Speakers

Byron Howard

Co-director, ZOOTOPIA - Walt Disney Animation Studios

BYRON HOWARD directed Disney’s 2010 world-wide hit feature “Tangled” with Nathan Greno. The film featured the Oscar®-nominated and Grammy®-winning song “I See the Light.” Howard and Greno teamed up again […]


Conrad Vernon

Co-Director, SAUSAGE PARTY - Annapurna / Columbia

Coming Soon!


Mike Mitchell

Director, TROLLS - DreamWorks Animation

Mike Mitchell is currently directing DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls, the irreverent musical being released on November 4, 2016. Mitchell began his partnership with DreamWorks Animation in 1996. In addition to directing […]


Walt Dohrn

Co-Director, TROLLS - DreamWorks Animation

Walt Dohrn is currently co-directing DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls, which is slated to be released on November 4, 2016. As one of DreamWorks Animations most trusted story experts, Dohrn previously served […]


Victoria Alonso

EVP, Physical Production - Marvel Studios

Bio coming soon!


Roger Guyett

Visual Effects Supervisor / Second Unit Director - Industrial Light & Magic

Roger Guyett joined ILM in 1994 to work on the groundbreaking computer animation in Casper. He was a principal member of the team that produced over forty minutes of 3D […]


Rob Legato

VFX Supervisor, THE JUNGLE BOOK - Twice Academy Award Winner

After a career in Television for Paramount Pictures, Rob Legato joined the newly formed Digital Domain, a visual effects company founded by James Cameron, Stan Winston and Scott Ross. For […]


Russell Earl

Visual Effects Supervisor - Industrial Light & Magic

Russell Earl joined the ranks at ILM in 1994 as a technical assistant on Casper. Since then, he has contributed to a number of blockbuster hits including Mission: Impossible III […]


Donald Greenberg

Jacob Gould Schurman Professor of Computer Graphics - Cornell University

Donald Greenberg, the Jacob Gould Schurman Professor of Computer Graphics, has been researching and teaching in the field of computer graphics since 1966. During the last 15 years, he has […]


Brad Lewis

Producer, STORKS - Warner Bros

Brad Lewis was raised in San Mateo, CA, graduated from Fresno State University studying Theatre Arts/Dance. He is a feature animation Director and Producer, having produced ANTZ for PDI/Dreamworks, and […]


Sharon Calahan

Director of Photography, THE GOOD DINOSAUR - Pixar Animation Studios

Sharon Calahan joined Pixar Animation Studios in 1994 as lighting supervisor on the studio’s first feature film, “Toy Story.” She then served as director of photography on “A Bug’s Life,” “Toy […]


Steve Emerson

VFX Supervisor, KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS - Laika

STEVE EMERSON joined LAIKA in 2008. His diverse background in visual effects is highlighted by his work as Co-VFX Supervisor on The Boxtrolls. As a supervisor, compositor and technical director, […]


Marc Haimes

Screenplay Writer, KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS - Laika

Child comic book collector turned DreamWorks studio executive, in 2011 Marc tore off his tie and folded away his suit in order to pursue the passion that propelled him from […]


John Halstead

Supervising Technical Director, FINDING DORY - Pixar Animation Studios

John Halstead began his career at Pixar Animation Studios in June 2000. Brought on for the Academy Award®-winning “Finding Nemo,” Halstead worked on sets modeling and articulation and effects for […]


Maureen Fan

CEO, Co-Founder - Baobab Studios

Maureen Fan is CEO and cofounder of Baobab Studios, the leading VR animation studio. She co-founded Baobab with Eric Darnell, who directed and wrote Madagascar and all 3 franchise sequels, […]


Rob Bredow

Chief Technology Officer - Lucasfilm

Rob Bredow serves as Chief Technology Officer for Lucasfilm. He helped establish ILMxLAB, the New Media division of Lucasfilm and is currently VFX Supervisor on the Untitled Han Solo film […]


Brian Pullen

VR Designer - Google

Brian is an entrepreneur and designer currently working on Virtual Reality at Google. Previously he co-founded the award winning design firm Playground, the innovative financial startup, Big Terminal and the […]


