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International Animation Day 2021 – October 28 

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International Animation Day - October 28 2021International Animation Day (IAD) is annually observed across the globe on October 28th to commemorate the first public performance of projected moving images at Reynaud’s Theatre Optique in Paris, France on 28th October 1892. 

The day is annually coordinated by the Association Internationale du Film d’Animation (ASIFA) – International Animated Film Association.

28th October 2021 marks the observance of the 20th International Animation Day (IAD). 


i.In 2002 the Association Internationale du Film d’Animation(ASIFA) decided to observe the 28th October of every year as the International Animation Day to mark the birth of animation.

ii.The first International Animation Day (IAD) was observed on 28th October 2002. 

2021 IAD Poster:

i.The 2021 IAD Poster was designed by Maryam Mohajer, a British-Iranian, BAFTA Winning animator-director.

ii.The poster features the phoenix from an old Persian illustration by Muhammad Zaman ibn Haji Yusuf, the celebrated Persian artist during 1670-1700.

  • Phoenix represents magic and hope in Persian culture.

Events of ASIFA India:

i.As a part of the 2021 IAD, the ASIFA India has organised programs for 3 days (26th to 28th October 2021).

ii.On 28th October 2021, the ASIFA India honours the foundations of arty with a special program by legendary artist Glenn Vilppu.

What is animation?

i.Animation is a method of photographing successive drawings, models, or puppets, to create an illusion of movement in a sequence

ii.In traditional animation, the pictures are drawn on transparent celluloid sheets and photographed. At present most of the animations are done using Computer Generated Imagery(CGI).

ASIFA Prize 2021:

i.The 2021 edition of the annual ASIFA Prize was awarded to Otto Alder(Germany) at the opening ceremony of Animafest Zagreb.

ii.Instead of a statue or plaque, the recipient of the ASIFA prize will receive an artwork created by another artist.

iii.Otto Alder received a Japanese ink drawing made by Renzo Kinoshita.

About Association Internationale du Film d’Animation (ASIFA):

ASIFA International is the oldest organisation globally that supports animation and a commitment to the welfare of art, creativity and the artist.
ASIFA is affiliated with UNESCO (the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization).
President– Sayoko Kinoshita
Founded in 1960 in Annecy, France