Past events

Live: Super Stream Me 26 Nov 2015 at 20:00

A look back on one of the most ruthless live streaming experiments ever with Tim Den Besten and Nicolaas Veul as well as several special guests.

Live: VR Cinema Showcase 24 Nov 2015 at 20:00

Virtual reality pioneers show their latest works and reflect on both the hype and artistic potential of virtual reality and immersive media.

Live: The Art of Artificial Intelligence 23 Nov 2015 at 20:00

Live cinema event on artificial intelligence, including live presentations of Kyle McDonald, Dries Depoorter and Ross Goodwin.

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Jury Report | IDFA DocLab Competition 2015

Winners of the IDFA DocLab Award for Digital Storytelling and IDFA DocLab Immersive Non-Fiction Award announced at IDFA’s 28th award ceremony.

Members of the jury: Hay Kranen (The Netherlands), Margaux Missika (France), Oscar Raby (Chile)
Documentary is supposed to make us understand the world better. But reality is harsher than pictures and in the face of a violent and incoherent world, we find shelter in personal, humble stories. Stories in which the characters speak directly to us. Their voices have been driving us through the festival. We’re discovering sound again. The intimacy of the voice is a driving force behind many of this year’s projects, and seems a natural tool to facilitate immersion.
The internet is fully grown up now. Projects focus on what’s needed to tell a story, instead of what is possible with technology. Instead of adding, we’re subtracting, taking away what is superfluous. We’re starting to master the medium, and are learning that it’s usually best to do one thing, and do it well.
We believe our two chosen projects are exemplary for this trend.IDFA DocLab Immersive Non-Fiction Award
For this new award, we chose a project that has simplicity at its heart. The tools used for this project are indeed state of the art: the real world and human imagination. At it’s core it has an urgent question: how do we learn to live together, to trust people who are different from us? The winner awkwardly challenges us with the idea that we can be characters in other people’s lives. The winner of the IDFA DocLab Immersive Non-Fiction Award is Someone Else by Ant Hampton.IDFA DocLab Award for Digital Storytelling
Our choice for the IDFA DocLab Award for Digital Storytelling gives the user the chance of coloring their experience and connecting the dots with their imagination. In a time when we can access anything online, it felt welcomed to hear a personal story, a point of view. Poetry, contemplation and emotions are pieces of a puzzle that fall naturally into place in this work. The winner of the IDFA DocLab Award for Digital Storytelling is Drawing Room bij Jan Rothuizen and Sara Kolster.