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! 

 

 

Want to help? Last call for Volunteers!

Have you been considering volunteering for Northwest Fan Fest? Now is the time to sign up! 

Northwest Fan Fest is still seeking passionate and dedicated volunteers for all departments and many different positions, from challenging to casual. There is something for every skill level! Come and join our team of awesome volunteers, have a great time, make new friends and contacts, get valuable experience, and earn yourself a discount on your attendance pass*, as well as other benefits.

If you would like to join the team please fill out our volunteer form, and our HR will be in contact with you shortly. If you have questions, please contact hr@northwestfanfest.wcsfa.org.

Deadline for application is May 7.
Volunteer orientation is May 9.

 

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!