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 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 occasionally also commissions new works. Examples include the Moments of Innovation project (in collaboration with M.I.T. Open DocLab and Upian) and the Robots in Residence project by Alexander Reben and Brent Hoff (in collaboration with De Brakke Grond).
Interactive Reality 2013
This year, besides the annual competition program, IDFA DocLab organizes the Interactive Reality program, a new collaboration with interdisciplinary art space De Brakke Grond. The program explores and celebrates non-fiction storytelling in the age of the interface. The Interactive Reality Program consists of an exhibition, a series of live cinema events, a new talent lab and a one-day festival conference.
Confirmed speakers and experts include Jonathan Harris (creator of We Feel Fine and I Love Your Work), Vincent Morisset (creator of BlaBla and Just a Reflektor), Marianne Levy Leblond (ARTE France), Brent Hoff (Emotional Arcade), Kira Pollack (TIME Magazine), the National Film Board of Canada and many many others.
IDFA DocLab and the Interactive Reality Program take place during IDFA in Amsterdam, from 21-26 November 2013.
To register for the IDFA Festival, please fill out the accreditation form at www.idfa.nl/industry. For most IDFA DocLab events, including the Interactive Reality Conference, tickets are sold seperately as well. Details following soon.
Every year, 15 projects are selected for the IDFA DocLab Competition for Digital Documentary Storytelling. Submissions for 2013 are closed. The first upcoming entry deadline will be March 2014.