Bay Area International Children’s Film Festival to Host Special ‘Brave: Women Breaking The Mold’ Opening Ceremony

Brenda Chapman and more speak at the Bay Area International Children’s Film Festival about bring Brave.
Marida pulls back her bow in Brave

The Bay Area International Children’s Film Festival (BAICFF) will kick off its 9th year with BRAVE: Women Breaking the Mold, a special panel discussion with four female mavericks breaking the rules. For artists going against the norms of society and pushing boundaries in all forms of media.

The special panel discussion will be held at the Chabot Space & Science Center at 7:00 pm as part of the Festival’s opening night event and in celebration of Women’s History Month.

Brenda Chapman Brave

Brenda Chapman started her career as a story artist at Walt Disney Feature Animation in 1987, where she worked on films such as The Little Mermaid, The Rescuers Down Under, the Oscar-nominated Beauty and the Beast, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and Fantasia 2000. Chapman was the story supervisor on The Lion King, for which she won the Annie Award. Chapman then helped launch DreamWorks Animation Studios, where she 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, for which she won the Movieguide Epiphany and Teddy Awards. She joined Pixar Animation Studios in September 2003 as a senior story artist on Cars. Chapman then created, wrote, and directed Brave – inspired by her relationship with her own daughter – for which she won an Oscar, BAFTA, and Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature Film.

Deanna Marsigliese Pixar

Deanna Marsigliese is a Character Designer at Pixar Animation Studios. Originally from Toronto, Canada, Deanna first entered the industry as a 2D animator. Over the last 15 years, she has contributed to a wide variety of commercial, television, and feature film projects, while teaching both Classical Animation and character development at the college level. Deanna is a vintage enthusiast and collector of mid-century clothing. When she isn’t drawing, Deanna explores the world, dabbling in travel photography and satisfying her fascination with amazing cultures around the planet.

Cameo Wood

Cameo Wood is a local Bay Area Filmmaker. Her debut short documentary film, Dukha in Summer was shot solo in Northern Mongolia and premiered at the St. Louis Film Festival. Cameo wrote, produced, and directed Real Artists, a narrative thriller about Artificial Intelligence and the future of filmmaking. Cameo’s career began in 2012 when she produced and co-directed the web series, The Alternative Guide to Secret Beijing which was featured on Atlas Obscura. Cameo has since won awards for her direction, cinematography and screenwriting. She is currently in pre-production on her first feature.

Robin Hunicke

Robin Hunicke is the Co-Founder of the independent game studio Funomena, which creates experimental games for Console, PC, VR & AR platforms (Luna, Woorld and Wattam) in the heart of downtown San Francisco. A game designer and producer by training, she has a background in Computer Science, Art and applied Game Studies. She has been designing, making and teaching about games for over 12 years (Journey, Boom Blox, MySims, TheSims2).

Robin is an outspoken evangelist for increasing the participation of women and underrepresented minorities within the Arts, Games & Tech. She is Associate Professor of the Arts Division at UC Santa Cruz, Director of the Art, Games & Playable Media BA and faculty in the Digital Art and New Media MFA. She also supports a broad range of initiatives including: Amplifying New Voices, the annual Experimental Gameplay Workshop, Play SFMOMA, the Lexus Design Award, Google Made with Code, Girls Make Games, and the CS For All initiative.


March 10-12, 2017 at the Chabot Space & Science Center, 10000 Skyline Drive, Oakland, CA.

Opening Night Friday Evening: 7:00 – 9:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am – 7:00pm
Sunday: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Friday Night Opening Night Event
Adult: $12
Youth: $6
Tickets are limited and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Guest Adult: $25 / Youth: $14
2 Day Weekend Pass: Adult $35 / Youth: $20

Member Adult: $15 / Youth: $7
Member 2 Day Weekend Pass: Adult $21 / Youth: $10


BAICFF was founded in 2009 by Jim Capobianco (former Pixarian) and Shelley Trott, and now in its 9th consecutive year, has become an annual Bay Area creative gathering that fosters global understanding and cultural exchange through art and cinema. Since its inception, more than 9000 guests have attended the festival enjoying over 400 family-friendly films from across the globe, and 750 children have participated in workshops designed to introduce kids to the world of animation and live-action filmmaking.

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