In 2002, ASIFA, the International Animated Film Association, launched a global event to celebrate the art of animation. October 28th was proclaimed as International Animation Day (IAD), commemorating the first public performance of Emile Reynaud’s Theatre Optique at the Grevin Museum in Paris in 1892.
Each year, ASIFA groups around the world celebrate International Animation Day. In 2005, 37 different countries in all the continents celebrated this day. The various ASIFA groups celebrate IAD by screening animated films, organizing workshops, exhibiting artwork and stills, providing technical demonstrations, and helping to promote the art of animation.
In India, IAD has been celebrated every year since 2002 in various cities around the country. What started out as a small Animation Film celebration has now blossomed into a must-attend event for all Indian artists and has the support and sponsorship of multiple organizations throughout India.