Hiroshima International Animation Festival

Hiroshima International Animation Festival

Official Statement:
The Future of the International Animation Festival in Japan - HIROSHIMA

We regret to announce that the International Animation Festival in Japan – HIROSHIMA (henceforth “Hiroshima Festival” or “the festival”), which we have held with the city of Hiroshima for 36 years beginning in 1984, came to an end after its 18th edition, which took place in August 2020.  >Next

About the Hiroshima International Animation Festival

Hiroshima International Animation Festival

(above) Festival Site,
Aster Plaza, Hiroshima
(below) Official Poster of the First Hiroshima International Festival
illustrated by Yoji Kui

Hiroshima International Animation Festival is a biennial manifestation held in Hiroshima City in August, endorsed by Association Internationale du Film d'Animation (ASIFA). Under the spirit of LOVE & PEACE, the Hiroshima Festival has been dedicating to the advancement of visual media art culture in general, by promoting international cross-cultural exchanges through the development of animation art.

Organizers: Hiroshima International Animation Festival Organizing Committee, Hiroshima City, Hiroshima City Culture Foundation
Co-organizer: ASIFA-Japan

Hiroshima International Animation Festival is considered as one of the most high quality animation festivals in the world. It was established in 1985, as a project commemorating the 40th anniversary of the atomic bombing. From the beginning, Hiroshima City and ASIFA shared a same idea, that is, to promote the international mutual understanding and to pursue eternal world peace through the development of animation art, which is a medium common to all human beings beyond nations and languages. The creation of this festival was largely due to the earnest efforts of the two animation filmmakers --- Renzo Kinoshita, who at that time was serving as a Board Member of ASIFA and the President of ASIFA-Japan, and Sayoko Kinoshita, who was serving as the General Secretary of ASIFA-Japan. Sayoko has been the festival director since the first edition, dedicating herself to lay foundation of this festival until today. She is now also the Vice-President of ASIFA and President of ASIFA-Japan.

The 18th International Animation Festival in Japan - HIROSHIMA 2020 was held in a reduced format during August 20th (Thu.) - 24th (Mon.)
Because of the corona virus outbreak, we truly regret that all screening programs as well as exhibitions at the festival venue was cancelled.?Also, we did not hold any online program either, considering the copyrights protection.
For the competition, we were pleased to receive so many entries as 2,339 works from 84 countries/regions.
The Selection Committee was held online to select 59 titles for competition program, from 32 countries/regions (https://eng.hiroanim.org/04compe/04-5e.php). The International Jury Meeting was also held online, and all the awarded titles were announced at the end of August (https://eng.hiroanim.org/04compe/04-6e.php).
In addition, although we did not hold any screening, it was our pleasure that 211 high quality works were selected for six special programs: ‘Best of the World’, ‘Best of Stars of Students’, ‘Stars of Students’, ‘Animation for Peace',‘Animation for Children’, and ‘Japanese Animation Today’ (https://eng.hiroanim.org/03schedule/highlights/).

Official Site, the Hiroshima International Animation Festival