Chris Williams

Chris Williams is an Academy Award ® -winning director and writer of animated films. Chris has been drawing since he could hold a pencil, and growing up he was obsessed with visual storytelling. He wrote comic strips, made stop motion films, and loved all things movies. He is a graduate of the University of Waterloo's Fine Arts program and Sheridan College's animation program. Upon graduation, he moved to Los Angeles and began his career in animation, which spans across iconic films such as the Academy Award ® -nominated Bolt, Academy Award ® -nominated Moana, and Big Hero 6 which won the Academy Award ® in 2015, along with many others. The Sea Beast, William's debut at Netflix, will release globally on July 8th.

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.

Saturday 10/15


An Epic World of Ships and Beasts

Saturday 10/15 2:50PM - 3:50PM Room 107

Netflix Animation, Chris Williams, Matthias Lechner

An Epic World of Ships and Beasts: Designing the world of ‘The Sea Beast’ with Director Chris Williams and Production Designer Matthias Lechner