International Animation Day Poster is Here – Participation Guidelines in the Newsletter Section!

SPEAKERS! WORKSHOPS! DANCING! (well, that’s all up to you) — Keep an eye on this site and in an incoming email near you!

RE-frame by frame ASIFA CENTRALS 2022 ANIMATION RETREAT! (current schedule, subject to change – if you want to show off your wares and cares, RSVP to for the ZOOM link and check on scheduling availability!)

Gary Schwartz on the making of The Crown Nobody Wanted

Hello, members, past, present and future – the ASIFA Central Newsletter Archive has been updated to reflect issues going back to the 1980s that are currently available. If you have any issues or publications from ASIFA Central that can fill in any discovered gaps, drop the secretary a line – – and we’ll arrange a file transfer! Many thanks!

In the meantime – Animation? You want to talk INTERNATIONAL ANIMATION DAY?!? OK, 2022 has been “in development” with some big plans ahead, but in 2021 we had… THE 20th INTERNATIONAL ANIMATION DAY CELEBRATION!

design by the phenomenal Maryam Mohajer

General info on the IAD – those International folk have it covered for you at – – and in living color, too!

ASIFA Central Updated Board of Directors – since 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 President!
Stephan Leeper
Michael Long
Jim Middleton – Secretary
Tracy Miller-Robbins
Deanna Morse
Chris Sagovac – Vice President!
Bob Swieringa
Christine Veras – Social Media Coordinator and Ambassador to other ASIFA Chapters! (2022)
Gretchen Vinnedge
Briana Yarhouse – Treasurer and IAD coordinator!
The current Membership Coordinator, Charles Wilson, will continue in that post through much of 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.



Looking further 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.

AND BEFORE THAT – 2019 Included a real RETREAT!

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!

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