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Press Conduct Policy

When attending Anime Expo, all press representatives must:

  1. Follow the Code of Conduct.
  2. Respect the right of attendees to decline any request for an interview.
  3. Not take or use pictures or videos of attendees without first gaining their written permission to be filmed and identified.
  4. Stay seated in the press section when attending events, unless permission is given to sit or stand elsewhere.
  5. Arrive 10 minutes early for press conferences and/or interview appointments.
  6. Refrain from asking for autographs or personal photos with guests at any time during press conferences or interviews. Photos of guests to accompany coverage may be allowed, but are subject to guest/management approval, time constraints, and must be arranged ahead of time.
  7. Be mindful not to impede traffic flow when conducting interviews with or taking photos of attendees.

The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation reserves the right to bar, from this and future annual events, any registered press member who violates our Code of Conduct or who misuses media privileges to engage in activities other than journalistic pursuits.


Please note all individual Industry Guest/Guest of Honor’s respective photo and video policies. Failure to comply with their requests may affect press registration or interview scheduling consideration for future Anime Expo events.

Allowed Actions:

  • Photograph, videotape, or audio record in the Exhibit Hall.
  • Take photos (non-flash only) of Opening & Closing Ceremonies, Charity Auction, and Masquerade
  • Photograph, videotape, video record in all common areas of the convention.

Prohibited Actions:

  • Taking flash photos during any and all Anime Expo events.
  • Taking photos of slide presentations.
  • Recording video clips in Industry Panel presentations or premiere screenings.
    • Disclaimer: Photos of copyrighted material reprinted without the prior consent of the presenter/panelist is strictly prohibited.
  • Photography/video recording of the AMV Contest.
  • Taking photos/video of certain Guests. (Information about each guest’s photo/video policy will be provided to approved press members prior to Anime Expo)

Press conferences may be scheduled as early as Day 0 or throughout the weekend of AX, dependent on guest schedules. Press Members are expected to arrive 10 minutes early– admittance will not be allowed after the start of the press conference. Please note that not all guests may offer a press conference. Some guests’ management may opt for a closed press conference in which only invited/approved press will be able to attend. The open press conference schedule will be made available in advance to approved Press members only. RSVPs will be requested, but are not required in order to attend.

  • Guest of Honor: Interview requests will only be received via email that will be sent out to all approved press members prior to Anime Expo. Interview requests will be reviewed by both Anime Expo staff volunteers as well as each guest’s respective management teams. Submitting an interview request does not guarantee an interview.
  • Industry Guest: Some industry guests may have press contact information listed on his/her respective guest pages. Anime Expo staff volunteers will be able to forward any requests to interview an industry guest to the proper contact person. These requests are subject to the discretion and availability of the industry guest and respective management. Industry Guests and their management will determine the time and location of their interviews.
  • Important Notes
    • Prepare questions in advance! It is highly recommended that questions are prepared in advance for all guests you are interested in interviewing, even if you do not know yet whether you have been confirmed for an interview or not. This applies to both for both Anime Expo Guests of Honor and Industry Guests. Some management may request proposed questions as a part of the vetting process for interviews. Additionally, providing questions in advance will help management or translators prepare for the interview, thus helping to decrease the amount of time it will take to translate.
    • Arrive early! Confirmed interviewers are expected to arrive 10 minutes ahead of their appointment to check in at the Press Lounge. They will then be escorted to the interview room by an Anime Expo staff volunteer. Failure to arrive on time may affect the consideration of interview requests at future Anime Expo events.

An interview space may be reserved by registered media or industry through the press room staff volunteers. Use of this room is by appointment only and is subject to availability. Please send an e-mail to with these requests.

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