International Animation Day is Approaching – October 28, 2022

ASIFA Central has created a reel of international animation as part of its celebration of IAD. Screenings, ranging from community centers to educational venues, to salon gatherings will have three versions from which to choose, permitting flexibility with existing time frames. Here are the films appearing amid the options. To receive specifics, members are encouraged to drop ASIFA Central Secretary, Jim Middleton, a note to request streaming information and access –

Countdown – Opening Title ASIFA Central
The Crown Nobody Wanted – Gary Schwartz
Lovely Rita – Elena Madrid, Switzerland
Ukraine Commentary – Gary Schwartz, with Anonymous Animators
Circle Boogie – Tracy Miller-Robbins
Island Hopping – Michael Long
Ten Degrees of Strange – Lynn Tomlinson
Animated Flow (silent) – Ash Djosic, Australia
A Lasting Image – Christine Veras, et al
Zoetrope Buffer – Steve Leeper
Living in Nature – Deanna Morse AWG
Interlochen Students – Bri Yarhouse AWG
Elevator – Alone – Anastasia Papadopoulou, Greece
KCC student work (Intermission) KCC Animation Program
The Magician’s Cat I, II, III – Aris Melachroinos
Seule Tod – Jim Middleton
CMU Micro Shorts – Steve Leeper
Airborne – Andrezey Jobczyk, Poland
An Ostrich Told Me… – Lachlan Pendragon, Australia
Container Loss – Jane Flint- Deanna Morse
Mimi’s Good Night – Jackie Ross

With access to the Bonus reel: “Late to the Prom!”

People Pleaser Tian He, China
Ceaselessly Rolling a Rock… Peixuan Cheng, China
Thou Shalt Dance Abtin Yaghmaian, Iran

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.