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firestarters by Vodafone & IDFA DocLab

New partner of IDFA DocLab explores how the mobile revolution changes creative industries.

We’re excited to announce a new partnership with firestarters by Vodafone. firestarters is an initiative by Vodafone, exploring how the mobile revolution changes creative industries.

This partnership has resulted in two new collaborations at IDFA 2013: the adoption of the IDFA DocLab Competition for Digital Storytelling, as well as commissioning the Emotional Arcade project together with IDFA DocLab and De Brakke Grond.

firestarters IDFA DocLab Award for Digital Storytelling

IDFA’s new media program DocLab presents the cutting edge of digital and interactive documentary storytelling. Every year, fifteen projects are presented in competition. A three-member Jury – consisting of interaction design expert Jason Brush (Possible), Kira Pollack (Head of Photography at Time Magazine) and John MacFarlane (crossmedia producer at SBS Australia) – will evaluate the projects, nominate three of them and select the winner of the firestarters IDFA DocLab Award for Digital Documentary Storytelling/ The prize consists of a sculpture and €2,500. All projects in competition are presented online and are exhibited at the festival as installations or during special live cinema events.

firestarters presents: Emotional Arcade

Besides the DocLab competition program, firestarters also presents the Emotional Arcade during IDFA, an amazing new interactive installation by filmmaker Brent Hoff and robot artist Alexander Reben. The Emotional Arcade uses a range of technologies, including modified EEG headsets and biometric sensors, as well as carnivalesque props to set up a series of “emotional competitions,” games such as “Rage Balloons,” in which contestants compete to fill balloons with their feelings, and a “Love Competition.” The games are playful variations on our never-ending quest to understand each other and ourselves, and a commentary on the fact that these days, even our most intimate emotions are mediated through data centers and touch screens.

The project will be presented during IDFA 2013 as an interactive installation at the Interactive Reality Exhibtion from November 21-24, as well as during DocLab Live: firestarters presents Emotional Arcade on November 22 at 20:00 in Rode Zaal at De Brakke grond.

Win free tickets or an HTC One smartphone

Want to attend the event live cinema event for free or win a HTC One smartphone? firestarters is giving away 10 seats, and anyone competing in the Emotional Arcade has the chance to win a HTC One smartphone. Sign up at www.firestarters.nl.