International Animation Day Recap

October 29, 2007 was International Animation Day. The Atlanta Chapter of ASIFA screened 21 films at the High Museum of Art.

In 2002, ASIFA, the International Animated Film Association, launched a global event to celebrate the art of animation. October 28th was proclaimed as International Animation Day, commemorating the first public performance of Emile Reynaud¹s Theatre Optique at the Grevin Museum in Paris in 1892. Each year, ASIFA groups around the world celebrate International Animation Day. In 2006 51 different countries in all the continents celebrated this day. – Source: ASIFA

Apparently, all the ASIFA chapters around the world compile their local films on a DVD and send them out to the rest of the chapters. Each chapter then selects the films they want to show for their screening. The Atlanta screening contained films from Estonia, Bulgaria, Australia, Korea, Israel, Iran, and Hungary. The screening at the museum was great and I hope they are able to continue that partnership for this event. The turnout seemed pretty good and the films were great.

For now I can’t find a web site with the Atlanta Listing for direct links to my favorite films (other than the link available above which you have to search through). Maybe updates will be posted in the future.