ASIFA Central is the Midwest USA Chapter of ASIFA, the International Animation Association (l’Association Internationale du Film d’Animation). Founded in France by a group of professional animators and chartered by UNESCO in 1960, ASIFA’s goal is to encourage the art of animation and further international understanding and goodwill through the medium of the animated film. There are about 4500 members and 30 chapters world-wide including eight in the USA. ASIFA Central was begun in Chicago, Illinois, in 1975 and has involved many of the professional and independent animators in the Midwest.
ASIFA Central Online
ASIFA Central was the first ASIFA chapter to publish an ASIFA webpage. The web site featured articles from past newsletters, a members page and gallery, and general information about ASIFA Central. Today we have an open Facebook Group, members-only Yahoo Group and YouTube Channel.
Frame By Frame News
Because of our wide geographical spread, ASIFA Central has evolved from its’ original emphasis on meetings and screenings to a more virtual organization. The newsletter, “Frame By Frame,” provided the membership with information as well as a forum for interaction. Because the publication was quarterly, it featured in-depth articles rather than timely announcements. Frame by Frame News is now only available online. Members receive access to the most recent news through email and member-only links.