ASIFA created the International Animation Day (IAD) in 2002, honoring 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.

ASIFA coordinates and helps promote IAD celebrations all over the world, putting the art of animation in the limelight in a global worldwide celebration of animation. In recent years, this unique event has been commemorated in more than 50 countries, on every continent of the world.

1. International Animation Day submissions are reserved for members and associates of the Association Internationale du Film d’Animation (ASIFA)

2. There is no cost for submission

3. Contact your countries coordinator for submission password

4. Showings will happen Country by Country at events organized by the local coordinator. Filmmakers submitting agree to allow showings of their work without compensation in the spirit of sharing their work in celebration of International Animation Day.

5. Events will happen within the Months of October, November, or December with an emphasis on October 28th. Any showings beyond these dates need to be requested by the local coordinator of the filmmaker.

6. Films will not be archived or shown out of events surrounding International Animation Day without the expressed permission of the filmmaker.

Overall Rating
  • I'm glad to have been a part of this beautiful celebration!! Thank you for this opportunity to connect with animators around the world!! It was a joy to see my first animated short film - SWIM (2017), selected for the IAD celebration at ASIFA Central (USA), ASIFA Hellas (Greece), and ASIFA Korea (Nelson Shin Animation-Art Museum).

    November 2023
  • I was very pleased to have my film LOVELY RITA included in the IAD-Program of Poland and India. I also like the idea to celebrate the unique and exciting art of animated film.

    November 2022
  • UNIMAGINABLE! That's the right word to get such wonderful selection process that recognised a very indigenous but unique film of mine, "TUNNEL, Vision Does not need and Eye"

    November 2022
  • With the online necessity for the screenings, the use of FilmFreeway as an intermediary for distributing films among the chapters for their own programming needs was extremely helpful, both for the process of sharing and showing. Immediate feedback from the viewers is a challenge that will continue with this distanced experience, but we hope options can be examined among this incredibly creative group.

    December 2021
  • Well organised festival though this year it was conducted online.

    December 2021