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Hiroshima Animation Festival 2014

With your kind cooperation, we are very pleased to announce that the 15th International Animation Festival in Japan – HIROSHIMA 2014 will be held from August 21st to 25th next summer.

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at 2:43pm

Organizers for the 15th International Animation Festival in Japan − HIROSHIMA 2014 have announced that the festival will be held next summer August 21-25, 2014. The festival is organized under the endorsement of ASIFA (Association Internationale du Film d’Animation), co-organized by the City of Hiroshima and ASIFA-Japan.

It will be our special edition, commemorating its 30th anniversary of the establishment of our festival office in 1984 organizing the very first festival HIROSHIMA '85. Since then, we have been very fortunate to be able to continue and unfold our manifestation ceaselessly till today. This is entirely due to your generous and powerful support for the development of animation art medium, and to the tireless challenge and effort made by animation filmmakers responding to such support.

When we prepared for the first festival, facsimile was not yet popular, and we used postal mail, telex and telegram to contact filmmakers. We can say that the history of our festival just parallels with that of computerization. In the past three decades, computer technology has developed enormously to become a convenient tool for our everyday life as well as for animation filmmaking. On the other hand, we still continue to kill each other somewhere in the world, and we are harming each other as a means to solve problems.

Under the spirit of "Love and Peace", shared by Hiroshima City and ASIFA, we will earnestly continue to organize our Hiroshima International Animation Festival, pursuing the realization of world peace based on cross-cultural exchange through the development of animation art medium. We are looking forward to receiving your entries to HIROSHIMA 2014, and hope to welcome you in Hiroshima next August!

To submit work to HIROSHIMA 2014, download the new regulations, entry form and shipping label from

The submission period is February 1, 204 through April 1, 2014.


About the Festival

iroshima 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 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 of the Future Foundation

Co-organizer: ASIFA-Japan

Together with those festivals held in Annecy, Ottawa and Zagreb, the Hiroshima Festival is considered as one of the most respected animation festivals in the world.

Hiroshima International Animation Festival 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, and is now also the Vice-President of ASIFA and President of ASIFA-Japan.

Hiroshima Festival is a comprehensive animation festival, featuring competition programs to choose the Grand Prix, Hiroshima Prize and other prizes out of many latest animation shorts submitted from around the world. The festival also offers many special programs including retrospectives of masters and talented filmmakers, feature animations, high quality student works, animations for peace, for children, as well as seminars, symposiums, workshops, exhibitions, and educational film market, etc. With its outstanding international programs and administration, the festival is highly recognized not only within animation field but also throughout the media art society.

On the occasion of the fourteenth edition HIROSHIMA 2012, the competition attracted 2,110 entries from 63 countries and regions, and 34,715 people participated during the five days of the festival. Hiroshima Festival continues to contribute ceaselessly as a festival respecting animation filmmakers in the first place, and also to serve as a gateway to success for world-class professionals.

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 9:00am to Monday, August 25, 2014 - 6:00pm
Submission Deadline 
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 11:00pm
Aster Plaza