Announcement pertaining to Anime Detour 2021

Programming & Events

Do you have a panel or event you'd like to run at Anime Detour? Fill out the suggestion form before the deadline to submit your request!

Just looking to find out what panels and events will be at our convention? Check out the suggestions and grid! Got questions about running a panel or Programming? Please see our FAQ!

Programming Information

Important Notice: The programming schedule will be posted after it goes to printing, typically one month prior to the convention. The Suggestions and Grid below will be updated when information is available. To see what panels and events have already been submitted, click on the "Suggestions" link below.

Programming, Events and Video Schedule: Programming Schedule/Grid on the Quick Guide

Volunteer to Run Panels at Anime Detour

Featured Panels

Anime Detour will run panels on topics selected by Programming Staff that will be made up of one moderator and up to four panelists that bring a variety of experience. Please review the topics for this years Featured Panels below:

Full Descriptions for the Featured Panels

Volunteer to be a Panelist or Moderator
Programming Suggestion Form
View Currently Submitted Programming
Submit your own panel idea to run at our upcoming convention!

Special Events

Fan-fiction Contest: Show off your fanfic prowess by participating in our annual contest! Prizes will be awarded at a special panel. The first-place story will be read aloud after all the winners are announced. More Info

Iron Pen Content: Test your creative skills by writing a 100-word fanfic based on a surprise prompt. More Info

AMV Contest: Out annual Anime Music Video contest. See the entries on the big screen! More Info

AD Dance: Come share in the joy of our groove thing! We have not one, but two dances for your enjoyment. Both nights will be an eclectic grouping of J-Pop, K-Pop, Anime Music/Soundtracks, DDR, Techno, Industrial, Trance, Gothic, Rave, R&B, 80's Hits, Metal, and anything else the DJ thinks might be of enjoyment.

Karaoke: Stop by to sign up for your show-stopping number!

Programming & Panelist FAQs

When can I see the complete schedule of events for the convention?
The finalized schedule will be available on the site 3-4 weeks prior to the convention.

Can my panel be at a specific day/time?
No. However, if you will not be at the convention until a particular time or are otherwise committed, we may be able to make an exception. (e.g. You're flying in from out of town and won't be at the convention until late Friday night, or you're participating in the Cosplay contest, etc.) Please be sure to include this information when you submit your panel request if this is the case.

Can my panel be longer than an hour?
No. To ensure that everyone who wants to run a panel is able to, panels should be kept to a one hour time limit.

Can I run a panel only for ages 18+?
Yes! However, Anime Detour strives to maintain a family-friendly, PG-13 rated (at most) convention. If the panel you are proposing is specifically about adult material, it may warrant an 18+ rating. The Programming department will have the ultimate say in assigning an 18+ rating. If you are not assigned an 18+ rating, the content of your panel will need to be adjusted accordingly.

Can I use multimedia in my panel?
You bet! If you have a laptop of your own and would like to use a projector, speakers, DVD player, etc. to show a PowerPoint presentation, videos, or other multimedia, please be sure to include this in your panel submission form so our staff can make accommodations. If your panel can function just as well without a projector or sound system though, we encourage you to do so. We have a limited number of technical resources available.

Can I borrow a laptop for my panel?
Anime Detour cannot provide laptops for panelists.

When will I know what time my panel is scheduled?
You will be sent an email notification as soon as the schedule is finalized. This typically occurs 3-4 weeks prior to the convention.

Is my panel likely to be cancelled?
No. We make every effort to include all panel submissions from our attendees and rarely make cuts. If your panel is at any risk of being cut, Programming staff will be in touch with you.

How can I add a new panelist to the panel I already requested?
Please contact the Programming Department directly with the email address listed below.

I can't remember if I included something on my panel submission form.
Check the Programming Suggestion Form to verify the name, description, and panelists. If you need to make a correction or have other info that you need verified, please contact the Programming Department to ask using the email address listed below.

I have a question that's not answered here!
Let us know! Contact the Programming Department.

Email us at: