The Bay Area section of the Visual Effects Society announced that Karen Dufilho, executive producer of Google will deliver the keynote address at its inaugural Summit, “Film & Beyond: The Changing Landscape of Entertainment.” The forum on May 21 at PIXAR Animation Studios in Emeryville will bring together local and global experts from the fields of animation, broadcast and film, VFX and video games to explore and discuss new areas of the industry and the contributions of the Bay Area digital arts community as it breaks new ground in art, education and technology.
Dufilho has been developing and producing animation for directors, studios and startups for more than 18 years. She is the producer of Academy Award and Annie Award-winning short films for PIXAR Animation Studios, where she helmed the shorts division overseeing and producing franchise work for A Bugs Life, Toy Story 2 and Monsters Inc. With a global network of animation talent, Dufilho launched house of k, a niche consulting business. Clients include Google, Paramount, Dneg, ON Entertainment, Disney, Rovio, Marza and Lucasfilm. Reuniting with Ratatouille co-creator Jan Pinkava, Doug Sweetland and Caldecott award recipient Jon Klassen, she produced a first-of-its-kind, immersive VR short for Google, Windy Day. This launched Google Spotlight Stories and led to the creation, distribution and scaling of a new storytelling platform for VR. As executive producer, Dufilho oversaw Justin Lin‘s Help, Glen Keane‘s Duet, Aardman Animations Special Delivery and is in production on Patrick Osborne‘s VR and theatrical short Pearl.
The VES Bay Area (VESBA) Summit will include a slate of featured speakers and business roundtable discussions moderated by innovators and senior executives, including: Mariana Acuna (The Foundry), Tim Alexander (ILM), Thad Beier (Dolby), Kevin Bruner (Telltale, Inc.), Sharon Calahan, ASC (PIXAR), Miles Perkins (Jaunt), Jules Roman (Tippett Studio) and Apurva Shah (Whamix).
“We’re very excited to be producing this event for the Visual Effects Society Bay Area membership and the community,” said VESBA co-chair David Tanaka. “It’s a collaborative endeavor on all fronts – from working behind-the-scenes with an eclectic group of professionals and top sponsors, to the event itself representing a wide spectrum of relevant topics.”
“Highlighting new technologies in motion pictures, television, online content, games, apps, virtual reality, scientific research and ‘beyond,’ the Summit will honor and celebrate the thriving visual effects community which we are so proud of supporting here in Northern California,” added VESBA co-chair Lisa Cooke.