Yasmin Elayat
Immersive Director
Brooklyn, NY
2020 USA Fellow

This award was generously supported by the Ford Foundation.

Yasmin Elayat is an Emmy-award winning immersive director whose work pushes the boundaries of immersive narrative and participatory experiences. Elayat is Co-Founder at Scatter, an award-winning creative company recognized for pioneering the emerging language of Volumetric Filmmaking through its original volumetric film productions and its AR/VR creativity tools. Scatter’s first product, Depthkit, is the most widely used toolkit for accessible volumetric video capture.

She directed the award-winning Zero Days VR (Sundance 2017), a documentary about cyber warfare and the Stuxnet virus, which won the Emmy for Original Approaches: Documentary. Zero Days VR was called “revolutionary” (VRScout) and “one of the most powerful VR documentaries” (Voices of VR).

Elayat co-directed Blackout, an immersive documentary inviting New Yorkers to share their stories in their own voice. Blackout premiered at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival and Engadget called it “a VR love letter to NYC’s subway riders.”

She is the co-creator of 18DaysInEgypt, an interactive documentary about the Egyptian Revolution that was lauded as one the moments of innovation in participatory documentary. Upcoming projects include Changing Same, a magical-realist, afro-futurist virtual reality film which explores the cyclical history of racial injustice in America. Changing Same is a co-production between RADA Film Group and Scatter. Prior to Scatter, her work focused on interactive and participatory projects at the intersection of storytelling and emerging technology.

Elayat’s work has won multiple awards and exhibited at various festivals including Sundance, Tribeca, SIGGRAPH, Festival de Cannes, and the World Economic Forum.

Portrait photo by Aalam Wassef.

  • Artwork by Yasmin Elayat
    Zero Days VR, 2017. Virtual reality documentary, 21 minutes.
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    18DaysInEgypt, collaborative web documentary about the ongoing Egyptian revolution.
  • Artwork by Yasmin Elayat
    Face the Vitrine, 2013. Interactive public art installation. Collaboration with Ganzeer. D-Caf Festival, Egypt. Photo by Ganzeer.
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    Here to There, 2015. Interactive, wearable audio experience. A Second Story collaboration with Sci-fi Artist Lucy McRae. Photo courtesy of Second Story, Tribeca Film Institute.
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