Darren Emerson
VR Panelist

Darren Emerson is an award-winning director, writer and producer of immersive experiences, and the co-founder of London production company East City Films.
Darren wrote and directed the 360 films Witness 360:7/7 (2015) and Indefinite (2016) before creating Common Ground (2019), which had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival. It had its UK premiere at Sheffield Doc Fest 2019 where it received rave reviews for its bold new approach to documentary storytelling in VR. Common Ground won the awards for Best Immersive Storytelling at Sandbox Immersive Festival in China, the Grand Prix Innovation at Festival du Nouveau Cinema, Outstanding VR Narrative at the World Press Photo Awards, and Best VR Experience at the Broadcast Digital Awards 2020.
Darren was the Executive Producer of The Waiting Room VR (2019) which premiered at the Venice Film Festival, and won Best Digital Story Telling at IDFA Doclab. Darren directs live action VR for commercial and broadcast clients such as BBC, ITV, MTV, and The National Theatre. Darren is also a regular contributor to thinktanks, panels and workshops in VR, presenting masterclasses of his work to universities, film festivals and global industry meet ups.