Important Announcement:
The Future of the International Animation Festival in Japan - HIROSHIMA

Important Announcement:he Future of 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

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→2022.11.23 update
Masashi Koide's retirement exhibition “Education x Research x Boundary - Animation Activities and Surrounding Fields” will be held.
Masashi Koide's retirement exhibition “Education x Research x Boundary - Animation Activities and Surrounding Fields”
To commemorate Masashi Koide’s achievements during his 35 years of tenure at Tokyo Zokei University, a retirement exhibition “Education x Research x Boundary - Animation Activities and Surrounding Fields” will be held. Since 1988, Koide has been involved in design education at Tokyo Zokei University, and is especially well known for his contribution to the establishment of the Animation Major of the Department of Design, Faculty of Design, Tokyo Zokei University in 2003, as one of the first specialized animation education programs in Japanese university. He has been involved in its operation for 20 years since then. Also, Koide has been involved in animation research for many years, and has devoted himself to many social activities as well, including the establishment and management of the “Animation Research Group (the 2nd) of the Japan Society of Image Arts and Sciences” and the “Japan Society for Animation Studies (JSAS)”, as well as the “Inter College Animation Festival (ICAF)”. He has always been conscious of going beyond the realm of animation, crossing and traversing, and bordering on various areas.
During the exhibition period, a number of related events are planned to allow visitors to experience the wide range of Koide's achievements. We hope you will all come out and visit!

Masashi Koide Retirement Exhibition “Education x Research x Boundary - Animation Activities and Surrounding Fields”
Dates: November 28 (Monday) - December 17 (Saturday), 2022
Hours: 10:00 - 16:30 (admission until 16:00)
Closed: Sunday
Venue: Zokei Gallery, Tokyo Zokei University
Admission: Free
Organizer: Tokyo Zokei University Art Museum
Cooperation: Koide Masashi Retirement Exhibition Organizing Committee

For more details
Zokei Gallery, Tokyo Zokei University (Japanese only)
Tokyo Zokei University

→2022.11.2 update
Yoji KURI's “The Present time” Exhibition will be held!
Yoji KURI's solo exhibition “The Present time”
Yoji KURI's solo exhibition “The Present time” will be held!
Along with new works by Yoji KURI, who is now 95, those valuable works from the 1950s to the 1970s that have not been exhibited for a long time will be featured to show the “World of Yoji Kuri” spanning approximately 70 years.

Also, as good news for everyone involved in animation, works using those original cells from “Minna no Uta” in the 1960s will be on display as a collection. Please join!

*Yoji will be in the gallery at 13:00 on the opening day, and further schedule will be posted on the gallery's website/SNS and Yoji KURI's SNS. (Schedule may change.)

102nd Project: Yoji KURI “The Present time” Exhibition
Date: November 5th (Sat) to 20th (Sun), 2022
OPEN:
Wednesday - Saturday 12:00 - 19:00
Sundays/holidays 12:00 - 18:00
CLOSE: Mondays and Tuesdays (Closed even if Monday and Tuesday are national holidays)

Venue: Galerie LIBRAIRIE 6 / Sis Bookstore
South Building 3F, 1-12-2 Ebisu Minami, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
TEL: 03-6452-3345
Email: info@librairie6.com
Kuri Jikken Manga Kobo: Responsible / Yoshino

For more details (Japanese only)

→2022.10.27 update
International Animation Day (IAD) 2022 - Coming Soon!
International Animation Day 2022
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.” Since 2002, ASIFA and its National Groups have been celebrating this historical day as “International Animation Day (IAD)” , intending to promote and develop animation art all over the world simultaneously. Every year, about 40 countries participate in this celebration.

“IAD 2022 in Japan” will be held in Kyoto, Atsugi to show inspiring animation shorts from Japan and abroad. Also, as a collaborative project, “Hiroshima International Animation Festival (1985 - 2020) VR Photo Exhibition” will be held. This year’s official IAD poster was created by Michaela Pavlátová (Czech, ASIFA member), and it will be used around the world.

International Animation Day 2022
IAD 2022 in KYOTO
November 22nd, at Kyoto University of the Arts.

