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Navid Khonsari

iNK Stories
Founder/Creative Director
Raised in Tehran, Navid Khonsari is the founder and creative director of iNK Stories, the New York City/LA studio that Fast Company calls an “innovation agent” -- where inspiration meets storytelling and technology. Known for having developed the cinematic look and feel for groundbreaking AAA Video Game Franchises such as Grand Theft Auto, Max Payne, The Warriors, Midnight Club, Manhunt, Red Dead Revolver, Alan Wake, Homefront and more. Khonsari’s recent work includes the BAFTA nominated original video game title, 1979 Revolution:Black Friday (Sundance), recognized by industry’s top honors including nominations for Best Director, Best Independent Game (DICE’s Academy of Interactive Sciences), Grand Jury Prize (Indiecade) and Best Meaningful Play (International Mobile Game Awards) to name a few. Most recently Khonsari completed Then Kitchen VR and Resident Evil 7, directing the cinematics for the iconic Franchise that is the first breakout AAA title playable in VR. The soon to be released slate of Interactive VR films and VR games include “Blindfold” and currently in production “Helmets” and “FireEscape”. Khonsari often speaks on the convergence of technology and storytelling to incite empathy, challenge stereotypes of within mass media --- at venues such as Sundance, Hot Docs, DICE, Games for Change, FoST, Game Developers Conference (GDC), White House, SXSW, VIEWS, Visions Du Reel, and Film Forward.  Khonsari is a fellow of the New Frontier Lab at the Sundance Institute and recipient of support from Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, IFP and Made in NY.

My Speakers Sessions

Wednesday, August 2

3:30pm EDT