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

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!

More Guests Announced…

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Northwest Fan Fest is happy to announce more guests added to our lineup for 2015!

Uwe Boll is a German director, producer and screenwriter, who is best known for loosely adapting video games into movies including House of the Dead, Alone in the Dark, Alone in the Dark II, BloodRayne, BloodRayne II: Deliverance, BloodRayne: The Third Reich, In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale, Postal, and Far Cry. He finances his own films through his Boll KG and Event Film Productions production companies. Many of his grindhouse-type films are produced on low budgets and are routinely a favourite target for Internet critics.

The Gentlemen Hecklers provide live, hilarious commentary for the best bad movies! Sit with Vancouver’s masters of movie riffing and join the Gentlemen at Northwest Fan Fest as they take a gander at, perhaps, the ultimate in cinematic sci-fi camp: Ed Wood’s PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE, starring Bela Lugosi and Vampira.

Geekenders is a Vancouver theatre troupe celebrating alternative beauty and pop culture and producing Vegas-style nerdy spectaculars, plays, events, and dances. Their shows, described as “geeky fun meets Moulin Rouge and the Muppet Show,” have drawn thousands of audience members over the last two years to shows ranging from a send-up of The Wizard of Oz to a cabaret-style show exploring the world of Doctor Who. The performers have entertained over 6,000 people at their sold-out Star Wars shows (“A Nude Hope,” “The Empire Strips Back” and “Reveal of the Jedi”.)

Stay tuned for more guest announcements!

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.