FAQ
FoST Festival
  • Where and when does the 2017 FoST Festival take place?

    This year’s FoST Festival will take place October 6–8 from 10 am to 6:30 pm at Snug Harbor Cultural Center, located at 1000 Richmond Terrace on Staten Island.

  • Who is FoST Festival for?

    The FoST Festival is open to everyone who is interested in experiencing firsthand the very latest and most-cutting edge immersive storytelling projects and technologies—from teachers and students to artists, designers, and technologists. Packed with interactive installations, performances by groundbreaking artists, and, conversations with leaders from the storytelling world, FoST Festival is designed to entertain, educate, and inspire.

  • How much do tickets cost?

    Tickets to FoST Festival are $40, or $30 for groups of 10 or more.

  • When do tickets go on sale for 2017?

    2017 FoST Festival tickets are on sale now! Visit our ticketing page to make your purchase.

  • What's included with a ticket purchase?

    Your one-day FoST Festival ticket includes free transportation to and from our venue, Snug Harbor Cultural Center on Staten Island; access to all of our exhibition spaces, featuring the latest storytelling projects and technologies; memorable performances by groundbreaking artists; and access to our conversation panels with some of the biggest names in the storytelling world today.

  • Will food be available?

    Yes! Some of NYC’s hottest food vendors will be on hand selling delicious eats throughout all four days of the Festival.

  • Do you offer group ticket packages?

    Yes! Tickets for groups of 10 or more are $30. Visit our ticketing page to make your group purchase.

  • Can young children attend FoST Festival?

    While FoST Festival is not specifically designed for young children, those six years of age and older may attend if they purchase their own ticket and are accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times. Please note that some exhibits may not be appropriate for children; parents and guardians are advised to use their discretion.

  • How do I get there?

    Travel to Snug Harbor is free and easy! Just take the Staten Island Ferry from lower Manhattan. Once you arrive at the Staten Island terminal, look for one of our FoST Festival volunteers, who will direct you to our free shuttle service to Snug Harbor.

  • Can I volunteer?

    Yes! We are always looking for talented volunteers! Please apply at fost.org/volunteer.

FoST Summit
  • When and where does the 2017 FoST Summit take place?

    The FoST Summit will take place October 4–5 at Snug Harbor Cultural Center, located at 1000 Richmond Terrace on Staten Island.

  • How do I get there?

    We provide transportation between Manhattan and Snug Harbor on both days of the Summit. On Wednesday, October 4th, check-in will take place at the East Coast Memorial in Battery Park, where we will board a private ferry together to begin our journey. On Thursday, October 5th, check-in will take place 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 also a continuous shuttle running from Snug Harbor to the Staten Island Ferry, which will take attendees back to downtown Manhattan at any point during the day.

  • I want to purchase a ticket but am landing on a password-protected page when I go to register. How do I buy tickets?

    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 info@futureofstorytelling.org. If you haven’t received an invitation but would like to attend, please submit an application on our website here.

  • I received an invitation but am unable to attend. Can I transfer my invitation over to a colleague?

    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 info@futureofstorytelling.org if you would like to request to transfer your invitation.

  • I purchased a ticket but am no longer able to attend. Can I get a refund?

    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 info@futureofstorytelling.org 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.

  • I received an email that FoST is unable to offer me an invitation. I really want to attend! What now?

    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 also hope that you can join us at the FoST Festival, which will take place immediately following the Summit from October 6–9 in NYC. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased here. More information can be found at fost.org/fest.

  • I just applied to attend. When can I expect to hear back?

    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.

  • Do you offer discounts for nonprofits?

    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 info@futureofstorytelling.org.

  • Can I volunteer?

    Yes! We are always looking for talented volunteers. Please apply at fost.org/volunteer.

General
  • What is the difference between the FoST Summit and FoST Festival?

    The FoST Summit is a two-day, 500-person, invitation-only gathering of top professionals who are interested in learning about the art, science, and business of storytelling. Those who are selected to attend take part in intimate roundtable conversations featuring leaders from Fortune 100 companies, brilliant technologists, marketing visionaries, and renowned academics; acquire new skills in hands-on creative workshops; experience the latest in storytelling projects and technologies in our exhibition spaces; enjoy memorable performances by groundbreaking artists; and network and form new relationships with other influencers and creators.

    This year’s FoST Summit will take place October 4–5 at Snug Harbor Cultural Center on Staten Island.

    The FoST Festival is a public event open to anyone interested in learning about the big ideas, trends, and technologies shaping the storytelling landscape. Your ticket allows you to spend a full day at our venue, which features exhibitions of cutting-edge storytelling projects and technologies, a multiperson VR theater, memorable live performances and surprise interactions, and conversation panels with leading voices from the storytelling world.

    This year’s FoST Festival will take place October 6–8 at Snug Harbor Cultural Center on Staten Island.

  • Who is the Future of StoryTelling?

    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.