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Briana Yarhouse is a transgender animator, researcher, and director of animation for Interlochen Academy of the Arts in Interlochen, Michigan. She is also the director of International Animation Day for ASIFA International coordinating showings around the globe.

Her essays and papers have been published in the ASIFA Magazine, The International Journal of Comic Art, Society for Animation Studies Journal, among others. She has spoken on animation and sequential art at conferences around the world, most recently in 2021 at Annecy Animation Festival.

She has juried animation for the Woods Hole Film Festival and the Xiamen International Animation Festival. Her animation has played in many festivals most notably “Beyond Freedom,” which was nominated in 2006 for best short of the year at the Berlin Film Festival. In 2013 her short film “The Box” was selected as part of the Best Animation from ASIFA at the Canlandiranlar Animators Festival in Istanbul, Turkey.

In 2020 she worked to coordinate animators all around the planet to create a collective animation called Spiritus Mundi: Animating the World. Her most recent work can be seen at