Bay Area International Children's Film Festival 2021

Bay Area Independent Filmmakers Panel

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Meet the creators from your favorite studios such as Aerial Contrivance Workshop, Baobab Studios, Kuku Studios and Tonko House!

And don't miss the films of these great filmmakers before the talk!

Check them out HERE and watch at anytime during the event.


Jim Capobianco received the 2008 Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay for Ratatouille. He went on to write and direct the short film, "Your Friend The Rat", found on the Ratatouille DVD, winning the 2008 ASIFA-Hollywood Annie Award for short films. Jim followed YFtR up with directing the critically acclaimed end titles for Pixar's 2008 release Wall•E . A graduate of the California Institute of the Arts, Jim started in the story department at Walt Disney Feature Animation on The Lion King. After five years at Disney, Jim relocated to Pixar Animation Studios where he was influential on the stories of many of Pixar’s films of the past 19 years, including Toy Story 2, Finding Nemo, UP and Inside Out. In 2009 Jim finished "Leonardo” his first independent film, now in the permanent collection of the MoMA NYC. In addition to his work as a filmmaker Jim co-created the Bay Area International Children’s Film Festival now in its 9th year. Now with Aerial Contrivance Workshop, Jim is bringing his story and design expertise to the independent world of film and animation.


Larry Cutler is the Chief Technical Officer and Co-Founder of Baobab. He brings deep technical leadership over the past 20 years in the area of animation creation and development. Larry currently serves on the Digital Imaging Technology Subcommittee for the Oscar Technical Achievement Awards. He was most recently the Vice President of Solutions at Metanautix, a big data analytics startup company (acquired by Microsoft). Prior to that, Larry spent 10 years at DreamWorks Animation where he served as Global Head of Character Technology and held several leadership positions in the areas of character development, animation workflow, rigging, and character simulation. Larry began his career at Pixar Animation Studios as a Technical Director on the films Monster’s Inc., Toy Story 2, and A Bug’s Life. Larry holds undergraduate and master’s degrees in computer science from Stanford University.

Stanley Moore - KUKU STUDIOS

Stanley Moore is an award-winning filmmaker with a deep, nerdy love for animation and an intrinsic

taste for marketable creative content. His student film has won numerous awards in film

festivals around the world. Prior to founding Kuku Studios, Stanley was one of the top Story

Artists at Pixar Animation Studios. He holds a BA in Animation from Ringling School of Art &


He is the Creator and Executive Producer of the Netflix original series Go! Go! Cory

Carson. His credits include Finding Dory, Monsters University, and the Oscar-winning short

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore.

Stanley is currently directing an unannounced original animated feature for Netflix.

Robert Kondo - TONKO HOUSE

Originally from Southern California, Robert Kondo graduated with a degree in illustration from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. Robert landed his dream job as a sketch artist at Pixar on their 2006 release Ratatouille. While at Pixar, his film credits included Sets Art Director for Ratatouille, Toy Story 3, and most recently Monsters University and Production Designer on two shorts. In July, 2014, Robert left Pixar to start Tonko House, where everyday is a challenge and an adventure.

Recording of the LIVE EVENT that happened on Friday, July 23rd at 3:30pm PST.

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