Felix Massie

Director - Nexus

Felix Massie studied animation at the International Film School of Wales, Newport and graduated in 2007 after completing his graduation film, ‘Keith Reynolds Can’t Make It Tonight’. He moved to […]


Luke Youngman

Executive Producer / Deputy Head of Production - Nexus

Luke Youngman has worked in animation production for over seventeen years. Five of those were at Aardman Animations in Bristol and the last eleven have been at Nexus in London. […]


David Feiss

Director, OPEN SEASON: SCARED SILLY - Sony Pictures Animation

Director, animator and story artist David Feiss most recently helmed Sony Pictures Animation’s Open Season: Scared Silly, now available on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD. David joined Hanna-Barbera […]


Audrey Ferrara

Environment Supervisor, The Jungle Book - MPC

Audrey Ferrara started her career as a generalist TD at BUF company in Paris, working on inspiring projects including Knowing, Avatar and Thor. In 2011 she moved to London’s MPC, […]


Ryan Tudhope

VFX Supervisor, DEADPOOL - Co-Founder, Atomic Fiction

Ryan Tudhope is co-founder and creative director at Atomic Fiction, a groundbreaking visual effects studio with offices in Oakland, Los Angeles and Montreal. He has supervised visual effects on over […]


Troy Saliba

Animation Supervisor, ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS - Sony Pictures Imageworks

Troy Saliba is an animation supervisor at Sony Pictures Imageworks, most recently overseeing Disney’s ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS, directed by James Bobin. Previously, Troy served as animation supervisor on […]


Chris Perry

Associate Professor of Media Arts and Sciences - Hampshire College

Chris Perry is an award-winning screenwriter, director, and producer with over 20 years of film experience and is an associate professor of Media Arts and Sciences at Hampshire College. Perry […]


Adam Gazzaley

Co-Founder, Chief Science Advisor - Akili Interactive

Dr. Adam Gazzaley obtained an M.D. and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, completed clinical residency in Neurology at the University of […]


Matt Omernick

Co-Founder, Chief Creative Officer - Akili Interactive

Leading to the co-founding of Akili, Matt was Executive Art Director at LucasArts, the video game division of Lucasfilm. There he oversaw studio-wide art teams across all projects. Prior to […]


Pratik Shah

Research Scientist - MIT Media Lab

Dr. Pratik Shah of MIT Media Lab works at the intersection of nanotechnology, medical imaging, low-cost diagnostics, entrepreneurship and scalable solutions for improving human health. He is leading the health […]


Daryl Anselmo

Art & Creative Director - Zynga

Daryl Anselmo is an award winning Art & Creative Director with over 20 years of experience, currently working for Zynga in San Francisco. Daryl’s most recent work was on the […]


Siobhan Reddy

Studio Director - Media Molecule

Siobhan Reddy is Studio Director at Media Molecule, the band of creative minds behind the hugely successful and innovative LittleBigPlanet game franchise. Cultivating an early fascination with fanzines, technology, pop-culture […]


Barry Meade

Co-Founder, Business Director - Fireproof Studios

Barry Meade’s career started in Dublin, Ireland in 1992 working on health related ‘edutainment’ titles for SNES, AMIGA and PC. In early 1994 he moved to the UK to join […]


Adam Volker

Creative Director - Moonbot Studios

ADAM VOLKER is a Creative Director at Moonbot Studios in Shreveport Louisiana. He is originally an illustrator from the Midwest, and studied illustration at Ringling College of Art and Design. […]


Karen Dufilho-Rosen

Executive Producer, PEARL - Google Spotlight Stories

As Executive Producer at Google Spotlight Stories, Karen Dufilho was instrumental in introducing immersive, narrative content at Google. A key contributor to the creation of the group and its mandate, […]


Mauro Fanelli

Co-founder - Mixed Bag

A long time videogame enthusiast, Mauro approached the game industry as a journalist, founding one of the first italian videogame websites back in 1998. In 2013 he co-founded MixedBag, an […]


