Every great anime convention needs great panels, and many of them come from fans just like you! If you have a topic to share, a game to host, or just want to ramble about something you love, now’s your chance to become a panelist and bring your ideas to Kisetsucon. Please be sure to read our rules and guidelines before applying.
Panel applications for Kisetsucon 2019 open May 1st, 2019
Panel applications for Kisetsucon 2019 close August 31st, 2019
- All panelists must register as an attendee. Kisetsucon does not offer free badges to panelists, but will reimburse lead panelists the full value of one badge after the convention has concluded.
- The panelist submitting the application will be considered the lead panelist and will be our main point of contact.
- All legal names and contact information provided in the application is for our internal use only.
- Panelists must be at least 16 years of age.
- Submit only one application per event. If you wish to host multiple, separate forms must be completed for each one.
- Panels may be scheduled in half hour blocks between 30 minutes to 2 hours.
- No food is permitted to be served to attendees.
- Panelists are expected to create a respectful and welcoming environment for all attendees.
- Panelists are expected to provide their own prizes for any panel or game that requires one. Kisetsucon will only provide prize support to official staff-hosted events.
- 18+ panels must be hosted after 6:00 PM. Under no circumstances are minors allowed into 18+ events.
- Unless marked 18+, panels will be expected to maintain a family friendly experience.
- Late applications will not be accepted.
- Q&A: An audience-driven panel in which a cast of cosplayers answer questions in character.
- Standard Q&As can run dry very fast. We highly suggest making it more interesting by adding in interactive opportunities outside of questions.
- Discussion: An informative panel with the goal of teaching the audience about a chosen topic.
- Meetup: A gathering of fans and cosplayers for networking and photo-ops.
- Meetup hosts are expected to crowd control appropriately and refrain from blocking hallways.
- Game: Interactive panels in which attendees compete for prizes.
- Game panelists are expected to provide their own prizes.
- Workshop: Hands-on instructive panels.
- Workshop panelists are expected to provide their own supplies.
- Improv: Performance-based panels often involving skits, comedy, and audience involvement.
- Other: Any panel that does not fit into the other categories.
- Panelists are expected to check in with the Panels Coordinator at least an hour prior to the scheduled time of their panel to confirm their presence.
- Failure to check-in with the Panels Coordinator on the day of the convention will result in a cancellation of the panel.
- If you are a lead panelist, please contact our Panels Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org to cancel your panel. All panel cancellations are final.
- Upon cancellation, a waitlisted panel of equal length will take its place.
- All cancellations must be requested before September 28th, 2019
- Lead panelists will be reimbursed the full value of one badge following the conclusion of the convention.
- All reimbursements are handled digitally through our ticketing system.
- Panelists who either cancel or fail to check-in will not receive reimbursement.
- All panel submissions will be reviewed in the weeks following the closing of panel applications. This may take a few weeks depending on the number of submissions.
- Kisetsucon’s main focus is on Asian pop-culture. We will not immediately turn away panels with other focuses, but will take priority on those with the most relevance to the convention.
- The more interesting and engaging your panel is, the more likely it will be to be accepted.
- If approved, the primary panelist will receive a confirmation email with a tentative time and location chosen based on the preferred time frame of the panelist(s). This is subject to change in the weeks before the convention.
- Panels may become waitlisted in the event that the application would make a great fit for our convention, but we do not have the time/space needed to host it at the moment. In the event that a time opens up for you, the lead panelist will be notified.
- Any and all panel rejections are final, but the panelist(s) may apply again for the following event.
If you have any panel related questions, please contact us at email@example.com.