Director & Story Artist

Christian De Vita is both a director and sought after story artist.

Having studied cinematography and animation in Italy, he has directed and co-directed feature films, children’s animated television series, and shorts.

His clients and employers have included Disney, Cartoon Network, Aardman Animation, Fox, Warner Bros, Sony BMG, Columbia Records, and Mercury Records.

As a student, he was the winner of the Eastman Kodak Award for best commercial in 1994, and later, as a music promo director, he was winner of the L.A. Global Film Fest for Best Animation in 2010. That same year, Christian was awarded with the ASIFA Animation Art Award, for his contribution to Italian animation abroad.

As Lead Story Artist on Fantastic Mr Fox, he worked closely with Wes Anderson, helping to bring the director’s unique visual flair and emotional take to the Award winning film. He then became story artist on Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie, before working with TeamTO on the Angelo Rules TV series. Christian’s collaboration with Wes Anderson has continued on Moonrise Kingdom and The Grand Budapest Hotel.

Christian has lectured about his work and experiences on Fantastic Mr. Fox, attending the Stuttgart Tricksfilm Festival and The Edit Filmmaker’s Festival in Frankfurt, amongst many more. He has judged the international entries at the Dresden Film Fest. Christian has taught story and the basics of storyboarding at the Animation Workshop in Viborg, Denmark and the Centro Sperimentale in Turin.

Christian joined the YELLOWBIRD team in February 2013. He delivers a great narrative film, with a distinctive comedic touch.

Christian is now developing his own concepts, two of which have been sold to Disney.

Director’s Statement
Seeing Yellowbird for the first time on screen with everyone at the studio was magical. TeamTO is the end result of outstanding work, great spirit and a feeling of communal achievement.
We rock!

Christian de Vita’s event is brought to the festival courtesy of the French Embassy and Institut Français.

(Photography not permitted at this event)