Brasil FurFest

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Brasil FurFest
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Brasil FurFest logo
Location
Website
Status ongoing
First iteration 9-11 September 2016
Organizer(s) Brasil FurFest
Charity SOS Vida Pet Litoral - https://www.facebook.com/sosvidapetlitoral/
Subject Furry
Resources Photos, videos, reports: Brasil FurFest resources

Brasil FurFest, or BFF, is the first hotel-based furry convention to happen in Brazil. It was first held over September 9-11, 2016 at Mercure Santos Hotel, in the city of Santos, Brazil.[1].

The latest edition of Brasil FurFest was held August 17-19, 2018 and received 431 attendees from 8 countries.

The forth iteration is scheduled to be held from August 23-25, 2019 at the same place. Brasil FurFest is a member of the FLEF, group of Brazilian furry events. The convention's slogan is "Amigos para Sempre" (English: "Friends Forever").

History[edit]

Brasil FurFest
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Brasil FurFest 2016
Brasil FurFest 2017
Brasil FurFest 2018

Brasil FurFest staff
Brasil FurFest guests of honor
BFF announcement at Furboliche
Fursuit Parade at BFF 2018

Furboliche (São Paulo's Furry bowling event) founders had the idea of organizing a furry convention in Santos back in 2014. The proposed name was "Confursão" (abbreviation for Convenção Furry de São Paulo, Portuguese for São Paulo's Furry Convention). Due to lack of experience, they decided to postpone the convention and started Furboliche instead, to acquire know-how and to understand the dynamics of local furry fandom.

After Brazil's camping-based furry convention Abando announced 2016 would be its last year,[2] the staff of Furboliche decided to review their plans. They announced they would start a hotel-based furry convention, to prevent Brazil from lacking any multi-day events. Proposed name "Confursão" was withdrawn and it was replaced by "Brasil FurFest" to avoid similarities with a famous furry room in anime cons called "Confuria".

The official announcement of Brasil FurFest was done on February 13th, 2016, at Furboliche 5 event. Before traditional fursuit raffle, the staff showed BFF's logo and announced the convention would start as a crowdfunding with a goal of R$ 6,000 (around US$ 1,500) for the basic costs of renting conference rooms and producing conbook, badges and other stuff. Further goals for crowdfunding campaign were later presented for adding more conference rooms or renting party bus in case of bigger donations. Videos and pictures of the location were presented in the several screens of the Bowling Place and all Furboliche staff members were using buttons with Brasil FurFest logo. Before the announcement, a Facebook page was made and teaser videos in Portuguese, Spanish and English were published.[3]

First crowdfunding goal of Brasil FurFest was reached in barely 13 days. In an official announcement on the social networks, the staff of the convention confirmed the event for the proposed dates. At the end of crowdfunding campaign, all additional goals (that introduced more structure, rooms and activities to the con) were reached and R$ 15,390 (approx. US$ 3,850) were pledged. After the end of the crowdfunding, regular sales of tickets stated at the convention's website.

In April 24th, 2016, BFF's staff announced the theme for the event: "Peludos em Santos" (Furries in Santos) - a joke with the name of a very famous Brazilian Rock song called "Pelados in Santos" (Naked in Santos). Guests of honor were announced in the same day.

Brasil FurFest 2016 happened as planned in Mercure Santos Hotel and gathered 169 furries (among them 54 fursuiters) from 5 countries (Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Paraguay and USA) setting a new milestone for the furry fandom in Brazil: to have a hotel-based furry convention in Brazil with panels, workshops, dealer's den, artist's alley, fursuit parade , fursuit games and parties. Brasil FurFest was also the first furry event in Brazil to have a charity campaign, helping street animals from the city of Santos.

The second year of the convention had several improvements compared to the first year from logistics to organization. The convention started on friday night with the opening ceremony and the night rave, and for the first time Charity Auction was made to boost donations to the charity campaign. Brasil FurFest 2017 recevied 287 furries from 9 countries, surpassing Furboliche as the biggest furry event in Latin America at the time.

