The director of International Animation Day is approved by the Internationa Board of ASIFA. The director reports directly to the executive board and is supported by the Vice President in charge of Special Projects. Most ASIFA chapters provide an IAD coordinator to help organize showings in the local regions or country of the chapter.
IAD International Director: R. Brad Yarhouse
R. Brad Yarhouse is an animator, researcher, and professor in Digital Art and Design and the Visual and Critical Studies MA program at Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, Michigan. His latest essay was published in The International Journal of Comic Art. He has spoken on animation and sequential art at conferences around the world. He is president of ASIFA Central USA, and director of International Animation Day for ASIFA International with showings around the globe. In 2018 he was a finalist juror for the Xiamen International Animation Festival, the largest animation festival in China.
He has created animation for interactive, online, television, and theater commercial use winning Addy and festival awards. His animation has played in festivals around the world notably Beyond Freedom, which was nominated in 2006 for best short of the year at the Berlin Film Festival. In 2013 his short film The Box was selected as part of the Best Animation from ASIFA at the Canlandiranlar Animators Festival in Istanbul, Turkey.
His essays on contemporary animation and comics have been included in a number of publications including the Journal of Animation History and Theory and the International Journal of Comic Art. He speaks regularly on these topics at conferences around the world, including in 2015 for the Society for Animation Studies Conference in Canterbury, England, and The Comics Electric: A Digital Comics Symposium in Hertfordshire, England. Most recently at the 2017 PCA/ACA Popular Culture Conference in San Diego.