The Future of StoryTelling Summit is an invitation-only event that gathers top thinkers and practitioners from diverse fields to share ideas and experiences that further our understanding of the art, science, and business of communication in the twenty-first century and beyond. In the spirit of participation and inspiration, the FoST Summit aims to break the fourth wall and make attendees a vital part of the conference through participatory roundtable conversations with speakers, hands-on creative workshops, immersive performances, and exhibitions of the latest cutting-edge storytelling projects and technologies.
FoST speakers are leaders and visionaries from across all platforms of storytelling—from virtual reality, gaming, and immersive theater to advertising, journalism, science, and beyond—who lead intimate, hour-long roundtable conversations at the Summit on their chosen topic, each limited to approximately twenty participants.
FoST workshops are fun, right-brain creative sessions led by renowned artists, storytellers, and technologists. Learn the basics of coding or VR filmmaking, try your hand at improv or spoken-word poetry, take part in a collaborative game or immersive experience . . . there’s a workshop for every interest!
FoST for Good sessions are participatory, thought-provoking sessions that feature visionary leaders in the social impact space who are tackling some of the most urgent challenges and humanitarian crises that we face today. Each leader gives a presentation on their challenge and then invites attendees to workshop ideas and creative solutions to help address it.
The mainstage at the FoST Summit is the place to take in truly memorable, show-stopping live performances and stories. From music, dance, and spoken-word poetry to improv comedy, magic, multimedia pieces, and other surprises, you’ll be treated to things you’ve never seen before.
FoST Fellows are highly accomplished emerging storytellers, all in their early twenties, who are creating brilliant, inspired work that breaks the boundaries of traditional media. From filmmakers and artists to journalists and creative technologists, our Fellows are all redefining the limits of conventional storytelling and using new tools to convey narratives.
The FoST Summit takes place at Snug Harbor Botanical Garden on Staten Island. We provide transportation from and back to Manhattan on both days of the Summit. On Wednesday, October 5th, check-in is located at the East Coast Memorial in Battery Park, where we will then board a private ferry together to begin our journey. On Thursday, October 6th, check-in is located at the Biergarten at The Standard, High Line, and we will take buses over to Snug Harbor together. At the end of both nights, we will provide a bus service to take attendees back to Manhattan. There is a continuous shuttle running from Snug Harbor to the Staten Island Ferry which will bring attendees back to Whitehall (Downtown NYC) at any point during the day.
Because space is limited to only 500 attendees, the FoST Summit is by invitation only. If you received an invitation, you should have received a password to register in your inbox. If you think you received an invite but cannot find the code to register, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you haven’t received an invitation but would like to attend, please submit an application on our website here.
Each year we set aside a limited number of subsidized tickets for nonprofits, academics, and creatives who could otherwise not afford to attend the event. If you would like to be added to the waitlist, please contact us at email@example.com.
Because space is so limited and our audience is carefully curated, invitations are non-transferrable. That said, we can accept transfers on a case-by-case basis. Please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to request to transfer your invitation.
Because space is so limited and our audience is carefully curated, our policy states that tickets are non-refundable. However, we can accept ticket transfers on a case-by-case basis. Please reach out to us at email@example.com if you would like to request to transfer your ticket over to a friend or colleague. Please note there is a $250 fee for ticket transfers.
We receive an extremely high volume of requests every year, and while we would love to be able to accommodate everyone, unfortunately space is limited. But we encourage you to apply again next year! We’re also excited to announce the debut of FoST FEST this year, which will take place October 7–9 in New York City and is open to the public. You can learn more about FoST FEST, see our lineup, and buy tickets here.
We review applications on a rolling basis as space is available, and you can expect to hear back from us no more than two weeks after submitting an application.
Yes! We are always looking for talented volunteers. Please apply at fost.org/volunteer.
The Future of StoryTelling (FoST) is a passionate community of people from the worlds of media, technology, and communications who are exploring how storytelling is evolving in the digital age. In addition to an annual invitation-only summit (now entering its fifth year), FoST also produces a wide range of content and programming, including: curated exhibitions, including Sensory Stories, which showcased an array of new narrative experiences and attracted more than 45,000 visitors to New York’s Museum of the Moving Image and Montreal’s Phi Centre last year and this year; an annual series of short films, with upwards of three million views to date, highlighting the people and big ideas shaping the storytelling landscape; regular influencer salons, tech tastings, and storytelling workshops designed to strengthen and inspire content producers and distributors in marketing and communications; and a popular blog and other social media content aimed at FoST’s network of over half a million enthusiastic followers.