Online social entertainment network Kaneva (www.kaneva.com) will host Otaku Invitational, a contest that encourages anime fans to band together to create original trailers for distributor Central Park Media’s anime properties. Launching on Oct 2 and continuing through Oct. 23, the event will have teams of five enthusiasts from the world’s top anime fan communities competing for online votes and a grand prize of Central Park’s massive catalog on DVD and other rare and collectible merchandise.
‘Anime fans were among the first groups to embrace new technology, online community and ‘viral video’ distribution, so allowing our fans to create online viral trailers for our shows is a natural step,’ says John O’Donnell, managing director of Central Park Media.
The trailers will be featured on Kaneva’s anime web channel at www.kaneva.com/anime, where visitors can vote for their favorites and join the Kaneva anime community to interact with other fans. More details on the contest can be found at www.otakucontest.com.