Newsletter for June 2022

It’s in, complete with typos (just a test for the deep readers), in the “Newsletter Archive” page of this astonishing collection of tasty information – including basic access to RSVP to the virtual retreat! YOU WANT TO DO ALL OF THIS! There are two versions posted – bonus points for listing the differences! You want those bonus points because – well, because!

Letter from the President

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Dear ASIFA friends,

As I am thinking about the end of the year and looking forward to next year, I want to let you know some of the great events and activities that your membership contribution provides for the central U.S. chapter and ASIFA international. We are a volunteer-run, 501c3 non-profit that supports the midwest of the United States with the goal to help promote progress towards peace and mutual understanding between all people as part of the Association Internationale du Film d’Animation. This coming year marks the 60th anniversary of our international UNESCO chartered organization!

This past year members had the opportunity to animate in an internationally shown ANI-JAM.

Filmmakers could submit their films for showing around the world, We had the opportunity to make films together, explore techniques, and deliver papers at our annual retreat at Webster University in St. Louis.


Our members organized and showed animation as part of SiteLab event in Grand Rapids, MI called Project One.


ASIFA partnered with the Thriller Chiller Film Festival to show ‘Evil Dead’ with guest animator/effects guru Tom Sullivan. We celebrated international Animation Day this year with animation showings in Grand Rapids, Detroit, and St. Louis! Our chapter also launched a newly redesigned web site.

Looking forward to next year, our Central chapter is in the planning stages for doing a series of workshops, along with member meet and greet animation showings. Plans are already underway for our 2020 retreat —which will be announced soon. There are many international plans in the works for the 60th anniversary of ASIFA, including the creation of a short film to represent our Central chapter in a special celebration for International Animation Day. It will be shown with other short films around the world!  Finally, we are kicking off the new year with a fun Christmas Card animation party on January 3rd in Grand Rapids, MI.

My goal as president is to find ways to collaborate and spread the opportunities around our region. I would love to hear your ideas on how we can make ASIFA Central connect with you and your area of the great midwest. Please note that your membership or end of year donation is potentially a tax-deductable contribution to our 501c3 depending on your local state laws.

Best Wishes in 2020!

IAD 2019 Trailer

Central IAD Trailer from brad yarhouse on Vimeo.


COMING SOON! ASIFA Central USA International Animation Day Celebrations, Oct 28th.
  • Site Lab October 26th, 3pm -6pm 314 Straight Street, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49504
  • Grand Rapids, MI -Oct 28th at Kendall College of Art and Design 7:00 pm at 17 Pearl room 217.
  • Detroit, MI at the Center for Creative Studies (please check back here for time and date)
  • St Louis, MO at Webster College (please check back here for time and date)
  • Mt Pleasant, MI at Central Michigan University (please check back here for time and date)

ASIFA International Animation Day 2019

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International Animation Day is coming! We will be celebrating throughout the Midwest at the following locations. (more locations are possible please check back for more information)
  • ADDED: Site Lab October 26th, 3pm -6pm 314 Straight Street, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49504
  • Grand Rapids, MI -Oct 28th at Kendall College of Art and Design 7:00 pm at 17 Pearl room 217.
  • Detroit, MI at the Center for Creative Studies (please check back here for time and date)
  • St Louis, MO at Webster College (please check back here for time and date)
  • Mt Pleasant, MI at Central Michigan University (please check back here for time and date)

ANI-JAM 19 Workshop!

ASIFA - anijam-header19ANNOUNCING: ANI-JAM 19! Join us on Feb 23 at the Community Media Center or via SKYPE at 1:00 EST for the start of this years ANI-JAM. We will be working as a group to create the concept based on this years ASIFA IAD poster. The poster has not been officially released yet but will be before we begin. It’s crazy cool. (take my word for it 🤓) Come with your creative thinking caps! Let me know in the comments if you are interested!

Wow. it was a huge success! it not only was featured on, the International Website but also for several of the showings around the world on International Animation Day! See it here:

Glad you asked. It’s when a group of animators get together, decide on a loose theme or goal, and working with a deadline or other constraints create a short piece of animation. Each Artist creates a brief bit of animation that is strung together with the other participant’s animation to create a crazy but somewhat cohesive short film. If that doesn’t make sense see the examples below.

TO PARTICIPATE: You must be a paid member of ASIFA Central. (Here is how to become a member:

Meet in person or remotely on February 23 at 1:00 – 3:00 EST. In person at the Community Media Center (1130 Wealthy St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506) OR remotely. Please send an email to for additional information.

-As soon as the poster is officially announced, I will post it here for everyone who is interested to start thinking about the creative solution to doing an ANI-JAM with it.



International Animation Day

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Students at Central Michigan University getting into the spirit of International Animation Day.

ASIFA Central celebrates International Animation Day each year in a number of cities throughout the midwest on or around Oct 28th. International Animation Day was started in 2002 by ASIFA  “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.” This worldwide celebration happens in many countries on all inhabited continents with the goal of “connecting animators to each other, celebrating our unique art form, and bringing animation art to the general public.” Chapters of ASIFA exchange films with one another to create a rich diverse tapestry of animation. For more information view

IAD 2018: ANI-JAM 18

Based on the 2018 Association Internationale du Film d’Animation International Animation Day poster created by René Castillo’s studio Mandaraka in Mexico. Each face was created by a member of the studio and then reinterpreted by animators in the Central USA Chapter of ASIFA as part of an ANI-JAM. Each animator had 3 seconds to transform one face into another.IAD_Poster-Portrait-1sheet-small.png

The artists who contributed the faces are: Misael Barbosa, Rita Basulto, Juan Pablo Becerra, Sofía Carrillo, Karla Castañeda, Emilia Castillo, René Castillo, Eliant Elias, León Fernández, Ricardo Niño, Mario Ruiz, Ángeles Vargas & Christian Vázquez.

The animators (in order of transformation) are Charles Wilson, Steve Leeper, Gretchen Vinnedge, Andrew Zesiger, Nathan Henriquez, Nikki Hines, Julie Goldstein, Mack-enzie Mayo, R. Brad Yarhouse, Bob Swieringa, Gary Schwartz, David Thrasher, Deanna Morse, Jim Middleton. Music by Andrew Zesiger.




Flint Youth Film Festival

April 12th, 2018 How To Make An Animated Film Participants at the Flint Public Library create an animated title open for the 2018 Flint Youth Film Festival Fun was had by all… Workshop organized by Gary Schwartz,  an Academy Award nominated filmmaker, award-winning animator, director, artist & educator. Mr. Schwartz conducts intensive hands-on animation workshops in elementary, middle, high school, under-graduate, graduate, post graduate, professional training, film festivals, museums, summer art camps, community centers, prisons & psychiatric hospitals nationally & internationally.



International Animation Day

ASIFA Central will be celebrating International Animation at several locations around the central part of the U.S. All showings are free and open to the public.

  • A screening of International animations will be shown on Friday, October 28th at Kendall College of Art and Design in the Pearl Street Building room 217 at 7:00 pm.
    • 17 Pearl St. NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503


Our International Animation Day Program is curated by ASIFA Central board member Brad Yarhouse.IADposter2016_cropped.jpg