Press Releases

February 17, 2006

News for Metrocon 2006:

Metrocon announces anime fan film festival

TAMPA BAY, FL, February 17, 2006 - Entries are now being accepted for METROCON'S Anime Fan Film Festival, an exciting event debuting this year at Florida's Largest Anime Convention. The METROCON Anime Fan Film Festival is an artistic promotion wherein directors, animators and others are invited to create and submit original short films that are anime related. All films will be live action, original animation, original CG, or a hybrid of formats. Filmmaking is all about creativity; thus, entries will be accepted from many genres, including documentaries, comedies, action adventures, etc. Let your imaginations run wild! Submitted films will be judged within multiple categories, including Best Cinematography, Best Editing, and others. Deadline for entries is May 27, 2006. Entry form for the contest is available at

METROCON is a weekend-long celebration of the numerous facets of Japanese popular entertainment from anime (Japanese animation), manga (Japanese comics), J-pop and J-rock (Japanese pop and rock music, performed by "idols") to cosplay (costume design and performance) and video games.

Events at METROCON this year includes: - The "Anime Human Chess Match" - Year 3, "Anime Idol" J-Pop/J-Rock Competition; - Artists' Alley; - A "gong show style" cosplay competition; costume contest; dealers'/exhibition room; "DDR Extreme" Tournaments; - An Anime Music Video contest (AMVs); - Official convention screenings of new North American releases; - Panels with North American anime industry guests; - Live Celebrity Commentaries with the industry guests;- Dances and karaoke; - The METROCADE video game room; and finally, continuous hours of Japanese anime and related programming.

METROCON is presented by Visit for more information.