Past events

DocLab Live: Stories from the Digital Lowlands 26 Nov 2014 at 20:00pm

Wednesday 26 November 2014

Financing Market: IDFA Crossmedia Forum 25 Nov 2014 at 14:30

Discover some of the best new media projects currently seeking financing and partners.

DocLab Live: Virtual Reality Showcase 25 Nov 2014 at 20:00pm

Tuesday 25 November 2014

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DocLab Academy 2015: Open Call for Participants

Working in the field of documentary storytelling and interactive media? Apply for this year’s DocLab Academy.

DocLab Academy 2015 is an international program for new talent in the field of documentary storytelling and interactive media. The program takes place November 19-24 during the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam.

DocLab Academy is an initiative of IDFA’s new media program DocLab, and Flemish Arts Center De Brakke Grond. The program is supported by Creative Industries Fund NL, Amsterdam Fund for the Art, The Flanders Audiovisual Fund and the Dutch Film Fund.

DocLab Academy 2015
Digital technology has become increasingly entangled with everyday reality. The consequences are far-reaching and can be alarming, but it has also lead to a new era of artistic innovation in non-fiction storytelling and art across multiple disciplines.

But how do we tell an interactive story? What artistic opportunities do new technologies such as virtual reality, artificial intelligence and interactive media have to offer? How do the world’s most successful digital pioneers use the endless opportunities of the internet without getting lost? And how do you finance interactive documentaries, find the right partners and reach your audience?

The DocLab Academy program addresses a variety of challenges and opportunities through exclusive workshops on virtual reality and interactive storytelling by international new media pioneers. Portfolio reviews and one-on-one meetings offer insights into more specific questions while the Live Cinema Events and the Interactive Conference provide inspiration. There will also be plenty of time to network and reflect on each other’s work.

Who can participate
This program is open to documentary filmmakers and new media professionals working both nationally (Dutch and Flemish) and internationally. The deadline for application is October 1.

Costs
Participation to DocLab Academy 2015 costs €125,-

What we offer
Exclusively for DocLab Academy participants:

  • Access to masterclasses & workshops
  • Portfolio reviews & one-on-one meetings
  • Guided tour of the IDFA Crossmedia FORUM (Europe’s largest co-financing market)
  • Networking opportunities
  • Access to IDFA Festival screenings and industry events

Additional access to Seamless Reality program:

  • Interactive Conference on November 22
  • Seamless Reality exhibition
  • DocLab Live Cinema Events

For Flemish participants

  • Five nights of accommodation in Amsterdam for the duration of the program

How to apply
Send us an email in English by midnight (CET) on October 1 with the following details:

  • Short bio (25 words)
  • Motivation detailing why you would like to participate (max 100 words)
  • Description of your current or most recent new media project, including visuals (max 100 words)
  • Description of what you would like to research in the field of interactive storytelling
  • Three links to digital or interactive projects that inspire you
  • Contact details
  • Website and link to online portfolio
  • Headshot (portrait)

Send your application or questions to Veerle Devreese, programmer Visual Art en Culture of De Brakke Grond. veerle.devreese@brakkegrond.nl

{THE AND} Live in Amsterdam’s open air

This summer IDFA DocLab joins forces with one of Europe’s most exciting open air film festivals Pluk de Nacht to bring {THE AND} back to the big screen on Thursday August 13.

The And Live op Pluk

After its world premiere at IDFA DocLab 2014, World Press Photo Winner and Emmy nominated interactive documentary {THE AND} is coming back to Amsterdam for an interactive Live Cinema Event at Pluk de Nacht on Thursday August 13.

Together for three months and head over heels, or married for a quarter of a century and familiar with every wrinkle and idiosyncrasy. In both cases, love is hard work and in any relationship this work consists mainly of talking, asking questions and listening. In the interactive documentary {THE AND}, director Topaz Adizes has 30 couples – gay and straight, inexperienced teenagers and senior citizens who have been through all the highs and lows – ask one another 412 candid questions. All aspects of a relationship are investigated: the distribution of power, the biggest annoyances, greatest expectations and most beautiful memories. And of course sex.

On Thursday August 13, one of Europe’s most exciting open air film festivals Pluk de Nacht is inviting everyone, from young lovers, pining singles and parents with children to groups of friends and struggling siblings to experience and help create this unique live event. The ingredients are simple: couples, questions, an audience, and total honesty.

Pluk de Nacht runs from August 5 to 15 at Stenen Hoofd in Amsterdam. The bar and outside seating opens at 3PM with a short film starting as soon as it gets dark around 9PM. When the sun has set, the feature film or live event will start. Make sure to be there on time to get a good spot. Find out more details about the event here.

Want to be part of the interactive documentary?
{THE AND} is looking for romantic partners as well as non-couples to participate in the filming new episodes in Amsterdam on August 15th + 16th. A bit like an experimental couple therapy session, provides you the space to openly discuss the topics you’ve been curious to address. It only takes 1 hour of in-studio filming per couple or duo and there’s no preparation needed. Find out more here or email: Julia at julia@theskindeep.com for more information about participating or to sign up!

DocLab Live: Love/digital sins

{THE AND} Live at IDFA DocLab 2014, photo by Nichon Glerum

Call For Entries IDFA DocLab 2015

Don’t miss out on this year´s New Media opportunities at IDFA. Submit your project for IDFA DocLab by August 1 and if you have a project in development or production make sure to submit it to IDFA’s Crossmedia Forum by September 1.