Daniel Fountain

Programmer, puzzle designer - State of Play

Dan is a programmer and puzzle designer on State Of Play’s Apple Design Award winning “INKS” and BAFTA winning “Lumino City”. He strives to create tactile and responsive experiences, bridging […]


Luis Cataldi

Education Evangelist - Epic Games

Luis Cataldi has been working in the computer graphics industry for over 20 years in roles varying from character technical director to animator, lighter, environment and FX artist, and art […]


Marco Mazzaglia

IT Manager, Video Game Evangelist - T-Union

Marco Mazzaglia is a video game evangelist and IT Manager. After years working in companies like Milestone and Ovosonico, now he works as business developer and other tech roles at […]


Sjoerd DeJong

Education Evangelist - Epic Games

As Evangelist for Epic Games, Sjoerd travels around Europe to talk about and teach Unreal Engine 4. With 17 years of experience in the Unreal Engine, Sjoerd is an expert […]


Deborah Fowler

Professor of Visual Effects - Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD)

Senior lighting and modeling technical director working on feature films “Toy Story,” “A Bug’s Life” and “Toy Story 2”; postdoctoral and graduate work recognized by SIGGRAPH as state of the […]


Fabio Corrirossi

Head Developer - Oniride

Fabio Corrirossi was born in Rome and is a game developer and comic book writer. He’s been in the video game development world working on titles such as MotoGP and […]


Simone Giampaolo

Director, Animator - Blue-Zoo Studios

Simone Giampaolo is a director and animator from Switzerland with an insatiable appetite for storytelling. In 2013 he graduated with Distinction from the BA(Hons) Computer Animation Arts course at the […]


Sophie Anne Herin

Freelance photographer

Sophie-Anne Herin began her artistic career in Bologna, where she graduated at Dams, worked as an actress with several acting companies, taking part in a number of productions with Teatro […]


Alex Williams

Head of Animation - Escape Studios

Alex Williams is a cartoonist and animator whose film credits include Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, The Lion King, The Iron Giant, the three latest Harry Potter films, and The Chronicles […]


J.C. Cornwell

Artist Manager - Sony Pictures Animation

Following 13 years as the Director of Training and Artist Development at Sony Pictures Imageworks, J.C. Cornwell accepted the position of Artist Manager at Sony Pictures Animation. He works directly […]


Brittany Dukes

Screenwriter, Audio Tech, Media Production - Full Sail University

Art. Film. Humanities. 23-Year Old Brittany Dukes, shows her fire burning passion to change the world through all forms of art. The South Carolina native is a humanitarian screenwriter, author […]


Luca Deriu

Instructor, Founder - PlaySys

Professional interest of Luca Deriu in 3D computer graphics started in 1998 after he received one of the first versions of 3D Studio Max 2. Since that time his career […]


Massimo Guarini

Founder, CEO & Creative Director - Ovosonico

Visionary Creative Director and long-time industry veteran, Massimo is the volcanic mind behind the award-winning Murasaki Baby. He attained cult status by directing the critically acclaimed Shadows of the Damned […]


Harry Hingorani

Chief Creative Officer / VFX Supervisor - redchillies.vfx

Harry is the creative back bone of the company. With 21 years of expertise in the industry, Harry has worked on over 200 ad films and numerous feature films. His […]


Lucia Modesto

VFX Supervisor - Globo Productions

VFX Supervisor responsible for the 3D Visual Effects group at Globo Productions in Brazil. Worked for eighteen years as a Project Manager and Character Technical Director Supervisor with two feature […]


Jeff Brunner

Co-founder, EVP of Sales - CREATIVEHEADS.NET

Jeff is the Co-founder and EVP of Sales for CREATIVEHEADS.NET, which has been a trusted resource in the creative industries since 2005. Jeff has over 23 years experience in talent […]


Paul Cunningham

CEO, Co-Founder - CREATIVEHEADS.NET

Paul is the Co-founder and CEO of CREATIVEHEADS.NET, which has been a trusted resource and leader in the creative industries since 2005. Paul led the site concept and business plan and […]