Background of ASIFA International

ASIFA is the Association Internationale du Film d’Animation.

Founded, 1960, in France. ASIFA celebrated the 50 year anniversary in 2010. The anniversary was marked by activities around the globe, including the publication of an anniversary book.

It is the only international non-profit organization for animation art in the world. ASIFA aims to promote animation art globally, and to attain international friendship and mutual understanding through animation.

Currently there are over 5000 members in 58 countries on all continents. Most members are associated with 32 national chapters, but there are also individual members.

ASIFA is affiliated with UNESCO (the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization), which encourages international peace and universal respect by promoting collaboration among nations.

ASIFA Target Goals

  1. ASIFA promotes opportunities for professionals in animation to share information and network globally through our publications and public communications.
  2. ASIFA is concerned with sustaining and preserving the rights of animators and the art of animation by promoting, educating, cooperating, and assisting others.ASIFA promotes progress toward peace and mutual understanding through the unified interest of the art of animation with workshops, gatherings, and worldwide projects.
  3. ASIFA members work in all areas of animation including the industry, art, and education. Famous animators including Norman McLaren (Canada), John Hubley (USA), Ivan Ivanov Vano (USSR), Paul Grimault (France), John Halas (UK), and Ezio Gagliardo (Italy) founded the organization.

International Activities:

  1. Twice yearly publication of Journal ASIFA/Magazine (formerly ASIFA/News and CARTOONS).
  2. International Animation Day (IAD), yearly on October 28 IAD commemorates the first public performance of Emile Reynaud’s Theater Optique at the Grevin Museum in Paris, 1892. This global event started in 2002 and in 2008, was celebrated in 30 countries on every continent.
    Coordinator of IAD: Juliette Corchu, France
  3. Animation Workshop Group (AWG). Children around the world make animations on a common theme. The most recent project, “The Red Dot,” will premiere Fall 2012 in Portugal and in Japan. A new project is just starting for 2012.
  4. President of AWG: Anastasia Dimitra, Greece
  5. Yearly presentation of the ASIFA Prize to a person who has helped promote and preserve the art of animation.
  6. Informal exchanges of animators and animation between chapters.
  7. International Website at
  8. Festival Information System.
  9. For over four decades, ASIFA has cooperated with animation festivals. The goal is to protect the interests of filmmakers and help foster quality, international animation festivals. ASIFA has published guidelines on how festivals can meet high standards.
  10. ASIFA Archive in Berlin