Producer Chris deFaria to serve as judge:
Chris deFaria is a Hollywood based producer whose credits span some of the most successful and technologically innovative films of the past decade including Ready Player One, directed by Steven Speilberg, Mad Max: Fury Road, by George Miller, Gravity, by Alfonso Cuarón, 300, by Zack Snyder along with animated films, How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, The LEGO Movie and Happy Feet.
Chris is currently producing Tom and Jerry, a hybrid theatrical Warner Bros. film, under his new banner, Keylight.
Prior to establishing Keylight, Chris served as President of DreamWorks Animation where he guided the studio’s creative development and technological advancement. During his tenure, Chris launched four new feature films and eight original shorts, spearheaded immersive and location-based experiences for animated content and deployed cutting-edge propriety pipeline tools. During this time, he also produced The Universal Sphere, a 360-degree dome cinematic experience at Comcast’s headquarters.
Previously, Chris served as President of Digital Production and Innovative Technology at Warner Bros. where he founded the studio’s animation devision, Warner Animation Group, and developed visual effects strategies for the Harry Potter and Matrix franchises while establishing initiatives in augmented and virtual reality, for which he holds a patent.
Chris is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, The Writers Guild and The Screen Actors Guild. He serves as a trustee for The American Academy of Dramatic Arts and is a founding board member of FilmAid, a non-profit bringing educational films and entertainment to refugee camps around the world.
Chris is a graduate of The University of California, Los Angeles.