The growth of the event was important to boom the anthropomorphic culture in Brazil and in South America. In the first three years, the number of attendees increased near to 3 times, bringing together furries from almost all states of Brazil and from 11 countries in total (Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, United States, Germany and Scotland)

The 2018 edition of Brasil FurFest had the largest audience recorded by the event gathering 431 furries from 8 countries, a 50% increase over the previous year. The charity campaign set the record for the event and grossed R$ 12,359.45 (US$ 3,160.90), earning nearly five times more than in 2017. The fursuit parade also reached its highest number with 115 fursuiters. BFF 2018 was also first edition to have an cellphone (Android) app with schedule, maps and other relevant information about the event and the first year to have the flag Megaplex at the Main Events Room, representing the sister con partnership both conventions started in 2018.

During the closing ceremony of Brasil FurFest 2018, the staff of Furcamp, a new Brazilian camping con that will happen for the first time in March 2019, introduced the event to the public. Just after Furcamp's presentation, Brasil FurFest team revealed its new slogan: "Friends Forever" and 2019's theme: "Furtrópolis, Brazil".

Next Brasil FurFest will happen again at Mercure Santos Hotel from August 23th to 25th, 2019.

Statistics[edit]

Order Year Theme Dates Attendance Fursuit Parade Count Guests of Honor Location Charity Amount Charity Organization
1 2016 Furries in Santos September 9-11 169 48 El Ranno and Latin Vixen Mercure Santos Hotel - Santos, SP BRL 435.45 (USD 119.02)¹ MAPAN
2 2017 Furries in Space August 25-27 287 107 Igor Cebarros and Felipe Marcantonio Mercure Santos Hotel - Santos, SP BRL 2,668.10 (USD 841.67)¹ SOS Vida Pet Baixada Santista
3 2018 Lights! Cameras! Furries! August 17-19 431 115 Crash Azarel and Fox Amoore Mercure Santos Hotel - Santos, SP BRL 12,359.15 (USD 3,160.90)¹ SOS Vida Pet Litoral
4 2019 Furtropolis, Brazil August 23-25 TBA TBA TBA Mercure Santos Hotel - Santos, SP TBA TBA

¹ Exchange rates of the monday after the convention ended.

Media[edit]

Report made by TV Tribuna/Globo at BFF
  • A Fursuit Parade picture was featured in the cover of September 10th edition of A Tribuna, biggest newspaper in Santos region, and a full-page report about the event and the fandom was published. A Tribuna and TV Tribuna (local affiliate of Globo, biggest TV network in Brazil) also featured the convention and furries in their newsy portals.
  • The local affiliate of Record TV network made a 3-minute report about the event and fursuiters in the noon newscast of September 12th.
  • O Estado de S.Paulo, second biggest newspaper in Brazil, sent a reporter to cover the event and a podcast about furries was later published in their website.
  • The Brazilian version of Vice published an extensive report about Furry Fandom and Brasil FurFest in September 22nd, 2016.
  • Balanço Geral SP, a newscast of Record TV made an extensive report about the Furry Fandom in July 14th, 2017. After the report, the show host received in the studios some staffs of Brasil FurFest.
  • Jornal da Tribuna Noon Edition, from TV Tribuna, affiliate to Globo, showed a report in August 28th, 2017, featuring Brasil FurFest among other geek events held in Santos region at that weekend.

Location[edit]

The convention happens at Mercure Santos Hotel inside Clube XV-Office complex, in front of the Boqueirão Beach. All hotel rooms have sea views and the convention center can host up to 600 attendees. The hotel is near the main touristic district of the city, Gonzaga.

Programming[edit]

Attendees during one of the activities

Brasil FurFest host several activities among them:

Board of Directors[edit]

Staff of BFF in 2016
  • Danny Lauderdale (Daniel) - Founder and Chairman
  • Patsy Purrfect (Patricia Louise) - Founder and Head of Fundraising/Treasurer
  • Ruby Sionnach (Aryane) - Founder and Executive Chief of Staff
  • Toberal (Alberto) - Social Media
  • Cenobear (Daniel) - Themeing

Sister Cons[edit]

References[edit]

  1. BFF website. Retrieved February 7, 2016.
  2. "Brazilian furry convention to be Abando-ned after 2016" on Flayrah. Retrieved February 7, 2016.
  3. BFF Facebook Teaser. Retrieved February 7, 2016.

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