Vassiliki Khonsari is a producer + director across multiple screens, including film, games, installations and virtual reality. Independent Magazine called her “One of the top TEN filmmakers to watch”. Co-founder of iNK Stories, a New York City studio that Fast Company calls an “Innovation agent” known for creating entertaining, impact forward immersive stories for global audiences. Vassiliki’s work has broadcast in more than 20 countries, on Netflix, Sundance Channel, ESPN, Discovery, TLC, art cinemas, MOMI and at film festivals all around the world (Sundance, Tribeca, SXSW) garnering many top honors. Most recently Khonsari produced the genre defining, 1979 Revolution:Black Friday, the narrative driven video game set in Iran was incubated at the Sundance New Frontier Lab, called “A truly revolutionary game” by The New Yorker and winner of the Grand Jury Prize at Indiecade, Best of E3 (IGN), currently nominated by the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences for Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction, DICE Independent Spirit Awards, currently Nominated by the New York Game Critics Awards for Best Game of the Year, Best Indie Game and Best Writing --- as well as the Independent Games Festival for Excellence in Narrative, as well as many other notable recognitions. Showcased by UNESCO to the United Nations for its merit in using immersive technology for peaceful conflict resolution. Khonsari holds a Masters Degree in Visual Anthropology and is a recipient of support from The Doris Duke Foundation, IFP, MADE IN NY Innovation Grant and a fellow of the Sundance Institute for the New Frontier Story Lab. Actively consulting and contributing to the landscape of art + technology + social advancement — as a mentor/speaker for Magnum Foundation, iDocs (UK), iDocs (Switzerland), Sundance’s Film Forward, Story Change (Sweden), IDS, Eso Doc Market (Italy), Producer’s Guild of America’s Produced By Conference, FoST, Phi Centre and Women’s Impact Network at PGA. With iNK Stories her latest slate of immersive “verite” projects continue to push the boundaries, among them includes the interactive VR experience “BlindFold” detailing the human rights violations against journalists and the cost of press freedom.
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