02 October 2014

International Animation Day in Japan

International Animation Day in Japan

October 28th, 1892 marks the occasion when Émile Reynaud (1844 - 1918) presented the first public animation screening at the Musée Grévin in Paris.  Since 2002, ASIFA (Association Internationale du Film d'Animation / the  International Animated Film Association) has celebrated this historic occasion as International Animation Day (IAD) with the goal of promoting and developing animation art all over the world simultaneously.  Too date, the event has been celebrated in over 40 countries. 

Each year, ASIFA asks a famous director to create the poster design for the IAD.  Poster design artists have included Daniela Bak, Iouri Tcherenkov, Eric Ledune, Paul Driessen, Noureddin Zarrinkelk, Abi Feijo, Michel Ocelot, Nina Paley, Raoul Servais, Ihab Shaker and Gianluigi Toccafondo.  This year’s poster has been designed by Oscar-nominated animator Kōji Yamamura (Mt. Head, Franz Kafka’s A Country Doctor, Muybridge’s Strings).    

IAD 2014 in Japan will be held throughout October and November in three cities – Kyoto, Hiroshima, and Osaka (details and links below). The screenings will showcase inspiring animation films from Japan and overseas.  ASIFA JAPAN also makes available 3 DVDs of innovative Japanese animation shorts for ASIFA screenings abroad.

IAD 2014 in Kyoto (info)
October 31st, at 17:00-19:30
Eizo Hall in the Art and Culture Information Centre
Kyoto University of Art and Design.

IAD 2014 in Osaka (info)
November 6th
Osaka Designer’s College

IAD 2014 in Hiroshima (info)
October – November
Hiroshima City Cinematographic and Audio-Visual Library (Eizo Bunka Library)
+ eight public facilities in each of the eight wards in Hiroshima.