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