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Anime Iowa 2024 Panelist Policy

All panelists are required to be aware of and follow the terms of this policy before submitting a 2024 Panel Submission. If there is anything you do not understand about this policy and it is not present in our FAQ, please contact us at and we will clarify it for you.

The Lead Panelists is also known as the Head Panelist. The Lead Panelist will act as the point of contact for a panel and has the responsibility of coordinating with the AnimeIowa Paneling Staff about the details of their panel. The Lead Panelist is the individual who will submit the panel and is the only member of a panel that can make changes to the panel description, request schedule changes, etc. It is the Lead Panelists job to communicate information to their panel team. Only the Lead Panelist will be contacted regarding a panel’s status and updates.

All Panels must be formally submitted via the Panel Submission Form and reviewed by Anime Iowa Paneling Staff prior to being included in AnimeIowa’s Panel Schedule.

  • Anime Iowa will automatically provide each panel room with a projector and screen, sound system and two microphones.
  • Upon request, AnimeIowa can provide the following: Pens or Pencils, Paper, Whiteboards and Whiteboard Markers.
  • AnimeIowa cannot provide the following: Laptops, Tablets, CD Players or DVD Players.
  • Any other materials may be requested and will be reviewed by the AnimeIowa Paneling Staff on a case by case basis.

Anime Iowa Panel Submissions will be considered on a first come first serve basis. Those who apply earlier have a greater chance of getting a panel slot at their preferred date and time.

Panels at Anime Iowa are limited to the following rules.

  • All Panels are expected to be PG-13 unless marked as mature in their submission.
  • Panels may not sell any panel supplies or merchandise before,during, or after their panel.  Money may not exchange hands within AnimeIowa Panel space. 
  • Panels may not sell or hand out any food or beverages; store bought or homemade before, during or after their panel.
  • AnimeIowa has a no solicitation policy and as such no panel may focus on solicitation for an individual, group, or product.
  • Panels may not attack or degrade another race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability, age range or any other protected class. All panels are expected to be all inclusive, positive and safe spaces for all.

If you wish to host a mature panel at Anime Iowa the panel submission must be marked as 18+.
Panels are considered 18+ if they meet any of the below listed criteria:

  • Usage of Adult Language.
  • Discussions of an adult nature.  
  • Contain Hentai, Yaoi or Yuri. 
  • Contain Partial nudity.
  • Contain any form of Sexual Intercourse on photos or video

Panels are subjected to review by our Anime Iowa Panel Staff and may be flagged as 18+ at our discretion. If your panel becomes flagged the Lead Panelist will be informed.

  • Partial or Full live nudity.
  • Photos or video of non-animated persons in partial or full nudity.
  • Any form of live Sexual Interactions or demonstrations.
  • All Panelists must be over the age of 18 at the time the panel begins.
  • All attendees must be over the age of 18 at the time the panel begins.
  • All AnimeIowa staff and attendees must present a state issued ID to be allowed entry to an 18+ panel or event.  No exceptions will be made.
  • The Panel Room door must remain closed during the panel.
  • If an attendee or panelist leaves the panel and wishes to re-enter for any reason they must present their state issued ID at the door again.
  • Any encouraged audience participation at 18+ panels must be consent-based.

Ever wish you could get something in return for your hard work in hosting panels at Anime Iowa?  Who says you can’t?  For Anime Iowa 2024, Panelists who host 3 or more panels qualify for complementary Anime Iowa Memberships in 2025!

The Panelist Membership is just one of the ways AnimeIowa would like to thank our elite panelists for hosting panels at AnimeIowa. All Lead and Assistant Panelists that host 3 or more panels for AnimeIowa 2024 and are over the age of 18 may qualify for this Complementary Panelist Membership.

The Panelist Membership does not provide any privileged access or perks beyond a normal attendee membership.

Panelists who qualified the previous year will report to the Paneling HQ to pick up their Membership vouchers. Once Panelists have their voucher, they will take it to Registration to exchange for their complimentary AnimeIowa Membership Badge.

The Panelist Membership does not apply to those who have the following memberships: Sponsorship, AnimeIowa Staff, Guest of Honor, Artist or Vendor