University Inc, the nation?s first anime related educational conference, is calling for film makers and directors, original artists, up and coming bands and creative fashion designers to compete in their main events as well as performers for a non-competitive festival.Otaku
University is looking for talented bands to compete in their battle of the bands contest. Bands need to send in a demo tape prior to the conference and must have one anime/video game song cover and one original song prepared for the onsite event. The folks at OU are working on signing some exciting new judges to assist Ethan Newman in judging the contest. This is a great chance for bands to gain some exposure in the Phoenix Metro area and receive feedback on their performances.
Ethan is a long time professional bassist who has played with Percy Sledge, Alice Cooper, Meatloaf, Fishbone and Ray Parker. He has also performed and recorded with a multitude of musical groups around the valley.
A call has been sent out for creative film makers and directors for Otaku
University?s Film Festival. This is an excellent opportunity to move from creating AMV
's into something that can promote your skills and talents to tell a story to a wide audience. The festival will be held in a theater-style setting and films will be judged by professionals like Biff Yeager.
Biff started his career in the entertainment field as a grip and worked his way up to producer. He studied acting with Oscar wining actor and coach, William Hicky at the famed HB Studios in New York. Biff has appeared in over 250 films, television shows and commercials, from movies like ?Edward Scissorhands? to the more recent TV series, ?Scrubs?. http://www.otakuuconf.org/filmFestival.html
Fashion designers wanted. Otaku
University?s fashion show features two different sections, ?Apparel Entries? and ?Costume Entries?. Both allow the designer to create their own original clothing influenced by Japanese fashion trends and anime/manga designs.
This is a great opportunity for attendees to expand their costuming resume as well as receive feedback on skill and craftsmanship from professionals such as Dennita Sewell. Dennita currently works at the Phoenix Art Museum as the Curator of Fashion Design following her six-year career as the Collections Manager at the Metropolitan Museum of Art?s Costume Institute. She has an MFA in Design from the Yale School of Drama. Otaku
University is currently in negotiations with another talented judge for the contest.
University is opening its doors to groups and individuals who are interested in performing during the Theater Festival. This is a non-competitive event for interested parties looking to perform or to promote their talents. Please contact the event coordinator ([email protected]
) to set up your performance.
Artists are invited to display their portfolios at the Artisan Fair.
For more information about guests professors, judges, events, classes, the Otaku
and Academia Symposium, and the $1,000 ?Registration for Education? grant, please visit the official website: www.otakuuconf.org
University Inc. is an educational conference based in the East Valley area of Phoenix, Arizona. Otaku
University Inc.?s goal is to help prepare attendees for college and careers in the entertainment industry. Otaku
University is not an anime convention nor is it an actual university. The conference is a three day event scheduled to run from September 28-30, 2007.