Creative Cluster

StoryFutures Creative Cluster creates and helps fund R&D projects with creative businesses in the 'Gateway Cluster region' immediately to London's west.

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StoryFutures Academy delivers cutting edge training in immersive technology and immersive storytelling for the traditional screen industries nationwide.

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Introductory Labs

The beginning of your immersive story...

StoryFutures Academy Introductory Labs provide a safe space for people to experience first-hand how immersive technologies are already being deployed to tell compelling stories, and start to dream up new ideas of their own. These sessions are intended to provide a forum for discussion and debate about immersive storytelling, develop new thinking and grow a community of practice.

Introductory Labs are aimed at creative professionals from adjacent fields (for example: producers, writers, directors, or commissioners from film, TV, games and other creative industries) who are new to immersive and wish to learn more about the potential of the medium, and the current state of this emerging industry.

Participants at these one-day labs will:

  • Experience and discuss a range of the latest virtual and augmented reality content
  • Participate in introductory sessions on the technology enabling this content, and the business and distribution models that are being explored
  • Discuss current industry trends and challenges

Labs are held for small groups of between 12 and 16 participants, and are allocated on a first come first served basis – subject to the eligibility criteria.

Upcoming Lab Dates

To apply for our Introductory Labs, please check the eligibility criteria, and then follow the link to the registration form on the date that you are interested in. You will be notified by email to confirm your place, no later than two weeks before the event date. If you do not see a convenient date, please register your interest to be informed about future sessions.

15th October at the National Film and Television School in Beaconsfield

17th October at Royal Holloway, University of London in Egham

14th November at the National Film and Television School in Beaconsfield

Bootcamp NFTS Jan 18 19 48


To apply you'll need to meet the following requirements:

  • Age: Participants must be 18+
  • Diversity: StoryFutures Academy operates with a pledge to ensure 50% of participants are women and 15-20% are from BAME backgrounds.
  • Track Record: Participants must have a substantial body of work and/or a considerable number of screen (or production, performance or equivalent) credits.
  • Reporting: All participants must agree to funder reporting requirements, including provision of relevant business and employment information
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