International Animation Day Press Release

French Animated Film Association

About the International Animation Day

28th of October 2008

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 Reynaud's Theatre Optique at the Grevin Museum in Paris, in 1892.

Each year, ASIFA groups around the world celebrate International Animation Day. In 2007, about 40 different countries in all the continents celebrated this day.

We invite you to join us by screening animated films, organizing workshops, exhibiting artwork and stills, providing technical demonstrations, and helping to promote the art of animation.

Some of us have taken this opportunity to spread this event over several days involving numerous partners. Such a celebration is an outstanding opportunity of putting the animated film in the limelight, and making this art more accessible to the public.