On October 28th, 1892, a French inventor Emile Reynaud (1844-1918) made the first public performance of animation at the Grevin Museum in Paris, using his own invention "optical theater".
In 2002, ASIFA (Association Internationale du Film d' Animation, registered in Annecy, France) decided to celebrate this historic day as "International Animation Day", aiming to promote and develop animation art all over the world. ASIFA National Groups started to hold the celebration on and around October 28th, as a simultaneous manifestation in various countries.
ASIFA-Japan also decided to join this international art manifestation in 2005, and participated since then. This year, we will be holding "International Animation Day 2010 in Japan" in three cities: KYOTO, TOKYO and HIROSHIMA.
Raoul Servais (Belgium) made the beautiful drawing for the official poster of International Animation Day 2010, which will be used throughout the world.