“Hiroshima International Animation Festival VR Photo Exhibition”
October 28th, at 9:00am (JST) - November 30th, at 18:00 (JST)
(The exhibition period is subject to change.)

IAD 2022 in ATSUGI
November 14th, at Kanagawa Institute of Technology.

*This year, “IAD 2022 in KYOTO” and “IAD 2022 in ATSUGI” will be held as Universities' special classes. To cope with corona virus infections, these classes will be aimed for their students, faculty members, and related people including ASIFA-JAPAN members only. On the other hand, we are very pleased that the “Hiroshima International Animation Festival VR Photo Exhibition” will be accessible from anywhere around the world via internet, and truly hope that all of you will enjoy!

For more details about the International Animation Day 2022


→2022.9.15 update
Masashi Koide plans and organizes "Who is Tetsuro Hatano? - on the occasion of the third anniversary of his passing” - film shows and discourses
"Salsa and Champuru" directed by Tetsuro Hatano 2007 "Cinema69" first issue editted by Tetsuro Hatano, Syuzo Tejima and Sadao Yamane 1969
Two years have passed since the passing of Tetsuro Hatano, a film/video critic, film/video researcher, as well as an educator who taught at Tokyo Zokei University, Nihon University College of Art, and other faculties, and also, at times wrestled with films as a film director. Thus, a group of alumini of Tokyo Zokei University's Film & Moving Image Major decided to look back on his accomplishments and reexamine "films" that he strived to pursue. 
Masashi Koide is playing a central role in planning and organizing this event.


"Who is Tetsuro Hatano? - on the occasion of the third anniversary of his passing” - film shows and discourses
Date: September 25th, 2022
Time: 11:00 - 17:10 (doors open at 10:45)
Venue:
Kuwasawa Design School, 1st Floor Hall
1-4-17, Jinnan, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Capacity: 200 seats
Tickets: 2,000 JPN

→2022.7.20 update
Works by Kihachiro Kawamoto, Fumiko Magari, Nozomi Nagasaki, Yuichi Ito will be screened at “STOP MOTION ANIMATION FESTIVAL VOL. 0" !
STOP MOTION ANIMATION FESTIVAL VOL. 0
“STOP MOTION ANIMATION FESTIVAL VOL. 0" that collects more than 120 animations from all over the world is now being held. In addition to those works by our members — Kihachiro Kawamoto, Fumiko Magari, Nozomi Nagasaki, and Yuichi Ito —, a wide range of works beyond language and ages will be screened, including those from major studios, masterpieces, student works, and Japan premieres from Estonia, etc.
"STOP MOTION ANIMATION FESTIVAL VOL. 0"
Period: July 1st - August 18th, 2022
Venue: MORC Asagaya
2-12-19-B1F, Asagayakita, Suginami-ku, Tokyo
TEL: 03-5327-3725 FAX: 03-5327-0611
Organizer: STOP MOTION ANIMATION FESTIVAL Organizing Committee

program
Yuichi Ito Special "All about Harbor Tale"
July 22nd - August 4th, at 12: 30-
On July 30th, a talk event by Yuichi Ito will be held after the screening!
August 5th and 6th, at 15: 50-

July 30th, at 16: 45- "Kenji Miyazawa Special"
Nozomi Nagasaki's “The Fourth of the Narcissus Month" will be screened!

July 31st, at 15: 50- "Queen of Puppet Animation, Fumiko Magari" Special
A screening of Ms. Magari's works and a talk event will be held!

August 12th and 13th, at 14: 00-
Kihachiro Kawamoto's “The Book of the Dead" will be screened!

For more details (Japanese only)

→2022.4.15 update
Kiyoshi NISHIMOTO's book "Animation - Shapes and movements inspire imagination" was published.
A cup of water - Multiple Observations and Thoughts
Kiyoshi NISHIMOTO's book "Animation - Shapes and movements inspire imagination" was published.
From the principles and history of animation, the birth of photography and film, and the intervention of the computer are presented through the introduction of works. Specific "timing techniques" are explained, and the exploration of perception and the possibilities of animation expression are discussed.
QR codes are included for viewing detailed information.

