DreamWorks Animation President Announced as Maumee Film Fest Judge

Daily Dose  |  06/13/2018 10:30 am

Chris deFaria, the President of DreamWorks Feature Animation Group, will serve as a judge for the 4th Annual Maumee Film Festival.

Chris deFaria oversees the studio's feature animation business including slate strategy, development, production, innovation and technology and business affairs.  There are six films currently in production including How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, Abominable, Trolls 2The Boss Baby 2, Spooky Jack and Croods 2. He also launched the DreamWorks Shorts Program which has two inaugural films releasing in 2018, Bird Karma and Bilby.  

Prior to joining DreamWorks Animation, deFaria served as President of Animation and Technology Innovation at Warner Bros, where he worked for over 20 years.  Known for pushing technological boundaries, deFaria spearheaded the development and application of emerging technologies and applied them to the creative process with groundbreaking results, notably in such breakthrough films as: GravityMad Max: Fury Road300Happy Feet TwoSucker PunchThe Lego Movie franchise, Edge of Tomorrow, the Harry Potter films, Man of Steel and The Matrix trilogy. While no longer at Warner Bros., deFaria remains an executive producer on Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One and is working closely with the director on this innovative film.

Chris deFaria sits on the boards of The American Academy of Dramatic Arts and LACMA and is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Writers Guild of America.  He is also a founding board member of FilmAid International, a non-profit organization that screens educational and informational films in refugee camps around the world.

“Local film festivals provide fantastic support for the movie industry, and serve as vital platforms of discovery for emerging filmmakers and artists,” said deFaria. “I know that great voices and ideas can come from anywhere, and I am honored to support the Maumee Film Festival, which has proven to be an important part of the artistic community of Maumee, and a growing fixture in the festival landscape."

He will judge the films remotely, it is unclear if deFaria will attend the festival.

“This is huge for Maumee,” said Alex Goetz, a local filmmaker and one of the festival’s organizers. "Having Chris deFaria as a judge is such an honor. It isn’t often that you get to have an industry professional of his acclaim involved.”

Chris deFaria will join other film festival judges Ben-Alex DuPris, a 2017 Sundance Institute producer's fellow and Jon Alexander, a composite and stereo supervisor for Films, Rides & Venues for Lucasfilm in San Francisco. Debbie Monagan of the local advertising firm, Communicã, will also participate in the film festival as a presenter and judge.

Submissions are currently underway for the festival, which features short films with a maximum running time of 15-minutes in length; longer than short, which are films with a running time between 15 and 30 minutes; and medium-length films, which are 30 to 50 minutes.

The festival is open to all filmmakers high school age or older for a chance to win cash prizes. Those films accepted will be screened at the festival on Friday and Saturday, September 28 and 29 at the Maumee Indoor Theater.

The deadline to register is Tuesday, July 31.

For information, please visit www.maumeefilmfestival.com