Past events

Live: Super Stream Me 26 Nov 2015 at 20:00

A look back on one of the most ruthless live streaming experiments ever with Tim Den Besten and Nicolaas Veul as well as several special guests.

Live: VR Cinema Showcase 24 Nov 2015 at 20:00

Virtual reality pioneers show their latest works and reflect on both the hype and artistic potential of virtual reality and immersive media.

Live: The Art of Artificial Intelligence 23 Nov 2015 at 20:00

Live cinema event on artificial intelligence, including live presentations of Kyle McDonald, Dries Depoorter and Ross Goodwin.

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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.

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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