"Animation - Shapes and movements inspire imagination"
Publishing: Musashino Art University press

For more details (Japanese only)

→2022.3.13 update
Dino Sato's first picture book will be published.
A cup of water - Multiple Observations and Thoughts
Dino Sato's picture book "A cup of water - Multiple Observations and Thoughts" will be published in China! The theme of this book is "thinking about the way of thinking". He draws a "cup of water" using 3DCG in 42 different ways of thinking.

"A cup of water - multi-dimensional observations and thoughts"
Publishing: MoveableType Legacy International Culture Media Co., Ltd. | People's Medical Publishing House

For more details

→2022.3.10 update
Yuichi Ito will be on stage at the webinar - YouTube ’Anime Forest' online seminar: “Harbor Tale” & Successful Cases of the Latest Animation Shorts -
the webinar — YouTube ’Anime Forest' online seminar: “Harbor Tale” & Successful Cases of the Latest Animation Shorts
Yuichi Ito will be on stage at the crowdfunding return webinar for the book "All About Harbor Tale".
Focusing on the secret story behind the production of his independent film "Harbor Tale" screened in 24 countries around the world, and the now popular stop-motion animation, Yuichi will also introduce animation shorts by young filmmakers, and successful cases of animation shorts in the world from both art and business perspectives. Let’s join!

Book "All About Harbor Tale" Crowdfunding Return Webinar
- YouTube ’Anime Forest' online seminar: “Harbor Tale” & Successful Cases of the Latest Animation Shorts -


Date and time: Thursday, March 31, 2022, at 17:00-18:00
Way to participate:
If you wish to attend the seminar, please apply by email.
Please fill in your name, occupation, company name, contact email
address, and phone number and send it to the address below. They will send
you the URL of ZOOM in advance.
enter@st-lw.com "Anime Forest" ZOOM Seminar Section
-The deadline will be closed as soon as the capacity is reached, and the result will be informed by email.

Organizer: Studio Light Works Co., Ltd.
Higashihonmachi Center Building 302, 1-4-3 Tokiwamachi, Chuo-ku, Osaka City

I.TOON LTD.

→2022.2.28 update
Call for Peace in Ukraine

ASIFA uploaded two Open Statements on asifa.net, in order to express our thoughts to stand with Ukraine.
If you wish to support these statements, please sign!

(1) "Animators from Russia call for Peace in Ukraine - Don’t kill, don’t destroy. Connect”, an Open Letter by the Forum of Russian Animated Film.

The animation community of Ukraine and Russia have been working together for many years.
As you may know, KROK International Animation Festival has also been co-organized by both countries.
This Open Letter is placed on the facebook page of Forum of Russian Animated Film, as follows, receiving more than 780 signs at the moment. It can be signed by sending your name and title via ‘comment’.


(2) "International Animation Community Stands with Ukraine - Animators Against the Invasion of Ukraine”, a petition by Chris Robinson, the Director of Ottawa Festival.
By clicking ’HERE’, you can jump to the petition site.


Thank you for your support!

→2022.2.13 update
A book contributed by Hiroshi Onishi is published.
RELATIONS ARTISTIQUES ENTRE LA CORÉE ET LE JAPON AUX XXE ET XXIE SIÈCLES(ARTISTIC RELATIONS BETWEEN KOREA AND JAPAN IN THE 20TH AND 21ST CENTURIES)
Hiroshi Onishi contributed his paper in a book, just published, titled "RELATIONS ARTISTIQUES ENTRE LA CORÉE ET LE JAPON AUX XXE ET XXIE SIÈCLES (Artistic Relations between Korea and Japan in the 20th and 21st Centuries),” co-edited and written by Isabelle Charrier and Hyeon Suk Kim.

By dealing with those artworks made by his Korean students, Hiroshi studies the relationship of mutual cultural exchange between Japan and Korea in his paper, "LA MINIATURISATION AU JAPON ET SON INFLUENCE ‒ SEO SOL, SEO MIRA ET KIM DANBI (The Miniaturization in Japan and its Influence on Foreign Students: Seo Sol, Seo Mira and Kim Danbi)" (French translation by Isabelle Charrier). Please read it!


For more details (in French)