Biog

Francesca Panetta is an industry leader in the the word of immersive and experimental storytelling. As an immersive artist and journalist she uses emerging technologies to innovate new forms that have social impact. She has pioneered news forms of documentary and journalism leading teams in newsrooms and universities and winning awards for her innovative, richly layered and thoughtful work.

She currently works as Creative Director in the MIT Center for Advanced Virtuality where she makes flagship pieces. Her most recent work concentrates on deepfakes and misinformation.

Previous to MIT, she worked at the Guardian for over a decade where she pioneered new forms of journalism including interactive features, location-based augmented reality, and virtual reality leading the Guardian’s inhouse VR studio as Executive Editor.

Originally hailing from a music and radio production background, she started her career making experimental features. Her work is recognised as highly crafted, layered and through-composed and inventive in form.

In 2011, she built a series of locative GPS audio guides with Lucy Greenwell for their company Phantom Productions. She’s interested in the way sound changes your perception of the real world.

Panetta’s works have won critical acclaim – receiving awards around the world, and touring the White House, Tribeca, Cannes, Sundance, and more. She was a 2019 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University.

Awards

  • (2020) Anima, Belgium
  • (2019) Thessaloniki International Film Festival, Greece
  • (2019) VR Now, Germany
  • (2019) Mozilla Creative Media Award, US
  • (2018) Social Impact Media Awards Awards, US
  • (2018) Raindance Award, UK
  • (2018) WAN-IFRA, Europe
  • (2018) VR Expo, US (x5)
  • (2018) Information is Beautiful, UK
  • (2017) Raindance Award, UK
  • (2017) World Digital Media Award for Best use of online video, Germany
  • (2017) Lovie, Europe
  • (2017) Gold People’s Lovie for Virtual Reality, Europe
  • (2017) 13th Biennial of New Media Arts, Chile
  • (2017) Halo Award, North America
  • (2017) SND Digital Winner , UK
  • (2016) CINE Golden Eagle, US
  • (2016) Raindance Best Virtual Reality Film, UK
  • (2016) Association of International Broadcasting, UK
  • (2016) Lovies Bronze for Best Internet Video, UK
  • (2016) British Arrows Craft, UK
  • (2016) British Press Awards, UK
  • (2016) Amnesty Media Award, UK
  • (2016) British Journalism Award, UK
  • (2016) Chicken and Egg Grant, US
  • (2016) Tribeca New Media Award, UK
  • (2016) Whickers Award (Runner up), UK
  • (2015) European Media Award , Europe
  • (2015) ONA, US
  • (2015) Webby Award, US (x5)
  • (2015) Artangel Open Finalist, UK
  • (2014) Amnesty Media Award, UK
  • (2013) Tech City Insider, UK
  • (2013) Prix Europa, Germany
  • (2013) BBC Drama Awards, UK
  • (2013) Walkey Award, Australia
  • (2012) New York Radio Festival Awards, US
  • (2012) New York Radio Festival Awards, US
  • (2012) Sony Radio Academy Award, UK
  • (2011) TecCon Innovation Award, UK
  • (2011) Sony Radio Academy Award, UK
  • (2011) Technical Innovations Award (Nomination), UK
  • (2011) Arts Council Grants for the Arts, UK
  • (2010) Sony Radio Academy Award, UK
  • (2010) Radio Academy Award, UK
  • (2010) Radio Academy Award, UK
  • (2008) Sony Radio Academy Award, UK
  • (2007) Associate of Online Publishers, UK

Public Speaking

Keynotes

  • (2020) MIT Open Documentary Lab;  Cambridge, US
  • (2020) Kings College London; London, UK
  • (2020) Electric Dreams; Adelaide, Australia
  • (2018) GDC;  San Francisco, US
  • (2018) Media Rumble; Delhi, India
  • (2018) MIT Open Doc Lab; Cambridge, US
  • (2017) Publish Asia;  Kuala Lumpur, Korea
  • (2017) Alt.barbican talk; London, UK
  • (2017) CPHDox;  Copenhagen, Denmark
  • (2017) News rewired; London, UK
  • (2016) Cannes Lions; Cannes,  France
  • (2016) Google; London, UK
  • (2016) Hacks and Hackers; London, UK
  • (2016) Google Brands and Reputation; Paris, France
  • (2015) Nordic Data Conference;  Olesund, Norway
  • (2015) XO Labs;  Nottingham, UK
  • (2015) Nordic Data Conference;  Olesund, Norway
  • (2015) XO Labs;  Nottingham, UK
  • (2014) iDocs; Bristol, UK
  • (2014) Learn Do Share; London, UK
  • 2014) MIT Open Documentary Lab; Cambridge, US
  • (2014) Power to the Pixel; London, UK
  • (2014) International Features Conference; Leipzig, Germany
  • (2014) iDocs; Bristol, UK
  • (2014) Future of Web Design; London, UK
  • (2014) British Burma Society; London, UK
  • (2014) IDFA;  Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • (2014) Learn Do Share; London UK
  • (2014) Dutch-Flemish Association of Investigative Journalists VVOJ; Belgium
  • (2013) In the Field; London, UK
  • (2013) News Re-Wired; London, UK
  • (2013) Power to the Pixel; London, UK
  • (2013) Sound City; London, UK
  • (2013) Journalism.co.uk; London, UK
  • (2013) Journalism.co.uk; London, UK
  • (2012) FutureContent; London, UK
  • (2011) Nextrad.io; London, UK
  • (2011) Radio Festival; Manchester, UK
  • (2011) Media Festival; Manchester, UK

Moderating and Panels

  • (2019) AI and Art: MIT Hacking Arts; Cambridge; USA
  • (2019)  Harvard Nieman Foundation; Cambridge; US
  • (2019) IDFA, Amsterdam; Netherlands
  • (2019)  SXSW; Austin; US
  • (2018)  SXSW; Austin; US
  • (2018)  Skoll Foundation; Oxford; UK
  • (2017)  VR Days; Amsterdam; Netherlands
  • (2017) IDFA; Amsterdam; Netherlands
  • (2016) Werk It; New York; US
  • (2016) Human Rights Film festival; New York; US
  • (2012) Metropolis ; Copenhagen; Denmark
  • (2012) Third Coast Festival conference; Chicago; US
  • (2012)  WFMU conference; New York; US

Training

  • (2019) Harvard Graduate School of Design, Cambridge, US
  • (2019) Harvard Nieman Foundation, Cambridge, US
  • (2019) Harvard Nieman Foundation, Cambridge, US
  • (2016) Union Docs, New York, US
  • (2015) EsoDoc, Tromso, Norway
  • (2015) University of Brighton, Brighton, UK
  • (2014) Christchurch College, Canterbury, UK
  • (2014) University of Kent, Canterbury, UK
  • (2013) Culture Hack, Cambriedge, UK
  • (2013) Guardian Masterclass in video and digital storytelling, London, UK
  • (2013) University of Bergen, London, UK
  • (2013) Gloucester university, Glouscester, UK
  • (2012) BBC World Service, London, UK
  • (2012) Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Sydney, Australia
  • (2012) CultureHack, London, UK
  • (2011) Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK
  • (2010) BBC Documentaries, London, UK
  • (2018) Convergence, London, UK