Chris deFaria, President, Digital Production, Animation and Visual Effects for Warner Bros. Pictures

CHRIS deFARIA is President, Digital Production, Animation and Visual Effects for Warner Bros. Pictures.  His recent projects include “The Lego Movie”, Doug Liman’s “Edge of Tomorrow”, Zack Snyder’s blockbuster “Man of Steel”; Guillermo del Toro’s, “Pacific Rim”, and the record-breaking conclusion to the Harry Potter film franchise, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2.”

He also served as an executive producer on Alfonso Cuaron’s, “Gravity”, Snyder’s animated adventure “Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole” and action fantasy “Sucker Punch,” as well as George Miller’s “Happy Feet Two.”

Spearheading the studio’s expanding efforts in innovative animation and hybrid filmmaking, deFaria was instrumental in the production of “300,” “Corpse Bride” and “Happy Feet.”  At Warner Bros., he has also been involved in such film productions as the “Dark Knight” trilogy, “Where the Wild Things Are,” “Watchmen,” “Clash of the Titans,” and “The Matrix” trilogy. Prior to that, deFaria produced the hit “Cats & Dogs” and the combination animation/live action comedy “Looney Tunes: Back in Action.”

His extensive television credits include numerous documentaries, primetime specials and longform projects, including, as producer, “In Concert Against AIDS,” NBC’s “And Then She Was Gone” and Universal’s “Tremors II.”

A graduate of UCLA, deFaria is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the WGA and a founding board member of FilmAid International, a non-profit organization that screens entertainment and educational films in refugee camps around the world.

FMX is funded by the Ministry of Science, Research and Arts and the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labour and Housing of the State of Baden-Wuerttemberg, the City of Stuttgart and MFG Baden-Wuerttemberg, taking place in cooperation with the VES Visual Effects Society and ACM SIGGRAPH, supported by the Animation Media Cluster Region Stuttgart (AMCRS), Autodesk, Backstage, Epic Games/Unreal Engine, Foundry, Mackevision and ScanlineVFX. FMX is an event by the Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg, organized by Animationsinstitut, hosting the Animation Production Days (APD), a joint venture with the Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film (ITFS).

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