Press Pass Registration

Press Applications will open by May 1st.
Press Applications will close on August 18th.


Be sure to read over this entire page to see
if your respective organization qualifies before applying.

Accepted applications will go out by August 27th.

San Japan 15 Quince

Rules and Requirements

Thank you for being so interested in attending San Japan as a member of the visiting press corps. Our Community Relations team is eager to help facilitate your visit and ensure that you have access to a great convention experience.


You, or the organization you represent, must fulfill the listed requirements to be issued credentials. These credentials will give you special seating at events and the opportunity to interact with attendees with credentials.


All requests will be verified by our team. Please include any analytics or information that could help us make a decision.


Thank you again, and we’ll see you at the Convention.



Angelica Lunod
Board Director
press (at)

All Reviews Must Cover Multiple Aspects of the Convention.

All Reviews Must Be Published Within 10 Days After San Japan.

All Other Media Must Be Submitted Within 20 Days.


  • Must be a Local, Regional, or Nationally-Recognized print media outlet.
  • A review must be posted within 7 days (newspaper) or 30 days (magazine) after the conclusion of the convention.
  • Must have outlet-issued credentials to prove authenticity.



  • The website must be its own domain and own web host. We do not accept,,, or other similarly hosted subdomain pages as valid credentials.
  • The website must show at least 3 updates per week for the past 6 months continuously.
  • It must have a professional layout.
  • It must show a visibly active community.
  • All videos must properly credit San Japan and post in the title screen or credited to
  • Write-up reviews must be posted within 10 days of the convention.
  • You must link to at least two articles written in the past 2 months.
  • Video reviews that are not news segments must be at least 5 minutes.


  • It must have a listener subscriber count of at least 750.
  • It must do a podcast prior to or during the convention with the topic being about San Japan for a majority of the podcast and a post-review podcast within 10 days of the convention.
  • Podcasts must be at least 12 minutes in reviewing our convention covering multiple aspects of the convention.
  • Podcasts that only cover a few sections of San Japan will not be considered an acceptable review.


  • The applicant must show proof of professional photographer credentials and a link to a portfolio. Previous example work at similar events is required.
  • Portfolios must show a wide range of Convention photos. We will not approve Cosplay-Only Photographers.
  • The photographer’s website should be family-friendly, we will not link to sites with erotica or sexualized photos.
  • The applicant be on-site for at least 5 hours per day for Friday & Saturday, preferably all 3 days of the convention.
  • The applicant will allow San Japan to reproduce all photos for future promotional material.
  • The applicant must submit photos within 30 days to the convention or link to download the pictures, preferably within 15 days.
  • They must submit at least 300 photos of a variety of events throughout the convention.
  • Photographer logos can be applied but need to be less than 7.5% of the total photo.


  • Must announce convention attendance in advance by at least 3 days
  • You must post at least three clips or posts during the show.
  • Must give a quick review of the show
  • Influencers’ approval will greatly depend on the content creator’s location. We are primarily looking for local/regional influencers with verifiable metrics.


  • YouTube-only channels with less than 2000 subscribers. Vlog or CMV YouTube channels with a low number of subscribers will not be considered. YouTube Channels must be a YouTube Partner Program to qualify for a press badge at San Japan.
  • Review websites or domains that direct to a Blogger, Facebook, TikTok, Instagram, Tumblr, Blogspot, or other sub-domain website. This includes domains that link to such sites.
  • Personal review sites or personal blogs including, TikTok, Blogger, or Facebook Pages.
  • Press credentials outside of the Texas/South region or aren’t nationally recognized.
  • Podcasts with a low subscriber count of under 500.
  • Cosplay-Only Photographers whose portfolios only show Cosplay Photoshoots.
  • Facebook Pages, Instagram, TikTok, and Flickr Accounts may not be used either as a credential.
  • Non-Professional/Non-Experienced Photographers who do not have verifiable credentials and/or professional portfolios.
  • Prior approved press organizations who have not sent in requested media materials or taken beyond 1 month to send press materials at past San Japan conventions.
  • Websites that write up shoddy pre-press publications and/or bare-minimum reviews.
  • We will not approve photographers who charge at San Japan for photoshoots.
  • College/High School Students fulfilling a requirement for a course/personal project; Journalism & Film Studies.
  • Influencers with adult or risque materials in their portfolio.
  • Influencers with under 35K followers based in San Antonio, 85K followers in Texas, or 250K followers outside of Texas. Follower metrics will be verified to ensure they are not inflated or purchased followers.


  • Only one press pass will be issued to Photographers. San Japan will not issue press credentials for photographer assistants.
  • Only up to two press passes are issued to websites if they are recording video of the convention with intent to post on your respective website and you’ve included your staff assistants on the application.
  • We will only issue three passes to large visibly recognizable press organizations who have print runs of 25k or higher, nationally recognized websites which get 200k hits a day OR regional television stations seen by over 10k viewers.

We no longer arrange interviews with our VIP guests.

You must privately contact them to arrange an interview.

Please do not contact us about your application status until after August 27th or your application will be DENIED.

San Japan reserves the right to approve at the discretion of the Press team. Decisions are made based on various criteria, including the number of similar media outlets applying for access. The completion of this form does not guarantee placement at the convention. Any press accepted will be notified by email before the convention. We can not guarantee a timely response for those who have been rejected, especially if the application is submitted within 15 days before the convention. We will have all applications notified by August 27th of the convention year.