Brenda Chapman

Brenda Chapman started her career as a story artist at Walt Disney Feature Animation in 1987, where she worked on several animated films including The Little Mermaid, and the Oscar nominated Beauty and the Beast. Chapman was the story supervisor on the original The Lion King, for which she won ASIFA’s Annie Award. She then helped launch DreamWorks Animation Studios, and co-directed the 1998 release of the Oscar winning Prince of Egypt. Chapman was the first woman to direct an animated feature for a major Hollywood studio. Joining Pixar Animation Studios in September 2003, Chapman created, wrote and directed Brave – inspired by her relationship with her daughter - for which she was the first woman to win an Oscar, BAFTA and Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature Film of 2012. Her first live-action film, Come Away, starring David Oyelowo and Angelina Jolie, premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. Chapman and her husband, filmmaker Kevin Lima (Enchanted, Disney’s Tarzan, A Goofy Movie), created ‘Twas Entertainment, which focuses on family entertainment.

Participant Schedule

Friday 10/14


Directors Panel

Friday 10/14 3:20PM - 4:20PM Room 107

Tony Bancroft, Brenda Chapman, Jill Culton, Chris Williams, Chris Sanders

Directors Brenda Chapman (“Brave”), Jill Culton (“Abominable”), Chris Williams (“The Sea Beast”), Chris Sanders (“Lilo and Stitch”) join our Directors panel to share some insight into the incredibly demanding undertaking of directing a film or TV show. Q&A to follow. Moderated by director Tony Bancroft.