Animation? You want ANIMATION?!?

For the International Animation Day (IAD) celebration this Thursday, October 28th, ASIFA Central is providing a Vimeo-hosted program of 17 short animated films from the local group and the WHOLE WORLD.

This program is available for single or group viewing, and if you are interested in accessing this LIMITED TIME OFFER to create an instant ‘toon party or fill in an hour of cultural class time, here’s your chance! Seating is limited to only the first 300 who apply!

Who do you have to kidnap for this? How many cartloads of zinc must you provide to the program coordinators? IT’S FREE. FREE FREE FREE. “All you have to do” (the deadliest phrase in the English language) is email the ASIFA Central Secretary, Jim Middleton, at jim.middletonrx@gmail,com and ask for the SECRET INSTRUCTIONS on WHAT IT TAKES TO BE THE TALK OF YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD.

Why, just look at what you can see —

THE PROGRAM (61 minutes, 66 for the “Special Edition”)

1. Toast for ASIFA – Deanna Morse, Christine Veras, Steve Leeper, et al, and al et all! – 1:11

2. Two Little People – ASIFA Australia – Xin Li – 3:00

3. Springtime in CoVid Land – Julie Goldstein – 2:08

4. Mala – Too Otaghia Group – Iran – 2:15

5. Large Scale Absurdities Volume 3 – “Docile Town” – Kimonos Animation Studio – Charalambos Margaritis – ASIFA Hellas – 4:21

6. Horsepower – Christine Veras, et al – 1:00

7. Notun Fasal (New Harvest) – Sovan Dutta – ASIFA India – 2:30

8. Tchisti – Sarah Tabibzadeh – Iran – 4:25

9. Candy Shop – Patrick Smith – ASIFA South – 2:30

10. Espresso Doppio – Mika Koskinen – Finland – 3:54

11. Eli – Jeff Martell – ASIFA South – 3:32

12. Connecting – Melissa Bouwman – 2:06

13. Happy Banana – Ali Raies – Iran – 8:20

14. Animated Doodle – ASIFA Hellas – 4:00

15. NamaStay – Margo Pierce – ASIFA South – 2:45

16. time passing : passing time – Polly Wolly Doodlers (Jim Middleton, Deanna Morse, Gretchen Vinnedge, Suzanne Zack) – 5:05

17. A Tale of Self-Preservation – Shannon Fleming – ASIFA South – 5:30

BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE!!!! If you act before midnight, December 15, you’ll also get access to the SPECIAL COORDINATOR CUT, featuring a “you are there” installation experience for “time passing : passing time” as seen by DOZENS UPON DOZENS of Cichlids at the Water Colors Aquarium Gallery during the recent ArtPrize in Grand Rapids! You will curl your toes with GLEE. You’ll want to cavort! Frolic! Scamper!

But you must act NOW! (Well, before December 15th, anyway) Drop an email to jim.middletonrx@gmail.com while he is still permitted access to a keyboard!

ASIFA Central Updated Board of Directors – 2021
We had our official, double counted, electronically processed election of board members from the general membership, from whom emerged a new Executive Board:
Julie Goldstein – Our New President!
Stephan Leeper
Michael Long
Jim Middleton – Still Secretary, hardly new!
Tracy Miller-Robbins
Deanna Morse
Chris Sagovac – Our new Vice President!
Bob Swieringa
Christine Veras – Our new Social Media Coordinator and Ambassador to other ASIFA Chapters! (2022)
Gretchen Vinnedge
Briana Yarhouse – Our New Treasurer and International IAD coordinator!
The current Membership Coordinator, Charles Wilson, will continue in this post to 2022 to allow for compilation of files and membership materials, before passing the baton to a new membership coordinator, to be announced at a later date.


Dear ASIFA Central Members – IAD is coming! (October 28, 2021) A Reminder from our President, Briana Yarhouse:

1. The exchange is a great way to share your work with the world in honor of the collaboration and celebration of animation.
2. I am also extending the deadline to October 1st. 

This year we will again be exchanging this year through Filmfreeway.com This is free for us to use and will streamline the submission process for IAD.

Many of you are probably using it for submission to festivals already. It provides many opportunities to submit to festivals around the world. Last year we had a very successful exchange with 121 films offered! In order to submit to IAD filmmakers will access to the “direct submission page” and need a password.

Filmmakers should submit to the chapter or partner organization that is local for them. This will help to keep our submissions organized. For example, if ASIFA USA East sends out to their organization a request for films for IAD, then filmmakers would submit under the USA East Category, not USA Central or USA South.   

ASIFA Chapter coordinators should contact ASIFA Central Secretary Jim Middleton (jim.middletonrx@gmail.com) for necessary passwords and other keys to access, if you haven’t already received the information.

Coordinators will also be able to log into the Film Freeway system to review films for IAD and download them (after August 1st).  

Best wishes,

Briana Richelle Yarhouse Association Internationale du Film d’Animation
—Director of International Animation Day
Kendall College of Art & Design
—Associate Professor

ALSO – Members by now (August 18) should have received information on getting onto the Film Freeway site and having access to the IAD project. If you run into a problem, or are a paid-up member and haven’t received the info, contact our ASIFA Central Secretary, Jim Middleton at jim.middletonrx@gmail.com. Thanks!

Looking Back at the 2020 Program

The 2020 program, ASIFA/Central “Celebrating Global Animation” featured 19 Animations from around the world, representing the countries who offered films freely for International Animation Day. Films from Australia, Finland, Hellas/Greece, Iran, India, Switzerland, Taiwan, and the USA were featured.

ASIFA/CENTRAL members joined in the community celebrations and screened our program online that year to recognize 2020 International Animation Day.

2021’s program nearly ready. Stay tuned! Remote screenings for International Animation Day will occur between October 27 and November 15, 2021. The program will be password protected – please write Jim Middleton, jim.middletonrx@gmail.com , describe how you intend to view it, and ask for access. As soon as he has the program assembled, he’ll get you access information!

retreat photo 2019

PRE-CoVid!  2019 ASIFA USA Central Retreat held in St Louis, Missouri at Webster University. 2020 and 2021 were virtual, but just as fun!

Welcome to ASIFA Central! We are the midwest chapter of ASIFA, the oldest organization of animators in the world. Our chapter was established in 1975.

Our virtual Zoom-based retreat was July 16 and 17, 2021!  Read about it in our Newsletter Archive – August issue.