Head Judge – Animation
Helena Hilario is a multi-award-winning Brazilian Executive Producer, Director, and Writer, renowned for co-founding Stratostorm, a cutting-edge creative studio specializing in post-production solutions across diverse media channels and platforms. With global offices in São Paulo, Los Angeles, and London, Helena steers the company's operations and spearheads strategic growth initiatives, drawing from a wealth of experiences, including a transformative tenure at Harvard Business School's Executive Education program, focusing on The Business of Entertainment, Media, and Sports.
Her directorial debut unfolded in the form of the acclaimed 3D animated short film, UMBRELLA, a standout masterpiece that premiered at the illustrious TriBeCa Film Festival. This film's remarkable journey included screenings at an impressive 19 Academy Award® Qualifying Festivals, setting a milestone for an independent Brazilian animated short film.
Helena's profound impact on the animation landscape earned her esteemed roles as a jury member for prestigious events like the Annie Awards, Ciclope, and several Academy Award® Qualifying festivals, including Heartland Indy Shorts, Chilemonos, and Urbanworld. Her unwavering dedication and exceptional talent continue to shape and elevate the industry.