Imraan Ismail is a writer, director, and visual artist who creates stories for the soul. His films have been shown in film festivals around the world including at Sundance, Tribeca, and Cannes. He has directed and/or shot more VR/360 projects for clients like The United Nations, The New York Times, U2, Samsung, Conservation International, Ardbeg Scotch Whiskey and others. He was recently awarded The Cannes Lions Entertainment Grand Prix, The AICP Most Next Award, The World Press Photo Award for interactive storytelling, and was nominated for two Emmys for a VR film he made in conjunction with the New York Times, entitled The Displaced — a film that was shot in the war zones of Syria, Ukraine and South Sudan, that has received the widest known release for a VR/360 film.
Imraan co-created National Geographic Channel VR documentary film The Protectors with Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty, The Hurt Locker). The project exposes the dangerous and grueling reality faced by rangers protecting African elephants from ivory poachers. The Protectors premiered at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival.