IDFA DocLab is a festival program for new media within the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam(IDFA). The mission of IDFA DocLab is to showcase interactive documentaries and other new digital artforms that succesfully push the boundaries of documentary storytelling in the age of the interface. Projects are curated and presented online, as well as during live cinema events, exhibitions, workshops and industry panels.
Since the first pilot program in 2007, IDFA DocLab has developed into one of the leading platforms for interactive documentary storytelling. Projects that have been showcased at IDFA DocLab include GazaSderot, Highrise/OutMyWindow, Welcome to Pine Point, PrisonValley, Young Me Now Me, Bear71, Alma, a Tale of Violence and many many others. Throughout the year, IDFA DocLab maintains an online database for digital storytelling and regularly presents showcases at other festivals, such as SXSW, the Berlinale, the Cannes Film Festival, Tribeca and World Press Photo.
Besides co-organizing new initiatives, such as the PhotoStories conference, IDFA DocLab also commissions new works (often in collaboration with De Brakke Grond). Examples include the Moments of Innovation project (in collaboration with M.I.T. Open DocLab and Upian), the Robots in Residence project by Alexander Reben and the Emotional Arcade by Brent Hoff.
The IDFA DocLab exhibition, live cinema events and DocLab Academy all take place during IDFA in Amsterdam, from 18-29 November 2015. The main DocLab Interactive Conference day is on Sunday 22 November 2015.
The IDFA DocLab Competition, live cinema events and exhibition program is open to all kinds of digital non-fiction experiences, ranging from interactive stories and data art to multimedia journalism, immersive installations, virtual reality projects and live performance.
In 2015, Virtual Reality projects will also be included in competition and there will be a special focus on works exploring the boundaries between physical and digital reality.
To submit your project, please complete the IDFA Online Entry Form 2015 by August 1.
To register for the IDFA Festival, you can fill out the accreditation form as of July 1 2015. For most DocLab events, including the one-day DocLab Interactive Conference, tickets are also sold seperately.