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 16-27 November 2016.
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.
You can submit your project for the upcoming edition via the online submission form between 1 March and 1 August 2016. We love to hear about your ideas, so you can also get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org if you are working on anything that may fit the program.