Keynote – Dean DeBlois

DateFriday 24th of March 2017
VenueDingle Skellig Hotel
Duration30 minutes

Multitalented Dean De Blois will deliver his keynote speech on his experiences and career in animation.

Canadian-born Dean DeBlois has had a steady and diverse film career that spans nearly thirty years. Having most recently written, directed, and executive produced Oscar®-nominated and Golden Globe®-winning How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014), Dean is currently writing, directing, and executive producing the third installment of DreamWorks’ How to Train Your Dragon trilogy. Prior to collaborating on the original Oscar®-nominated How to Train Your Dragon (2010) with Chris Sanders, the pair had written and directed Walt Disney Feature Animation’s Oscar®-nominated Lilo & Stitch (2002), and served as co-heads of story on Mulan (1998).

Between studio projects, Dean directed the critically lauded Heima (2007), a concert documentary about Icelandic post rock group Sigur Rós. He later directed, filmed, and edited Go Quiet (2010), a feature-length music film featuring Sigur Rós front-man, Jónsi.

In addition to his animation and documentary work, Dean has set up several original live-action feature projects to write, direct and produce, including The Banshee and Finn Magee (The Walt Disney Studios), Sightings (Universal Studios), and The Lighthouse (Buena Vista Studios).

Dean began his career in 1988 at the age of eighteen, working as an animator for Hinton Animation Studios’ The Raccoons television series. He left Canada in 1990 to join Don Bluth Studios in Ireland, where he served as a layout artist on A Troll in Central Park (1993) and Thumbelina (1994). He joined Walt Disney Feature Animation’s story department in 1994.