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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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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

DocLab Live: Stories from the Digital Lowlands

Wednesday 26 November 2014

Live cinema event with some of the most remarkable multimedia projects and storytellers from the Lowlands, such as designer Daniel Disselkoen, comedian Paulien Cornelisse and radio storytellers Chris Bajema and Katharina Smets (Radio in the Dark). Visual artist Jan Rothuizen and multimedia journalist Martijn van Tol will present the world premiere of Refugee Republic, an interactive documentary they made together with photographer Dirk Jan Visser.

This event is part of DocLab: Immersive Reality, a co-production of IDFA DocLab and De Brakke Grond.

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DocLab Live: Virtual Reality Showcase

Tuesday 25 November 2014

A live showcase of pioneering artists, storytellers and filmmakers exploring the potential of virtual reality, computational photography and 360-degree documentary storytelling. With Thomas Wallner, James George, Danfung Dennis, Oscar Raby and Fisheye.

Presented in collaboration with the Dutch VR Meetup.

This event is part of DocLab: Immersive Reality, a co-production of IDFA DocLab and De Brakke Grond.

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DocLab Live: Love & Other Digital Sins

Monday 24 November 2014

Live cinema event about love and other digital sins. American comedian Ophira Eisenberg (NPR, The Moth) takes the audience on an interactive search for the digital equivalents of the seven deadly sins (based on Seven Digital Deadly Sins by The Guardian and the NFB), and in the web series {The And} couples ask each other ruthlessly unromantic questions about love.

This event is part of DocLab: Immersive Reality, a co-production of IDFA DocLab and De Brakke Grond.

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