We proudly present the 15 projects eligible for the firestarters IDFA DocLab Award for Digital Storytelling.
IDFA has published the list of titles selected for all festival programs, including the IDFA DocLab Competition and the Interactive Reality Program (organised in collaboration with De Brakke Grond).
The IDFA DocLab Competition includes:
- 17000 Islands Thomas A. Østbye/Edwin (Norway/Indonesia, 2013)
- Burn Out Samuel Bollendorff/Olivia Colo (France, 2013)
- Dream Homes Property Consultants Alexandra Handal (England, 2013)
- Faces of Facebook Natalia Rojas (Argentina, 2013)
- Fort McMoney Dufresne David (Canada, 2013)
- Hidden Wounds Interactive Tomas Kaan (The Netherlands, 2013)
- Hollow Elaine McMillion (USA, 2013)
- I Love Your Work Jonathan Harris (USA, 2013)
- Just a Reflektor Vincent Morisset (USA/Canada/England, 2013)
- The Last Hunt Jeremy Mendes/NFB Digital Studio (Canada, 2013)
- Out of Sight out of Mind Pitch Interactive (USA, 2013)
- A Short History of the Highrise Katerina Cizek (Canada, 2013)
- The Sochi Project Arnold van Bruggen/Rob Hornstra (The Netherlands, 2013)
- Type:Rider Théo Le Du Fuentes (France, 2013)
- Unspeak (Netherlands, 2013)
All fifteen projects in competition are eligible for the firestarters IDFA DocLab Award for Digital Storytelling, consisting of a sculpture and a cash prize of € 2.500.
A new meeting place and talent program for digital storytellers
During IDFA 2013, the interdisciplinary arts centre De Brakke Grond, IDFA DocLab and iDrops present the Interactive Reality Lab, a new meeting place for international experts and a talent program for 20 digital documentary storytellers from the Netherlands and Belgium.
- How does one tell an interactive documentary story?
- How do successful digital pioneers make use of the freedom offered by the internet, without getting lost in its boundlessness?
- How do they create projects that go beyond technological innovation and manage to touch our emotions?
- How does one finance an interactive documentary, find the right partners, and reach an audience?
The Interactive Reality Lab aims to contribute to both the international development of the interactive documentary genre and discover, stimulate and nurture new talents from the low countries by allowing world-renowned artists and experts – among whom will be Jonathan Harris, Loc Dao (NFB), Vincent Morisset and many many more – to share their knowledge with each other and up-and-coming digital documentary storytellers. Participants have access to all events from the Interactive Reality program, as well as to a number private sessions. Highlights include:
Interactive Talent Summit
International experts and talents are invited to exchange ideas, network and discuss the future of interactive documentary. The event includes breakfast and a case study and workshop of an ambitious new interactive documentary in development by a.o. Upian and ARTE France.
Monday 25 November | 9 am – 2 pm | Invitation Only
Three lab participants will be invited to each develop a new interactive project in 24 hours, under the professional guidance of three renowned digital pioneers and the Upian production team. Results will be presented the very next day at the Interactive Reality Conference on 24 November.
The Interactive Reality Lab kicks off on Friday 22 November at 16:00 at the exhibition space. Details and profiles of all lab participants, tutors and events will be announced soon.
The Interactive Reality Lab is an initiative by Flemmish Arts Centre De Brakke Grond, IDFA DocLab, MEDIA Desk Vlaanderen and iDrops, in collaboration with the Netherlands Film Fund. It is made possible by the Creative Industries Fund NL and the AFK (Amsterdam Fund for the Arts).
Stay tuned for the full line-up of the IDFA DocLab Competition for Digital Documentary Storytelling.
This year we received more interactive projects than ever. And as the digital revolution is taking documentary art and non-fiction storytelling into new territories, the range of projects expanded immensely. Hybrid forms, new interfaces and amazing stories – it’s all there.
It’s a slaughterhouse at the office. Held at knifepoint by our upcoming print and production deadlines, we are currently killing more darling projects than ever.
Meanwhile, we really look forward to sharing this year’s selection of 15 competition projects with you soon. And for the very best ones that we couldn’t include, we have reserved a special place in our online project database. So expect to see many new projects added to the IDFA DocLab website over the upcoming weeks and months.
For now, to everyone who has submitted a project to IDFA DocLab this year: thank you very very much. Creating a documentary story has never been easy, but doing so in an undefined medium that doesn’t provide any real boundaries requires something truly special.
Photo from: http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2012/03/loving-a-good-slaughterhouse/254926/
IDFA DocLab and De Brakke Grond explore the future of Interactive Documentary Storytelling.
During IDFA 2013, IDFA DocLab and De Brakke Grond will present a new program, exploring the future of interactive documentary storytelling and presenting some of the world’s most innovative projects and talent out there. The program is part of the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam and takes place alongside the IDFA DocLab Competition for Digital Documentary Storytelling.
The Interactive Reality Program takes place from 21-26 november, and includes
- live cinema events
- a one-day conference on interactive documentary (24 November)
- an exhibition and interactive installations
- a talent lab
- industry panels and events
Confirmed speakers and participating artists include:
- Jonathan Harris (I Love Your Work)
- Vincent Morisset (Just a Reflektor)
- Jason Brush (Possible)
- National Film Board of Canada
- Paolo Cirio (Street Ghosts)
- Brent Hoff
- William Uricchio (MIT Open DocLab)
- Marianne Levy Leblond (ARTE France)
The Interactive Reality Program is an initiative by IDFA DocLab and De Brakke Grond, made possible by the Creative Industries Fund NL and the Amsterdam Fund of the Arts, in collaboration with firestarters by Vodafone, iDrops, the Dutch Cultural Media Fund and the Netherlands Film Fund.
Tickets for all IDFA DocLab 2012 events.
To buy tickets for any of the IDFA DocLab 2012 events, please use the online ticket service at IDFA’s main festival website:
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