Chris deFaria, the President of DreamWorks Feature Animation Group, will serve as a judge for the 2018 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 2, The Boss Baby 2, Spooky Jack and Croods 2. deFaria 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: Gravity, Mad Max: Fury Road, 300, Happy Feet Two, Sucker Punch, The 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. DeFaria 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.
deFaria will judge the films remotely, it is unclear if he will attend the festival – we will keep you posted!
“Local film festivals provide fantastic support for the movie industry, and serve as vital platforms of discovery for emerging filmmakers and artists. I know that great voices and ideas can come from anywhere, and I am honored to support the Maumee Film Festival, which has proved it is an important part of the artistic community of Maumee, and a growing fixture in the festival landscape” ~ Chris deFaria
SHORT FILMS – Submit Your Short Film Today! Student and adult filmmakers are welcome to submit their short film – up to 15-minutes in length.
LONGER THAN SHORT – New This Year! For the extended short film – between 15-30 minutes (15:01 to 29:59 to be exact)
MEDIUM-LENGTH FILMS – Also New This Year! Tell your story in 30-50 minutes. Not quite a full-length feature film, but a big film project indeed.
We know how much time and effort goes into every film project and we want to showcase as many outstanding films as possible. Due to time constraint however, only a LIMITED NUMBER of longer films will be selected for film screenings.
SCREENINGS will take place Friday & Saturday, September 28 & 29
SPECIAL PRESENTERS – New This Year! We are VERY proud to welcome a number of industry experts who will provide insight and valuable information about working in today’s film, television and digital media industry. Stay tuned for full details…
Filmmaker Q/A – All filmmakers with work featured in the festival are invited to take part in a special Q/A following the film screenings.
AWARDS: An esteemed panel of judges will chose the top films in a variety of categories and cash prizes will be awarded to both adult and student filmmakers. The winners will be announced several days after the film festival ends – filmmakers will be notified and the cash prizes will be sent to them.
KICK-OFF PARTY at Westcott in Maumee – Westcott will host a second-annual kick-off party a in their beautiful soundstage. This exclusive event will include filmmakers, presenters, sponsors, organizers and professional partners.
May 31 – Early Bird Deadline:
- Short film: Adults $20.00/Students $10.00
- Longer Than Short: $25.00
- Medium-Length Film: $30.00
June 30 – Regular Deadline:
- Short Film: Adults $30.00/Students $15.00
- Longer Than Short: $35.00
- Medium-Length Film: $40.00
July 31 – Late Deadline
- Short Film: Adults $40.00/Students $20.00
- Longer Than Short: $45.00
- Medium-Length Film: $50.00
MISSION: The Maumee Film Festival celebrates the art of creativity, filmmaking and storytelling. It allows aspiring filmmakers the unique opportunity to see their work projected on a movie screen in the iconic and beautiful Maumee Indoor Theater. The festival celebrates the city of Maumee, a peaceful community situated along the scenic Maumee River.
Nancy Gagnet, Maumee Film Festival Chair: firstname.lastname@example.org or (419) 360-8466
Sam Johnson, Manager Maumee Indoor Theater: (419) 897-8902
Committee Members: Mike Brice, Nancy Gagnet, Alex Goetz, Justin Cumuso, Ed Conn, Stephen Crompton, Kay Anderson & Jessica Ellison
Maumee Indoor Theater, 601 Conant Street, Maumee Ohio, 43537