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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.

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

2020 International Film Selections – ASIFA-South Chapter Selection


The \little \boy Mona Abdollah Shahi Iran People are leaving a town by the order of military, but a Little boy doesn’t want to follow them. He wants to complete his own mission, but…
Jasper Simon Rippingale Australia Meet Jasper, the little girl with big dreams…
The Germans Melanie Carolin Wigger Switzerland Living trough the air raids of the German Luftwaffe 1940, the little boy Paul tries to explain to himself what’s happening to the city during the nights he’s taking shelter down in the London Underground.
Blue Maryam Farahzadi United States Blue is a short film about the struggle of being different.
Dance of the Dead Scarlet Sykes Hesterman Australia There’s a dark place for Australia’s extinct fauna. A collection of the dead is accumulating, and in death a bittersweet reunion awaits.
Red Line Mona Abdollahshahi Iran A lizard and a turtle are the middle of a war of two unknown sides unwillingly. the turtle can make them both free but every thing has it’s own price…
Khish (El Arado) Azin Delfani Iran Music video on music El Arado Victor Jara.
Tomorrow’s on Fire Darcy Prendergast Australia Created in direct response to the Australian Bushfire crisis, Darcy Prendergast’s new film TOMORROW’S ON FIRE is a rallying cry for hope, in a country increasingly scarce of it.
Mother and Milk Ami Lindholm Finland Mother and Milk describes the mental process of becoming a parent – imagined as a catastrophe film.
Pinchpot Greg Holfeld Australia Short story about art and work, giving and receiving, life and death, and things made from lumps of clay.