In 2002, Asifa, the International Animated Film Association, launched a global event to celebrate the art of animation. October 28th was proclaimed as Â« International animation day Â» (IAD), commemorating the first public performance of Emile Reynaudâ€™s Theatre Optique in Paris in 1892.
Such a celebration is an outstanding opportunity to put the animated film in the limelight and make this art more accessible to the public.
Who can join IAD ?
Beyond the several national Asifa national Chapters (more than 30 different countries) which celebrate the International Animation Day, any cultural or educational organization can join this event by screening animated films, organizing workshops, exhibiting artwork and stills, providing technical demonstrations, helping to promote the art of animationâ€¦
To participate, organizers are asked to fulfill a form online:
For which audience?
The wide variety of films enables suitable programs for every type of audience, from those seeking creative stimuli, philosophical, psychological, etc. to those looking for entertainment suitable for adults, for youth or for kids.
Each year, ASIFA calls upon a famous animator to create the poster of IAD. It is then adapted for each country in order to guarantee a worldwide view of the event. Previous editions involved the work of animators such as Iouri Tcherenkov, Paul Driessen, Abi Feijo, Eric Ledune, Noureddin Zarrinkelk, Michel Ocelot and Nina Paley. This year, the famous Belgium director Raoul Servais was chosen.
A system of program exchanges was created to help participants put together culturally diverse animation programs from around the world, for example Brazil, China, France, Hungary, Korea, Poland, Portugal, Russia, USA, or Ghana. The exchange is an incredible opportunity to discover films from all over the world during this great international animation celebration.
Each structure can contact its countryâ€™s national Chapter to establish adequate projects, available on the ASIFA website > groups. For more information, please contact Juliette Crochu, coordinator of International Animation Day on behalf of ASIFA International.