For those interested in the creative potential of digital technology, virtual reality and interactive media, this year’s International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (November 18-29) will have more to offer than ever before.

Since 2007, the IDFA DocLab program showcases the best interactive non-fiction storytelling and explores how the digital revolution is reshaping documentary art. DocLab Academy presents a unique interactive training program and IDFA’s Crossmedia Forum offers new funding and co-production opportunities for innovative non-linear projects.

As of this year, IDFA will expand its range of events for interactive and digital documentary storytelling, as well as its competition, exhibition programs and market opportunities.

IDFA DocLab: submission deadline August 1
This year IDFA DocLab will present its largest program to date, including a new Award for Virtual Reality and Immersive Non-Fiction, as well as a special program (Seamless Reality) exploring the boundaries between our physical and digital reality. DocLab is open to all sorts of interactive projects, ranging from webdocs, apps and virtual reality projects to data art, multimedia journalism, installations and live performances. Click here to submit your project.

IDFA Crossmedia Forum: submission deadline September 1
IDFA Forum, the festival’s international co-financing and co-production market, welcomes crossmedia projects with an emphasis on interactivity seeking funding, co-production or professional input. Through Round Table Pitches, one-on-one meetings and networking events the Forum is a meeting place for producers and a diverse group of decisionmakers in the field of interactive storytelling. Click here to submit your project.

DocLab Academy
IDFA and interdisciplinary arts centre De Brakke Grond invite emerging interactive artists, storytellers and documentary filmmakers to apply for a unique training program, including masterclasses, workshops, and access to key industry events. Application will open on September 1, details will be available online by the end of August.

Festival dates:

  • DocLab Interactive Conference on November 22: the main interactive event of the festival, bringing together the world’s leading interactive pioneers.
  • Forum Crossmedia Pitches on November 23 and one-on-one meetings from November 23 to 25.
  • DocLab Live Cinema Events: an exclusive series of five interactive showcases, performances, live music and/or audience participation from 19 to 24 November.
  • DocLab Seamless Reality Exhibition, Competition Showcase and VR Screening Room running from November 19 to 29.
  • DocLab Summit on November 23 & 24: industry think tank event (by invitation only).

 

Serial wins IDFA DocLab Award for Interactive Storytelling 2014

“The winning project is a murder mystery told 15 years after the fact. With its serialized audio podcast format and well-chosen supplementary materials, the project makes an old-fashioned medium feel new again.”

The IDFA DocLab Award for Digital Storytelling (€ 2,500) went to Serial (USA) by Sarah Koenig and Julie Snyder. Serial is an audio-visual whodunit who keeps the followers of the podcast on permanent tenterhooks: who killed American schoolgirl Hae Min Lee?

The 3 nominees for 2014 were: John Lennon: The Bermuda Tapes (USA) by Michael Epstein and Mark Thompson; Serial (USA) by Sarah Koenig and Julie Snyder; Seven Digital Deadly Sins (UK / Canada) by Loc Dao, Pablo Vio, Lindsay Poulton, Jeremy Mendes and Francesca Panetta.

This year’s jury members were Annika Gustafson (Sweden); Jenny Smets (the Netherlands) and Jason Spingarn-Koff (USA).

Jury Report

We greatly enjoyed the spirit of experimentation in the 15 projects, which integrated complex materials with interesting interfaces and interactions. Many are highly ambitious, others more simple delightful experiences. A central question we returned to was: How much to value technological innovation and novelty over storytelling? In some cases, we felt that the form or technique detracted from the content and emotional impact. On the other hand we saw projects that used innovative audience engagement and participatory activities. We are in a tremendously exciting period in the evolution of story telling and what matters most is not how we tell our stories, but what we have to say.

Above all, we were deeply impressed by the simplicity and the rigorous storytelling of the winner of this years IDFA Doclab competition. The producers have the audience engaged in a story that on the first hand may look fairly ordinairy, Yet, they have turned this into a riveting program, exploring many complex layers and perspectives through a tireless investigation. And they do this without any cutting-edge technologies. Not only they got us involved from the first moment on, they even got most of us hooked till the end, which actually is still open.

The winning project is a murder mystery told 15 years after the fact. With its serialized audio podcast format, and well-chosen supplementary materials to deepen our engagement – the project makes an old-fashioned medium feel new again. The Winner of this year’s IDFA Doclab competition is Serial. 

Financing Market: IDFA Crossmedia Forum

Discover some of the best new media projects currently seeking financing and partners.

The IDFA Forum is one of the most important co-financing and co-production markets in the international documentary industry. Its annual Crossmedia Pitching event is a breeding ground for new interactive documentary projects. Projects that were previously pitched at here include GazaSderot, From Zero, Farewell Comrades, Prison Valley, 18 Days in Egypt and Alma a Tale of Violence.

At this years Crossmedia Round Table Pitch, several crossmedia projects will be pitched to potential financiers from the documentary industry, including:

Notable film projects related to new media that are presented at the IDFA Forum this year include:

The IDFA Forum runs from 24-26 November. Please note: IDFA Forum events are only open to IDFA Forum pass holders. For more information, see the IDFA Forum section at the main IDFA website.

www.idfa.nl/industry/forum