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International Animation Day 2017

The International Animated Film Association (French: Association Internationale du Film d’Animation, ASIFA) is an international non-profit organization founded in 1960 in Annecy, France, by the Canadian animation artist Norman McLaren; there are now more than 30 chapters of the Association located in many Countries of the world.
In 2002, Asifa, also a member of UNESCO, proclaimed the October 28 as the International Animation Day (IAD), as the main global event to celebrate the art of animation.
This day commemorates the first public performance of Charles-Émile Reynaud’s Théâtre Optique at the Grevin Museum in Paris, 1892. In 1895, the Cinematograph of the Lumière brothers outshone Reynaud’s invention, driving Émile to bankruptcy. However, his public performance of animation entered the history of optical entertainments as shortly predating the camera-made movies.
In recent years, the event has been observed in more than 50 different Countries with more than 1000 events, on every continent, all over the world. IAD was initiated by ASIFA, International Animated Film Association, a member of UNESCO. During International Animation Day cultural institutions are also invited to join in by screening animated films, organizing workshops, exhibiting artwork and stills, providing technical demonstrations, and organizing other events helping to promote the art of animation. Such a celebration is an outstanding opportunity of putting animated films in the limelight, making this art more accessible to the public. Full length animation films, historical features, animated shorts, and student films, all variety of animation – drawing, painting, animating puppets and objects, using clay, sand, paper, and computer. Since many animated films are non-verbal, it is a rich opportunity for cross cultural expression and communication.
ASIFA also commissions an artist to create an original art poster announcing the event each year, adapted for each Country in order to guarantee a worldwide view of the event: 

2017 IAD official poster

The Iranian animators/designers Noureddin Zarrinkelk and Negar Zarrinkelk created 2017 IAD poster; previous editions involved the work of animators such as Iouri Tcherenkov, Paul Driessen, Abi Feijo, Eric Ledune, Michel Ocelot, Nina Paley, Raoul Servais, Ihab Shaker, Gianluigi Toccafondo, the already mentioned Noureddin Zarrinkelk, .

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