Ihab Shaker designs ASIFA's Int'l Animation Day Poster 2011 Print
Saturday, 26 March 2011 11:53

Ihab ShakerOn the 4th of March, the Board of ASIFA elected an Egyptian animator to create the poster for the 10th International Animation Day 2011―their first time choosing an artist from Africa or the Arab world to achieve that honour.

This election has symbolic meaning, and not only because of the fact that Ihab Shaker (b. Cairo, 1933) ―the chosen artist―is really a great artist, or just in solidarity with the peaceful victory of the Egyptian revolution of January 25, against the dictatorship, which was described by President Obama as “inspiring”. IAD2011_Ihab_ShakerOn top of all this, an Egyptian was elected to design the annual poster of the international day of the animated art to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Egyptian animation, celebrating the first public showing of locally-made animation in the whole of Africa.

Ihab Shaker directed many animated films in Egypt beginning in 1968 (The Bottle) and then moved to France, where he met and worked with the French pioneer Paul Grimault (Walt Disney's French and equally celebrated counterpart, as Shaker addressed in one of his interviews) who helped Shaker to direct his work entitled Un Deux Trois, which earned Shaker the prestigious Prix de Qualité (1973). Later, Shaker became the first Egyptian and African member of ASIFA. Then he returned home, though he would revisit France intermittently. Once he was a member of the jury in Annecy (1993).

ASIFA launched a global event to celebrate the art of animation in 2002. October 28th was proclaimed as « International animation day » (IAD), commemorating the first public performance of Emile Reynaud’s Theatre Optique in Paris in 1892.