Come and explore the frontiers of storytelling in the digital age.

Doors: 8 AM
Conference: 8:45 AM


Regular price:
Adults: $300
Students and seniors: $260

Reduced price when you purchase 4 tickets or more:
Adults: $260
Students and seniors: $220

Taxes and fees included

Curated by Phi and New York's Future of StoryTelling (FoST), The New Storytellers conference is gathering creative leaders to explore how storytelling is evolving in the digital age.

In parallel to the Echo exhibition, the creative community from the media, communication, entertainment, arts and culture industries is invited to a one-day conference addressing artificial intelligence and the future of making as well as storytelling through full-body immersion.


Sandra Rodriguez, Ph.D., creative director, director, and sociologist of media technologies.


Ted Schilowitz
Expert in emerging technology and Futurist at Paramount, where he works on virtual and augmented reality projects.

Douglas Eck
Senior research scientist on Magenta (Google AI), a research project exploring the role of machine learning in the process of creating art and music.

Dan Tucker (moderator)
Curator and executive producer of Sheffield Doc/Fest, he has made his mark as a director for BBC, The Guardian, Greenpeace, and the National Film Board of Canada. He has worked as a director and producer on television, virtual reality, the Web, mobile applications, games, and digital strategy, winning a number of awards in the process.

Charles Melcher (moderator)
Founder and CEO of the award-winning independent publishing house Melcher Media, and Founder and Director of Future of StoryTelling (FoST), an annual event that brings together creators reinventing narrative in the digital age.

Lance Weiler (moderator)
Storyteller, founding director of Columbia University School of the Arts’ Digital Storytelling and alumnus of the Sundance Screenwriting Lab.

Pete Billington
Writer, director, co-founder of Fable Studio and immersive storyteller who explores the interaction, innovation, and magic of the genre in works like Wolves in the Walls, featured in the Echo exhibition.

Heather Smith
Experiential exhibit designer and CEO of StoryFile, an interactive application that uses artificial intelligence to tell the story of our time through interactive video with scientists, artists, and influencers.

Andrew Mitrak
Director of marketing at HaptX, a company working to combine virtual reality with touch. He has produced numerous videos for Microsoft, Hasbro, and AT&T, and his The HaptX VR Experience project was presented at Sundance in 2018.

Mathias Chelebourg
Author, director and VR creator who brought us the work Alice, The Virtual Reality Play, and The Real Thing VR, presented as part of the Echo exhibition.

Aaron Bradbury
A VR experience director who has worked for the British National Space Centre. He directed LoVR and Vestige, a virtual reality piece presented as part of the Echo exhibition.

Sun Joo (Grace) Ahn
Associate Professor at the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Georgia, and founding director of the Games and Virtual Environments Lab.

Jessica Brillhart
Immersive director, writer, and theorist. She’s the founder of the independent studio, Vrai Pictures. Previously, Jessica was the Principal Filmmaker for VR at Google.

Doug Trumbull
Legendary filmmaker and visual effects pioneer, he was one of the Special Photographic Effects Supervisors for 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968).

Anil Seth
Professor of Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience at the University of Sussex, he investigates the biological basis of consciousness, the "inner universe". He has edited the bestselling science book 30 Second Brain.


The conference fee includes an exclusive access to the new Echo: The Sound of Space exhibition, which showcases virtual reality projects that are currently touring the globe, including Space Explorers, a collaboration between Felix & Paul Studios and NASA; all three parts of Eliza McNitt’s Spheres, presented in Canada in its entirety for the first time; and several creations by the speakers at The New Storytellers 5.

Future of StoryTelling (FoST) celebrates the evolution of storytelling in the digital age, and brings together the world’s top industry leaders and innovators who are redefining how stories are told and shared. At the heart of FoST is the Summit, a two-day invitation-only gathering of 500 leaders from the worlds of business, technology, media, and the arts. Unlike a traditional conference, the Summit features intimate, speaker-led roundtables; hands-on workshops; and immersive exhibitions. In addition to the Summit, FoST also produces a wide range of year-round content and programming, including: Tech Tastings, designed to showcase a sampling of cutting-edge technologies and emerging projects to a smaller audience; storytelling workshops, where participants can learn how to harness new mediums to more effectively tell their stories; curated exhibitions with local and international organizations; an annual award-winning series of short films; and popular social media channels aimed at FoST’s network of over half a million enthusiastic followers.

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