

Check out this video for a tutorial:
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The Dark Nexus Arena booth area is located in the lobby of Northwest Fan Fest 2015, and will be set up for players every day of the event until ~7pm. Visit for an early access pass into Dark Nexus Arena's alpha stage! Test the game, meet CEO Jonathan Falkowski and the Whitebox Interactive team, and give them your feedback in person at Northwest Fan Fest.

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Learn more at www.darknexusarena.com. You can follow Dark Nexus Arena on Twitter and Facebook.

Mayor of New West opens Northwest Fan Fest 2015

May 29, 2015, New Westminster, BC РMayor of New Westminster Jonathan X. Cot̩ showed his geeky side today as he opened the 2nd annual Northwest Fan Fest at the opening ceremonies today at the Anvil Centre!

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NWFF Show Director Brian Hughes said, “€œThe Mayor and City were very excited to have Northwest Fan Fest in the heart of New Westminster in the new Anvil Centre. We’re so pleased to make a positive tourism impact, and bring fandom entertainment out to The Royal City.—

From all of the geeks, nerds, cosplayers, and fans, in the Metro Vancouver area, we thank the Mayor and the City of New Westminster for supporting our celebration of fandom!

In-Person Prereg all weekend at Fan Expo Van!

Hey everyone! Northwest Fan Fest will be at Fan Expo Vancouver all this weekend at booth #824 doing in-person registration and Selfie-bingo for fun and prizes! Stop by our booth to pick up a bingo card and take selfies to get a bingo and win a prize! While you are there, make sure you buy your tickets for Northwest Fan Fest before the prices go up!

We’ll see you there!

Looking to Volunteer?

Are you a talented and reliable individual looking for a challenging but rewarding volunteer experience? Northwest Fan Fest is looking for volunteers who are eager and willing to work hard to make NWFF the best it can be!

Currently we are looking to fill some staff roles and are looking for volunteers who have skills, experience, and/or are interested in learning and working with other staff in the following areas:

  • Event Promotion
  • Sponsorship
  • Programming
  • Vendors
  • Marketing (marketing writing)

If you are interested in any of the above areas and enjoy a challenge, please apply now!  Please reference in your application which of the above positions you are interested in, or if you have another area that interests you.

We are also looking for general and more casual volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering in general, please be sure to fill out our application form here.

 

Meet Once Upon a Time’s Happy, Sleepy and Granny at Northwest Fan Fest!

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Northwest Fan Fest is excited to announce guests from the hit TV series Once Upon a Time!  Meet Happy, Sleepy and Granny!

Michael Coleman is a local Vancouver actor, writer, director, producer, and coach, best known for his role as Happy on ABC’s Once Upon a Time.  Other on camera credits include Supernatural, Eureka, Psych, Blood Ties, Stargate: SG-1, and Stargate: Atlantis.  He has also voiced numerous characters in dozens of animated series including X-Men: Evolution, Dragonball Z, Gundam Seed: Destiny, Hellsing and Transformers.

Faustino Di Bauda‘s very first television role was earned in an audition in March of 2011 as Sleepy for Once Upon a Time. His feature film debut is in the upcoming film Seventh Son, based on the first book of Joseph Delaney’s dark fantasy novel series The Wardstone Chronicles, with Jeff Bridges and Julianne Moore.

For the past 30 years, Beverley Elliott has been based in Vancouver and has over 100 film and TV credits. She is well known around the world for her recurring role as Granny on Once Upon a Time.  Her film credits include Clint Eastwood’s Academy Award-winning Unforgiven, Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants, Santa Claus Two, Bye Bye Blues and Who’s Harry Crumb.

Stay tuned for more guest announcements!

 

 

 

 

Calling all Panelists & Performers!

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Are you a performer? Are you interested in hosting a panel or running content at NWFF 2015? 

WE WANT YOU!

Northwest Fan Fest is seeking talented geeky acts, performers, and musicians, as well as people interested in running panels in a variety of subjects and fandoms? Are you a Dr. Who expert? Crazy about Titans? Anime enthusiast? An expert cosplayer interested in giving a workshop? Survivalist interested in teaching about surviving the Zombie apocalypse? Maybe you’re interested in running a contest or tournament? We need ALL sorts of ideas and events to flesh out our schedule this year so we’re looking for passionate, dedicated individuals who’d like to run events at the convention. We are looking for all different sorts of events, all fandoms are welcome! All ideas will be considered! Be original!

If you would like to submit your act or panel idea, please go to our Panel application and fill out the form.

If you have an idea you’d like to see, or a panel you’d like to see run, make sure you fill out our pre-NWFF survey for things you want to see! Also, if you maybe don’t have an idea for a panel of your own, but would still like to help out, make sure you join our Volunteers!

 

 

Northwest Fan Fest is back for 2015… with a new venue & a new direction.

The West Coast Fan Society is proud to finally announce the 2nd annual Northwest Fan Fest, taking place on May 29th – 31st 2015, and moving to the Anvil Centre, a beautiful new convention space conveniently located right off the skytrain in New Westminster.

We have a number of local guests & programming already lined up. This year will be packed with a more diverse selection of fandoms and a variety of new & exciting content and guests. We are planning 3 FULL days of content (Friday, Saturday & Sunday will start early and end late) and single day passes are only $20 each (3-day weekend early-bird is $40, VIP is $100). Early registration is now OPEN.

Application forms are available for Panels, Vendors, Artist Alley, Volunteers & more.  If you’d like to be involved with us, let us know sooner rather than later.  We expect Vendors & Artists to be full by the end of 2014, and our Panel schedule to be complete shortly after that.

If you have questions about the changes in Northwest Fan Fest for 2015, check our FAQ or send us an email at info@northwestfanfest.wcsfa.org, or reach out to us on Twitter or Facebook.

We are excited about our new team and the new direction the convention is heading in, and look forward to enjoying it with you next May.

– Brian Hughes (Show Director)