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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.

ASIFA-South has constantly participated in the International Animation Day trade program and public screening sending out homegrown animation from our RYO programs worldwide that has been sent off to screen in Australia, Central US, China, Korea, Israel, Poland and more. Our curated choices are carefully selected to be varied in all types of techniques from 2D, 3D, stopmotion, to fusion and address different topics from the lighthearted and controversial. With our goal of diversity in mind, we aim to select animation that not only visually thrill but can be thought provoking. Our program is usually two-part in which the first half before intermission is children friendly. Our screening of International Animation Day is always free and open to the public.


This year, ASIFA-SOUTH is screening our IAD program in Alpharetta, Georgia in partnership with the Milton Alpharetta Library at its inaugural MALcon, where there will be panels and activities on comics art, Dungeons and Dragons, and more!

FREE ADMISSION. No Pre-registration required.

Can’t catch IAD with us this year? Here are the list of animations we are screening in case of interest!

Links to trailers or full film if officially available on their channels are as below. 

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!