In 2017, a group of convention enthusiasts created an online group on Facebook to build communities and encourage collaboration. With each passing event, the community grew larger and the aspirations of hosting a large festival became possible. In 2018, the board of members along with many supporters from the Facebook group then agreed to host an event reflecting on the ideas and values of the community: AniFest
AniFest is organized by JCEG, Inc. a 501(3)c Non-profit organization involved in promoting cultural groups and events.
Staff and Board Members
Chief Operations Officer
Al Kamida’s dream was to start and organize a convention. He is a veteran of the convention scene both as an attendee and press. As the organization’s operations officer, he has the responsibility to insure that all convention departments are taken care of- attendees, vendors, guests, and sponsors.
Head of Operation Security
Zach is an administrator for multiple groups under the JCEG banner, and is a honorably discharged member of the U.S. Armed forces. As a guard holder, he is licensed to provide security services for events he is in charge of, and commands a professional group of operations staff.
Patrick is a convention veteran with over a decade of experience as an attendee and industry member. His insights directs AniFest to have a fan-run environment but to also have a professional system for industry and guest members. Patrick is a moderator to ACF, and the operator for the group’s discord channel.
Head of Sponsorships & Guests
Lindsey Taylor is an active cosplayer, content creator, and an administrator for Anime Convention Fans. She is a board member of AniFest and directs the logistical needs of the event from registration, volunteers, and guests.
Media & Photography
Dennis is a seasoned veteran of photography and conventions- as the principal photographer of the world’s largest conventions, his enthusiasm, technical skills, and talents are matched only by few. You will find him at ACF photography gatherings and teaching the art of photography at his workshop panels.
Jimmy “Swoletaku” Pham is the associate producer of Doki Press, content producer on YouTube, and enjoys competitive weightlifting and promoting Japanese Idols as the Administrator of the largest J-idol group in California. He has been tasked with on-site media creation both photos and videos for AniFest.