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ASIFA International Animation Day 2020

Each year on October 28th, ASIFA celebrates the birth of animation recognized as the first public performance of projected moving images: Emile Reynaud’s Theatre Optique in Paris, on the 28th October, 1892. This year, participating ASIFA chapters from around the world have each contributed a new original short animated film that gives insight into what is significant for them as people of their region, culture, land, and language. The combined film is called Spiritus Mundi:  Animating the World and is inspired by W.B. Yeats who saw Spiritus Mundi as the world spirit that provides inspiration to the poet or writer. The film will make its premiere on October 28th, 2020 to coincide with International Animation Day and stream  starting at 9:00 EDT from the IAD website with chat available for comments and well wishes. In this era of a growing awareness of intolerance ASIFA as a multicultural, multinational, network of artists has the potential for communicating about our shared humanity. As founder member John Halas stated, “we consider animation as a universal expression which is capable of immense contribution if given a chance.”

About International Animation Day

International Animation Day was first celebrated on Oct 28th, 2002 in honor of Emile Reynaud’s first performance of Theatre Optique. With the ASIFA-International Animation trade program, participating ASIFA chapters from over 50 chapters worldwide celebrate and coordinate a trade program where each country and location sends out their local animation and receive international animation to curate into screening events simultaneously around the world.

Chapters Involved:
ASIFA has over 40 chapters throughout the world supporting professional animators with a diversity of social economic backgrounds, ethnicities, genders, ages, and political systems. The chapters involved include: Australia, BIH (Bosnia & Herzegovina), Finland, Greece, Iran, India, Lithuania, USA Central, USA South, Switzerland, and more!
Spiritus Mundi: Animating the World will also be highlighted at a number of International Animation Day Showings including Paris, France and Tehran, Iran. In creating this film ASIFA is interested in exploring ways that they can bring awareness not only to the 60th anniversary but “help to promote progress towards peace and mutual understanding between all people.” as is stated in the ASIFA statutes preamble.

Last Year’s Celebration Recap and List of International Animated Shorts

Ani-Jam 19 R. Brad Yarhouse // collaboration ASIFA Central Inspired by this years’ IAD poster, animators from across the midwest USA joined in making this buggy exploration.

The Quintet of the Sunset

Winner at 2019 Cannes Film Festival

Jie WENG China 5 cats – each cat keeps alive its own instinct and characteristics and lives a healthy and happy life owing to the care and love of Gina. In the irreversible end of Gina’s life, their hearts beat as one with the heartbeat of Gina.
Collage Eduardo Altamirano Mexico Two diametrically opposed neighbors share more than just a window.

Negative Space

Oscar-nominated short film 2019

Ru Kuwahata, Max Porter/Ikki Films & Manuel Cam Studio ASIFA East Even though Sam’s father is hardly ever home because he is often away on business trips, he is able to connect with his son by teaching him how to pack a suitcase.
Around the Stairway Jonathan Laskar, Georges Schwizgebel Switzerland
The line Yannis Koutsouris, Nassos Mirmiridis Hellas Everyday people move on a straight line, guided by gigantic fingers and having fingerprint bodies. Whoever tries to get out of the line gets crashed and disappears.
My Primary School Yang YANG China Life stories of children in the mountainous areas of China, from the perspective of grade three students.
Spencer’s Slightly Imperfect Peep Show Gary Schwartz ASIFA Central Two obsolete & forgotten microscopes make one last fling at fame & fortune on the stage.
In Our Home Maryam Kashkoolinia Iran A little girl talks about her family members impersonating them as her animal toys.
Jedan od mnogih (One of Many) Petra Zlonoga Croatia I am one. One of many. One of everyone, yet the only one. What is it that I am looking for that always seems out of reach?
A Little Memory Nancy Wennan Zhang ASIFA East A young woman is facing depression, but upon returning to her childhood home is uplifted by the memories of her grandmother.
Wish LIU Ting-an Taiwan Wish, a delighted spirit, hangs around in the Simen Market in Tainan. The market is Wish’s family, and also the people’s hope. Sudden and catastrophic rain drowns the market – what fate will Wish encounter?
Espiritu (Spirit) Flor Guga Mexico A short pencil test based on the prompt “drawing the human figure in motion”
Reminisce me with the time of a day Holly Lo Taiwan A story about memory.
Changeover Mehdi Alibeygi Iran A love-story of sorts between a little bird and a badminton shuttlecock!